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Supporting Access to Higher Education for Immigrant & Undocumented Students

Conference Committee


Trish Hatch, Ph.D. - Execute Director and Conference Chair 

Dr. Hatch is a Professor and the Founding Executive Director of the Center for Excellence in School Counseling and Leadership (CESCaL) in the College of Education at SDSU.  Under her leadership, CESCaL has provided trainings and national conferences to support opportunity and access for underrepresented students. Dr. Hatch is a best selling author, frequent keynote speaker, and consultant to schools and districts nationwide. She serves as thought leader in school counseling for The White House and the US Department of Education. Dr. Hatch co-lead the organization and planning for the  “invitation only” White House Convening on School Counseling and Post-secondary Success held at San Diego State University in November 2014.  Dr. Hatch is the recipient multiple awards including the American School Counseling Association (ASCA) "Lifetime Achievement Award" and the "Excellence in Education Award” for improving the field of education and service to students by the National Association of College Admission Counseling (NACAC). Previous winners of this prestigious award include First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, and Senator Tom Harkin.  

Diana Camilo, Ed.D - Coordinator of Special Projects and Conference Chair 

Dr. Camilo earned her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Rochester, her M.S. in Counseling & Human Development with a Concentration in School Counseling from the Warner School of Education at the University of Rochester and her Ed.D. in Counseling Psychology from Argosy University. Dr. Camilo has over fifteen years of experience in serving families and children in school based and clinical settings. Dr. Camilo is experienced in implementing psychosocial, academic, therapeutic and crisis interventions and support within the K-12 setting. Dr. Camilo has managed school-based and special education teams to identify and implement educational supports for students. As an administrator for Chicago Public Schools, Dr. Camilo provided district-wide planning, management and the evaluation of programs and policies to support and sustain the implementation of school counseling programs throughout the district. Dr. Camilo serves on the California College Application Campaign Steering Committee. Dr. Camilo has also taught at National Louis University in Chicago and currently serves as the Co-Director of the School Counseling Master’s program at San Diego State University.


Carey Cimino - Sponsorship Coordinator 

Carey Cimino - Sponsorship Coordinator As the oldest SDSU School Counseling graduate student, Carey Cimino takes great pride in going back to school after a 25-year hiatus. Cimino earned her B.A. in International Relations from U.C. Davis, with Minors in Sociology and French. She has over 19 years of experience as a parent and volunteer, having raised two children, served as President of the Rancho Santa Fe Community Center board, been Co-Chair of the Rancho Santa Fe School Education Foundation, active member of Children’s Hospital Auxiliary, and served on the board of the Ecke YMCA and Torrey Pines High School Foundation. Her favorite volunteer activity is coaching kids’ basketball teams and building homes with her kids for a local charity. Cimino interned last year at Casita Center for Technology, Science and Math and currently interns in the School Counseling Department at La Costa Canyon High School in Carlsbad. She is proud to be a part of the team in planning the conference for Supporting Access to Higher Education for Immigrant and Undocumented Students for the second year in a row.

 michelle__s_picture.jpgMichelle Sanchez - Registration Coordinator

Michelle Sanchez is a current graduate student in SDSU's School Counseling program. Michelle's hometown is Chicago were she has served as an City Year Americorp Member in Chicago Public Schools. Currently she interns in the School Counseling department at Vista Murrieta High School. Michelle strives to continue learning about how to better support students in reaching their academic, social emotional and career goals.


Tiffany Yang - Marketing and Web Design

Tiffany Yang is a San Diego State University School Counseling graduate student. Tiffany strives to become a school counselor in order to help and support all students reach their full potential academically and socially. She currently works for the California Student Opportunity and Access Program (Cal-SOAP) as a College Peer Advisor assisting high school students with their post-secondary goals and options, apply for college, and apply for financial aid. Last year, she was a school counseling trainee at Empresa Elementary School in Vista Unified School District in Oceanside, California. Currently, she is a school counseling intern at Helix Charter High School in La Mesa, California.

 saba.jpgSaba Ahmed  is currently a graduate student in SDSU's School Counseling program. She is inspired to be the positive push for students with academic/career and social/emotional needs. She has interned at Casita Elementary in Vista last year and is currently interning at Mission Hills High School in San Marcos as a school counseling trainee. 
 leyza.jpgLezya Weglarz is a current graduate student in SDSU's School Counseling program and the president of the School Counseling Graduate Student Association. She received her undergraduate degree from U.C.L.A. Prior to starting graduate school, Lezya served as the clinic coordinator and parent liaison for a local speech therapy clinic, helping families access resources in the San Diego area for their children with special needs. As the daughter of Central American immigrants, she is passionate about supporting immigrant students access higher education and empowering parents and educators in the process. Lezya is currently an intern in the School Counseling department at Del Dios Academy of the Arts and Sciences in Escondido. 
 coryw.jpgCory Way was born and raised San Diego. He spent over 8 months working at children's homes in Kenya and Swaziland Africa. He helped create a music program at one children's home. He helped them become self sustaining by growing and selling crops and raising livestock. He went to Palomar for 3 years and got an AA in Psychology, then graduated from CSUSM with a BA in Human Development with an emphasis in counseling. He has worked with youth for over 15 years. He apent time volunteering at local schools in the SPED department. He currently interns at Mission Hills High School in San Marcos and volunteering with the Safe School Ambassador program at Fallbrook High School.


Contact Us:

Dr. Diana Camilo
Coordinator of Special Projects
Conference Co-Chair