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Sarah Z. Kahn, Ph.D.



Dr. Kahn is the Director of the Counseling and Social Change undergraduate program at San Diego State University (SDSU) and has been teaching at SDSU for the past seven years.

She is a licensed marriage and family therapist and is an AAMFT Approved Supervisor Candidate. She received her MA in Marital and Family Therapy from Alliant International University and earned her Ph.D. in Multicultural Education from the Joint Doctoral Program at Claremont Graduate University and SDSU.

In addition, Dr. Kahn maintains a therapy practice and supervises marriage and family therapy interns at Narrative Health Initiatives, a community based therapy practice and training center located in San Diego. 

Delia Contreras

Delia Contreras

Graduate Mentor


Goals: Work together with students, communities, and institution towards educational equity and accessibility

Extra-curricular Activities: Community organizing and outreach volunteer at San Diego Youth Services 

College mentor and academic tutor at Youth and Leaders Living Actively (YALLA).

My Philosophy: I believe in magic; love in the time of hate is revolutionary act; without community there is no liberation, we rise by lifting others.

Uniqueness: Arts and Crafts duo.. I imagine, my husband builds and we put it together.

Advisor’s voice:“ You matter, your struggle matters, your experiences matter. 

I am here to help you. Anything I can do to make college life a little easier for you, will be my pleasure.”


Erika Meza

Graduate Peer Advisor 


Major: Master’s in Counseling with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy

Career Aspiration: Become a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and pursue a Ph.D. 
in the field of Education or Counseling.

Extra Curricular Activities: 

Secretary for the Marriage and Family Therapy Association

Graduate Research Assistant at Dr. Negash’s Research Lab
Teaching Assistant for Psychology of Women and Counseling and the Helping Professions
Graduate Student Liaison for the Counseling and Social Change Club 
Peer Mentor for the Psychology, Mentoring, and Outreach Program 
Campus Ambassador for Generate Hope 

My Philosophy: Smile through adversity; even when the going gets rough, we have the power 
to make the best out of every situation.

Uniqueness: I have a pair of converse to match any outfit!

Advisor’s Voice: Hi everyone! My name is Erika Meza and I am currently a 1st year MFT student at SDSU. 
I graduated from SDSU with a Psychology and a minor in Counseling and Social Change in May of 2017. 
Prior to attending SDSU I completed an A.D.T. at Southwestern College. Throughout my college career 
I have found much joy from being involved in extracurricular activities such as leadership and community service. 
I am passionate about helping other students succeed and about helping students get connected to 
things they’re excited about so that they, too, can make the most out of their college experience. 
As a graduate student, I am also happy to share some of my unique experiences with anyone who may be interested 
in pursuing a graduate degree after completing their journey as an undergrad. 
I definitely feel that the minor in Counseling and Social Change was pivotal in helping me reach some of my 
career goals thus far, and I’d be more than happy to answer any questions about it to anyone who is interested. 
If you have questions about the minor program, or if you just want to chat about graduate school 
feel free to reach out to me at my email!



Andrea Davila

Andrea Davila

Major: Psychology


Minor: Counseling and Social Change.
Career Aspiration: I have my mind set to become a neurologist and change the world. 
It is my passion to work with people with disabilities, but it is my dream to diagnose 
and treat all health issues related to the brain. 
Extra-Curricular Activities: Work part-time - Developmental Service Agency for adults with disabilities; 
Vice President of Public Relations in the College of Education Student of Public Relations in the 
College of Education Student Council; Secretary of the Counseling and Social Change Club
My Philosophy: “The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide that you are not going to stay where you are.”
Uniqueness: Positivism, Junior Advisor’s voice:
“All progress takes place outside the comfort zone, therefore, if you need any advising please do not hesitate 
to visit us during our advising hours. I will be more than welcome to help all of our SDSU student during my 
office hours on Thursday afternoons! 
Thank you for your time, and hope to see you soon!”


Oscar Duran

Oscar Duran

Major: Social Science


Minor: Counseling and Social Change

Career Aspiration: Become a Community College Counselor and continue advocating for underrepresented first generation students, guiding them through the transition and transfer process into four-year universities and beyond.

Extra-curricular Activities:

Transfer student mentor for the EOP (Educational Opportunity Program) office under SOAR (Success Opportunity Academics Relationships)

Research assistant for the Community College Equity Assessment Lab (CCEAL) within the College of Education

Summer research intern Project M.A.L.E.S (Mentoring to Achieve Latino Educational Success) in UT Austin.

Naspa Undergraduate Fellowship Program (NUFP) Scholar

CSU Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholar 

RISE Grad Prep Academy Scholar

AERA (American Educational Research Association) Undergraduate Fellow 

MSI (Minority Serving Institutions) Undergraduate Fellow 

FSMP (Faculty Student Mentorship Program)  

PUMP (Provost Undergraduate Mentoring Program) 

My Philosophy: Every student deserves the right to dream big and have access to an educational system that will validate their struggles and help them achieve those dreams that can have the power to change their lives. Family is everything.

Uniqueness: First-generation non-traditional transfer student.

Advisor’s voice: “I hope to meet you this semester and become a resource to all of you in this journey that can sometimes be a little intimidating. I am here to facilitate that journey and help you take the right steps into your future. I want to help you reach your personal and academic aspirations and to challenge you to become the best version of yourself. This minor changed my life, and I am sure it can do the same for you. Welcome to the CSC family!”







Nadia Abdelnur

Major: Psychology


Minor: Counseling and Social Change

Goal: To engage in as many therapeutic conversations as possible. To empower people and help them own their narratives. To be a source of hope.

Uniqueness: Gratitude. Ocean. Books. Write. Deep conversations. Reflect. Repeat.

Philosophy: Big dreams. Mentorship. Hard work. Small circle. Self-awareness. Gratitude.

“Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.”

Advisors voice: “I’m so excited your personal journey has brought you here! I encourage you to stop by, ask questions and connect with us. I am here to help you and support you to the best of my ability.” 








Lupe de Jesus Olguin Covarrubias

Mentor: Liberal Arts & Sciences


Career Aspiration: Work in a Community College as Educational Career Counselor and advocate for those who are disenfranchised in society by providing the tools to transfer to higher education. 

Extra-curricular Activities: Graphic Specialist for the San Diego Puente Alliance 

SWC Basketball Camp Program

2016 EWB@SDSU Dream Resource Center Liaison

2014-2015 EWB@SDSU President

EOP Transfer Bridge Mentor

My Philosophy: Don’t forget your heritage, value yourself and others, never give up, and give back to your community! 

Uniqueness: Love Arts and Crafts and to sew costumes 

Advisor’s voice: “ First of all, WELCOME and THANK YOU for taking the time to look into our Counseling and Social Change Minor. I hope that your decision to be a social change agent really fulfills your expectation in life! Always be yourself, make a change, and always assist others. I am here to support you with your questions, concerns, or to have a motivational conversation! Please, do not hesitate to visit us during office hours. I hope we can see you soon!” 





Andrea Ludden

Major: Psychology


Minor: Counseling and Social Change.

Career Aspiration: Enter into a Master Program in Family Therapy.

Extra-curricullar Activities:  

College of Education Executive Board member

Vice President for the Counseling & Social Change Club

Active member in Psi Chi @ SDSU

PsyMORE mentor

Yoga, hiking and cooking

My Philosophy:  Helping is truly where my heart is and advocating for the underrepresented/underserved communities is my passion. 

Uniqueness: Mom of 2, First-generation transfer-returning student, Senior, Native San Diegan.

Advisor’s voice:  “ I am here to provide support to any students on campus, so if you need any assistance, encouragement, motivation, or just have a few questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. I look forward to meeting you!”



Katherine Garcia

Major: Sociology


Minor:  Counseling and Social Change

Career Aspiration: I aspire to become a Marriage and Family Therapist, and work alongside "at risk" youth in Juvenile facilities.

About me:

Self development. Reflection. Awareness. Respect. Integrity. Honesty. Humility. Connection. Fulfilling conversations. Devotion. Passion. Drive. Commitment. These are the attributes I aim to live by. To be present for myself and for others. To be an ally to those who are still figuring out their journey. None of us have it all together— that’s the beauty of this! I want to inflict hope onto others the way that others have done for me. We are all on this beautiful journey together. We are all here to build with one another and to aid in developing the best version of ourselves that we can possibly be. Experience new things. Sit in discomfort; lean into exploring what it means. Don’t take anything for granted and do what you love wholeheartedly. It matters— we matter. Let’s make it count, Aztecs. 

My Philosophy: I feel that if I have been able to make even the slightest impact in at least one person’s life, my efforts will have been worthwhile. We all need to start somewhere.

Uniqueness: First generation college student. I will be graduating in May (YAY!). Music is my serenity. 

I enjoy journaling and reading for relaxation and self development. Katherine fun fact: the ocean is my best friend!  

Advisor’s voice: “Firstly, thank you so much for your interest in our Counseling and Social Change Minor! I can without a doubt, say that the CSC Minor has completely transformed my life, and has further helped me realize my passion for the helping profession. I am looking forward to meeting you all and assisting you as you unravel your own journey through this minor. See  you soon!”

 Ron Deming

Ron Deming

Major: Psychology


Minor: Counseling and Social Change

Goal: Earn a Master’s degree in Marriage & Family Therapy from San Diego State University and to work with those who suffer from PTSD and its concomitant issues such as drug & alcohol use, depression, anxiety, and other disorders. Additionally, My dream is to teach psychology at the community college level. 

Extra-curricular activities: Volunteer at the VA for those who are on various lengths of hold, and who suffer from alcoholism and other disorders, and to work with active duty military personnel who suffer from drug and alcohol use. 

I also enjoy meeting with my French friends every week to practice my French. 

My philosophy: Always be yourself. It is too hard and exhausting to try and be someone you are not. Believe the best about others whenever and wherever possible. View circumstances as an opportunity to learn and grow. When you are helping someone else, you have less time to worry about meaningless things. Never stop growing!

Uniqueness: My favorite thing to do is read, write, and speak the French language. I travel to France every other year





Delia 9:00-11:00

Dr. Kahn 12:00-3:00 

(Room 287) 

Lupe 1:30-5:00 


Ron 12:00-1:30

Oscar 1:30-3:30 


Nadia 8:00-11:00

Closed 11:00-12:00

Katherine 12:00-3:00 


Ron 11:00-12:30

Andrea L 12:30-3:30

Adrea D 4:00-7:00