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Rachelle Martinez

Undergraduate Adviser

Pronouns: she/her

About me: As an immigrant from the Philippines, I have spent almost my whole life in Southeast San Diego. I enjoy watching gratuitous amounts of television (favorites include Friends, Insecure, and anything on Food Network) as well as every film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I love to travel, explore new places, shoot photos, and indulge in my gastronomic side!


University of Michigan, M.A. in Higher Education

UC Berkeley, B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies

How did I get to UCSD: As an undergraduate student at Berkeley, I was heavily involved in the recruitment and retention of students of color on campus. I found this work to be incredibly rewarding, and it sparked my passion for education grounded in the foundational values of diversity, equity, and inclusion. As a graduate student, I interned at the National Center for Institutional Diversity as a program and research assistant. Upon graduating from the University of Michigan, I went back home to San Diego and served in a few temporary roles at USD and UCSD before ultimately joining UCSD's Department of Communication as an Undergraduate Advisor. 

Fun Fact:  I love Harry Potter! A fan of both the books and the movies, I like to say I'm the Head Girl of Ravenclaw.

My Advising Approach: 

I have a holistic, student-centered approach to advising where I consider all aspects of a student's life and how that can impact their experience at UCSD. I am here to empower and guide students through this chapter of their lives. College can be challenging and awesome and confusing all at once, and I am here every step of the way!

Please visit our Undergraduate Academic Advising page for more information on how I can help you succeed as a Communication scholar.