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Meet Your Undergraduate Advisors   

Meet Rachelle Martinez

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Name: Rachelle (pronounced "ray-chul") Martinez

Pronouns: she/her

About Me: 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!

Education: 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. 

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!

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.

Meet Shawnnie White

headshot of Shawnnie WhiteName: Shawnnie White

Pronouns: she/her

About Me: I am a Bay Area Native. I have recently relocated to San Diego Area. I love basketball. Go Warriors! I love eating delicious foods such as pizza, burritos, burgers, etc.  My perfect day is going to the movies and watching every action or romantic comedy movie. 


Saint Mary’s College of California, M.A. in Counseling

Saint Mary’s College of California, B.S. in Social Psychology 

How did I get to UCSD: I graduated from Saint Mary’s and had no clue what I wanted to do career wise, thus I decided to become a receptionist. However I ended up hating my job, which made me reevaluate what I wanted in a career. I decided that I wanted to aid students in attaining their academic goals. I felt like it was an excellent homage to my entire support system who helped me through my academic career. After attaining my Master’s, I became a substitute teacher at an alternative high school, and then I found employment at De Anza College. I worked within the Transfer Center, aiding Community College students transfer to their desired institutions. I moved to San Diego and started working with the SDSU Upward Bound program. I helped low-income, first-generation students learn about and eventually apply to colleges. Now I work within the Communication Department as an Undergraduate Advisor.

My Advising ApproachI am student focused. I think of myself as a resource on campus that can be utilized by students in accomplishing their academic goals. I know first hand how difficult college can be especially when you are not aware of pertinent information. Therefore I aim to be a source of support to students in any way I can be, whether as an ear to listen or referring the student to services that will meet a specific need. 

Fun FactI wanted to be an actress when I was younger.

Updates during COVID-19

During this time of COVID-19 Advising will take place remotely for the safety of our students and staff. Please use the following to address any academic concerns:
The COMM Advising Office is dedicated to continuing our efforts of being students focused and addressing all the concerns of our students despite the crisis we are in. Please do not hesitate to reach out, we are here for you.