Christina Sholars Ortiz (She/hER/hERs)
Coordinator for Black Academic Excellence
As a first-generation Black college student with progressive growth, Christina has worked toward becoming an accomplished leader by integrating, coordinating, and fostering student development. Christina credits the influence of becoming empowered to contribute to providing transformative and empowering educational experiences with the encouragement and guidance received by the Black staff, faculty, and administrators at Cuesta College.
She further credits her mother’s passion for education and her work as a bilingual elementary school aide for inspiring her to create a safe, diverse, and dynamic learning experience to empower students to accomplish their goals. Previously, Christina served as the Program Coordinator for the Cal Poly Scholars Program. At Cuesta College, she served as the Financial Aid Specialist and liaison for the Monarch Dream Center, an assistant to the CalWorks, Foster Youth, and EOPS/CARE (CaFE), and an assistant to the Counseling department.
Christina serves the Cal Poly community, as the advisor for the Black Student Union, a member of the Black Faculty and Staff Association, and a member of the Chicano/Latino Faculty and Staff Association. .
Masters in Public Affairs & Administration- Rutgers University-Newark
Bachelors in Social Work - Rutgers University-Newark
"Where there is Black joy, there is Black Healing!"
KIANAH COREY (She/They)
ASSISTANT COORDINATOR - BLACK ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE CENTER
Kianah Corey assists the coordinator while overseeing student staff and students who use BAEC as a resource. They are a student athlete alumnus here at Cal Poly and received her B.S. in Child Development. During their time at Cal Poly, she served as a student assistant for two years at BAEC and created programming surrounding the importance of mental health for Black folks. As the assistant coordinator, they support the BAEC student assistants with internal programming and assist the coordinator with staple, high impact events. Kianah is passionate about equity and the wellbeing of BIPOC students on Cal Poly’s campus.
Kianah is currently in the Master’s in Psychology program, while also in courses to receive her License in Marriage and Family Therapy.
Bachelor of Science in Child Development - Cal Poly