Advising for Undergraduates

Academic Advising 

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Politics Hours for Spring 24 

In Person (Merrill 27) or Online by Appointment
  • Monday: 9:30a-2:30p 
  • Tuesday: 9:30a-1:30p
  • Wednesday: 10:30a-2:30p
Zoom Drop In 
  • Monday: 2:30p-4:30p - click HERE
  • Thursday: 9am-10am - click HERE

Online by Appointment Only

  • Thursday: 12p-2:30p & 3:30p-4:30p
  • Friday: 9a-12p

Make an appointment on Slug Success. A Google Meet invite will follow.


PEER ADVISING - Spring 24 

Remote by Appointment:

  • Monday: 1p-4p
  • Tuesday: 3:30p - 5p
  • Thursday: 3:30p - 5p

In Person Drop In (in Merrill 8)

  • Tuesday: 10a-1p 

Remote Drop In on Google Meet:

  • Wednesday: 10a-1p & 2p-4p

Click here to make an appointment


Peer advisors are current students who can answer any questions about major and minor requirements, assist with academic planning, help you prepare a declaration of major/minor paperwork, and provide guidance on UCDC, UC Sacramento, and Study abroad program requirements. Peer advising hours are on a drop-in basis and can be found below. Peer advisors can also be reached via Google Meet. Add us to your Google contacts, Add instructions can be found below:



Meet Our Advising Team!



Jerry Diaz, Politics Advisor 

Jerry Diaz is a Banana Slug alumnus (Sociology & education minor). He has a Master’s degree in Higher Education with an emphasis on theories of student development from the University of Michigan, Ann-Arbor. Jerry has exercised a lifelong passion for student affairs work in academic advising and guidance since 2012. When not in the office he enjoys a good run, cooking, a hockey game, and a nice read. Jerry is committed to your academic success and invites you to connect for an academic advising session this Spring Quarter.


Yanin Monter (She/Hers), Legal Studies Advisor
Hi! My name is Yanin and I am the Undergraduate Advisor for Legal Studies. I have 2 dogs with whom I spend most of my time and I enjoy working with students. Read my philosophy of advising here.









Marisol Ornelas, Politics & Legal Studies Lead Peer Advisor

Hello! My name is Marisol Ornelas (she/her). I am a senior student double majoring in Politics and Legal Studies. I enjoy learning new things, traveling, and collecting shoes in my free time. In addition to being a Politics and Legal Studies Peer Advisor, I am a Senderos Community Engagement Intern, a Cowell Residential Advisor, and a part of the Human Rights Investigations Lab. I am thrilled to be joining the team and eager to help my fellow Politics and Legal Studies slugs in their academic planning journey.



Annika Wiederin, Politics & Legal Studies CUIP Intern

Hello everyone! My name is Annika Wiederin (she/her) and I am a third-year student pursuing a double major in Legal Studies and Psychology. Beyond my studies, I serve as a hotline responder, volunteer at various organizations, and I am captain of the women's club soccer team. In my free time, I enjoy reading at coffee shops and exploring nearby towns with friends. This year, I look forward to organizing community events with Legal Studies alumni, aiming to assist fellow students in exploring job opportunities after graduation.



Lesly Lizarraga, Politics & Legal Studies Peer Advisor

Hello everyone! My name is Lesly Lizarraga (she/her) and I’m currently a second-year student pursuing a major in Politics and minor in Legal Studies. Beyond my education, I enjoy reading, journaling, and going on spontaneous adventures either by myself or with friends. After graduation, I plan on attending Law School in hopes of becoming an immigration lawyer and maybe even move back to Tucson, Arizona (where I was born). In addition to being a Politics and Legal Studies Peer Advisor, I’m also a Perk employee and a Mentor for the Mentor Collective Program. I’m more than excited to be joining the POLI/LGST Advising team and can’t wait to provide my peers with both support and guidance as they embark on their academic journey.



Cat Comella, Politics & Legal Studies Peer Advisor

Hi everyone! My name is Cat (she/they). I am a second-year double majoring in Psychology and Sociology with a double minor in Legal Studies and Anthropology. In my free time, I love exploring new coffee shops, reading books, going to concerts, and dancing! As well as being a Politics and Legal Studies Peer Advisor, I am a Student Supervisor at Global Village Cafe. I am very excited to be a part of this team, and to connect with everyone in the Politics and Legal Studies major and minor! Please feel free to reach out to me at with any questions or concerns!

Spring 2024 Declaration of Major deadline, April 26.

If you intend to declare our major make sure to first: 1) complete 2 POLI lower division courses (1-70), 2) Fill and complete an academic plan form and share it with, and 3) submit your petition to declare e-form on your student portal before the deadline. If you are already declared in a major please ask your major advisor to update your existing academic plan prior to attempting to declare the POLI major or minor. 


Writing Tutor Assistance

Learning Support Services offers free drop-in writing tutoring, especially for many Politics Core classes. Make sure to visit the LSS website for quarterly services and schedules. If you need assistance, you can contact LSS directly at (831) 459-4333.

Learning Accommodations

Politics staff and faculty are responsive to disabled students' concerns and special needs. We work with the Disability Resource Center (DRC) to ensure appropriate accommodations. If you need assistance, contact the DRC directly at (831) 459-2089.

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