Advising for Undergraduates

Academic Advising 

Politics Hours for Winter 23:

Advising - Appointments can be made via Slug Success 
  • Monday: 10:30am-2:30pm (remote, via appointment) 
  • Tuesday: 10:00a-11:00am & 12:30pm-2:30p (remote, via appointment)
  • Wednesday: 10:00am-11am & 1:30p-2:30p (in person drop, in Merrill 27)
  • Thursday: 10:30am-2pm (remote, via appointment)

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



PEER ADVISING HOURS - Winter 2023 (Jan 9 - Jan 13)

Drop-In Advising (Merrill 8):


Remote Advising (google meet):

Monday: 11am - 2pm

Wednesday:11am - 2pm

Friday: 9am - 11am 



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 be reached via Google through chat and also on video (Hangouts). Add us to your Google contacts, Add instructions can be found below:


**Please use this link to make an appointment with our peer advising team.



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. He resides in the area with his family, and pet turtle Shelly. 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 Fall 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 who I spend most of my time and I enjoy working with students. Read my philosophy of advising here.









 Michelle Li (She/Her/Hers), Legal Studies/Politics CUIP Intern 

Hey everyone! My name is Michelle and I'm a second-year College 9-affiliate pursuing a double major in Politics and Economics. Outside of academics, I'm an RA at John R. Lewis College this year, a part of student media (Editor of Matchbox Magazine), and participate in a few other organizations on campus. In my free time, I like being with my friends, reading a good (short) novel, and exploring Santa Cruz. In the future, I plan to attend law school and return to the east coast, where I am originally from and reunite with my cat, Bob. I strongly believe in the importance of community and hope that I can use this role to connect with more of my peers. Feel free to make an appointment with me on Slug Success and reach out to me at








 Marisol Ornelas, Politics & Legal Studies Peer Advisor

Hello! My name is Marisol Ornelas (she/her). I am a third-year 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.


Winter 2023 Declaration of Major deadline, October 22.

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 3) make sure to have all your academic plan completed prior to your advising appointment. If you are already declared in a major please obtain a signed academic plan from your major advisor and connect with the Politics advisor to get declared. 


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.

Learning Accommodations

Legal Studies Program 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, please contact the DRC directly at (831) 459-2089.

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