Meet the ACE Mentors
ACE has two primary mentoring programs:
- ACE Scholar Mentors for all ACE students, but especially first-year students, who focus on the transition to college
- Master's Mentors for third- and fourth-year students, who focus on preparing for graduate school and career guidance
Below is a brief introduction to our mentors. If you are an ACE student with questions about the mentoring programs, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ACE Scholar Mentors:
Hometown: West Dundee, IL
Current Degree Pursuing: B.S. in Psychology on the Pre-Dental track
Favorite Quote or Fun Fact: Currently working in a genetic research lab at Lurie Children's Hospital.
"I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination." - Jimmy Dean
Hometown: Logan Square, Chicago, IL
Current Degree Pursuing: I am proud to say that I am now a Junior double majoring in Criminal Justice and Spanish and minoring in Sociology/
Favorite Quote or Fun Fact: I like duckies; my favorite color is purple; I love listening to rock music, reading Stephen King, and spending time with my family!
"Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment." - Buddha
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Current Degree Pursuing: intended B.S. in Human Services with a minor in Psychology
Favorite Quote or Fun Fact: "Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved." - Helen Keller
Hometown: Oak Forest, IL
Current Degree Pursuing: B.S. in Biochemistry and B.S. in Statistics with a double minor in Neuroscience and Psychology
Favorite Quote or Fun Fact: "Deep into that darkness, peering long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before." - Edgar Allan Poe
"Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armour yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you." - George R.R. Martin
Hometown: South Elgin, IL
Current Degree Pursuing: B.S. in Biology and after graduation, intend to pursue a Master's Degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs
Favorite Quote or Fun Fact: I am a huge soccer fan and will play or watch soccer whenever I have the opportunity to.
"Try not to be successful, but of value." - Albert Einstein
Hometown: Elk Grove Village, IL
Current Degree Pursuing: B.S. in Biochemistry
Favorite Quote or Fun Fact: "We must never stop dreaming. Dreams provide the nourishment for the soul, just as a meal does for the body." - Paulo Coelho
Hometown: North Olmsted, OH
Current Degree Pursuing: B.S. in Biology with minors in Neuroscience, Psychology, and Exercise Science
Favorite Quote or Fun Fact: I love investigating the intersectionalities of life, particularly economics and gender roles, and neurobiology and well-being. I love skydiving and Japanese culture!
Hometown: Moline, IL
Current Degree Pursuing: Business Honors Student pursuing a B.S. in Economics and a B.S. in Information Systems with a minor in Advocacy for Social Change
Favorite Quote or Fun Fact: "The only person you should try to be better than is the person you were yesterday."
I am an executive officer in Free the Slaves Loyola, a student organization geared towards ending human slavery. Please feel free to contact me if you're interested in joining!
Hometown: Plainfield, IL
Current Degree Pursuing: B.S. in Biology and B.S. in Anthropology
Favorite Quote or Fun Fact: I studied abroad in Vietname and it was awesome! If you are interested in study abroad, please don't hesitate to ask me about it.
"Science is organized knowledge, but wisdom is organized life."
Hometown: Libertyville, IL
Education Background: B.A. in Environmental Studies with a minor in International Development Studies from the University of Montana
Current Degree Pursuing: M.A. in Sociology
Academic Interests: Human/Environment interactions, environmental justice, Marxist/post-capitalist social theory
Favorite Quote or Fun Fact: I climbed the highest peark in Panama and saw the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans at the same time.
Ana Garcia Lopez
Hometown: Oxnard, CA
Education Background: B.S. in Criminal Justice and B.A. in Spanish from California Lutheran University
Current Degree Pursuing: M.A. in Cultural and Educational Policy Studies with a Concentration in Sociology of Education
Academic Interests: minority opportunities in education; race, gender, and class in the educational setting
Favorite Quote or Fun Fact: "Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and how you do it." - Maya Angelou
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Education Background: B.A. in Black Studies from University of California, Santa Barbara
Current Degree Pursuing: M.A. in U.S. History with a minor in Public History
Academic Interests: 20th Century U.S. History, specifically multi-racial identity, cultural representations of people of color in media and art, museum studies, education, social justice
Favorite Quote or Fun Fact: "We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty." - Maya Angelou
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Hometown: Mission Viejo, CA
Education Background: B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Women's Studies from San Diego State University
Current Degree Pursuing: Dual Degree - M.A. in Women's Studies & Gender Studies and M.A. in Social Work with specialization in Migrant Studies and Concentration in Mental Health
Academic Interests: Feminist theory, mental health, group relations, migrant issues, international work, psychodynamic therapy
Favorite Quote or Fun Fact: I love traveling, and lived in Seoul, South Korea for a year.
"Take the risk of thinking for yourself, much more happiness, truth, beauty, and wisdom will come to you that way." - Christopher Hutchins