USRC Staff

USRC Staff




Phone: (510) 885- 4311

Pronouns: He, Him, His 

Miguel Pimentel was born in Puruaran, Michoacan Mexico, but came to the United States when he was 11 years old. He graduated from California State University East Bay (CSUEB) in 2012 with a double B.A in Ethnic Studies and Spanish. As an undocumented student in college, he was able to navigate the system in which he became the first in his family to attend and graduate from a 4-year university. He qualified to apply under Obama’s Administration Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) that allowed him to work in the U.S.

After successfully graduating from CSUEB, he began to work in the education field. He worked at a public charter school in East Oakland for three and half years where he worn many hats, serving as an Office Assistant, Parent Activities Coordinator, 6th and 7th grade Advisor, College and Academic Counselor’s Assistant, After School Educator, and Executive Assistant to the Assistant Principal of Middle School Students. He has looked for professional development opportunities where in 2015 he was selected among 200 people around the world to participate in a Family Engagement Institute at Harvard University. In May 2017, he was selected to participate at a Conference in New York City with other 120 undocumented students (Dreamers) across the nation.

He has been a speaker for several occasions. He was the keynote speaker at his former elementary school in Puruaran, Michoacan, Mexico in 2016. He was the co-keynote speaker at the Chicano Latino Graduation at CSUEB in 2017. Keynote student speaker at San Jose State University Undocu Welcome Day in 2017. In May of 2018 and 2019, Miguel has been the Co-MC for the Chicanx Latinx Graduation Celebration at CSUEB. And in 2019, he was nominated and selected to receive the Cal State East Bay 40 under 40 Award. The 40 Under 40 Award program identifies alumni age 40 or younger who have demonstrated dedication, excellence and development in their professional, philanthropic and personal endeavors. 

He graduated in May 2019 with his M.A Degree in Education/Counseling and Student Personnel from San Jose State University’s Counselor Education Graduate Program and also obtained his Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential, Child Welfare and Attendance (CWA) Credential and the Associate Professional Clinical Counselor Credential (APCC) from the Commision on Teacher Credentialing and the Board of Behavioral Sciences from the State of California.

Miguel served as the Academic Counselor for the Sophomore Transition Enrichment Program (STEP) at CSUEB for about two years. STEP was a grant funded program through the U.S Department of Education that lasted for five years. Once the grant ended, Miguel left the university and worked as a Mental Health Clinician/Counselor at La Familia Counseling Services with the Unaccompanied Immigrant Youth (UIY) Care Team Department. At La Familia, Miguel provided short-term mental health services to Unaccompanied Immigrant Youth and Children of Migrant Families at a high school in East Oakland.   

 Student Assistant- Yessica Ramirez



Pronouns: She, Her, Hers 

I am a transfer student pursuing a Bachelor’s in Computer Science with an interest in Big Data. I’m also the co-founder and President of the Dreamers Club at CSUEB. My hobbies include reading (a lot of Stephen King), dancing, and hiking! As a student assistant my goal is to create further awareness of our resources and to make everyone feel welcomed at the Undocumented Student Resource Center.


Student Assistant- Santiago Herrera



Pronouns: He, Him, His 

Hello everyone! My name is Santiago. I am a fourth-year Psychology major. I chose to work in the Undocumented Student Resource Center for many reasons. One being I want to share and help those with the same story as mine. Helping fellow undocumented students with their academic and life goals is something I greatly admire and what I want to keep doing later in my career life. I am currently part of the Peer Academic Coaching (PAC) program at East Bay and love to be a part of the East Bay community. Some of my hobbies include hiking, binge-watching Netflix shows, cooking, and baking.