Mesa Journeys



Promise Contact INFO

Location: I4-101 (Student Services)
Phone: (619) 388-2230

Promise Coordinator

Karla Trutna

Student Services Technician

Donnaly Atajar

Promise Counselor

Miriam Pacheco

Transition Programs

San Diego Promise
Transition Programs


Below are transition programs available to guide you towards student success.


Creating Rich Unique Intellectual Student Experiences

The CRUISE program is designed to innovatively provide new students with an introduction to courses, skills, as well as academic and student support systems at San Diego Mesa College that empower them to become successful in completing their educational goals. The CRUISE program also provides new students with opportunities to establish positive relationships with other students and with faculty and staff members, which creates an initial support network that can become the foundation for the new students’ college experience. CRUISE is one of many programs at San Diego Mesa College that addresses issues of student equity by providing unique learning opportunities for everyone.


Agustin Rivera
CRUISE Program Coordinator


Extended Opportunity Program Services

EOPS is a state-funded program that provides a supportive, student-centered environment to low-income and educationally disadvantaged students by promoting access, retention, and completion of educational goals. EOPS provides services “over and above” those offered by the college to enhance the educational success of program participants through counseling, priority registration, book vouchers, and grants (based on funding). The program serves full-time, low-income, California residents that meet the educationally disadvantaged guidelines.


Leticia Diaz
EOPS Director

Mesa Academy - UMOJA

Mesa Academy/Umoja (a Kiswahili word meaning “unity”) is a community and critical resource dedicated to enhancing the cultural and educational experiences of African American and other students. We believe that when the voices and histories of students are deliberately and intentionally recognized, the opportunity for self-efficacy emerges and a foundation is formed for academic success. Umoja actively serves and promotes student success for African American and all students through a curriculum and pedagogy responsive to the legacy of the African and African American Diasporas.


Michael Temple
Mesa Academy, Counselor

Puente Project

The Puente Project is an academic preparation, retention, and transfer program. Puente is a year-long program in which students participate in three components: Writing, Counseling, and Mentoring. Materials utilized in the Puente Project come from the Latino/Chicano perspective. Classes are open to all students.


Raul Rodriguez
Puente Project, Counselor


Kapwa is a Learning Community (LC) taught through an Asian Pacific Islander (API) lens. Kapwa offers students with the opportunity to be enrolled as a cohort in their first year, providing safe spaces to explore their cultural and intersectional identities: in the fall, they enroll in both English 101: Reading & Composition and Personal Growth 120: College Success & Lifelong Learning; in the spring, they take English 205: Critical Thinking & Intermediate Composition and Personal Growth 130: Career-Life Planning.


Amber Alatorre
Kapwa, Counselor


STAR is a federally-funded TRIO Student Support Services program that provides opportunities for academic development, assists students with basic college requirements, and serves to motivate students towards the successful completion of their postsecondary education. Services include tutoring, academic advisement and counseling, economic and financial literacy, and transfer assistance. All services are free to eligible students.


Leticia Diaz


Mesa DSPS offers students access to disability-related services and reasonable accommodations. Services are voluntary, confidential, and coordinated through DSPS. Accommodations are based on verifiable disability, counselor recommendations, and individual student needs and input. Services are intended to assist students to more successfully participate in regular college programs and activities. Examples of accommodations include specialized counseling, adaptive equipment, testtaking accommodations, interpreters for deaf students, and an accessible computer lab.


Erika Higginbotham
DSPS Coordinator