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    Mariela Ramirez, Anthropology Undergraduate Advisor

  • Mariela Ramirez

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    My name is Mariela Ramirez and I am excited to have joined the Department of Anthropology at UCSC. 
    I am a first-generation college graduate. I attended UC Davis where I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in both Psychology and Spanish. As an undergraduate I worked as a First-Year Experience Peer Advisor and Orientation Leader. I decided graduate school aligned well with the career I wanted to pursue so I attended Fresno State and earned my master's degree in Counseling with a focus in Student Affairs and College Counseling. As a graduate student, I was a Counselor Intern and had the opportunity to work with diverse student populations. I recently worked at Colorado State University as an Academic Success Coordinator and am happy to be back in California. 
    I enjoy working with students and found a passion for advising through the positions I had in the last few years. I am passionate about supporting students and assisting them to reach their academic, personal, and professional goals. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns. You can contact me at I look forward to meeting and working with you!

  • Zoë, Lead Peer Advisor

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    I always knew I was interested in the study of humans on both a cultural and biological level, but I did not know that anthropology as a discipline existed until I took my first course in community college. Since then, I’ve grown to deeply appreciate how anthropology encompasses many different sub-disciplines which work together to provide us with a holistic understanding of all the ways both modern and past humans have created community, whether culturally or materialistically. I am personally interested in biological, specifically molecular, anthropology. I am fascinated by paleogenomics, population genetics, and hominin evolution. You can often find me in the paleogenomics lab, extracting and sequencing DNA. I am also a proponent of the importance of the intersection between human biology and culture, also known as biocultural anthropology, and how these two variables adapt to one another while simultaneously shaping each other. Although I am currently studying anthropology, I aspire to eventually attend medical school and become a physician. I enjoy connecting with my peers to share the many anthropological resources and opportunities I have found here, so please don’t hesitate to reach out!

  • Donovan, Peer Advisor

  • Donovan, Peer Advisor

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    Hey there! My name is Donovan Sayegh-McFann. I am a third-year Anthropology and Education double major, and I am very excited to be joining the Anthropology Peer Advising team for the 2023-24 academic year. 

    I first became interested in culture and cultural transmission while exploring my own heritage and the lived experiences of my grandparents; a childhood surrounded by educators, researchers, artists, and musicians further solidified my interest in the field. Currently, I am exploring the intersection of anthropology and education, looking at everything from the “formal” learning that occurs inside the classroom to the “informal” learning that happens in small-family units, in neighborhoods, and on the playground. Beyond this, the role of music within the cultural, social, and political spheres particularly excites me. If you drop in on my advising hours, you’ll likely find me listening to all sorts of music, from Appalachian string bands to son huastecos to the music of the Syrian oud. 

    As a peer advisor, I want to help my peers with the same warmth and openness I experienced from the team and the department during my three years at the university. Please feel free to stop in, whether you have a particular question or you just want to grab a piece of candy. I look forward to meeting you!

  • Kira, Peer Advisor

  • Kira, Peer Advisor

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    Hi, I'm Kira! I'm a third year Anthropology major and an Earth Science minor.

    I am most interested in Archaeology and Biological Anthropology. My main interests are Human Evolution, Paleoarchaeology, Fossil Hominins, Paleontology, and Geoarchaeology. I became interested in Anthropology from a young age when I visited the Natural History Museum. I was always fascinated by fossils, ancient history, and evolution. I love studying the origins of humanity and examining the biological and cultural aspects of our evolution. As I've learned more, I've also become very interested in Archaeology. Specifically, I love learning about Indigenous America. I enjoy learning about new discoveries in the field. It's very exciting because new discoveries are being made all the time!

    Please don't hesitate to reach out, schedule a zoom appointment, or come to drop-in advising. I'm here to help and I'm looking forward to meeting you!

  • Peer Advising Drop-In Hours

The Undergraduate Program Coordinator/Advisor, the Undergraduate Director, and the Executive Committee administer the Anthropology undergraduate program.  If students have questions or concerns about university/program administration, policy, processes, or degree progress, make an appointment during advising hours.  Also feel free to email Anthropology Undergraduate Advising (