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Graduate Peers' Schedules

Winter 2016
Peer Advisor Availability

Writing Peer
Kyle Crocco

Mon: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Tue: 10 a.m.-noon
Wed: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Thu: 10 a.m.-noon

Funding Peer
Stephanie Griffin
Mon: 10 a.m.-noon
Wed: noon-2 p.m.

Diversity Peer
Ana Romero

Mon: noon-2 p.m.
Wed: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

The peers sometimes hold events or attend meetings during their regular office hours. To assure you connect with your Graduate Peer Advisor, we encourage you to contact them by email and make an appointment.


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About the GradPost

The GradPost is the go-to website for the latest and greatest news about graduate student life at UCSB. The GradPost staff work together to write articles that will help you successfully navigate the graduate experience at UCSB.

  • Headlines: Important updates from the Graduate Division, interesting articles about campus events and students, and the occasional must-read fluffy feature
  • Funding: Articles about fellowships (campus and extramural), on-campus jobs, grants, and monthly funding forecasts
  • Events: Insider information about upcoming campus events (lectures, workshops, concerts, conferences) and local affairs
  • Life: Brings student life, wellness, and local attractions to you. Learn what other graduate students are doing in the student features, discover local attractions that you can visit as a study break, and read tips for taking care of your well-being in order to excel academically
  • Tools: Prepares you for success in the classroom and in the working world. Learn how to use new technologies to spice up your instruction or maximize your research efforts. Discover helpful online resources, time-management tools, and tips for writing
  • Career: Highlights essential career skills (networking, negotiating a job), Career Services events and resources, and tips for finding jobs

We welcome your ideas, submissions, and multimedia contributions. Please stop by our headquarters in the Graduate Student Resource Center located in room 1215 on the first floor of the Student Resource Building (map)—our peer advisor office hours are listed in the sidebar.

The GradPost has been made possible by too many people to thank in a short "about" section. We hope to honor their support by delivering content generated by and for our remarkable and diverse graduate community. We were delighted to receive these letters of support from two individuals who made this project possible, Graduate Division Dean Gale Morrison and Student Affairs Vice Chancellor Michael Young.

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Current Contributors

The GradPost is run by a team of dedicated graduate students, along with several administrative staff. Meet the GradPost team.

Shawn Warner-Garcia, Professional Development Program Coordinator

Shawn is a linguist by trade who has worked for many years in job training and program management. She is a Ph.D candidate in the Linguistics Department and conducts research on the discourses of sexual ethics among Baptists in America. She holds a BA in Language and Linguistics from Baylor University and an MA in Linguistics from the University of Texas at Austin. She has worked as a job training specialist at Goodwill and as the program coordinator for the SKILLS academic outreach program at UCSB. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and son, reading, traveling, and watching football. As the Professional Development Program Coordinator, Shawn provides workshops and advising to help graduate students identify and achieve their professional goals.

See all of her posts on Headlines • Funds • Events • Life • Tools • Career


Stephanie Griffin, Funding Peer Advisor

Stephanie is a master's student at the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, where her specialization is Water Resources Management. She joins the Graduate Division as the new Funding Peer for 2015-16 and looks forward to reaching out to fellow grad students searching for funding opportunities and looking to improve their financial literacy. She holds a bachelor's degree in Government & Politics from the University of Maryland, and she served as an agroforestry Peace Corps Volunteer in Mali and Senegal. In her spare time, Steph also enjoys exercising, reading, spending time with friends, and being outdoors.

See all of her posts on Headlines  • Funds • Events • Life • Tools • Career


Ana Romero, Diversity & Outreach Peer Advisor

Ana is a doctoral student in the Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology with an emphasis in Counseling Psychology. She is excited to be joining the Graduate Division team. When she is not at the Graduate Student Resource Center, she can be found at coffee shops researching mental health outcomes in the undocumented community. She holds a BA in Psychology from Santa Clara University and a master's degree in Guidance and Counseling from Loyola Marymount University. In her spare time, Ana enjoys watching Netflix with her roommates, rock climbing, and salsa dancing. As the Diversity & Outreach Peer, Ana works with the Graduate Division and Graduate Student Resource Center to assist current and prospective graduate students through recruitment programs, workshops, and programming that promotes and supports diversity.

See all of her posts on Headlines  • Funds • Events • Life • Tools • Career


Kyle Crocco, Writing Peer Advisor

Kyle is a Ph.D. student in the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education with an emphasis in Writing Studies. In his spare time, he likes to research international communication and organizational identity in University publications. He also earned a B.A. in History from Penn State and an M.A. in Foreign Languages and Pedagogy from the University of Delaware, where he sometimes spoke and even understood French. Over the past few years, he has taught in the English Department at the University of Caen in France, the Modern Languages Department of Cal State Fullerton, and the International Business College at Shenyang Normal University in China. When not working in the Graduate Student Resource Center, he can often be found performing at open mics in downtown Santa Barbara.

See all of his posts on Headlines  • Funds • Events • Life • Tools • Career

Robert Hamm, Director, Graduate Student Professional Development, Graduate Division

Robert is delighted to be back in Santa Barbara. After completing his Ph.D. in English at UCSB, he held a UC post-doc in the English department before accepting a position as an Assistant Professor of English at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge. At LSU, he taught undergraduate and graduate courses on Shakespeare and various topics relating to Early Modern British literature. While there, he took a particularly active role in the graduate program in English, working with and mentoring students.  He designed and offered an annual practicum for all incoming Graduate Teaching Assistants assigned to large lecture English courses. This work with new graduate students sparked an interest in professional development. He subsequently identified and hosted additional workshops on topics such as working with faculty, attending and presenting at professional conferences, searching for extramural funding, writing grants, and surviving the job market. His work at LSU provided a strong foundation for his role as Director of Graduate Student Professional Development at UCSB, and he is excited about this opportunity to work with UCSB’s graduate students to help them find the career paths that are right for them. 

See all of his posts on Headlines  • Funds • Events • Life • Tools • Career

Lana Smith-Hale
, Graduate Student Career Consultant

Lana is very pleased to be working as a career consultant with graduate students through a blended partnership with the Graduate Division and Career Services Department. Lana Smith-Hale received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and her master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California. Lana’s career began in the non-profit world and involved direct service to a variety of populations for the past 9 years. Lana’s passions and interest have culminated in a desire to work with UCSB students to help them find a career that is fulfilling and fits their needs. Lana is available to discuss anything career-related with graduate students, including career exploration, the job search process, CV/resume help, interviewing, and negotiation strategies. Lana cares deeply about making sure students can find happiness in their work and is excited to be a part of the Graduate Division’s efforts in this as well. 


Patricia Marroquin, Graduate Division Communications Director

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Before coming to UCSB, Patricia held editing and writing roles for newspapers and magazines, including the Los Angeles Times, Dallas Morning News, San Jose Mercury News, Ventura County Star, and Hispanic Business. She spent the summer of 2011 as an assistant writer for UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television, working on a team project to develop and launch a new website for the school. She joined UCSB's Graduate Division in October 2011, and contributes articles, photographs, and video to The GradPost. Patricia grew up in the San Gabriel Valley and earned her bachelor of science degree in Communication Arts (newspaper/magazine journalism) from Cal Poly Pomona. She earned her master’s degree in Communication (print journalism) from Stanford University. She is a graduate of two fellowship programs: Newspaper Association of America’s New Media Fellowship program at Poynter Institute and the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education’s Management Training Center fellowship program at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and Kellogg School of Management.

See all of her posts on Headlines  • Funds • Events • Life • Tools • Career


Don Lubach, Associate Dean of Students, Director of First-Year and Graduate Initiatives

Don Lubach has a variety of responsibilities within UCSB's Student Affairs division. When it comes to graduate students, Lubach's goal is to make sure that grads use their share of services, including health, career, wellness, and recreation programs (just look at the impressive athletic abilities he displays in this photo!). The GradPost is one of Don's favorite projects because of its mission to collect all graduate-related information into a single location. Dr. Lubach also advises the Graduate Students Association, the body that represents all graduate students. Don has worked on campus, mostly as a career counselor and manager. He earned a Ph.D. in Education from the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education and a B.A. in Communication from UCSB's College of Letters & Science.

See all of his posts on Headlines  • Funds • Events • Life • Tools • Career



Past Contributors

Ryan Dippre, former Writing Peer Advisor, 2014-2015

See all of his posts on Headlines  • Funds • Events • Life • Tools • Career

Hala Sun, former Diversity & Outreach Peer Advisor, 2013-2014

See all of her posts on Headlines  • Funds • Events • Life • Tools • Career

Torrey Trust, former Academic Peer Advisor, 2012-2014

See all of her posts on Headlines  • Funds • Events • Life • Tools • Career

Ester Trujillo, former Funding Peer Advisor, 2013

See all of her posts on Headlines  • Funds • Events • Life • Tools • Career

Whitney Winn, former Director of Career and Professional Development, 2012–2013

See all of her posts on Headlines  • Funds • Events • Life • Tools • Career

Mario Galicia, former Diversity and Outreach Peer Advisor, 2010-2013

See all of his posts on Headlines  • Funds • Events • Life • Tools • Career

Courtney Gosnell, former Funding Peer Advisor, 2010–2012

See all of her posts on Headlines  • Funds • Events • Life • Tools • Career

Indy Hurt, former Academic Peer Advisor, 2010–2011

See all of her posts on Headlines  • Funds • Events • Life • Tools • Career

Lisa Tremain, former Writing Peer Advisor, 2010–2011

See all of her posts on Headlines  • Funds • Events • Life • Tools • Career