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Melissa Giddens

(805) 756-5128

(805) 503-0525


Student Academic Services - Upward Bound

Building 52, Room E6

California Polytechnic State University

San Luis Obispo, CA 93407


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Melissa Giddens



WORK CELL Phone: (805) 503-0525

OFFICE PHONE: (805) 756-5128

I am a two-time Cal Poly graduate, having completed my B.S. in Psychology and M.S. in Higher Education Counseling & Student Affairs here. I have also had the absolute pleasure of working with our Upward Bound students since 2016. It has been amazing to see what our students accomplish each year and the different directions that they choose to go college and career-wise. I love the work we do, the population that we serve, and most importantly, helping our students achieve their goals! I am originally from San Jose, but love being so close to the beach here in San Luis Obispo - though I do miss attending San Jose Sharks hockey games.

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Sindy Valle Davila

Program Coordinator

WORK CELL Phone: (805) 503-8272

OFFICE PHONE: (805) 756-5108

I am a recent UCLA graduate, but was born and raised in Santa Maria. I am proud of my roots as a Oaxaqueña and my work is centered around creating safe and welcoming spaces for other indigenous students and students of color. As an Upward Bound alumni myself, I am excited to support students as they navigate their way through high school and towards their future aspirations. In my free time, you can find me spending time with my cat or volunteering at the Humane Society.

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Maritza Reyes Leon

Administrative Support Assistant



Jessica Lerena Zarate

Student Assistant



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