Meet our Fellows


Karina Herrera


Karina is a Peer Instructor for the course USTU- 10. She transferred from Southwestern Community College in San Diego, CA. She is working toward her Sociology degree with a minor in Management.  She hopes to work manage an international human rights organization providing health care and education for refugees.


Jonathan Flores


 Jonathan grew up in the city of Los Angeles where he studied at Hawthorne high school. After taking a year off, he enrolled into El Camino Community College before transferring over to UC Merced. He received his Associates Degree in Sociology, and is currently pursing his Bachelor's. In his spare time, Jonathan likes to volunteer at events here on the UC Merced campus.

Cydney Caradonna


Cydney Caradonna is a Spanish Major with a minor in Writing. She is a part of the UC Merced Women's Basketball Team along with being a DARTS Fellow. She is a transfer student herself from Gavilan College in Gilroy and Hawaii Pacific University, Her career goals include humanitarian advocacy and becoming a professor and author.

Socorro Cardoso


Socorro Cardoso is a third year Biological Science Major with an emphasis on Ecology and Evaluation. She is a part of the Academic Support team and a Peer Instructor for the Transfer USTU-10 class. She is excited to help DARTS scholars transition from their current situation to UC Merced. She likes doing community service events in Merced with her organization and the CRS class. She plans to go to Veterinary school to become a Vet.

Viviana Martinez


Viviana is a traditional fourth year Pre-Med Psychology major, Cognitive Science Minor student. She hopes to pursue a career in Psychiatry. Outside of DARTS, she is a part of Psi Chi Honor Society, Health Psychology Research Lab, AMSA, and a ED volunteer for Mercy Medical Hospital. She is excited to meet all DARTS Scholars!

Christian Vega


This is Christian Vega is a fourth year Management Business Economics major with a minor in Psychology. He is a new hire here at DARTS and excited to make an impact to all Transfer and Returning students. Christian hopes to pursue a career in marketing upon graduation.

Javier Cano


Javier Cano is a second year Transfer Student majoring in Psychology. He transferred from Rio Hondo College and is planning to apply for graduate school in the field of Student Affairs. He is involved with leadership and environmental stewardship clubs and programs at UC Merced.