Meet the SESP Team


amanda aldama

Amanda Aldama

Spartan East Side Promise Program Lead

Amanda has been with SOAR for 4 years, and absolutely loves being able to work with new students and their families, and give back to the community she grew up in.  She is a San Jose native, and a graduate of the East Side Union High School District. She is an SJSU alum, having completed her Bachelors in Sociology with a minor in Political Science, and is currently completing her MA in Counseling and Guidance. Fun facts: plays guitar, super into Marvel/the MCU, and a frequent user of bitmojis. For questions about SJSU or Spartan life, please feel free to reach out!

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Erick Macias-Chavez

Spartan East Side Promise Transition Coordinator

Erick proudly serves the East Side Spartan Community. He is an SJSU alumni (‘19) majoring in Sociology with a concentration in Race and Ethnic Studies. His focus is to connect students to the resources and opportunities that can get them steps closer to their goals. Born and raised in San Jose, Erick is committed to his family, education, and community solidarity. He is dedicated to serving his community and supporting students in their path to an education. “Working for the SESP Program is a great privilege because we are tasked to support local students in their pursuit of a degree.”

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Email Erick for any questions regarding transition programming.

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Student Staff

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Nasrin Rohim

SESP Program Intern

My name is Nasrin Rohim. I’m currently a junior majoring in marketing. I was born right here in San Jose and graduated in 2018 from Andrew Hill.  One fun fact about me is that I can speak 3 languages. I joined the SOAR/SESP team to help others get access to valuable information about their education, as well as being a part of the process that helps students from the local high school district get admitted to SJSU.

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jasmineJasmine Kaur

SESP Peer Mentor

Hi my name is Jasmine and I am a fourth year at San Jose State University. I am currently majoring in Psychology and minoring in Public Health.  I was born and raised in San  Jose, California. A fun fact about me is that I want to get my Masters after I graduate SJSU and work in a field where I can help others. I joined SOAR/SESP to gain experience working with students. Mentoring students has helped me learn a lot about others and has been beneficial for me in making a decision in what I want to do in the future.

Cohorts: College of Social Science & College of Humanities & Arts

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makai gaculaMakai Gacula

SESP Peer Mentor 

My name is Makai Gacula and I'm a fourth-year Business Marketing Major. I was born and raised in San Francisco and I'm pursuing a degree in order to explore my passion for digital media and creative directing. I enjoy being active in nature by finding hiking trails to embark on with my family. The reason I joined SESP was to acclimate students to the Spartan community and make a positive impact on the student experience for East-side Alum.

Cohorts: College of Business & Undeclared 

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vinson vuVinson Vũ

SESP Peer Mentor 

Hello my name is Vinson Vũ and my pronouns are they/he. I was born and raised in San Jose, California. I am a second-year majoring in Business Administration, Management Information Systems and minoring in Child and Adolescent Development. A fun fact about me is that I am passionate about advancing the field of education and hope to be an educator in the future. I joined SOAR/SESP because I enjoy supporting students throughout their educational experiences.

Cohorts: College of Education & College of Engineering

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