Monday - Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 2pm
Transfer Student Program Director
With over twenty years of experience in public speaking, fundraising, multimedia marketing, public relations, and career coaching in the Entertainment Industry, Heather Adams currently focuses on overseeing the development of the Transfer Program in the Bruin Resource Center at UCLA. A non-traditional transfer student herself, Heather has been an advocate for students from diverse academic, socioeconomic, and cultural backgrounds since enrolling at Santa Monica Community College and transferring to UCLA, where she graduated with honors. Heather’s primary research has focused on the non-traditional and transfer student experience, institutional shifts that best serve this growing and diverse population, and ways in which to strengthen career development opportunities for college students and promote fluid collaborations between universities and the workforce.
Transfer Student Program Director
John Maldonado is a recent alumnus of UCLA where he earned his B.A. in Political Science. While as a student at UCLA, John served as vice president of the Student Veterans of America, an intern with the Veteran Resource Office, and as an intern with the Dean of Students Office. John previously served four years of active duty in the United States Navy where he completed two combat deployments. Additionally, he is a graduate of Naval Aircrew Candidate School and Naval Aviation Search and Rescue Swimmer school. He finished his service in 2013 with the rank of Petty Officer 3rd Class and an honorable discharge. John is a certified peer support specialist, with focuses on veterans, post-traumatic stress disorder, and mental health first aid. While serving in his role with the Transfer Student Center, John seeks to complete a dual degree with a Masters of Public Administration and a Masters of Planning.
My name is Carmel, and I am currently a Senior studying Political Science and Education. I am a first generation, non-traditional transfer student with a determination to defy obstacles and overcome in order to help others facing similar challenges. I am an optimist and intend to spend the rest of my life fighting for educational reform and the improvement of education!
When I think about my journey, I am reminded of two things: The incredible influence of mentors and individuals who believed in me before I believed in myself and the power of perspective. Most of us cannot become our best self without community and personal support, and for this reason, I am a huge advocate of mentorship! Yet even surrounded by incredible people many choose to focus on obstacles instead of the goals, the hardships instead of beauty, the things that they do not have as opposed to the opportunities surrounding them. After navigating a loss of mobility for several months and a serious diagnosis I began to realize just how powerful our perspective of life can be. I refuse to face life on the defense, and I invite you to join me in being thankful, genuine people who take on challenges with creative determination! I love how Albert Einstein encapsulates this idea of perspective and its transformative power, and I hope it inspires you as well: "The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking."
The Transfer Student Center is open Monday- Thursday from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm and
Friday from 9:00am - 2:00 pm.
Summer Hours: Monday- Thursday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm and Friday 10:00 am - 2:00 pm