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About Us

Meet Our Staff

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Paige Hernandez, M.A.

CIR Director for Student Retention and Success

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Paige received a Bachelor's in Anthropology and Geography from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and a Master's in Higher Education and Student Affairs from San Diego State University. Paige has worked at SDSU for nearly five years with academic and retention initiatives, within the Division of Diversity and Innovation, Black Resource Center (BRC), Center for Intercultural Relations (CIR), Guardian Scholars Program, and CSU Program for Education & Research in Biotechnology. Her passion is advocating for the needs of historically underrepresented students and helping them navigate higher education spaces.

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Mohamed Abdi, M.A

CIR Assistant Director for Student Retention and Success

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Mohamed received his bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration with a minor in Business Management from California State University, Dominguez Hills. He holds a Master’s in Postsecondary Educational Leadership and Master’s in Education with a concentration in Counseling from San Diego State University. Mohamed has worked as a SDSU research associate and contributed to reports that highlight the disparities in suspensions in K-12 schools throughout California. Mohamed has an immense interest in academic research, counseling, and the relational interaction between students and educators.

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Ikram Aweys, M.S Counseling, PPS

CIR Coordinator for Student Retention and Success

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Ikram Aweys is an SDSU alumna, having earned her Bachelor’s in Child and Family Development and recently earned her Masters in Science in Counseling, with a specialization in School Counseling. Ikram is passionate about providing holistic support to students and guiding them through the educational system to support their success. She has extensive experience supporting and empowering students and families. Much of her experience has been supporting marginalized & underserved students in the educational setting, specifically in K-12 schools. In these roles, Ikram was a mentor, advocate, and ally for students. She believes all students have the capacity to reach their highest potential through support and access to opportunities.

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Virtual Front Desk


Monday–Thursday, 10:00am-2:00pm

You do not need to schedule an appointment to meet with a CIR staff member at the virtual front desk. You can connect to our virtual front desk by following the steps below:

  1. Log in to your SDSU Zoom account using your SDSUid. Select Join and enter Meeting ID: 96582773459
  2. Once you are logged in, you will enter the Virtual Waiting Room.
  3. Upon entering the Virtual Waiting Room, please test your audio and ensure you have connection to audio and video. You must also sign in using this Google form
  4. A CIR staff member will meet with guests in the order in which they enter the Virtual Waiting Room. You will meet one-on-one with a CIR staff member once they become available.

If you are experiencing audio issues, refer to the Zoom support page.

If you are experiencing difficulties with your SDSU zoom account, refer to SDSU's Zoom support page.