Academic Success Program

The Academic Success program is a transitional program for first-year, pell-eligible students of color to foster their academic success at SDSU. The program was established in Fall 2019 under the Division of Diversity & Innovation, in collaboration with the Division of Academic Affairs. The program was created to address California State University’s ambitious Graduation Initiative 2025, to increase graduation rates for all CSU students while eliminating opportunity and achievement gaps.

Some of the biggest equity gaps in 6-year graduation rates that exist at San Diego State University are for Pell students who are Pacific Islander, Native American, Latinx men, and Black Men. The Academic Success Program was created to provide academic case management and targeted interventions for these specific student populations.

Contact Us

Phone: (619) 594-0848


Monday - Friday: 9:00am-5:00pm
Saturday & Sunday: Closed


San Diego State University
Professional Studies & Fine Arts (PSFA)
5500 Campanile Way, Mail Code 4570
San Diego, CA 92182

Mission Statement:

Our program empowers students to achieve academic, personal, and professional success through comprehensive coaching services, financial assistance for basic needs, and workshops designed to develop the whole student. The program fosters a welcoming and affirming environment where students’ cultural identities and strengths are validated.

Vision Statement:

By eliminating barriers to academic success the Academic Success Program is designed to decrease retention and graduation equity gaps for historically underrepresented, pell-eligible SDSU students. The Academic Success Program fosters an environment where students can be successful at SDSU and beyond.


  1. Support students’ academic, personal and professional success.
  2. Validate students’ cultural identities and heritages
  3. Foster students’ sense of belonging to the campus and network of scholars
  4. Promote health and wellness as a vital part of student success

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Paige Hernandez, Assistant Director, Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Paige received a Bachelor's in Anthropology & Geography from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and a Master's in Higher Education/Student Affairs from San Diego State University. Paige has worked at SDSU for over 4 years with the 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. In her free time, Paige likes to hike, bring her inflatable kayak to Mission Bay, and take her cat Meena on outdoor adventures. 
Email: [email protected], Phone: (619) 594-0848 Location: Professional Studies & Fine Arts (PSFA), Room 101A

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Farzin Shargh, Academic Success Coach, Pronouns: He/Him/His
Farzin is an Academic Success Coach and a Political Science Masters student. His long-term career goal is to go through tenure track and become a professor. Farzin is passionate about teaching and loves helping students in need. He is a feverish Disney fan and believes that rain or shine, there is never a bad time to visit Disneyland! In his spare time, he enjoys hanging out with friends or going on trips across the U.S. to visit them. Farzin is excited to meet you and can’t wait to help in any way he can!
Email: [email protected] Location: Professional Studies & Fine Arts (PSFA), Room 121, Schedule an Appointment: 

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Fernando Ansaldo-Sanchez, Academic Success Coach Pronouns: They/Them/Theirs or He/Him/His
Fernando is a second-year graduate student in the Postsecondary Educational Leadership and Student Affairs program here at San Diego State University, and is also the Vice President of Programming for the Graduate Student Association. They graduated with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Education from UC Santa Cruz. They enjoy spending time getting to know students one on one to better get an understanding of how to support them. When not at work, Fernando likes to spend time outdoors and visiting friends and loved ones.
Email: [email protected], Location: Professional Studies & Fine Arts (PSFA), Room 121, Schedule an Appointment:

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Ikram Aweys, Academic Success Coach, Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Ikram Aweys is an Academic Success Coach with the Division of Diversity and Innovation and a School Counseling graduate student. Ikram’s passion for supporting students can be traced back to when she was in high school organizing and leading a small group of her peers to tutor local middle school students that needed support in algebra one. As an undergraduate student at SDSU studying child and family development, Ikram has volunteered and interned with various K-12 schools in her community and the non-profit organization United Way of San Diego. In these roles, Ikram was a mentor, advocate, and ally for students. She believes all students can reach their highest potential through support, and opportunity. This year, Ikram is excited to work with SDSU undergraduate students to best support them in their degree and career goals! In her spare time, Ikram enjoys spending quality time with her HUGE family, connecting with friends, and catching up on her favorite television shows. You can find Ikram at the Academic Success office in PFSA 121 doing what she loves! 

Email: [email protected], Location: Professional Studies & Fine Arts (PSFA), Room 121, Schedule an Appointment:

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Isi Iyoha, Academic Success Coach, Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Isi an Academic Success Coach and a Masters of Social Work student. Isi’s passion for working with students can be traced back to her undergraduate years at UC San Diego. Isi was part of many student organizations such as the Black Student Union, Queer and Trans People of Color, and Kaibigang Pilipino, and in all of these organizations, she had a role in keeping students in those communities retained on campus. Isi is excited to meet and work with SDSU students, and hopes that they are excited too! In her spare time, Isi loves to go out with friends and practice good skincare.
Email: [email protected], Location: Professional Studies & Fine Arts (PSFA), Room 121, Schedule an Appointment: 

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Mohamed Abdi, Academic Success Coach, Pronouns: He/Him/His
Mohamed received his bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration with a minor in Business Management from California State University, Dominguez Hills and hold a master’s degree in Postsecondary Educational Leadership from San Diego State University (SDSU). Currently, he is pursuing his second master’s in education with a concentration in Counseling. Mohamed has been working as a research associate and has contributed to a few reports that highlight the disparities in suspensions in K-12 schools throughout California. Mohamed has an immense interest focus on academic research, counseling, and the relational interaction between students and educators. His interests include playing chess, hiking, and basketball. 
Email: [email protected], Location: Professional Studies & Fine Arts (PSFA), Room 121, Schedule an Appointment:  

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Moses Lueth, Academic Success Coach, Pronouns: He/Him/His
Moses is a 2nd year in the Vocational Rehabilitation Program. He has primarily focused on working with adults that have been out of the workforce. Having the opportunity to work with a population that is disproportionately impacted at the beginning of their academic journey has helped Moses provide some early interventions that will contribute to their well-being. Moses hopes to forge connections with students and provide resources for successful academic strategies and self-care tips to endure the rigors of the transition from high school to college. He wants students to feel welcomed and understand they have support on campus.
Email: [email protected]Location: Professional Studies & Fine Arts (PSFA), Room 121, Schedule an Appointment:

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Rammaine Landells, Academic Success Coach, Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Rammaine is an Academic Success Coach and a Counseling and School Psychology student. Rammaine became passionate about working with students as an undergraduate here at San Diego State University. While an Undergraduate student she majored in Psychology and minored in Child and Family Development. She has also worked on campus as an Academic Mentor and was a part of the Guardian Scholars program. Rammaine is excited to get to work with students here at SDSU. In her spare time, Rammaine enjoys going out with friends, spoiling her dog, and binge-watching shows and movies on Hulu and/or Netflix.
Email: [email protected], Location: Professional Studies & Fine Arts (PSFA), Room 121, Schedule an Appointment:

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Tony Roulhac, Academic Success Coach, Pronouns: He/Him/His
Tony is a Rugby Coach, Academic Success Coach, and a Masters of School Counseling student. Tony has been involved in education as an English Language Teacher (ESL), Tutor, Academic Specialist, and Resident Advisor. He has coached and taught adults and youth in multiple subjects and capacities. Over his 8 year career, Tony has demonstrated an ability to facilitate student success in achieving their own goals in often complicated and ever-changing environments. Tony is excited to work with SDSU students and provide guidance to help them navigate their unique college experience. Outside of Academic Coaching, Tony is Coach of the SDSU Women's rugby team as well a Songwriter. Come visit Tony for your academic coaching needs.
Email: [email protected], Location: Professional Studies & Fine Arts (PSFA), Room 121, Schedule an Appointment:

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Yasmeen Elbanna, Academic Success Coach, Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Yasmeen Elbanna is an Academic Success Coach and a Masters of Marriage & Family Therapy student at SDSU. Yasmeen's passion for working with students started when she became a college student in undergrad. She worked at the Academic Success Center in CSUSM, where she helped first-year and transfer students. By leading workshops, facilitating study groups, and guiding students to resources, she was able to support students with their new transitions. Yasmeen is excited to get to know students on campus and help them in any way she can. In Yasmeen's free time, she likes to watch horror movies, play video games, and spend time with her two cats. If you need academic/personal support or horror movie recommendations, visit Yasmeen in the ASP!
Email: [email protected], Location: Professional Studies & Fine Arts (PSFA), Room 121, Schedule an Appointment: [email protected]

Free tutoring services will be offered to students in the Academic Success Program in the subjects of greatest needs (Rhetoric and Writing Studies, English, Chemistry, Biology, Math, Statistics, and Psychology.)

Check back in the Spring 2020 for more information!