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Asst. DIRECTOR: Mardel Baldwin
TELEPHONE: 805-756-2301
LOCATION: Educational Opportunity Program
Science Bldg. 52, Room E7
California Polytechnic State University
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407
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Debi Hill

Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs

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Mardel Baldwin

Assistant Director of Student Academic Services/Director of EOP

Hi! My name is Mardel Baldwin, Jr. I was born and raised in Long Beach, CA… the best city in the world! My college journey began at Long Beach City College and I later transferred to California State University Dominguez Hills, where I earned a bachelor of science degree in Business Administration. During my time at CSUDH, I served as the student body president for Associated Students, Incorporated. That experience changed my life and helped me develop a strong passion for supporting underrepresented students with their transition to college. That passion also led me to pursue my master’s degree in Higher Education at California State University, Fullerton. My goal as the Assistant Director of SAS is to provide support and quality programming to ensure that each of you walk across the commencement stage with your college degree! I look forward to meeting you during your time here at Cal Poly, please be sure to stop by and say hello. Go CAVS!

 Judy Holloway

Judy Holloway

Senior Operations Analyst




Angela Marino

EOP Admissions Coordinator


Hi! My name is Angela, and I am from Huntington Beach, CA. I studied at Golden West College, CSULB and CSUF. I also did a semester abroad in Florence, Italy. I have lived on the Central Coast for 15 years, and I can't imagine being anywhere else! I have so much fun exploring the area with my husband and son, and I love reading, movies, and Sunday brunch. I am incredibly happy to be here at Cal Poly and I encourage you to come by any time to ask questions, make an appointment with a counselor or just say hi!

EOP Counselors

 Belén Díaz Infante

Cassie Pitkin

EOP Lead Counselor

Hello!  I'm Cassie.  I was born in Port Angeles, WA (go Seahawks!), but mainly grew up in Petaluma, California.  I am a first generation college student as neither of my parents graduated from college. I have two degrees from Cal Poly: my undergraduate degree is in Kinesiology (but now I'm afraid of blood) and my masters degree is in Counseling and Guidance for Higher Education.  When you meet with me, you can expect me to ask a lot of questions to make sure I'm hearing your whole story.  I coach basketball and soccer for Special Olympics and I will never turn down an opportunity to see a good sunset.  I am very proud to work with EOP students every day and I can't wait to meet you!

 Daniela Plascencia

Lyzette Martin

Hi! I’m Lyzette. I was born in Los Angeles, CA, but raised in Visalia, CA. I am proud to say I am a first generation college student. I attended College of the Sequoias, a local community college, and transferred to Fresno State where I earned my bachelors in Psychology. I moved to beautiful San Luis Obispo and earned my masters degree at Cal Poly in Counseling and Guidance for Higher Education. I am a HUGE fan of the Dodgers, hiking, and enjoying quality time with friends and family. My goal is to make every student feel welcomed and comfortable enough to ask questions. I am proud to work with such hardworking and motivated students every day and I’m excited to learn more about you!

 Jose Legaspi

Nury Baltierrez

Hola! My name is Nury and I was born in Michoacán, Coalcomán de Vázquez Palleres, México. My family and I lived in México for the first two years of my life and then we moved to the United States. Navigating higher education as an undocumented first-generation student was challenging, but I connected with individuals who believed in my potential. I graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a bachelor’s in Agriculture Science and master’s in Counseling and Guidance for Higher Education.During my free time, I enjoy being outdoors, traveling, and spending time with my family. My passion is to support students personal and professional goals. Sí se puede!

 Jose Legaspi

Cynthia Paz

Hello everyone! My name is Cynthia Paz, I was born and raised in Guadalupe, CA.  I began my higher education at Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria where I received a degree in Liberal Arts.  I then transferred to Cal State Northridge and received a degree in Child & Adolescent Development.  After working with preschool age children I quickly realized I wanted to work with older students.  I attended Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo where I earned a Master’s of Arts in Education with an emphasis in Counseling and Guidance: Higher Education & Student Affairs. My career goal was to become an Academic Counselor and serve underrepresented students in the Central Coast area. I began my work at Allan Hancock College, working for various departments as an Academic Counselor for over three years. It is one of my greatest accomplishment to be able to work for EOP and this population of students. I love working with students and being part of their educational experience.

When I am not at work I enjoy wine tasting and spending time with my family. I have identical twin boys that are my world. They keep me on my toes and inspire me to be the best person that I can be.

I can’t wait to meet you all!

EOP Student Assistants


Victoria Garcia

Major: Agriculture Education

Hi! My name is Victoria Garcia and I am second year student in the Agriculture Science department. After graduation I plan to enter the Masters for Agriculture Education and become an agriculture teacher and FFA advisor. I'm from Nipomo, CA and I like to go on hikes, knit, crochet, sew, and quilt.


Jorge Gonzalez

Jorge Gonzalez

Major: Political Science

Hi! My name is Jorge. I was born in México, and I am from Santa Maria, California. I am a first generation, undocumented EOP student. I enjoy staying active, I love soccer, and enjoy binge watching T.V. shows. I am currently a third year Political Science student (concentration in Pre-Law) and aspiring to one day become a lawyer. I have been working as a student assistant for EOP since my first-year at Cal Poly, and was a Learning Assistant for Summer Institute 2017.

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