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Meet The Puente Team

Dr. Michael Lundell : Puente Club Advisor

Dr. Michael Lundell

Puente Club Advisor

Email: mlundell@palomar.edu
Extension: 2392

Michael James Lundell received his PhD in Literature from UCSD in 2012. He also has an MFA in Creative Writing (Fiction) from SDSU and a BA in English from UC Berkeley. He has been teaching at Palomar since 2015 and has also taught for 12 years at UCSD and USD. His teaching and research interests include multicultural/global literature in a postcolonial context. A former community college student himself he eagerly joins the Puente Project’s mission as a pathway to transferring to a four-year institution and the successful pursuit of higher education.

 

B.A., University of California, Berkeley

M.F.A.,  San Diego State University

Ph.D., University of California, San Diego

Dr. Lisette Ordorica Lasater : Puente English Professor/ Co-Coordinator

Dr. Lisette Ordorica Lasater

Puente English Professor/ Co-Coordinator

Email: llasater@palomar.edu
Extension: x 3410

Professor Lasater’s teaching is informed by her research interests, which include contemporary Chicana/Latina literature and cultural studies, Chicana feminism, twentieth century American literature, and theater and performance studies.  She is the daughter of Mexican immigrants and a first-generation college student. Her educational journey began at Palomar College, and she is thrilled to return as faculty to teach the next generations of students.

 

B.A., California State University, San Marcos

M.A., University of California, Riverside

Ph.D., University of California, Riverside

 

 

Cynthia Cordova : Puente Counselor/ Co-Coordinator

Cynthia Cordova

Puente Counselor/ Co-Coordinator

Email: ccordova2@palomar.edu
Extension: 2511

Cynthia’s passion for counseling and teaching in community college stems from personal experience, as she saw the difference higher education can make in people’s lives. Originally from Oceanside, Cynthia attended MiraCosta College where she realized that she wanted to become a community college counselor, while in the Puente Program herself! As a first-generation college student, from an immigrant family, she is an advocate for student learning and building bridges to success. Professor Cordova teaches College Success, Transfer Success, Career Search, and Career/Life Planning courses through a culturally relevant lens.

A.A., Mira Costa College

B.A., California State University, San Marcos

M.S., California State University, Northridge

Career Counseling Certificate California State University, Northridge

Letty Aguirre : Puente Club Co-Advisor

Letty Aguirre

Puente Club Co-Advisor

Email: laguirre@palomar.edu
Extension: 3413

Letty Aguirre was born and raised in San Diego and completed her associates in transfer studies at Southwestern Community College. She completed her bachelor's in social work and masters in social work from San Diego State University. She has worked as a community college counselor at multiple community college campuses since 2005. She enjoys working with students and staff in various programs such as FYE, Summer Bridge and the Puente Project.

 

 

A.A, Southwestern Community College

B.A., San Diego State University

M.S.W., San Diego State University