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Puente Project

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Meet Our Staff

Dr. Michael Lundell : Puente English Instructor

Dr. Michael Lundell

Puente English Instructor

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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.

Eduardo J. Aguilar : Multicultural Studies Professor

Eduardo J. Aguilar

Multicultural Studies Professor


Professor Eduardo J. Aguilar is a first generation college graduate. Professor Aguilar was born and raised in the State of San Luis Potosi, Mexico. At age eleven, Aguilar came to the United States and continue his journey in North County San Diego in the City of Encinitas, California. He attended six grade, junior high and high school in Encinitas.  After graduating from San Dieguito Academy, Aguilar attended Miracosta College and Palomar College. In 2002, Aguilar transferred to UC Riverside where he earned three Bachelors of Arts in Chicano Studies, Native American Studies, and History. After graduating from UC Riverside, he attended UCLA, where he earned a Masters of Arts in American Indian Studies with emphasis in law and history.

Aguilar currently teaches African American perspective, Mexican American perspective and U.S History at MiraCosta College, as well as Chicano Studies at Palomar College.

Professor Aguilar’s personal interests include staying on top of political, economic, and social issues around the world, and learning and teaching local history and culture. Professor Aguilar has strong convictions to social justice, immigrant, civil rights and humanity.

Letty Aguirre : Puente Counselor/ Coordinator

Letty Aguirre

Puente Counselor/ Coordinator

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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.