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Lily Vasquez

Lily Vasquez
Aliento Program Administrator

Lily joins Pepperdine in 2021 as the Program Administrator for the Clinical Psychology, Aliento program located at our Irvine graduate campus. She is a first-generation college graduate holding a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a minor in Latinx/Latin American studies. Her experiences in the classroom and student affairs deeply impacted her and cemented her dedication to improving the lives of those in her community. Lily enjoys connecting with students and using her skills and knowledge to help them accomplish their goals. She looks forward to supporting and working with students during their graduate journey.

Nayeli Martinez

Nayeli Martinez
Aliento Graduate Assistant

Nayeli Martinez is a graduate student in the Aliento program, pursuing a Masters in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy with Latinxs. She graduated from the University of California, Davis where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Nayeli has a passion for working with children and families in marginalized communities. She currently works as a Service Coordinator for the Harbor Regional Center, where she assists families by providing case management for their children with developmental disabilities or delays. Nayeli hopes to use her education and experiences to help break down the stigma and barriers surrounding mental health within Latinx communities. 

Kim Rodriguez

Kimberly Rodriguez
Aliento Graduate Assistant

Kimberly Rodriguez is a graduate student in Aliento's seventh cohort, working towards a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology with an Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy with Latinx. She graduated from the University of California, Riverside (UCR) with a bachelor's degree in Psychology. As an undergraduate student, she interned for the Child Guidance Center in Santa Ana where she worked with other research assistants on a project to reduce childhood obesity in Latinx communities nearby. She is interested in exploring ways to address the psychological ramifications associated with pre-emigration trauma and post-migration stress such as acculturative stress experienced by immigrants. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, dog named Simba, and friends.


 Kassandra Enriquez

Kassandra Enriquez
Aliento Graduate Assistant

Kassandra Enriquez is a graduate student, completing a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy with Latinos. She received her bachelor's degree from the University of California, Irvine (UCI), where she double majored in Psychology and Social Behavior and Criminology, Law and Enforcement. During her last two years at UCI, Kassandra did her special studies under Professor Dombrink, working with middle and high school students about the criminology system and the importance of continuing their higher education. Additionally, in her senior year she did her internship hours at a law firm in Irvine. Throughout her four years at UCI, she worked for the Dean's Office for the Art school. She is still exploring areas of focus for her career but has an interest in working with children. 

 


Dr. Gallardo and the entire Pepperdine community would like to thank Nahal Kaivan, Michelle Rubio, Cynthia Ruiz and Huna Yim for their commitment in conceptualizing, researching, and developing Aliento. Without their help, Aliento would still be a work in progress. Their commitment to the Latina/o community will serve many students, and the entire university community, for years to come.