About the Center
Aliento Program Administrator
Tiffany Wright, MA is the Aliento Program Administrator. In this role she supports current students with academic advising related matters. Additionally, she supports the Program Director with various program development needs. Tiffany holds a Masters in Education from Loyola Marymount University. She has served the Pepperdine GSEP community since 2012 in student services roles. With a passion for student success, she looks forward to progressing students through their graduate degree program and encouraging them to become superior mental health professionals.
Aliento Graduate Assistant
Angelica Diaz is a graduate student in Aliento’s fifth cohort, completing a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy with Latinos. She graduated from the University of California, Riverside (UCR) with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in Spanish. As an undergraduate student, she worked with her campus’ Academic Resource Center to assist students dealing with emotional problems impeding their academic success.She also worked for UCR's Orientation program and guided first-generation and transfer students through the transition to a 4-year University. She currently works as a Student Services Specialist for the office of Disability Support Services at Fullerton College, where she helps students find independence and confidence to continue their education. She is interested in the ways mental health issues arise in first-generation students, and she aims to use her degree to be a resource for often marginalized and at-risk student populations, including English-learner, low-income and bicultural students and their families.
Aliento Graduate Assistant
Fabiola Arroyo is a graduate student in Aliento's fifth cohort class, pursuing a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology with an Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy with Latina/o/x's. She graduated from the University of Washington with Interdisciplinary Honors, a Bachelors of Science in Biology, and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from the Foster School of Business. As an undergraduate student, Fabi was a member of M.E.Ch.A. (Movimiento Estudantil Chicanx's de Aztlan) and the Student Diversity Coalition that advocated and successfully implemented the Diversity Requirement to graduate from the University of Washington. Fabi is interested in the ways the current political climate affects the mental and emotional health of Latinx immigrants and children of Latinx immigrants. She is also interested in how technology is rapidly changing the mental and emotional health of all people connected today and is exploring ways of how to integrate spirituality into psychotherapy. In her off time, Fabi is currently on a mission to explore a different beach/cove in Laguna Beach to watch the sun set each week, loves eating tacos in Santa Ana, going to the gym, and spending time with family and friends.
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.