Our Mentors

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Yin Ue "Tianna" Chan 

Yin Ue "Tianna" Chan is an international student from Hong Kong and currently her second semester at Cañada College majoring in Economics. Tianna came to the United States 2 years ago and went to high school in New York. She will be graduating in Spring 2020 and hopes to transfer to a 4-year university. She is also a senator of the Student Senate and the treasurer of business and entrepreneurship club for the 2018-2019 term. Tianna likes playing the piano, talking to people, jogging and traveling.


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Vanessa Giraldo Ruiz

Vanessa was born in Medellin, Colombia and moved to the United States 4 years ago. She is an international student and started as an ESL Student at Cañada College. Currently, Vanessa is in her third year and is pursuing a bachelor's degree in Interior Design. Studying abroad has been her dream since she was 17 years old. Vanessa found in Cañada the right place to pursue higher education. Her family, host family, the college staff, classmates, and professors support have been a key moving forward in her academic goals. As a peer mentor, she wants to help other students succeed in their academic path and give back to the college that has welcomed her since the beginning. Vanessa loves art & crafts, cooking, traveling, and learning about different cultures. Vanessa believes in dreams and she thinks that with hard work, responsibility, and commitment we can achieve our goals.


Peer Mentor 


Guidance Gunundu

Guidance is an international student from Zimbabwe who is currently studying Digital Art and Animation on the San Mateo College District Global Becca Scholarship. Guidance was the Commissioner of Design and Marketing on the Student Senate for the 2017-2018 term and is currently the Senator at large for Humanities. Moreover, he is a Student Ambassador in the Outreach Department, a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Society, a distinguished student representative at the Academic Senate meetings, Technology Committee and an ESO Adalante peer mentor. He is graduating Spring 2019 and hopes to transfer to the University of Southern California where he plans to double major in Graphic Design and Media + Practice. Guidance loves to talk to different people, write articles, travel, and values cultural Diversity. He is very open and is ready to listen

 Diana Lopez  

Diana Lopez Bartolo

Diana Lopez was born in Rome, Italy, and moved to the United States four years ago. After graduating from high school, she is continuing her studies at Cañada College. Where she is currently studying for her associate degrees in Political Science, Sociology, and in Interdisciplinary Studies with emphasis on Social and Behavioral Sciences. Last year she decided to get more involved in college, by joining the Cañada LatinX Club, and the DREAMers Club. She enjoys reading books, spending time with her family and friends and most of all, roller skating.


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Matthew Nuez

Matthew was born and raised in the Bay Area. Matthew has been a continuing student for 5 years in Skyline College, San Mateo College, and Cañada College. Matthew had to make a difficult choice to pick between a decent paying job with benefits or investing in his education to accomplish his dream. Matthew was Phi Theta Kappa’s ICC Liaison officer in Fall 2018. As of Spring 2019, he joined Student Senate to become a Senator to break his shyness and become closer with his community. He plans to major in Mechanical Engineering with interest to work for Nissan or Ford. Matthew likes to read non-fictional books, watch anime, and jog on his free time.


Sindy I. Palma 

Sindy I Palma is a dedicated and passionate student who is motivated in helping people. At the same time, Sindy is the first in her family to attend college. In 2015, Sindy enrolled at Cañada College as an ESL student. Currently, she is working on her Associates Degree as a Medical Assistant and hopes to be working in a Hospital as a Medical Assistant. She wants to pursue her long-term goal to transfer to a four year University and become a Registered Nurse. 

Peer Mentor 

 Diana Viscarra



Joel Rolando Canche

Joel was born and raised in the Bay Area. Joel has been a continuing student for 7 semesters here at Cañada Collegeaiming for an Associates' degree in Accounting and Business Administration. He has a goal to transfer to Stanislaus University to focus on Accounting to receive his first-ever bachelor's degree. Joel highly believes in cultural diversity and enjoys talking with different people to learn more about the community. Joel hopes to find a good career helping those in need whether it be in public, private, or not-for-profit organizations. In his spare time, Joel works at a local bicycle shop educating people about the sensation of road, and mountain biking. Joel enjoys riding road bicycles, playing guitar, and gaming with friends.