Sylvia Pimentel, MSW

Counseling Faculty

Sylvia has been at Fullerton College for 16 years as Counseling Faculty advising students and as a professor.  During this time she  worked in various departments such as EOPS, Financial Aid, Veterans, Transfer Center and General Counseling.

She graduated from Fresno State with a BA in Social Work and attended USC to complete an MSW; emphasis  on families and children.  Prior to being in the college setting, Sylvia had extensive clinical and administrative experience.  She worked as a therapist with sexually abused children and families, dual diagnosis clients, medical social work, psych hospital evaluations for outpatient readiness, and K-12 counseling.  As well as, being a director for a foster care and youth program.

As Counseling Faculty, her passion is on maximizing students’ potential, advocating for and facilitating access to services and providing the necessary tools to fulfill their goals. This ranges from curriculum development, such as COUN 163 Personal Growth and Life Transitions and COUN 93 Managing College Finances to program development. She submitted the proposal to design and direct the Grads to Be Program that services undocumented students at FC.

Her favorite role is being a Tia to her adorable nieces and nephews.  They think that her two dogs are spoiled, however she disagrees and says that they are abundantly loved and cared for.  Sylvia’s favorite place is the beach and she enjoys traveling, horse riding, hiking, and reading. 


Lizbeth Trujillo S, BA

Program Mentor

Lizbeth graduated from California State University, Fullerton as a first generation college student with a degree in Business Management. She relocated from Morelos, Mexico to the Inland Empire at the age of 13 and California has been home since then.

Lizbeth began high school as an ESL student and was able to graduate as Valedictorian of her senior class.  She was a transfer student from Riverside City College where she earned an AA in Administration and Information Systems as well as an AA in Social and Behavioral Studies.  Lizbeth was part of programs such as the Latino Network Leadership Institute, Puente, SAFE, the CA Dream Network and the Inland Empire Scholarship Fund, among others.  These programs contributed to her personal and professional development and directed her path to working with undocumented students.

Learning about their powerful experiences and their remarkable resilience is the reason why she is driven and excited to continue working as a Program Mentor for Grads to Be. Lizbeth enjoys cozy winters, warm lattes, watching shows, and collecting coffee mugs!

Genaro D. Rios, BA

Program Mentor

Genaro immigrated from Mexico at the age of 11 to reunite with his family in the US.  He overcame educational obstacles as an ESL student in the Anaheim School District.  In high school, he was a member of MEChA which gave him access to important world literature and shaped his passion for supporting other immigrant students’ pursuit of a higher education.

He earned his AA in Philosophy from Fullerton College and then transferred to UC Berkeley where he earned two Bachelor’s degrees in Philosophy and Spanish Literature. He has supported student success in his roles as a College Advisor through UC Berkeley’s EAOP Program/CAC College Advising Corps. 

Currently, he is an Academy Instructor at Reality Changers, a nonprofit college access program for disadvantaged students.  He leads evening sessions supporting first-generation students through the college application process.  He is an ardent advocate for the rights of every student from any immigration status to pursue their educational and professional dreams.  On his free time, he likes to keep busy by reading and writing and spoils his pug, Chomsky.