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Meet the AEA Advising Team

Academic Advisors for Exploratory Students


Renata Figueroa
Student Services Advisor II

Renata Figueroa was born and raised in Southeast Los Angeles. She received a B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles. After graduation she completed a year in AmeriCorps serving as a College Center Coordinator in South Los Angeles. Renata obtained her M.Ed. in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs from the University of Southern California. Her student affairs career began in the Marshall School of Business where she spent two years as a Graduate Assistant. A fun fact about Renata is that she danced in Grupo Folkórico de UCLA for three years as an undergraduate student.

Advice to Frosh Self: “Do not be afraid to step outside your comfort zone! There is beauty in exploring new sides to yourself. Also reach out for help when you need it. There are many resources and opportunities it is just a matter of taking the time to make use of them.”


Lisette Juarez
Student Services Advisor I

Lisette was born and raised in Southeast Los Angeles. She began her college journey as an undecided/undeclared student at the University of California, Irvine where she later received a B.A. in Education Sciences and a B.A. in Social Ecology. Lisette realized she wanted to pursue a career in student services when she became a Peer Academic Advisor during her last year at the University of California, Irvine. After graduating, she spent one year as a Behavior Instructor and then returned to school to complete her M. Ed. In Educational Counseling at the University of Southern California (USC). While attending USC, she served as a Graduate Assistant for the Office of Student Accessibility Services and Graduate Intern for Viterbi Career Connections. One of Lisette’s favorite hobbies is painting. Her most treasured paintings are both of her college graduation caps, one of which includes her favorite character Winnie the Pooh, and the other inspired by a past adventure in Hawaii.


Advice to Frosh Self: “Take advantage of the resources you have available on campus, and if you are unsure of something it is okay to ask! It can also help to connect with others through a student organization or group on campus.”