Latinx Student Association

Open to all GSM students

The Latinx Student Association is focused on providing a sense of community, professional development, academic pathways, and networking opportunities to our Latinx student population at the Graduate School of Management.

  • Community
  • Arena for Communication
  • Networking
  • Mentorship
  • Academic Pathways
  • Diversifying Business Knowledge
  • Emotional Support
  • Access to Resources
  • Fundraising (books, residentials, etc)
  • Liaison for GSM
  • Improving Communication
  • Academic Support / Coordination
  • Advocacy for Latinx students
  • Academic Support

Three Pillars: Objectives

The cornerstone of our club is our gente. Building strength and unity amongst our students, professionals and the communities that support us in an essential part of our objective. 

Pillar One: Professional Development

  • Career pathways
  • Professional guest speakers
  • Networking events
  • Career shadows

Pillar Two: Student Success

  • Academic support
  • Mentoring
  • GSM liaison
  • Access to resources

Pillar Three: Community Engagement

  • Civic engagement
  • Advocacy
  • Community involvement/events
  • Partnership with other clubs

Mission

Our mission is to build a network to connect students and support their academic journey while preserving the Latinx culture and values. By strengthening the diversity of our ideas, the development of our students and the engagement of our community, we can foster unity and equality for all.

Unidos y Fuertes en acción, we thrive. Juntos Podemos!

Vision

Our vision is to build a safe and united network for Latinx students to learn, support, and thrive.  We aspire to build a future of success for our community that is rooted in the celebration of the diversity within our cultures and values.

Meet our Board

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Victoria Mata
President

Victoria Mata is a first-year Online MBA candidate interested in strategic management and organizational leadership. She graduated with her degree in Global Studies from the University of California, Riverside. Post-graduation, she worked within the legal industry providing various eDiscovery services.  Her drive to further her career in the world of business as well as assist her family businesses led her to further her education. Currently, she is a full-time student enjoying really being able to delve into each subject provided by the MBA program. 

Outside of school, Victoria enjoys beach days, traveling, hiking, and road-tripping with her husband and two fur babies.

Connect with Victoria on LinkedIn.

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Angela Cardona
Treasurer

Angela Cardona is currently a candidate for the Master's in Business Administration Degree at UC Davis. Angela graduated with a Business Administration degree with an emphasis in Entrepreneurship from California State University, Fresno. She also brings over 10 years’ experience in the Finance and Operations fields of non-profits organizations. As an entrepreneur Angela has created companies like CVITS, an IT Consulting Services business that was later sold to a local corporation. She is currently the owner of Anza Consulting Services, a local company created to help streamline operations and finance processes of local small business and non-profit organizations. 

On top of being an entrepreneur, she worked as the Accounting Manager for Valley PBS and the Finance & Operations manager for the Downtown Fresno Partnership. She truly believes that making small contributions to this world will make a big impact in the lives of others and their communities.  Because of this, Angela also currently operates Anza Commercial, an organization created to bring water filters to remote areas in Honduras.

Aside from her professional life, Angela has lived in Fresno for over 15 years. She is originally from Colombia and loves a good cup of coffee. Angela enjoys going on adventures with her husband Daniel and two kids Santiago and Luciana. 

Connect with Angela on LinkedIn.

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Veronica Orozco
Secretary

Veronica Orozco is currently a candidate for the Online MBA program at UC Davis. She was born in Mexico, and at the age of 14, immigrated to the United States. In 2000, Veronica received her Bachelor's degree in Finance from the University of Arizona. She is currently a Management Auditor Specialist at the State Controller's Office with over 20-years of auditing experience. Veronica is a strong advocate for protecting the interest of California citizens by ensuring businesses comply with laws, rules, and regulations. In her role, she collaborates across divisions on special projects with various audit teams performing audits, internal control reviews, monitoring activities, and other related work to protect taxpayer's dollars, improve governance processes, and detect fraud. 

Her professional interests focus on compliance, accounting, financial management, and production operations, particularly in the Oil and Gas, Geothermal, and Utility industries.  Current projects include auditing the California Public Utilities Affiliated Transaction Rules under contractual agreement with California Public Utilities Commission to ensure compliance with specific program and fiscal requirements. In addition, she serves as a member representing the Division of Audits for the State Controller's Office Strategic Plan under the Excellence in Leadership Program. She was recently awarded the 'Controller's Award' for her innovation and creativity in managing the Municipal Storm Water and Urban Runoff Discharges program for achieving savings of $36.7 million for California taxpayers.

Veronica is an avid runner, and she has participated in many organized races including, obstacle races. She is also a sketch artist and has volunteered in her son's school as an Art Docent for many years. Running and drawing have served her with a healing modality for dealing with life's challenges. She believes that through running and sketching, she has learned that the key to succeeding in life is to follow through long enough, despite the pain.

Connect with Veronica on LinkedIn.