Welcome to the Woodbury School of Business—Peer Latino Mentor Program

The Latino Mentor Program is available to all Latino business students with support from the Woodbury School of Business and the WSB Advisement Center.

College is a big step for students and the Woodbury School of Business has developed a Peer Mentor Program to assist students in their academic success. We know that students who participate in a quality mentor program are more prepared academically, develop strong leadership skills, and develop a strong support system for success.

Mentors make a difference! They can be a very important resource. Each mentor has experience in the Woodbury School of Business and is familiar with its opportunities. Student mentors understand scheduling concerns, the value of quantitative and writing labs and other tools available for success.

Mentors and mentees will meet at the Peer Mentor Program “Kick-Off”. During your mentor experience, we hope to make your college experience exciting, fulfilling, and successful. By the end of the semester, we hope participants will establish a sense of accomplishment. You will have made a difference in someone’s life. Thank you and welcome to the “Peer Mentor Team".

Our Mentors

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Chantal Simmons

Chantal is from Cannon Beach, Oregon and comes from a part-Latino family. Her background and family’s example has given her the opportunity to be involved in the Latin community wherever she has resided.  Chantal is currently attending the Woodbury School of Business and completing a business management degree with a minor in marketing. She is also working part-time as a marketing assistant for the start-up, Rallyest.  Chantal enjoys living in Utah because of her love of the outdoors. She spends her free time traveling around the state visiting national parks. She has recently become involved in rock-climbing and canyoneering.  Her future goals are to work as a real estate agent and help other realtors improve their personal marketing by bringing buyers and sellers together. She has recently accepted an internship in St. George at a real estate company and looks forward to that experience this summer.

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Luz Loaeza

Luz, originally from Mexico, is a first-generation student majoring in Finance with a minor in Accounting. Luz is studying for the CFA Exam (Chartered Financial Analyst). A chartered financial analyst (CFA) is a globally recognized professional designation given by the CFA Institute, (formerly the AIMR (Association for Investment Management and Research), that measures and certifies the competence and integrity of financial analysts. Luz hopes to use her degree to represent the Hispanic community and to motivate others to improve their lives through education. Luz favorite food is lasagna and she loves to eat chocolate cake.

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Oswaldo Gonzales

Oswaldo Gonzalez is an International Student from Mexico. He is majoring in International Business Management, with a minor in German language. Oswaldo speaks Spanish as a mother language, English a second language and he is currently learning German as a third language. Oswaldo plan is to take part in the distilled beverages market with a beverage that represents the culture of his country, tequila. Oswaldo has been part of the Woodbury School of Business Latino Leadership Council since Fall 2018.

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Sandra Marza

Sandra is from La Paz, Bolivia and came to the U.S. as an international student in fall 2017. She initially wanted to learn and practice English but decided to stay for a bachelor’s degree in business management after finishing the ESL program at UVU. Sandra’s goal is to aid her country to develop more local businesses to help its economy. Sandra recently decided to add a minor in Human Resources management because she wants to help companies and employees have the personnel skills, they need to be successful. In her free time, Sandra likes to watch TV shows, paint with watercolors, and play board games. She misses her family and Bolivian food most. “I love helping others so don’t hesitate to contact me!”

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Oscar Barahona

Oscar Barahona is an international student from Guatemala City. He is a first-generation student who comes from a large family of twenty-one siblings. Oscar is currently a junior working on a bachelor's degree in business management and minors in Finance and Marketing. He is passionate about helping others to become successful at the Woodbury School of Business and in life. Oscar is a responsible and motivated young adult who would love to one day manage his own business. Oscars hobbies include lifting weights and playing soccer with his friends at UVU.

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George Correa

George Correa is currently a junior passionately studying Business Management. George is from Barranquilla, Colombia but was raised in sunny Miami, Florida. George's strongest ambition is to help the Latino and minority Communities achieve the highest success they can.

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Alex Rivera

Alex Rivera is a Finance Major with entrepreneurial aspects. He recently started his own business in production and content creation and has had a passion for art since he was young. Alex’s experiences include finance specialist, graphic design, video and photo editing, and social media marketing. Alex was born and raised in Utah and comes from a Mexican family. He is a first-generation college student. Growing up, he had to learn English not just for his sake, but for his parents as well. Alex values dedication, passion, determination. He loves the game of basketball with Kobe Bryant being his idol and inspiration. He also loves creating things through art. Alex Rivera wants to create a legacy that will live on with the people he hopes to inspire.

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Carlos Figueiredo

Carlos, originally from Brazil, is a Business Management major with a minor in Spanish. He first began attending Utah Valley University to study English as a second language and worked in the Language Laboratory as a Portuguese tutor. Carlos loves working in clubs and being a mentor that has the opportunity to connect with so many different people and help them recognize their strengths.

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Andre Henao

Andre, of Colombian and Mexican descent, was raised in Los Angeles, CA by a loving father, mother, and stepmother. Andre participated in many high school sports. He played Football and ran track. Andre’s life is based around a strong belief in a supreme being. He belongs to The Church of Jesus Christ Latter Days and has served a successful two year mission in Trujillo, Peru. Andre currently works with various extracurricular activities at Utah Valley University. He is a member of the UVU Business Negotiating Team, Enactus Congo Project, and is the Department Representative for the Accounting department in the UVUSA. Andre also coaches football at American Fork High School. Andre is majoring in Finance and Accounting. He is currently is a Commercial Real Estate agent in California working towards starting his own business soon. Andre’s long-term goals are to start a family, become a prestigious real estate developer in the United States and to win a College Football National Championship.  Andre loves to spend his free time traveling to Colombia, hanging out with friends, reading business and self-development books, watching USC football on the weekends and enjoys playing basketball and football.

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Freddy Lopez

Freddy, whose parents are from Mexico, grew up in Oxnard, California. Freddy and his siblings are the first-generation to go to college. Freddy’s goals are to graduate from UVU in accounting, and then to pursue a master’s degree. He likes to play soccer, go to the movies, and hang out with friends in his free time.

 
 

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