Southwestern College



Puente Program

Puente is open to all students and is designed to meet the needs of students from populations with low rates of enrollment at four-year colleges. Puente Project Faculty recruit students from high schools, our own community college campus and student orientations. Students who are college bound enroll in the program by attending a campus orientation, and completing and application and interview process. Students must be eligible for English 114 in the fall of the academic year. Students come from a range of backgrounds and are usually the first in their families to attend college.

Interested? Fill out this Student Information Sheet or come to the SWC Counseling Center and ask to meet with our Puente Counselor. The Counseling Center is located on the second floor of the Student Services Center, or call (619) 421-6700 x 5240

Puente Project

To increase contribute and support educational endeavors; increase socio-political awareness and become familiar with issues impacting communities; involvement in decision making process on campus and community; to poster personal development leadership training.


Francisco Bustos   

Veronica Guaracha  

LATINX Committee

This group of leaders will help guide and inform the development of short term and long-term collaborations within the Latinx communities, especially Spanish speaking and undocumented communities within Southwestern College.

Carla Sevilla

SHPE (Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers)

To provide student exposure to engineering, electronics and science related filed. Develop leadership skill in student. Offer financial assistant through scholarships. Professional engineering speakers, guided engineering corporation tours, and internships


Minerva Garcia  

MAS Scholars (Mexican American Studies)

Connect students within MAS Scholars with direct guidance within their academic, professional careers, as well give personal mentorship that they would not be able to get from large resources on campus.


Greg Pantoja  

Angelica Palacios  

M.E.Ch.A. (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan)

To provide awareness of socio-political, historical, and cultural elements in order to empower students to become active within their community.


Ronald Baza  

Marisol Natividad  

Chicano Latino Coalition of Southwestern College

To support the academic and occupational success of Chicano/Latino students, staff, faculty, and the community of the Southwestern Community College District. Our goals are to promote a spirit of collaboration to support and facilitate education and professional advancement. Additionally, highlight, celebrate, and promote Chicano/Latino accomplishments, and lastly to provide a forum for the discussion of issues affecting Chicano/Latino staff, faculty, and students

Coalition Advisors

Veronica Cadena

Linda Escobedo

MANA de San Diego

MANA de San Diego members enjoy personal and professional growth opportunities through events, networks and newsletters. Members connect with like-minded Latinas, to address concerns and challenges unique to the Latino community.

Contact Information:
Phone: 619 297 0115
Fax: 619 297 0996
Address: 2515 Camino Del Rio South, Suite 228
San Diego, CA 92108  

Chicano Federation

Chicano Federation is to provide empowering opportunities for our diverse community. The Chicano Federation is one of San Diego’s leading social service agencies providing child education, health and nutrition, and housing programs to more than 8,000 San Diegans annually.

Contact Information:
Phone: (619) 285-5600
Fax: (619) 285-5614
Address: 3180 University Ave, Suite 317, San Diego, CA 92104-2074  

Casa Cornelia

Casa Cornelia Law Center is a public interest law firm providing quality pro bono legal services to victims of human and civil rights violations. The Center has a primary commitment to the indigent within the immigrant community in southern California. Casa Cornelia strives to educate others regarding the impact of immigration law and policy on society and the public good.

Contact Information:
2760 5th Ave STE 200 San Diego, CA 92103  
Telephone: 1.619-231-7788

Last updated: 1/25/2018 11:46:44 AM