Meet the A-R-C team!
Phone: (310) 338-5861
Mia Watson joined LMU as the Director of the Academic Resource Center (ARC) in 2017. Following receiving a BA in English Literature from UCLA, Mia received an MA in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Art from California State University, Long Beach. Prior to coming to LMU Ms. Watson work at UCLA managing retention and outreach programs for the Division of Student Affairs and the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. As a visual artist with a passion for painting Ms. Watson brings a creative spirit to her leadership of the ARC.
Associate Director, Course Tutoring
Phone: (310) 338-2726
Originally from Philadelphia, Clinton Bullock earned a BA in Spanish from La Salle University and a MA in International Policy Studies from Middleburry Institute of International Studies (MIIS). Previously the Associate Director of Immersive Professional Learning and Special Programs at MIIS, Clinton brings a passion for language acquisition, staff and faculty development, and global event planning to his work at the ARC. In his current role Mr. Bullock is working to enhance course tutoring and develop new initiatives to support the diverse needs of our student population, while pursuing his doctorate in Education at USC.
Associate Director, Writing Center
Phone: (310) 338-7698
Morgan Gross earned her BA in English from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, her MA in Rhetoric and Composition from Texas State University in San Marcos, and her PhD in Rhetoric and Composition from Ball State University in Indiana. She comes to LMU with years of experience in teaching and writing program and writing center administration. Dr. Gross's research interests include language diversity, social justice, and writing center theory and practice. In line with LMU's mission and her own values, Dr. Gross will work to encourage learning through writing, educate tutor staff and student clients as whole persons, and promote justice in her role as Associate Director of the Writing Center.
Jennifer (Jenni) Mendez
Phone: (310) 338-1758
Jenni received her Bachelor’s from the University of California, Davis, and is currently working on her Master’s in Higher Education Administration at Loyola Marymount University. She is passionate about helping underserved and underrepresented students navigate the higher education system. Through her various roles, Jenni hopes to advocate, support and foster community amongst first-generation college students. Originally from East Hollywood, Jenni enjoys hiking, exploring, and trying new things on her spare time.
Alexia (Lexie) Pineda
Program Coordinator, First To Go
Phone: (310) 338-7653
A first-gen Lion, Lexie received her BA in Communication Studies and Women and Gender Studies from LMU in 2016, and recently earned her MA in Social Sciences and Comparative Education from UCLA in June 2018. Prior to stepping into her current role, Lexie worked as an Outreach and Operations Manager for UCLA's Graduate Student Resource Center, and served LMU's First To Go Community in multiple capacities and roles between 2012-2017. As a first-generation Los Angeles native and Chapina-Xicana who has been influenced and educated by Jesuit values, she relies on theories of praxis and community to inform and guide the first-generation student population on LMU's campus.
Jacqueline (Jackie) Leung
Phone: (310) 258-2605
Jackie Leung earned her undergraduate degree in International Business from the University of Denver where she also competed as a Division I student athlete in swimming. She received her MA from LMU in Urban Education and has spent the past four seasons as the volunteer assistant coach for the women's swimming team. Jackie is passionate about ensuring that students have access to all the resources necessary to be successful in their educational journeys.
Phone: (310) 338-7678
Three-time Lion, Melissa received her BA in English, MA in Higher Education Administration, and started her career all at LMU. As a former ARC writing tutor, GSLMU president, and a resident advisor, Ms. Iriarte began her professional career at LMU with the Student Affairs Dean's Office. Melissa currently serves as the on-campus advisor for Alpha Phi, is a staff senator, and will serve as the Interim Writing Coordinator for the ARC for the Fall Semester. It is her goal to contribute to the overall LMU community by assisting students with their educational goals.