The Staff of CEP

Andrew Gonzalez: Senior Program Manager

Andrew GonzalezAndrew is the Director of the College Enrichment Program and Higher Education Initiatives for College Enrichment and Outreach Programs.  He earned a B.A. in Economics and Spanish and an M.A. in Counseling from the University of New Mexico.  He has been working at the University of New Mexico for the past 17 years in the area of Student Affairs.  He also serves as the Faculty Advisor for Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity, Inc.  He oversees numerous programs that are geared to providing opportunities for students through educational, social, and cultural experiences to increase the recruitment, retention, graduation and development of students in higher education.  Andrew is originally from El Paso, TX and is an alumni of the College Enrichment Program.  "It is truly a pleasure to give back to a program that gave so much to my success as an undergraduate student at the University of New Mexico."


Celestina Torres: Senior Student Program Advisor

Celestina TorresCelestina has been with CEP since January of 2008. She has been with UNM as staff since December of 2005; she comes to us from The Dean of Students offices were she served as the Transfer Student Orientation Coordinator. She is delighted to continue working with orientation and the students where everyday is a different one. One of her mottos is "Don't be afraid to ask questions, anything goes."

Celestina graduated from the University of New Mexico in 2005 with a degree in University Studies with an emphasis on Family and Chicano Studies. She is currently pursuing her masters in Educational Leadership at the University of New Mexico. Celestina is an Alumni of Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority Inc. and Serves as chapter advisor at UNM. She coordinates the NAPSA Undergraduate Fellows on campus, and is involved with the Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA).


Becky Barge: Senior Student Program Advisor

Becky BargeBecky has been with CEP since October 2009. She comes to us from Shawnee, Kansas and is a graduate of Kansas State University where she majored in Psychology and Secondary History Education. She received her Master's Degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Becky has previous advising experience working in a university advising center at the University of Kansas and working in the School of Education at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Becky currently oversees the Peer Mentor/Tutor program within the CEP Program. She also serves as the Advisor and Liaison for the UNM Daniels Fund Scholars. She currently serves as the President of the New Mexico Chapter of the College Reading and Learning Association. But first and foremost she is an academic advisor.

Becky has enjoyed getting to experience the New Mexico culture and especially loves the sunsets and sunrises, chips and salsa being present at most events, and the diversity of students and staff on campus. She loves getting to know her students and encourages students to stop by her office anytime. Her strongest advice to students is to ask questions, you will never know the answer if you don't!


Ricardo Romero Senior Student Program Advisor

Ricardo RomeroRicardo Romero has been with CEP since 2004. He was born and raised in New Mexico and spent his childhood in both Albuquerque and Tierra Amarilla. He is a graduate of Albuquerque High School, Universal Technical Institute and an alumnus of Central New Mexico Community College. While studying at UNM, he was a McNair Scholar and he graduated cum laude with a B.A. in History and Spanish. He was the youngest of five children and the first to graduate with a bachelor’s degree. He went on to graduate school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and earned a M. A. in American History where he was an Advanced Opportunity Fellow.

While at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Ricardo served as a teaching assistant in American West History and a graduate assistant with Student Support Services and the McNair Scholars Program. Both of those programs help undergraduate students achieve their goals at the university. That is where he realized that he loved working with students in that capacity. When he returned to New Mexico he began working at UNM for CEP and he continues to enjoy working with undergraduates. He spent the academic year of 2010/11 in Spain as an English Language Assistant in a Spanish High School. So if he encourages students to try something new, he is able to speak from experience. .


Jose Villar: Senior Student Program Advisor

Jose Villar Jose joins us from Grants, New Mexico. He has been involved with the College Enrichment Program since May of 2006. He began as an Orientation Leader during the summers and a Peer Mentor/Tutor during the academic year as a student. In December of 2009 he graduated from the University of New Mexico with a degree in Business Administration, concentrating in Organizational Leadership. He enjoyed working with our program and students so much that he decided to join our professional staff in February of 2010. He is also currently pursuing his M.B.A in Organizational Behavior/Human Resource Management.

Jose is excited to give back to a program that has given so much to him. As a student he was highly involved around campus and believes that all of his opportunities and success have been a result of all the support he received from the College Enrichment Program. He hopes to give students a similar experience that he had and looks forward to assisting in every other way possible.