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At Seattle University, we strive to develop and care for students as whole people. Your academic and personal success are of the utmost importance. If you're ever feeling like you might need some help, there are many people on campus to reach out to including Student Persistence, professors, advisors, and staff.

If you are experiencing an emergency, please contact Public Safety at 206-296-5911, visit CAPS during urgent care hours Monday-Friday 10-11am and 3-4pm, or call the 24 Hour King County Crisis Line at 206-461-3222. 

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Carly Darcher

M.Ed.

Director of Premajor Studies and Student Persistence

Phone: 206-296-5551

Building/Room: Bellarmine Advising Center

Pronouns: she/her/hers

I supervise both the Premajor Studies Program and the Office of Student Persistence. I started my academic career at Western Washington University as a first-generation college student. There I earned a BA in Communication. Additionally, I have a MEd in Student Development Administration from Seattle University. I have worked at SU for over 12 years. Prior to joining Premajor Studies and Student Persistence, I was a Senior Academic Advisor in the College of Science and Engineering and an Academic Specialist in the Office of the Registrar and Operations. My advising is focused on helping students navigate the education system, normalizing the use of campus resources, and empowering students to take ownership of their education. When I'm not working, I enjoy reading, gardening, and taking my dogs for walks. 

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Mayra Santoyo

Student Persistence Specialist

Phone: 206-296-2426

Building/Room: Bellarmine Advising Center

Pronouns: she/her/ella

I am a proud Latina from Hayward, California. Bay Area born and raised. Because of this, I found value in the importance of social justice and equality in education. Graduating from UC Riverside with a Bachelors's Degree in Sociology and working as a College Adviser for the past two years at UC Berkeley's Destination College Advising Corps I found my passion to support underrepresented BIPOC students to and through college. I am currently a student in the M.Ed Candidate in the Student Development Administration graduate program here at Seattle University and in the Student Persistence office aim to promote equity within our campus and be a resource for student success. 

Schedule an appointment with Mayra

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Destiny Ledesma

B.S. Psychology

Graduate Assistant for Student Persistence & Pre-Major Studies

Building/Room: Bellarmine Advising Center

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

I was originally born and raised in Tri-Cities WA, where I obtained my Bachelor’s Degree from Washington State University in 2020 with a Degree in Psychology focusing on Clinical Psychology. Throughout my time at WSU, I found a passion to support, lead, and guide others to success, especially those in the BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and AAPI communities. This lead me to find my path in serving those in need and focusing on the importance of Mental Health. I am currently a M.Ed candidate in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Graduate Program here at Seattle University, and serve as the Graduate Assistant for Student Persistence and Pre-Major Programs. I hope to use my skills in standing up, speaking up, and advocating for student achievement. Outside of work and class, I enjoy cooking, trying new foods, and going to events/concerts around the Seattle Area!

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