The Office of Student Life hosts graduate students who attaining their master’s in social work. They are student interns working for Dr. Nicky Damania in the Office of Student Life. Their main mission is to help students to succeed by providing wrap-around services to college students by connecting them to public benefits, institution and community resources, and addressing non-academic barriers that may hinder a student from achieving academic success. They are part of the college’s response team and are mandatory reporters. They also are standing members of the Students of Concern (SOC) team who meet weekly with other BC Staff members to discuss issues that may affect a student’s well-being and self-efficacy such as fair and equal access to financial aid services, employment, disability, and health services.
Natalia Hatley grew up in Bakersfield but left for the beaches of Santa Barbara in 2008 to get her undergraduate degree. She graduated from Westmont College in 2012 with a B.S. in Environmental Biology. She moved back to Bakersfield in 2017 to pursue her Masters in Social Work as a full-time student at CSUB. After graduation in the spring, she hopes to utilize her passion for helping people, ecological restoration, and travel by working with communities facing environmental injustice. When she’s not at class, internship or working on assignments she enjoys spending time with family or binge-watching shows on Netflix.
Born and raised out in the country area of Kern County in the big city of Richgrove, CA, Anabel Jimenez is an alumnae os Bakersfield College. It is an honor for her to serve her Alma Mater (Go Renegades!). She obtained her Bachelor's degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from Cal State- Bakersfield and is currently in her last year of the Masters program in Social Work at CSUB. As a first-generation college graduate, it has always been a passion of hers to help others in their journeys in life, specifically in their careers. Her goal has been to give back to her community at Bakersfield College one day as a Social Worker. As a proud ally of the LGBTQ+ community and an advocate in feminism she also plans to help as many underprivileged minorities in our society. One of her favorite self-care activities is finding new hiking spots with her son and dogs. Animal advocacy is in her blood just like social work. She lives her life by this quote: "Out of your vulnerabilities will come your strength" - Sigmund Freud
Jennifer Shockley is a student at California State University, Bakersfield in the Master’s of Social Work program. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development from California State University, Sacramento in 2016. Jennifer is new to the team in the Bakersfield College Office of Student Life as an intern. In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys working with horses.