Welcome Statement

Welcome to East Los Angeles College (ELAC) and the Division of Student Services. Here at ELAC you will find a community of people dedicated to your learning experience. We are invested in the steps you will take to succeed. It is time to explore, develop and implement the next phases of your life. Every step you take will move you closer to or further from the goals you have set. Take those steps with purpose. If they sometimes get hard, reach out to the people in our offices.

We offer nearly 80 student organizations, and an active cultural community that has a variety of programs, events, activities, concerts, theater and dance productions presented by students, faculty, guest lecturers and entertainers. Students also develop leadership and organizational skills through involvement in student government, campus organizations, community service, and through service on a variety of campus planning committees. We hope you will take advantage of the numerous opportunities to get involved in our community and continue ELAC’s rich legacy of student and community engagement. We are glad you chose ELAC as a place to begin or a place to restart. We take pride in our work and the success of our students and we look forward to our partnership with you.


Julie Benavides
Vice President of Student Services

Vision Statement

To support students’ self-agency in meeting the challenges of learning and succeeding.

Mission Statement

The Student Services Division, in support of the East Los Angeles College mission statement, strives to enhance the educational experience of our students by providing programs and services designed to empower students to attain their academic, career, and personal goals.


We value as professionals in the Student Services Division:


  • Integrity
  • Respect
  • Commitment
  • Collaboration
  • Inclusivity and Diversity
  • Equity


Meet the Student Services Division Team

The Student Services Division is comprised of programs and services that include Admissions & Records, Assessment Office, Athletics, Career & Job Services, Counseling, Disabled Student Services, Educational Opportunity Programs Services (EOPS) & CARE, Financial Aid, Foster Kinship Care & Education, International Students, Outreach/Recruitment - Family & Community Engagement, Student Activities, Student Health Center, Transfer, and Veterans Resource Center. Each unit's goal is to provide necessary support services to ensure the success of every student.

  1. Dean of Student Services Laura Cantú Ed.D., Dean of Student Services
    Areas of Admissions & Records, Financial Aid, Career and Job Services, Great Outcomes for East Los Angeles, Community Partnerships, Student Equity and CalWORKs
    Tel: (323) 265-8646
    Email: cantulb@elac.edu

  2. thumbnail of Miguel Duenas - Dean of Student Services Miguel Duenas, Dean of Student Services
    Areas of Dual Enrollment, Outreach & Recruitment, K-12 Partnerships
    Tel: (323) 265-8735
    Email: duenasma@elac.edu

  3. thumbnail of Danelle Fallert - Dean of Student Services Danelle Fallert, Dean of Student Services
    Areas of Admissions & Records, DSPS, EOPS, Veterans, Foster Youth
    Tel: (323) 265-8797
    Email: fallerdj@elac.edu

  4. thumbnail of Graciela Hernandez- Dean of Student Services Graciela Hernandez, Dean of Student Services
    Areas of EOPS, CARE, NextUp/CAFYES, Foster Youth
    Tel: (323) 415-5445
    Email: Hernang@elac.edu

  5. thumbnail of Sonia M. Lopez - Dean of Student Services Sonia M. Lopez, Dean of Student Services
    Areas of Associated Student Union, Student Life, Health Center, Mental Health
    Tel: (323) 265-8742
    Email: lopezms@elac.edu

  6. thumbnail of Vacant - Dean of Student Services Dr. Vanessa Ochoa, Ph.D, Dean of Student Services
    Areas of First-Year/LA College Promise/Dream Resource Center/One Zone (LGTBQ+)/Education Justice Scholars
    Tel: (323) 265-8721
    Email: ochoavj@elac.edu

  7. thumbnail of Vacant - Dean of Student Services Paulina P. Palomino, Dean of Student Services
    Areas of Assessment, Adelante First Year Experience/Student Services, Counseling, Transfer, Student Success Support Program
    Tel: (323) 265-8977
    Email: palomipp@elac.edu