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LOCATION: Educational Talent Search
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California Polytechnic State University
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407


Vacant position



Vacant Position


Program Coordinator

Yunnie Snyder

Yunnie Tsao Snyder

Outreach Coordinator


Yunnie (she/her) is a social justice educator, interdisciplinary scholar, clinical herbalist, and visual artist. Her practice is rooted in womxn of color feminisms, Buddhist methodology, intergenerational storytelling, collective community care, and guided by a deep abiding belief that the engaged learning process can heal both people and planet. She obtained her BA in Women’s Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz, her MA in Education from Stanford University, and studied at UCSC toward the completion of her PhD in Education while also teaching courses in the Education minor. Yunnie brings with her over two decades of experience collaborating with a diversity of teachers, students, families, and community members in underserved K-12 schools, after-school enrichment programs, affordable housing sites, community-based orgs, non-profits, and institutions of higher education to provide equitable access to high-quality education, arts- and technology-integrated programming, leadership and jobs skill training, and holistic wellness resources. She is grateful to be able to partner with ETS youth to help them envision their futures and to discover their unique pathways there.

"There is nothing new under the sun, but there are new suns." -- Octavia E. Butler

Nicole Rivera

Nicole Cea Rivera

Administrative Support Assistant

Nicole is excited to be a new member of the TRIO family. Nicole was born in California and moved around a bit as a kid before spending the majority of her adulthood in New York City. She was a professional dancer, and started her own non-profit, Cea ME! Dance teaching a robust dance curriculum to middle school students in Harlem, NYC. From there she had the opportunity to create, implement and manage over 50 different programs that helped underserved youth across the 5 boroughs of NYC. Prior to moving to the San Luis Obispo area in 2017, Nicole was a founding director of a public charter school in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan where she created and fostered numerous partnerships including a partnership with the MLB team the New York Mets. She has written for many winning grants totaling over $3.5 million dollars. She completed her Master’s in Public Policy at Cal Poly SLO in 2020, where she had the great opportunity of evaluating San Luis Obispo County’s Mental Health Services Act INNovation project called Creating Opportunities for Latinas to Experience Goal Achievement (COLEGA) where she analyzed the effectiveness of Latina/x therapists and their work with Latina/x domestic violence survivors. Nicole loves to meet new people and hear their stories. She is passionate about advocating for individuals, and creating equitable and successful programs. When not working, you can find Nicole exploring the diverse California Coast with her husband and daughter.

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