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Gil Gonzalez


Gil Gonzalez, MFA

Associate Dean of Academic Support and First Year Programs
Professor of Acting and Directing
Department of Theatre and Communication Arts

Shannon Center 110


Jessica HernandezJessica Hernandez ’19, M.S.

Associate Director of Academic Support

Hernandez oversees the new student registration labs in fall and spring, the Academic Success Program, and the First-Year Enrichment Program. Hernandez also serves as the lead representative for the CARE Team (formerly PEAP) for CAAS. 

At Whittier, she earned a bachelor's degree in business administration and economics, with a minor in Spanish. She was heavily involved as a student leader on campus. She earned a master’s degree in college counseling and student development from Azusa Pacific University. As a graduate student, she served as a graduate intern in CAAS, the Office of the Registrar, and the Veteran Resource Center at Whittier. She looks forward to continuing to serve students at her alma mater and sharing her own campus experiences.

Samantha CasanasSamantha Casañas ’20, M.Ed.

Assistant Director of Academic Support

Casañas oversees the Student Athlete Peer Mentor (SAPM) and Tutoring Programs in addition to providing general support for CAAS. At Whittier, Casañas majored in sociology and was a four-year student-athlete on the softball team. She recently completed her master of education in postsecondary administration and student affairs from the University of Southern California.

Cristal Peralta

Academic Support Counselor