RSP Advisers and Intern Team 2021-2022

Meet our Renaissance Scholars Staff and Interns 2021-2022

Core Team is an on-campus job/internship opportunity provided by the Renaissance Scholars Program itself. The Core Team does anything and everything RSP, from advising and mentoring students to organizing workshops and events. Here's the 2021-2022 Core Team!

    Elizabeth Moya

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    RSP Program Advisor

    Renaissance Scholars Advisor


    Elizabeth Moya (she/her/hers) is the Renaissance Scholars Program Counselor at UC Santa Cruz. She brings her professional and personal experience working with former foster youth, formerly incarcerated/system impacted students and other extenuating circumstances through a trauma-informed and social work lens. She is a proud Renaissance Scholars alumna due to her own personal background being formerly homeless, parents with severe drug and alcohol dependency, physical abuse, and other trauma-induced experiences throughout childhood. Despite what her personal background is, she turned her pain into motivation to get herself through college and advocate for others who experienced similar family circumstances.


    Elizabeth graduated from UC Santa Cruz in Sociology and Legal Studies in 2013. In 2018, she received her Master of Social Work degree from San José State University with a concentration in Children, Youth and Families. Elizabeth’s work reflects her care and commitment to ensure equitable practices are attainable for the Renaissance Scholars community.

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    Phone number:831-459-4819

  • Jocelyn Fredell

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    RSP Member, AmeriCorps Member

    Jocelyn Fredell, Renaissance Scholars Program, AmeriCorps Member (she/her/they)

    Jocelyn graduated in June 2021 from UCSC with a Bachelor of Arts in Community Studies. She is the first AmeriCorps Foster Youth Initiative AmeriCorps member to work with Renaissance Scholars and will be with us until August 2022. Her role in the Renaissance Scholars program is to facilitate life skills workshops, as well as supervising and leading the peer mentor program. While attending UCSC, Jocelyn was a Renaissance Scholar herself and credits the program for helping her navigate adulthood and the university. She is excited to have the opportunity to give back as well as learn from students and this community. 

  • Taylor Zavala

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    RSP, MSW Intern

    Taylor Zavala, Masters in Social Work Intern, Renaissance Scholars Program (she/they)

    Taylor Zavala is a second year Masters in Social Work (MSW) Intern student at San Jose State University, and is supporting the Renaissance Scholars Program at UCSC. Her previous experience has been working with individuals who have experienced human trafficking and Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children. After graduation, she hopes to accrue clinical hours and gain her license so she may provide therapy and facilitate support groups for this population and others who have experienced trauma. She pairs holistic practices such as Qigong and meditation to help people heal. She also believes in the power of preventative work by teaching others how to create healthy relationships and upkeep boundaries in those that are unhealthy. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, camping, dancing, and spending time with her family. 

  • Sara A. Radoff

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    Director, Services for Transfer and Re-entry Students

    My passion in life is working to transform educational policies and practices to make them more socially just. My core values include developing caring relationships with students, colleagues, and friends, seeking out opportunities for collaboration and connection, and unapologetically challenging systems of oppression. I am dedicated to serving students and supporting their success. Prior to joining STARS, I  served as the Academic Preceptor at Oakes College. Before that, I worked in international education and community development work. I received a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Montana, and a M.A. from the University of British Columbia, specializing in Society, Culture, and Politics in Education.

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