Meet Angel Guillen, 2022 Undergraduate Dean’s Medalist Nominee


Angel Guillen is one of the 2022 Undergraduate Dean’s Medalist Nominees for the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management.

Guillen is a first-generation student, who graduated from Madera High School in 2018. He is a double major in sociology and Chicano studies, with minors in psychology and Spanish.

“I chose to attend Fresno State due to the vast resources it makes available to college students and the support it shows towards underrepresented and first-generation students,” Guillen said. “Moreover, Fresno State is near home; remaining close to my community was important to me, as I hope to have an immense impact on the student population, families, and communities within the Central Valley.”

Guillen is a student in the Educational Opportunity Program, where he also serves as a peer mentor. He has also supported Fresno State students through his work as a Supplemental Instruction leader and Central Valley California Student Opportunity and Access Program academic tutor. 

Guillen also keeps strong ties to his roots, volunteering with K-12 students in Madera. Most notably, he’s coached volleyball at his alma mater since 2018 and coordinates a summer volleyball and leadership camp.

“I’ve been the coordinator for [the camp] from the ground up. It was definitely a great experience being able to see students from elementary, middle, and high school come out and learn about the game of volleyball and also learn what it means to be a leader, both on [and off] the court.”

This fall, Guillen will start his Master’s program in school counseling at Fresno State.

“I want to become a school counselor to ensure that students from diverse ethnic, socioeconomic, and cultural backgrounds receive adequate support and connection to resources missing across the public education system.”

“I plan to return to school after my Master’s to earn an Ed.D. in educational leadership or Ph.D. in educational policy, to ensure that I can have a broader impact on the implementation of educational practices by conducting research and analyzing academic policies within the United States that continue to deprive students of having equal access to resources. My ultimate goal is to become the superintendent of a school district or a dean within higher education.”


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