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InsideSCU Episode 1: Pursuing the Promise of an SCU Education

Learn how the Santa Clara community is supporting students, including those who are the first in their family to attend college, to help make their dreams a reality through high-impact experiential learning opportunities and scholarships. Dialogue with a panel of students and alumni about how they have lived Jesuit values through their internships, fellowships, global experiences, careers and more.


Erin Kimura-Walsh


Erin is the Director of the LEAD Scholars Program which supports first- generation college students at Santa Clara University. She graduated with a B.A. in English from SCU before pursuing graduate degrees at San Francisco State University and the University of California, Los Angeles. She helped found the LEAD Scholars Program in 2003, and returned to oversee the program in 2009.

Yesenia Magdaleno-Solis

Yesenia is a first-generation, Mexican-American student majoring in Sociology and Spanish with minors in Urban Education and Latin American Studies. She hopes to pursue graduate school to better prepare her to work alongside young students in libraries and schools.

Drew Descourouez ‘20

Drew is an Environmental Studies major driven to integrate marginalized perspectives with Jesuit education and entrepreneurship to advance human freedom. He has made the most of his Santa Clara University experience by undertaking multiple Ignatian Center immersion trips as well as serving in the Jean Donovan Fellowship in South Africa, the Global Social Benefit Fellowship in India, the Casa de la Solidaridad program in El Salvador and the prestigious Johnson Scholar Program.

Lorenzo Gamboa

Lorenzo serves as Senior Associate Director of Undergraduate Admission at Santa Clara University. As the first in his own family to receive a university education, Lorenzo is driven to help other first-generation students through the daunting experience of applying for college. He has a M.A. in Mexican American Studies from the University of Arizona and is currently working on his M.B.A. at SCU. Lorenzo served as Co-President of the SCU Latino/a Alumni Chapter and is the Co-Founder of