The Team

Meet Our Advisors


Program Coordinator
Southeast Upward Bound

Fremont & Santee High Schools

Adriauna Sanders is a first-generation, low-income college graduate. She graduated from Silverado High School and attended CSUN for her undergraduate degree in Sociology. She has also obtained her master’s degree in Educational Leadership at CBU. Furthermore, she has

 experience in mental health and psychology which includes treatment for individuals and families. Her hobbies include Sports, Cooking, Technology and Music. Over her past 8 years with TRiO, Adriauna has been fully committed to the educational success of the

 marginalized students within the greater Los Angeles area.


Program Coordinator
Southwest Upward Bound

Dorsey & Jordan High Shools

Orlly Solis graduated from Huntington Park High School and attended UCLA for her undergraduate studies. She obtained her bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and Spanish. She also obtained her master’s degree from USC in Educational Counseling. Some of her hobbies are traveling, hiking, skiing, being a foodie, listening to K-pop and Spanish music, and watching K-dramas. Some of her interests include education, politics, fashion, and interior decorating. She is committed to advocate for educational equity among underrepresented student populations.

Veronica Cruz

Program Coordinator
Central Upward Bound

Jefferson, West Adams, & Los Angeles High Schools

I am a Los Angeles native and an Alumna from Santee Educational Complex. I have been in the field of education for the past ten years. Prior to working at USC Upward Bound, I was a Substitute teacher at the UCLA Lab School as a Dual Language Substitute Teacher. I have worked as a behavioral therapist/American Sign Language Interpreter for the Culver City Unified School District. I am fluent in three languages, Spanish, English, and American Sign Language, Spanish being my native language. I received my bachelor’s degree in Deaf Studies from Cal State University Northridge. In addition, I received my master’s degree in school counseling with a PPS credential from USC. In my spare time I enjoy running marathons and reading.

Joshua Jackson

Program Coordinator
South LA Upward Bound

Crenshaw High

Wendi Ruiz

Academic Advisor
South LA Upward Bound

Manual Arts High School

Wendi Ruiz is a first-generation low-income college graduate born and raised in South Los Angeles. She graduated from Locke High School and was part of the USC TRiO Educational Talent Search program. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Social Welfare from UC Berkeley and has since been serving students from the community with the college access process. In her spare time, Wendi enjoys going to concerts, traveling, and exploring new food places.

Lora Babalola

Academic Advisor
South LA Upward Bound

Washington Prep High School

Lora Babalola graduated from King/Drew Magnet High School and attended the University of California, Riverside for her undergraduate studies. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Political Science and is currently pursuing her Master’s in Education for School Counseling at USC. Her personal mission is to spread light and advocate for the well-being of students in underserved communities. She enjoys writing, reading, exploring new places and cuisines, and binging tv shows. 


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