Bibiana A. H.

College Specialist
College of Ethnic Studies



B.A. in English & Art History at UC Berkeley
M.A. in Counselor's Education at San Jose State University


What is your approach to advising or supporting students?    

Equity at the center-always! It's important for me to always remember that each student has their own unique needs and obstacles. Above all, everyone has the capacity to improve and move forward- some just need a point in the right direction.

What inspired you to pursue a career in advising?

My parents dream for me since I was little was always to go to college. I feel that every time I can assist a student towards graduation, their dreams and hopes multiply. Mentors inspired me to move towards education, and I hope someday I can be as helpful to students in their time of need. 

What excites you about helping students at SF State?

I am excited to see students grow and succeed as they move towards their goals. Every small step matters! 

What's your favorite part of your job?

Collaborating and empowering students as they navigate through the obstacles of higher education! That feeling when students walk away feeling much better about whatever situation they're going through!! 

What's the best class you've ever taken? 

A Chicano Studies course that focused on Art History of Dia de Los Muertos. It was really the first time I explored such a topic close to my heart in an academic setting, and it brought together my values of art, culture, healing and community. I also had the opportunity to learn from an amazing professor who was also an artist.  

What's the most unusual job you've ever had? 

Random graphic design jobs with very picky clients.

What advice do you have for SF Gators?

1. Occupy your space.

2. Never doubt you belong.

3. Every academic journey is different and very rarely is it perfectly linear!

4. Ask for help when you need it!

About me (likes and hobbies):

I enjoy reading, drawing, painting, going to the beach, buying unnecessary and yet SUPER necessary plants, coffee runs and plenty of arts and crafts!