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Staff Directory

Janet Abbott

Janet Abbott


Office: (619) 594-3803

Administration Building, 201G



Janet Abbott has administered the San Diego State University (SDSU) Compact Scholars Program since 2005 when she was appointed as its founding director. She previously served as the Campus Coordinator for the California State University Early Assessment Program for the SDSU service area.


Prior to joining SDSU, Janet served as Associate Director of the University of California San Diego’s California Student Opportunity and Access Program (Cal-SOAP). There are 15 Cal-SOAP projects in the state operating under the auspices of the California Student Aid Commission serving their K-12 local schools in improving the flow of information about postsecondary education and financial aid while raising the achievement levels of underrepresented, low-income, first-generation students. She was also a tenured high school English and AVID teacher with the Grossmont Union High School District.


In 2010, Janet received SDSU’s Vice Presidential Student Service Award, Quest for the Best, and in 2013, she was honored as the Staff recipient for SDSU’s Diversity Award for her commitment to diversity, and her professional leadership and judgment in the delivery of services to students.

Janet earned her bachelor’s degree and California Teaching Credential from the University of San Diego where she graduated magna cum laude. Her master’s degree in Higher Education Administration is from Teachers College, Columbia University.



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Amanda Fuller


Academic Coordinator



Office: (619) 594-0474

Administration Building, 201F


Amanda Fuller has served as the Academic Coordinator for the San Diego State University (SDSU) Compact Scholars and Academic Student Success Programs since 2015. She is also a Lecturer in the Department of Rhetoric and Writing, where she has taught since 2011. Prior to joining SDSU, Amanda served as Director of Program Administration for the Making Waves Education Program in Richmond, CA, where she taught and provided educational services to students in grades 5-12, in preparation for their acceptance to and graduation from the four-year colleges and universities. Her focus at the Making Waves Education Program was to elevate the achievement levels of largely underrepresented, low-income, first-generation students.


In addition to her work as an education professional, Amanda is a contributing editor for SDSU's acclaimed Poetry International, and is a founding editor of Locked Horn Press, a small literary press based in San Diego, CA, which publishes poetry anthologies paired with critical companion texts. As a poet and translator, her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Fugue, Matter, 5 Quarterly, BlazeVOX, Lunch Ticket, Poetry International, Cactus Heart and elsewhere. She received her B.A. in Environmental Science from the University of California, Berkeley and her M.F.A. in Creative Writing (Poetry) from San Diego State University.


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Mercedes Albarran 

Academic Advisor 

Office: (619) 594-3810

Administration Building, 201J



Mercedes Albarran is the Academic Advisor for the Compact Scholars and Academic Student Success Programs. Mercedes has experience working as a professional advocate for student success with diverse students in various educational settings including early childhood education, the K-12 sector, and in higher education. Prior to joining the Division of Undergraduate Studies at SDSU, she served as an Academic Advisor for the New School of Architecture and Design in San Diego. Mercedes is also an alumna and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Child and Family Development from San Diego State University and a Master of Science in Educational Counseling from University of La Verne.


As Academic Advisor, Mercedes works closely with Compact Scholar students, as well as commuter freshmen enrolled in the Learning Communities. She encourages students to participate in high-impact educational practices and is dedicated to providing guidance and support to students in reaching their educational and career goals here at SDSU.



Student Assistants


Ashley Gaetan

Lead Student Assistant / Compact Mentor



Dale Bongolan 

Student Assistant / Compact Mentor



Daseul Lee

Student Assistant / Compact Mentor



Irvin Lomeli

Student Assistant / Compact Mentor




Paulina Cortez

Student Assistant / Compact Mentor


Lorena Romero

Student Assistant / Compact Mentor



Lizette Bonilla

Social Media Intern



Jayme De la Cruz

Social Media Intern



Contact Information

Location: Administration Building, Suite 201


Phone: (619) 594-3810