Counselor Janelle!

Counselor Janelle!

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Hello! I have been enthusiastically serving the Laney College community since 2011. I can help you get this college thing down! I am passionate about informing students of the ways in which community college can be an institution of transformation and economic mobility in their lives. I hold an Associate of Arts degree in Individual Studies from Foothill College, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish with a minor in Chicana & Chicano Studies from UCLA, and a Master of Science in College Student Personnel and School (K-12) Counseling from San Francisco State University.

I teach Counseling 30: Personal Growth and Development, Counseling 24: College Success, Counseling 57: Career and Life Planning, and Counseling 201: Orientation to College. I LOVE learning communities and I work with students in Umoja-UBAKA (, and previously with Puente ( and Gateway to College ( programs. I am the advisor to the Laney Black Student Union, a student club. I also serve on various committees to ensure the college considers students FIRST. I am also co-chair of the Laney Counseling Department.

Let me help you make sense of how to be successful in college by scheduling an appointment for in-person, video, and by phone in  Laney Counseling Department  by visiting us in the Tower Building, 3rd floor calling 510.464.3326, or scheduling an appointment online. You can also contact me via email at I invite you to create a Student Education Plans (SEPs) and provide information that will help you clarify and fulfill your goals.

Check out some of the helpful links on my resource page and my New Student To-Do List.