Who We Are
Associate Dean of Students
For over fifteen years, Dr. Blanca Martinez-Navarro has worked in institutional and educational environments that have equipped her with the organizational leadership qualities and direct services skills to support her role at Cal Poly. Among her areas of expertise are educational equity, crisis management, strategic partnership, and culturally responsive practices. Dr. Martinez-Navarro has a proven track record of establishing relationships and collaborating with various stakeholders, including students, staff, faculty, administration, and community partners. This holistic approach and her strategic administrative ability to bridge resources across campus allows Dr. Martinez-Navarro to support and advocate for student needs.
Dr. Martinez-Navarro holds a bachelor’s in Political Science and Education from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), a master’s in social work from Columbia University, and a doctorate in urban planning from UCLA.
Hello Cal Poly Mustangs! My name is Garrett Soriano. I am the Student Support, Success, and Retention Coordinator for the Office of the Dean of Students. I am coming to Cal Poly by way of UC, San Diego, where I was the Undergraduate Coordinator for the Anthropology department and CSU, Stanislaus, where I was an Academic Advisor for the Program for Academic and Career Excellence (PACE). I earned my Master of Science degree in Counseling with an emphasis in Student Services from Fresno State and my Baccalaureate degree from San Diego State in Sociology.
In my free time I love surfing and paddle boarding, cheering for the New Zealand All Blacks, and hanging out with my dog Koa. I am excited to be a part of the Mustang family and look forward to working with you.
Kendall Perez is from Southern California and holds a bachelor’s in Communications, Public Relations from California State University, Fullerton (CSUF). While at CSUF, Kendall Perez was involved in ASI, Housing, Orientation, and Alumni Relations. Kendall then received a master’s in Education from University of Pacific.
Kendall has been working for Cal Poly since 2016. He has previous experience working in University Housing and has been working for the Office of the Dean of Students since Fall 2020. Kendall has a holistic approach to working with students and wants to be support them to find their path towards graduation and success at and post Cal Poly. Kendall is also a proud member of the Pride Faculty & Staff Association (PFSA). Kendall is looking forward to working with Student Support, Success and Retention and advocating for students.