Email: Access_Center_UpwardBound@mail.colostate.edu

Physical Address
1405 South College Ave.
Fort Collins, CO 80523

Mailing Address
8200 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523-8200

Lucia V. Delgado
Director of College Access Programs
Lucia.Delgado@colostate.edu
(970) 491-0660

In my role as the Director of College Access at Colorado State University, I believe and advocate for Educational Equity and Equality for first-generation and limited income individuals.  I value the richness of each person and am honored to serve as a mentor to students at various levels of their educational journey. I received my Bachelor’s degree from Northern Arizona University in Journalism and Political Science and a Master’s degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education (SAHE) from CSU.  A proud mother of two amazing and independent young girls, they remind me daily to laugh out loud, appreciate the beauty in every day, and that life is best enjoyed when experienced with those we love.

Sean Jaster
Assistant Director 

Serves: Poudre High School
Sean.Jaster@colostate.edu
970-491-2169

I am a proud product of the Denver Public School system and an alumnus of Colorado State University.  After serving as a full-time volunteer for the Americorps: National Civilian Community Corps in the northeastern United States, I returned to CSU and began working full time coordinating volunteer efforts for the university.  One year later I was given the awesome opportunity to serve as an advisor with the Upward Bound program and I haven’t looked back since.  One thing I love about Upward Bound at Colorado State is the strong sense of community we cultivate.  Our students, staff and community members feel like they matter, and that feeling has become the foundation of our program.

Karla Lerma Banda
Advisor 

Serves: Fort Lupton High School, Montbello Campus (Noel Community Arts School, Denver Center for International Studies)
Karla.Lerma_Banda@colostate.edu
970-491-2169

“Me hablas todos los días para saber que estas bien.” These were the words my mom told me before my family started their drive back to Fort Lupton from CSU. The beginning of a brand new journey that would forever change not only my life but also my family’s. I am the oldest of four children. Since middle school, I knew I wanted to go to college. I did not know which one or how to do it, but it was going to happen. I joined Upward Bound in the fall of 2007 after being talked into it by my best friend. From then on, I was challenged to push myself in every way imaginable. Most importantly, I found my academic family. I graduated from CSU in the spring of 2014 with a Bachelors of Social Work and Spanish. I always wanted to come back to work as an advisor for Upward Bound. I had to take a couple of detours but, I am excited to be an Advisor for this amazing program that changed my life.

Fun Facts: I have been to Chile, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, I love the color pink and the Power Rangers!

Albert Maldonado
Advisor

Serves: Greeley Central High School, Northridge High School
Albert.Maldonado@colostate.edu
970-491-2169

Hi, my name is Albert Maldonado. I have been involved in Education for more than 15 years in Northern Colorado. I have worked for the GEAR UP Program for a total of 10 years. I worked as the GEAR UP Parent Liaison for 1 ½ years and have been a GEAR UP Student Advisor for 8½ years. I was a Migrant Education Graduation Advocate (MEGA) for 3 years and have worked with the City of Greeley as an afterschool and summer program supervisor for 4 years. I am a Colorado native from Milliken and have been in Northern Colorado my entire life. I have a passion working with underrepresented youth, due to having similar obstacles myself. I am the first to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in my family. I attended Aims Community College and received my Associate of Arts. I then attended the University of Northern Colorado and received my Bachelor of Arts in History.  I enjoy just about all outdoor activities. I am always willing to try new things. I look forward to working with your students. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Jose Olivo
Assistant Director 

Serves: Abraham Lincoln High School, Bruce Randolph School, John F. Kennedy High School
Jose.Olivo@colostate.edu
970-491-3586

My name is Jose Olivo and I am originally from the small town of Dacono, Colorado. As a first-generation college student, I came to Colorado State University after high school eager for the opportunity of higher education. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Ethnic Studies with a Minor in Women’s Studies here in Fort Collins. After graduation, I began working as an admissions counselor, traveling the nation recruiting new students. This is where my passion for working with high school students and encouraging them to pursue higher education began. I joined the Upward Bound team in January of 2013, which was one of the best decisions of my life. One of my favorite parts of working with Upward Bound at CSU is the growth I get to witness in the students and how that inspires me to continue to grow every day.

Susana Ruvalcaba
Advisor 

Serves: Abraham Lincoln High School, Bruce Randolph School, John F. Kennedy High School
Susana.Ruvalcaba@colostate.edu
970-491-3586

“Upward Bound worked for me, so now I work for Upward Bound”. I became part of the Upward Bound Family in 2010 as a student at Poudre High School in Fort Collins and since then it has been a journey. I was born in Fairfax, Virginia, but raised in good old Fort Collins. I attended Colorado State University after realizing I did not want to leave home but compensated by doing a lot of traveling. During my time at CSU, I worked with Upward Bound 77 for two summers as a Tutor Counselor. I then went on to become their intern. I received my Bachelors in Social Work and Minor in Criminology. After graduation, I worked as a Case Manager at Turning Point Center for Youth and Family Development in Fort Collins. I did one-on-one work with youth struggling with behavior and mental health. Soon after I transitioned into an Education Specialist and traveled the Northern Colorado area hosting workshops and presentations on Marijuana education. As an advisor for the Upward Bound 17 program, I love spending time and seeing the passion in our students. I have been so fortunate to share my journey and give back to a program that did so much for me and continues to do so.

Leticia Mosqueda
Program Assistant

Serves: Abraham Lincoln High School, Bruce Randolph School, John F. Kennedy High School
Leticia.Mosqueda@colostate.edu
970-491-3586

Hello! My name is Leticia Mosqueda and I’m super excited to continue working with the Access Center. As a first-generation college alumnus, it has been my goal to assist marginalized and underrepresented students in their many transitions throughout life and ensure that they feel supported in their pursuit of higher education. I am originally from Michigan where I attended Central Michigan University and received my BA in Business Management, and moved to Colorado in 2018 where I completed my MA in Higher Education at the University of Denver. I joined the Upward Bound 17 team in June 2019 as a Residential Coordinator and continue to work with UB17 as a Program Assistant. I love being able to spend time with students and assisting them in their growth, both personally and academically. My experience with Upward Bound has changed my life and I’m happy to be a part of a team that is truly committed to student success.

Kayla Prieto
Intern

prietok@rams.colostate.edu
970-491-2169

Hello, I’m Kayla Prieto. I grew up in Commerce City, CO and my parents are both from Zacatecas, Mexico. I am a first-generation student and will be the 2nd in my family to receive a Bachelors’ Degree. I am currently a senior at CSU, majoring in Human Development and Family Studies with a minor in Ethnics Studies. Coming into college, my career goal had always been to become a Kindergarten Teacher; however, that has now changed. I have learned that I prefer to work with high school students rather than elementary-aged students. I have also learned that I am more interested in working with students in a 1:1 setting, helping them with post-secondary choices and guide them with day to day life issues. Being a TC for Upward Bound this summer gave me so much reassurance that this is something I am passionate about, so I am so excited to have the opportunity to work with Upward Bound throughout the year. After graduation, I hope to continue working with students and helping them pursue a college education and then eventually coming back and obtaining my Master’s Degree.