GANAS Graduate Services Counselor

The GANAS Graduate Services Counselor (GSC) serves as a one-stop center for Latinx (aka Latine; Latino; Latina, etc.), POC, First-Generation, and Low-Income graduate students to address non-academic challenges that impede transition and degree completion. Services are designed to provide a safe space for holistic counseling and emphasize financial planning, budgeting, cost-control strategies, borrowing, and financial literacy.

*All UCSC graduate students are welcome to schedule a 1:1 appointment with the GANAS GSC! 

How do I set up an appointment with the GANAS GSC?

You can book a 45-minute appointment during one of the available 1-hour time slots on the Handshake platform. 

Once you make a Handshake profile (which can include as little or as much information as you wish), you can click on the top right-hand "Career Center" button, which leads to the UCSC page, where the appointments icon is located. 


What’s covered in GANAS GSC appointments?

  • Financial health, literacy, planning, and wellness;
    • Budgeting; Healthy Spending; finding funding
  • Campus Community and Cultural wellness
    • Navigating a New Space as a POC
  • Familial/Personal Responsibilities
    • Setting Boundaries
  • Campus & Community Resources
    • Programs; software; support
  • Graduate Reading & Writing Support
    • VOCES/Writing Center/ GANAS
  • Academic and Career trajectories
    • What DO you do with that degree?
  • Strategies for self-care
    • Tips, Tricks, and Practices to take care
  • Help with University forms and processes
    • LOA/In-Absentia/Part-time/Graduation etc.
  • + Anything else you might need!  

GANAS Winter 2023

GANAS Graduate 1:1 appointments will be available both in-person and over zoom this Fall with in-person meetings possible on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Winter availability will begin January 6th, 2023, and continue through March 24th, 2023. After March 24th, GANAS 1:1 appointments will be paused until April 2023. 

In-person office location: S&E Library Room 213

  • Drop-In Hours (half-hour check-ins)
    Monday 11:30 AM - 1 PM (Zoom Availability)
    Wednesday 10 AM - 12:30 PM (Zoom & in-person Availability)
  • Handshake Availability (45-minute meetings scheduled in hour blocks)
    Monday 2-3 PM
    Tuesday 2 - 3 PM
    Wednesday 2 - 3 PM

    Thursday 10 AM - 11 AM
    Thursday 12 PM - 1 PM
    Thursday 2 - 3 PM
    Friday (TBA)

Please note: All in-person indoor meetings will require KN95 or N95 Masking. In the event you do not have a mask, a mask will be provided to you by the GANAS GSC at the start of your designated meeting time. 

For any questions or further assistance setting up an appointment, you're welcome to reach out directly to Angel Dominguez, Graduate Services Counselor, at

*If there are no handshake appointments available, please contact Angel Dominguez, Graduate Services Counselor, at ASAP. Thank you!