Educational Opportunity Program

Student Success Stories

Dr. Lideth Ortega-Villalobos

Dr. Lideth Ortega-Villalobos
Cal Poly Pomona '98
Psychologist, Cal Poly Pomona

Dr. Lideth Ortega-Villalobos, entered Cal Poly Pomona as an EOP Summer Bridge student in 1993. The daughter of a migrant farm worker, former ESL learner and the first in her family to attend college, Lideth credits Summer Bridge and EOP for supporting her academically and empowering her to develop a strong academic foundation.

As an undergraduate, she held leadership roles in student organizations sprouting her passion for serving students. Named the Outstanding College Graduate for her college, she earned a B.A. in Psychology 1998. She completed a master's and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Notre Dame. She earned the 2006 Dissertation Research Award from the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers.

Dr. Ortega-Villalobos returned to the CSU holding professional positions at CSUN and now Cal Poly Pomona as a licensed psychologist, collaborating with EOP, Summer Bridge and other support programs to promote student wellbeing and academic success.

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