Meet Our New Staff Members

We have recently welcomed three new staff members to the McCarthy Center team, Carla, Bryant, and Gladys! Learn more about each of them and help us welcome them to Masonic 103!

Carla Trujillo
Graduate Intern

Carla Trujillo is a first-generation college student from Los Angeles, CA. She is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA) at the University of San Francisco, and is committed to the effort of  holistically supporting students and ensuring they have a strong support system on-campus to facilitate their educational journey. Carla assists and supports the Engage Literacy program by working on connecting USF student clubs and organizations with community-based opportunities that might have one-time or short-term engagement potential opportunities. In her current role, Carla is developing programs and research through collaboration and invitational dialogue to create an inclusive space. She is excited and proud to be part of a team who does an exemplary job in centering and representing USF and LTMC’s core values in everything we do.

Bryant Avent
Special Programs Coordinator

Bryant Avent received his Associate in Arts Degree at Scottsdale Community (AZ) and is currently working to complete a Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Management. He has worked on several political campaigns in the Bay area including two campaigns for San Francisco Supervisor Ahsha Safai. He was also an intern for the Golden State Warriors doing community liaison work in San Francisco. Most recently served as Junior Giants AmeriCorps Ambassador working with the Marin City and San Francisco community programs. Bryant and his sister established the ASU Brittany and Bryant Scholarship Program and the ASU Club for students raised in Grand-family Homes. They also co-authored a book with Dr. Nichola Gutgold titled Growing Up in a Grand-family. Bryant was also a member of the world-renowned Grammy Winning Phoenix Boys Choir and enjoys traveling, basketball, golf and attending different sporting events.

Gladys Perez
Programs Assistant
Gladys Perez ’15, MA ’19 is the daughter of immigrant parents from Oaxaca, Mexico, and a first-generation college graduate from USF’s School of Education.  Following her undergraduate years, Perez’s involvement as a staff advisor for USF’s affinity group, Latinas Unidas, and as an active member of the Task Force for Undocumented Students has helped foster community among faculty and students through supporting Latinx academic programs and events. Completing her MA in International and Multicultural Education at USF she hopes to explore narratives of hope that stems from making home one’s starting place.
Engage SF LiteracyLeo T. McCarthy CenterMA in International and Multicultural Educationprogram assisstants

Leo T. McCarthy Center • October 15, 2021

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