Extra Mile Award Nominee of the Month: Esteban Adame

October 05, 2018

Esteban attended San Gorgonio High School in San Bernardino, CA prior to arriving at UC Santa Cruz. Once he began his undergraduate journey in Sociology and Latin American and Latino Studies, he participated in several research projects, most notably Working for Dignity. He was part of the 2014-2015 cohort of CLRC apprentices who worked with Dr. Steve McKay and Ruben Espinoza to conduct in-depth interviews and surveys of low-wage workers in Santa Cruz County. Doing hands-on research in Working for Dignity sparked his interest in graduate school and also how language matters in the workplace. Esteban’s senior thesis paper was based on the findings of the Working for Dignity project: “The Plight of Monolingual Non-English Speaking Workers in Santa Cruz County”.

Esteban decided to postpone graduate school and work full-time. He is an academic advisor at Kresge & Merrill Colleges. Esteban advises students on their academic progress, academic difficulty and empowers them to make thoughtful and well-informed decisions related to their academic endeavors.

He was recently recognized for his “flexibility and willingness to collaborate” and step in where he saw a need. “Esteban was willing to jump in at the last minute and take the reins to conduct this training allowing the new advisers to feel supported and keep us on track with our training timeline.”

Esteban lives in Santa Cruz. When he’s not working, he’s either studying for the GRE, going on morning runs, hiking upper campus, using his MoviePass, or sleeping.

Thank you, Esteban, for going the extra mile!