Avanzamos Support System

Here on this page, you can find the ever-growing list of campus contacts available to support our students. This list includes faculty and staff who work or support Avanzamos and our  Hispanic and Latinx/Latine student population.


Avanzamos Support SystemYessenia Arias

Licensed Psychological Counselors at Student Counseling Services
Berg 1014
Languages Spoken: English, Spanish

Yessenia Arias, LPC is one of Marymount University’s Psychological Counselors and works at Student Counseling Services located in Berg 1014. She attended the College of William & Mary for her undergraduate degree and Boston College to obtain her Masters in Mental Health Counseling. Throughout her career she has worked in the D.C. and the Northern Virginia area providing therapy in Spanish and English. For the past years she has specialized in working with the immigrant community, survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse, anxiety, depression, PTSD, acculturation, bullying, and stress with adults, teens, and children as young as 8 years old.


Avanzamos Support SystemDr. Matt Bakker

Sociology Professor
Rowley G1
Languages Spoken: English, Spanish

Matt Bakker is Associate Professor of Sociology. He enjoys teaching all aspects of sociology, but especially loves teaching courses focused on global issues, social (in)justice, and movements for change. Matt’s academic research has focused on political and economic aspects of transnational migration between Mexico and the United States. He’s currently collaborating with Dr. Delario Lindsey researching community change impacting historically Black neighborhoods across the DMV.