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The Academy

The Academy - Thinkers. Dreamers. Doers.

Mission Statement

The mission of The Academy is to nurture scholastic growth through a collective study approach by developing diverse learning skills, instilling confidence, supporting cultural inclusiveness and validating college attendance of traditionally underrepresented Bobcats.


The Academy is a student-centered academic program housed in the Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion. Our objective is to nurture student knowledge through a variety of learning platforms. The Academy wants to see students of historically underrepresented identities feel included on the Texas State campus by providing a safe space to seek academic support.


The Academy is a peer led coalition of multicultural and inclusive scholars bound by the collective goal of increasing academic knowledge and skills. We provide academic support for a multitude of courses through individual, group and online peer-to-peer meetings. Explore our Appointment Scheduler to find out more information about our services and how to book an appointment. 

Academy Scholars

Lead Scholar

Jamie Saucedo

Name: Cathie Jean Varlack (she/her/hers)

Major: Student Affairs in Higher Education

Classification: Graduate Student

Hometown: Haiti and Grand Rapids, MI

Hobby: Singing, baking, drawing, interior design, and writing.


Lead Scholar

Brittany Howard

Name: Brittany Howard (She/Her/Hers)

Major: History

Minor: Mass Comm and Business

Classification: Senior

Hometown: Houston, Texas; San Marcos, Texas

Hobby: Reading, netflix, listening to and making music


Name: Sam Shaabneh

Major: ESS Concentration in rehab

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Austin, TX

Hobby: Cooking


Name: Claudia Gomez (she, her, hers)

Major: Micro-Biology/Pre-Med Concentration

Year: Senior

Hometown: Eagle Pass, Texas

Hobby: Baking/cooking, dancing, screenwriting, and Tiktok

Name: Catherine Wood (She/Her/Hers)

Major: Interdisciplinary Studies - Curriculum & Instruction ESL EC-6th

Year: Senior

Hometown: San Marcos, Texas

Hobby: Watching Netflix 24/7

Name: Robert Espinoza (He/Him/His)

Major: Mathematics; Educational Cert

Year: Senior

Hometown: New Braunfels, Texas

Hobbies: I like to spend most my free time either gaming on PS4 or just watching Netflix. Movie theater trips are always a plus though.

Name: Gabrielle Montero-Sierra

Major: Electrical Engineer

Year: Senior

Hometown: Kileen, Texas

Hobby: Gaming, building computers, baking