Palomar College Learning For Success

Counseling Services Division

Dear Students,
Welcome to the Counseling Services Division at Palomar College!
The Administrators, Counselors, Instructors and Staff in our departments are dedicated to providing support services that promote student access, persistence and success. Please explore our departmental websites utilizing the provided links.

We are here to assist you in your academic journey.  Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Dean, Student Success, Equity and Counseling Services

Leslie Salas, Dean, Student Success, Equity and Counseling Services

Please welcome Leslie Salas, our new Dean of Student Success, Equity and Counseling Services. Leslie has been associated with community colleges since she earned her associates of arts degree in paralegal studies at Riverside City College after serving in the United States Marine Corps for nine years. She is a proud first-generation Mexican American veteran college student.
Leslie’s long-time career in the California Community College system started more than twenty-two years ago at Riverside Community College District, where she started as a clerk typist in Health Services. She successfully transitioned through several valuable experiences and landed in Student Services. During this time, Leslie came to possess extensive experience in strategic planning, accreditation, budget administration, enrollment management, assessment, the Student Equity, and Achievement program, Guided Pathways, categorical programs (EOPS/CARE, Cal Works, DSPS, etc.), career and transfer readiness, student discipline, and community relationships. After eighteen successful years at Riverside Community College District, she served as the Director of EOPS/CARE at Mt. San Jacinto Community College District for the past five years.
Leslie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology/Criminal Justice, a Master of Arts in Higher Education and holds a Doctoral degree in Community College Leadership at San Diego State University.

Solidarity Statement

The faculty and staff in the Counseling Services Division at Palomar College stand against racism and discrimination. We support the efforts of Black Lives Matter in bringing awareness to police brutality and we will not tolerate history continually repeating itself with respect to systematic and institutional discrimination.

“Every day, we recommit to healing ourselves and each other, and to co-creating alongside comrades, allies, and family a culture where each person feels seen, heard, and supported…we acknowledge, respect, and celebrate differences and commonalities…we work vigorously for freedom and justice for Black people and, by extension, all people.” (BLM, 2020)

We will continue to support an environment of equity, diversity, and inclusion. We will continue to stand in solidarity with Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) to combat racial marginalization and oppression. We are here to listen, learn, and support by providing personal counseling for anyone who has been impacted.

In Unity,

Palomar College Counseling Division

Mission Statement

The Counseling Services Division provides a supportive, accessible environment that promotes active learning and encourages collaboration among members of our diverse community through accurate, effective and comprehensive counseling and support services to all students. Students learn to apply a variety of active learning strategies to their personal goals, academic study, critical and creative thinking, and career exploration and development while acquiring technical, personal, career, and academic knowledge and skills to successfully complete courses in an education plan, contributing to an increase in district degree, certificate and transfer rates.


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