SWAG Peer Mentors

Ayanna Richardson : Student Wellness Advocacy Group (SWAG) Lead Peer Mentor

Ayanna Richardson

Student Wellness Advocacy Group (SWAG) Lead Peer Mentor

Ayanna is a current Palomar College student passionate about peer support, wellness education, and mental health advocacy. She has had the honor and pleasure of working with other peer mentors and staff to help educate and support fellow Palomar students since Fall 2020. She is a Palomar College 2021 graduate with an AA Degree in General Studies Social and Behavioral Sciences. She aims to pursue her education further with the hopes of transferring and earning a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Ayanna is excited to expand her experience at Palomar and help promote a campus culture based on inclusivity, open access to health services, and student-focused care.

Yanely Romero : Student Wellness Advocacy Group (SWAG) Peer Mentor

Yanely Romero

Student Wellness Advocacy Group (SWAG) Peer Mentor

Yanely is a recent CSUSM graduate. There she obtained a B.A. in Human Development with a concentration in Health Services and a minor in Spanish. She is passionate about helping others, especially underrepresented students. At CSUSM, she was a DREAMer ambassador where she helped mixed status, undocumented and DACAmented students receive the assistance and resources needed to succeed academically. As a SWAG peer mentor, she now hopes to use her experiences to continue assisting students and focus on the mental well-being of our community. Eventually she wants to become a Registered Nurse and continue fulfilling her passion of making an impact on the individuals she will care for.

Duleeka Dharmadasa : Student Wellness Advocacy Group (SWAG) Peer Mentor

Duleeka Dharmadasa

Student Wellness Advocacy Group (SWAG) Peer Mentor

Duleeka has been a kindergarten Montessori Teacher for seven years, helping children and their families with workshops and supporting a positive transition to first grade while promoting new students’ academic, cultural, and social success. Duleeka is also a current Palomar College student who is passionate about peer support, wellness education, and mental health advocacy. She graduated with an AA Degree in Child and Family Services and aims to pursue her education further at CSUSM earning a bachelor’s degree in Human Development - Counseling.  She is willing to support students and looks forward to serving as a role model.

Don Morris : Student Wellness Advocacy Group (SWAG) Peer Mentor

Don Morris

Student Wellness Advocacy Group (SWAG) Peer Mentor

Don is a current Palomar student who is pursuing an AA degree in psychology. After a 15-year career as a touring drummer he has decided to change directions and follow his passion for helping people. He plans on becoming a therapist that specializes in addiction and trauma recovery. Don enjoys reading about stoic philosophy and is an advocate for mental health awareness, 12 step programs and one-on-one therapy. As a SWAG Peer Mentor, he hopes he can use his experience touring around the world to connect with other students and help them turn the obstacles in their lives into opportunities to live into their higher self.