Jeffrey S. Navarro Mentorship Program

jeffrey navarroJeffrey S. Navarro graduated from the Environmental Resources Engineering program at HSU in December 2014 and tragically died in a car accident a month later. We at ERE miss him dearly. Jeff’s family, Rene Navarro and Peggy Bryer, has created another way for us to continue to remember Jeff through the Jeffrey S. Navarro Mentorship Program, which supports 2-3 ERE students per year to serve as mentors to their peers. Jeff was a kind and gentle person who made it easy for folks to be around him, always ready to help and dedicated to finishing his ERE degree.

With this mentorship program, the memory of Jeffrey S. Navarro will help more students obtain their bachelors degree in Environmental Resources Engineering. If you're interested in helping us to continue Jeffrey's legacy of altruism, you can make a contribution to the Jeffrey S. Navarro Mentorship Program Fund here.

Navarro Donor Profile
Forever Humboldt published a Donor Profile on their website, giving a thoughtful picture of Jeff's hardworking and generous spirit as well as a summary of the program. Check it out for more information and some quotes from our founding Navarro mentors, Jax Gill and Jason McMack. 

Resources for Mentees
This document contains many of the resources that our Navarro mentors provide to their mentees, including information about job opportunities, how to find internships, Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs), transfer units, interview tips and more.

2019-2020 Navarro Mentors

Cynthia Strouse


Bio: My name is Cynthia Strouse and this will be my fifth year attending Humboldt State. I am from the Sacramento area and chose HSU for the surrounding environment and the ERE program. I plan on working toward a career in water resources and water quality. Although, I also find solid waste management interesting. I am excited to be a mentor for the students in this program because I would love to give my advice and help people succeed in this major. I am also a part of a new committee in the department called ERE Community Advocates (ERECA), so I am looking forward to uniting and supporting our community through this mentor program as well as through ERECA. 

Ernesto Silva


Bio: Hello my name is Ernesto Silva I am an ERE student originally from Pomona, CA. The 2019-2020 academic year will be my fourth year in the program after transferring from the Business Administration department. My main interest are water treatment and renewable energy systems. My main goal is to work on water treatment projects and also some renewable energy projects after graduation. Outside of school I enjoy fishing and spending time with my family. My goal as a mentor is to help incoming ERE students feel welcomed and provide support that will assist their success in the program. 

Kyle Fisher


Bio: My name is Kyle Fisher and I am from Crescent City, CA. I am currently in my fifth semester in the ERE program and I came into the program as a transfer student from College of the Redwoods where I attended for five semesters, so overall this is my fifth year in college. My interest in the program was originally renewable energy, but as I progressed through the program water quality/treatment has become my main area of focus. I work for the City of Arcata as an Engineering Intern, as a route setter at the HSU rock wall, and as a mentor for the Jeffery Navarro Mentorship Program. Outside of school and work, I spend most of my free time rock climbing and skateboarding. My goal as a mentor is to share the knowledge and experience I have gained with new engineering students so they can succeed in this program too!

How to Apply

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