Jeanett Castellanos, UC Irvine social science and Chicano/Latino studies lecturer and director of the Social Sciences Academic Resource Center, has been honored for her outstanding service to the Latina/o community. A ’94 UCI psychology and sociology alumna, Castellanos received the 2008 Star Vega Distinguished Service Award from the National Latina/o Psychology Association. Her nationally recognized work merges the fields of counseling and higher education with a particular focus on Latina/os. She also mentors dozens of Latina/o undergraduates each year on how to conduct individual, data-oriented research projects, many of which have resulted in published articles and book chapters. “My life here at UCI is about mentoring,” Castellanos says. “That’s the foundation of all I do.”