Mesa Journeys




Room: Room I4-309 (3rd floor)
Phone: 619-388-2706
Fax: 619-388-2464

Office Hours
M-Th: 8:00am - 6:00pm
F: 8:00am - 1:00pm
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Karen Geida
CARE/Rising Scholars Counselor Coordinator

Ava Gill
Adjunct Counselor

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For assistance, our phone/email hours will be Monday - Thursday from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Friday from 8:00 a.m - 1:00 p.m

Phone: 619-388-2706
Please be ready with your Mesa College ID number so we can better assist youIf you leave a message provide a call back number. Please be advised an “unknown caller or blocked” will be returning your call.

Please do not forget to include your Mesa College ID number in the email, so we can better assist you.


Karen Geida, Counselor/Coordinator

Ava Gill, Counselor

What is Rising Scholars?

Rising Scholars (formerly Project Restart) is a program committed to support students who have been impacted by incarceration.

WHAT are Rising Scholars Services?

  • Academic/Personal and Career Counseling.
  • Student-centered workshops
  • Referrals to on and off-campus resources. 
  • Advocacy for students
  • School supplies and bookstore cards (based on available funding)
  • Safe and welcoming personalized support
  • Partnership with SDSU Project Rebound and UC Underground Scholars

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What are rising Scholars Requirements?

  • Be enrolled at San Diego Mesa College.
  • Identify as a student who has been affected by incarceration.

How to apply to Rising Scholars

Please click the button below to apply now

Please complete the Rising Scholars Interest Form

To learn more about Rising Scholars at Mesa College, contact us at:


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