Yolanda Barnes

Counseling Department
(408) 855-5045
[email protected]
Office Location: SEC 139

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While Yolanda serves students in the Counseling Center and the Umoja Village Space, her primary role is serving as the college Articulation Officer. This dual role allows her to work directly with students while having a direct impact on the processes and systems students have to navigate. "Every day I step foot on campus, I am grateful for the opportunity to empower students and simplify processes that will help students achieve thier goals."

Yolanda acknowledges that although she has a graduate degree, she has encountered challenges that could have prevented her from succeeding. "Being the first in my family to attend college, being raised by a single mother, having family members with addiction issues, and at times having imposter syndrome often made it difficult to push forward. But I continued to dig deep because I knew the only way to break these cycles was for me to earn my degree.

"Bias and racism have negatively impacted too many in my community. While I alone cannot change the mindset of this country, I am committed to using my influence to help create safe, welcoming spaces of community for our students here at Mission." 


  • M.S., Counseling Education
    • California State University, Sacramento
  • B.A, Sociology/Organizational Studies
    • University of California, Davis

Fun Facts

She is the first in my family to earn a degree and has since then inspired several family members to do the same. She is a huge Golden State Warrior fan and an even bigger San Francisco 49er fan. When not working, she can be found hiking in the Oakland or Hayward hills, volunteering, traveling or spending time with family and friends. She loves the beach, the mountains, and being active outdoors.