Counseling and Advisement

As part of the UBEOC's commitment to excellence, we proudly welcome diversity in our students, faculty, and way of thinking. Our center supports a cross-cultural learning environment on campus and in the community. 

Counselors provide academic advisement and personal and group counseling to help students gain skills necessary to complete programs and obtain employment and/or college placement. All students are assigned to a counselor at the time of registration. The counselor’s name is printed on the student’s schedule.

Our Focus

Our objective is designed to help students develop...

Relationships that enable them to achieve their goals and

Explore their career pathways; -while

Assisting and

Connecting them to internal and external resources through a 

Holistic approach.

Counseling Staff

Heidy Galan-Honrado

Supervisor, Counseling

Educational Opportunity Center

555 Ellicott Street Buffalo, NY 14203

Phone: (716) 645-1945


Keisha Alston


Educational Opportunity Center

555 Ellicott Street Buffalo, NY 14203

Phone: (716) 645-1948


Melissa Davis


Educational Opportunity Center

555 Ellicott Street Buffalo, NY 14203

Phone: (716) 645-1947

Email: Melissa Davis

Kristie Kaminski


Educational Opportunity Center

555 Ellicott Street Buffalo, NY 14203

Phone: (716) 645-1946


Assisting Students

Counselors assist students with the following:

  • Review assessment and interpret test scores in order to advise students in the determination of academic and vocational choices.
  • Assist students in identifying and resolving problems that may hinder their academic progress.
  • Assist students who are applying for the high school equivalency exam and seeking college admission.
  • Refer students to other Educational Opportunity Centers and community services as appropriate.

Counseling services will monitor attendance on a weekly basis to ensure students are meeting their academic goals.

Registration Dates

Summer Classes 2017

Quarter 1 Registration

August 21, 2017 - September 8, 2017
Classes Start- Monday, August 28, 2017


October 20, 2017 - November 5, 2017
Classes Start - Monday, October 23, 2017


March 1, 2018 - March  25, 2018
Classes Start - Monday, March 12, 2018

Student Life

Student Life is dedicated to helping students experience UBEOC life at its fullest. We are committed to building leadership skills and promoting and engaging community and cultural diversity. Through our presentations, events, workshops, and resources, we provide students opportunities and experiences that show them how to grow personally and professionally in the community.

Student Resource Center (SRC)

Located on the 4th floor in room 408 at the UBEOC, the SRC is a central resource center for students seeking support services. Resources and workshops to address student needs focus on housing, transportation, health and wellness, mentoring, higher education, and employment, as well as other community resources needed to assist students in achieving their academic goals.

Student Leadership Association (SLA)

Students are encouraged to get involved and become a member. SLA members are taught leadership and soft skills needed to embark in a job that will allow them to grow and pursue a career. Students will earn critical thinking skills and make decisions as a team, which will help them communicate and express their views in a professional atmosphere. The students’ experiences and responsibilities during their SLA term can be transferable to their professional resume, and a letter of reference concerning their involvement will be furnished upon request. Please see your counselor to become a member.

SLA members also represent UBEOC’s student body and are responsible for promoting, advocating, and planning SLA events and workshops. SLA members may be called upon to represent students amongst faculty and staff events or meetings when necessary.

Community and Cultural/Diversity Engagement

Community and Cultural/Diversity Engagement occurs throughout the year under the leadership of the SLA and are subject to change according to the needs of the community. In the past, students have organized voter registration events, the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women, Lupus and Hospice fundraisers and UNYTS blood drives. Students have also participated in community service activities such as winter coat drive with Compass House and the RMHC of Western New York.

All students are welcomed and encouraged to participate in Student Life. If you have any questions, please contact your counselor for further information.

Student Newsletter

“The Alliance” is the student newsletter, published during the year. Students are encouraged to submit poems, short stories, essays, or art work for publication. Members of the Student Leadership Association produce and edit "The Alliance."