UCI Cross-Cultural Center

Involvement Opportunities for Students

Involvement Opportunities for Students

Involvement Opportunities for Students

The Cross-Cultural Center offers leadership opportunities for students via our intern and volunteer programs and other programs including REACH and the Summer Multicultural Leadership Institute. Please read below for additional information about these opportunities.

Intern Program

The Intern Program allows students to participate in a yearlong internship program enabling them to gain valuable leadership skills while at the same time developing cultural competence around a variety of issues. Interns have a variety of responsibilities that ultimately help fulfill the mission of the Cross-Cultural Center. All interns are given professional, cultural, and personal development opportunities and work under the guidance of professional staff. Applications are available at the beginning of the spring quarter via Student Life & Leadership's website.

Volunteer Program

The Cross-Cultural Center offers opportunities for volunteers who want to get more involved. Under the guidance of the Volunteer Coordinator, our volunteers assist with various tasks such as organizing Trivia Night for our affiliates, our end-of-the-year event, and providing event support at the Community Roots Festival and Across the Bridge: Diversity Dialogue Series. Applications are out twice during the academic year (fall, spring) and up to 12 volunteers are selected. For more information, contact Jade Turner at jmturner@uci.edu.

Front Desk Assistants

We hire students to manage our front desk in the lobby of the Cross-Cultural Center during regular business hours. Front Desk Assistants are expected to provide high-touch service to our visitors which include students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community partners. They assist with answering general questions and checking room availability for on-campus departments and student organizations who wish to make room reservations. For more information, contact Kathy Dong at kdong@uci.edu.

REACH Program Peer Facilitators

The REACH Program provides peer facilitation on various diversity and social justice topics to the broader campus community. REACH Peer Facilitators go through rigorous training and enroll in a year-long course, which is taught by the Director of the Cross-Cultural Center. Applications come out in the spring and fall and are open to all students. For more information, contact Jade Agua at jagua@uci.edu.

Summer Multicultural Leadership Institute (SMLI) Staff 

The Summer Multicultural Leadership Institute (SMLI), our annual summer program for 50 incoming freshmxn, provides them with an introduction to student life, campus climate, and social justice education. This weekend program, which occurs in August, includes workshops that address dialogue facilitation, conflict-resolution, and various diversity and social justice topics. We invite former SMLI participants and student leaders to apply to be on staff for our premiere summer program. Applications are available in June/July. For more information, contact Jade Agua at jagua@uci.edu.

Student Organizations

The Cross-Cultural Center is home to five umbrella organizations and 40+ affiliates. Our umbrella organizations comprise of Alyansa ng mga Kababayan, American Indian Student Association (AISA), Asian Pacific Student Association (APSA), Black Student Union (BSU), and Movimiento Estudiantil Chican@ de Aztlan (MEChA). Many of these organizations are culturally based and serve students with a broad range of interests. We invite students to join these organizations that have rich hxstories and reflect our diverse communities. For more information, please visit the Cross-Cultural Center during regular business hours to inquire about our student organizations.

Community Roots Festival Planning Committee

Students can join the planning committee for one of the Cross-Cultural Center's signature programs. The Community Roots Festival, which takes place in mid-fall quarter, is a celebration of our rich diversity and highlights include cultural performances, a fair on Ring Road that features our affiliated and umbrella organizations, mural contest, and resource fair involving our campus and community partners. For more information, contact Daniel K. Park at danielkp@uci.edu.

Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium Planning Committee

Students can participate in planning a weeklong series of events that honors Dr. King's legacy and contributions. One of the Cross-Cultural Center's longstanding signature programs, the symposium's highlights include a Day of Service (in collaboration with the Office of Campus Organizations & Volunteer Programs), the Dr. Joseph L. White Lecture, and workshops for the broader campus community. The symposium occurs in early winter quarter and the committee is convened in fall quarter. For more information, contact Daniel K. Park at danielkp@uci.edu.

SMLI Staff, Summer 2016

Volunteers, 2016-2017