UCI Cross-Cultural Center

Our Staff

Section 1


Professional Staff

Dr. Miguel Ángel Hernández (he/him), Associate Dean of Students & Interim Director

m.a.hernandez@uci.edu

Dr. Miguel Ángel Hernández is a native of Puerto Rico and identifies as Afro-Caribbean. As a first-generation college student, Miguel earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Justice Administration from Columbus State University and a Master of Arts degree in College Student Development from Appalachian State University. Most recently, Miguel completed his doctoral degree in Higher Education at Florida State University. His dissertation focused on DACA student in Florida who engage in activism behaviors. As the Associate Dean of Students, Miguel supports staff in the following functional areas of Student Life: Cross-Cultural Center; Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) Resource Center; Sorority & Fraternity Life; Veteran Services Center; Campus Organizations & Volunteer Programs; and the Center for Student Leadership. Additional professional involvement includes serving as: LeaderShape Co-Lead Facilitator; National Coalition Building Institute Facilitator; Diversity & Inclusion Consultant with AmeriCorp Volunteer Florida, Leon County Government, and the Florida-Caribbean Louis Stokes Regional Center of Excellence. Miguel is also a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. since 2002. Dr. Hernandez is passionate about working with college students, faculty, and staff in navigating the process of creating diverse and inclusive communities; developing culturally responsive practices reflected in policies, procedures, and decision making; and serving as a resource throughout the community. His personal mission statement is to develop personally, spiritually and professionally with a relentless focus on being a humble, compassionate, and an authentic man.

Daniel K. Park (he/him), Associate Director

danielkp@uci.edu

Daniel K. Park joined the Student Life & Leadership cluster as Associate Director of the Cross-Cultural Center in July 2016. He oversees the affiliation process and serves as the primary advisor to 20+ affiliated Registered Campus Organizations and organizes our signature programs for the campus community: Community Roots Festival, Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium, and Deconstruction Zone. He oversees the daily facility management of over 7,000 square feet of the freestanding center by determining resources and priorities for physical improvements and usage policies. Daniel is also responsible for the Cross-Cultural Center's strategic communications and marketing efforts, which includes website development, social media, and branding. He also chairs the Multicultural Programs Funding Board, which allocates $5,000 in annual funding to Registered Campus Organizations. Prior to joining the Cross-Cultural Center, he spent five and a half years in the School of Social Ecology at UC Irvine as Founding Director of the ACCESS Social Ecology Program, an innovative retention and peer mentoring program that serves new students who identify as first-generation, low-income and international. Since 2007, Daniel has worked professionally in functional areas within student affairs including residential life, first-year experience, student conduct, academic advising, and student retention at large public and private research universities. Daniel earned his M.Ed. in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs from the University of Southern California and B.A. in Psychology and Social Behavior ('05) from UCI. He is especially passionate about engaging in critical conversations around racial justice and diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives, working with faculty and staff to create more inclusive spaces at the university, promoting and facilitating leadership development opportunities for students and staff of color, and mentoring students who have an interest in pursuing a career in student affairs. 

Fatima Leoniza Nunez (she/her), Administrative Specialist

flnunez@uci.edu

 

Section 2


2021-2022 Student Staff


Natalie Bonilla (she/her), Administrative Intern (Social Media)

Mehraeel Gouda (she/her), Student Assistant 

Ashley Rojas Jimenez (she/her), Student Assistant

Cindy Le (she/they), Volunteer Coordinator

Xing Xin Liu (she/her), Graphic Designer

Fiona Li (she/her), Videographer

Justice Merriman (she/her), Intercultural Programmer

Marisabel Perez (she/they), Community Programmer

Hao Tang (he/him), Wellness Coordinator

Norma Vidal (she/her), Student Assistant

Kendall Washington (she/her), ACTIVE Coordinator

Victoria Sanchez (she/her), ACTIVE Coordinator