Dr. Cesar Ramos (he/him), Director
Dr. Cesar Ramos joined the Cross-Cultural Center in July 2022 with 13 years of professional experience in higher education. He graduated from St. Mary's College of California with a B.A. in Politics followed by earning his Master in Public Administration with a focus on human resources and organizational change from California State University, East Bay. Most recently, Cesar successfully completed his doctorate in education at CSU East Bay in Educational Leadership for Social Justice. His dissertation focused on sense of belonging for Black and Brown students in Catholic Higher Education. Dr. Ramos brings with him a commitment to enhancing student experiences through holistic student development, student organization/group experience, and professional staff supervision and advocacy experiences. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Cesar is happy to be back in Southern California!Daniel K. Park (he/him), Associate Director
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.
Marisabel Perez (she/they), Program Coordinator
Marisabel Perez joined the Cross-Cultural Center in July 2022. She is a recent first-generation graduate from UCI with B.A. degrees in Political Science and Social Policy & Public Service. She was born and raised in South Central, Los Angeles to parents of Mexican and Guatemalan descent. At an early age, she became aware and passionate about fighting against the racial and economic injustices that her community faced. This passion inspired her undergraduate involvement with AFSCME, Latinx Resource Center, Cross-Cultural Center, and First Generation First Quarter Challenge (FGFQ) under the School of Social Sciences. Most recently, she was nominated as a Trabajadoras Fellow for the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA).
Fatima Nuñez (she/her), Administrative Specialist
Bio coming soon.
2022-2023 Student Staff
Eshika Arora, Volunteer Coordinator
Cindy El, Umbrella Org Liaison
Rayleen Fontelera, Affiliate Org Liaison
Angel Franco, Student Assistant
Xing Liu, Graphic Designer
Justice Merriman, Community Programmer
Victoria Sanchez, ACTIVE Coordinator
Darius Simms, Student Assistant
Hao Tang, ACTIVE Coordinator
Normal Vidal, Student Assistant
Tiffany Vo, AIP Intern
Karena Xu, AIP Intern