UCI Cross-Cultural Center

Our Staff

Section 1


Professional Staff

In light of COVID-19, our staff is working a hybrid schedule and are on campus and working remotely on select days. Please find their contact information below to schedule a virtual or phone appointment.


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.

Raven Stewart (she/they), Program Coordinator

restewar@uci.edu

Raven Stewart joined the Cross-Cultural Center in June 2019 as Program Coordinator. Her areas of responsibilities include: coordination of academic success initiatives, alumni engagement programs, assessment and evaluation efforts, and advisement of the five umbrella organizations. Most recently, Raven worked in the non-profit sector providing education and employment support to transitional age youth experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles County. In her previous roles as a student affairs practitioner, she contributed to campus diversity initiatives in offices that prioritize the success of students of color. Raven earned her M.Ed. in Higher Education and Student Personnel from the University of Mississippi and B.A. in Psychology from Alcorn State University. Her decision to attend both a PWI and HBCU was inspired by her early interests in comparative higher education and multiculturalism. In her spare time, Raven enjoys reading self-help literature, starting Soul Train lines at weddings, binging anime series, and spending time with family and friends.

Ashlee Whitehead (she/her), Student Development Coordinator

awhitehe@uci.edu

Ashlee Whitehead joined the Cross-Cultural Center team in October 2019. As Student Development Coordinator, her responsibilites include developing and evaluating programs in the areas of cultural wellness and personal/professional development, teaching wellness and healing seminars, and supervising her student interns and volunteers. In her previous roles, Ashlee taught high school science and recruited public school educators through Teach for America, worked as a substance abuse counselor, and managed substance abuse prevention efforts at UCI. Ashlee earned her master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Oklahoma in 2018 and her B.A. in Psychology and Social Behavior ('11) from UCI. She has advocated on behalf of marginalized communities since she was a student at UCI and will continue to do so in her current role and beyond. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her dog, Winston, watching reality TV shows, singing along to Disney songs, and laughing loudly at memes.

VACANT, Administrative Specialist

 

Section 2


2021-2022 Student Staff


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

Mehraeel Gouda (she/her), Student Assistant 

Reina Ikeda (she/her), Administrative Intern (Leadership Programs)

Ashley Rojas Jimenez (she/her), Student Assistant

Xing Xin Liu (she/her), Graphic Designer

Justice Merriman (she/her), Intercultural Programmer

Marisabel Perez (she/they), Community Programmer

Hao Tang (he/him), Wellness Coordinator

Norma Vidal (she/her), Student Assistant