Hrs: M-Th 10am-8pm, F 9am-5pm
Ph: 530-752-4287
Fax: 530-752-5067
Addr: Student Community Center
One Shields Ave, Davis, Ca, 95616

Culture Days Staff

Culture Days are a series of events and activities designed to educate, promote, and celebrate the many different cultures and identities in our community. The Culture Days Staff are responsible for planning, and promoting their respective Culture Days. Since the Culture Days themselves are often week-long events that are comprised of a number of different venues and activities that involve the whole community, Culture Days Staff naturally reach out to the community to collaborate ideas and efforts in order to reach the common goal of culture recognition, education, and celebration.

Student Coordinator Kathy
Kathy Vu
Asian Pacific Culture Week/ Asian Pacific Islander Leadership Retreat Co-Coordinator
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Student Coordinator Mandy
Mandy Lew
Asian Pacific Culture Week/ Asian Pacific Islander Leadership Retreat Co-Coordinator
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Student Coordinator Auzuray
Auzuray Pittman
Black Family Week/ Black Family Day Co-Coordinator
Office hours: M: 1-3pm | W: 1-3pm
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Student Coordinator Maya
Maya Sadler
Black Family Week/ Black Family Day Co-Coordinator
Office hours: W: 4-6pm | F: 2:30-4:30pm
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Student Coordinator Brenda
Brenda Yanez
La Raza Culture Days Co-Coordinator
Office hours: M: 12-1pm | T: 10am-12pm | W: 12-1pm | Th: 10am-12pm | F: 12-1pm
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Student Coordinator Jose
Jose Chavez Santos
La Raza Culture Days Co-Coordinator
Office hours: M: 12-2pm | T: 1-2pm | Th: 4-6pm
Pronouns: He/Him/His
Student Coordinator Avanti
Avanti Baronia
Middle Eastern/ South Asian Community Week Coordinator
Office hours: M: 10am-12pm | Th: 10am-12pm
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Student Coordinator Karli
Karli Quintana
Native American Culture Days Coordinator
Office hours: M: 3-5pm | F: 12-2pm
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Student Coordinator Sarah
Sarah Livas
Powwow Coordinator
Office hours: M: 3-5pm | T: 9am-1:30pm
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Programming Staff

Programming staff is responsible for planning, and administrating the programs of the Cross-Cultural Center (CCC). Each programming staff member focuses on one program that they work on for the duration of the year. They plan and conduct meetings, establish timelines, maintain working schedules, create and supervise commitees, and develop fundraising plans, as well conduct various other important and related tasks.The programming staff of the CCC consist of current UC Davis students, who also serve as ambassadors of the CCC by promoting its mission and goals.

Student Coordinator Claire
Claire McLeod
Campus Climate and Community Outreach Coordinator I
Office hours: M: 2-4pm | T: 3-5pm
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Student Coordinator Leo
Leo Youssef
Campus Climate and Community Outreach Coordinator II
Office hours: W: 3-5pm | Th: 3-5pm
Pronouns: They/Them/Theirs
Student Coordinator Ilma
Ilma Husain
Campus Climate and Community Outreach Coordinator III
Office hours: M: 12-1pm | T: 10:30am-12pm | W: 12-1:30pm | Th: 10:30am-12pm
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Student Coordinator Danielle
Danielle Soba
African Diaspora Community Coordinator
Office hours: M: 2-3pm, 4-6pm | W: 12-3pm
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Student Coordinator Jessica
Jessica Orozco
Chicanx/Latinx Community Coordinator
Office hours: T: 4-5pm | Th: 4-5pm
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Student Coordinator Sabrina
Sabrina Lee
Asian Pacific Islander Community Coordinator
Office hours: M: 10am-12pm | Th: 11am-12pm
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Student Coordinator Deeptansh
Deeptansh Chadha
International Community Coordinator
Office hours: M: 1-3pm | W: 10am-1pm
Pronouns: He/Him/His
Student Coordinator Trang
Trang Nguyen
International Community Retreat Coordinator
Office hours: M: 12-2pm | T: 12-3pm | Th: 12-2pm
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Student Coordinator Reema
Reema Cherian
Graduate Student Retention Coordinator
Office hours: T: 11am-6pm | W: 1-6pm | Th: 10am-3pm
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Admin Assistants

Administrative Assistants are composed of student coordinators who assist the rest of the staff with administrative tasks such as billing, web & graphic design, and management of grants and volunteer activities. The Admin. Assistants are responsible for specific office tasks that accompany the numerous CCC programs, Culture Days, and other activities, and work closely with other staff members to effectively accomplish their goals.

Grant Coordinator Victoria
Victoria Khau
Grant Coordinator/ Administrative Assistant
Office hours: M: 1-4pm | W: 3-4pm | Th: 2-3pm
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Student Coordinator Daven
Daven Vellido
Administrative Assistant
Office hours: M: 12-2pm | W: 12-2pm | Th: 3-4pm
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Graphic Designer Emily
Emily Luong
Graphic Design Coordinator
Office hours: M, W, Th: 10am-12pm | F: 12-3pm
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Web Designer Sophia
Sophia Lam
Web Design Coordinator
Office hours: T, Th: 12-1pm | W,F: 10am-12pm
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Volunteer Coordinator Kacey
Kacey Huang
Volunteer Coordinator/ Administrative Assistant
Office hours: M: 6-7:30pm | T: 5-8pm | Th: 4-6pm
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

P.E.A.C.E. Trainers

The P.E.A.C.E staff are called PEACE Trainers because they reach out to the community to train and educate peer groups and individuals about social justice and commnunity empowerment. P.E.A.C.E trainers are volunteers who devote a part of their time and efforts to help others and promote peace and equality in the community. P.E.A.C.E trainers often become very important members of the commnunity, recognized for their leadership, volunteerism, and social competence. A CCC student Coordinator assists the trainers in achieving the best outcome possible by helping to plan and execute workshops and activities.

PEACE Coordinator Darcy
Darcy Bostic
P.E.A.C.E. Coordinator
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
PEACE Coordinator Sabrina
Sabrina Sanchez
P.E.A.C.E. Coordinator
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
PEACE Trainer Heather
Heather Nguyen
P.E.A.C.E. Trainer
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers, They/Them/Theirs
PEACE Trainer Sam
Sam Alavi
P.E.A.C.E. Trainer
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
PEACE Trainer Mayra
Mayra Perez
P.E.A.C.E. Trainer
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
PEACE Trainer Karen
Karen Mena
P.E.A.C.E. Trainer
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers, They/Them/Theirs
PEACE Trainer Martin
Martin Giron
P.E.A.C.E. Trainer
Pronouns: They/Them/Theirs, He/Him/His
PEACE Trainer Austin
Austin Tarumoto
P.E.A.C.E. Trainer
Pronouns: They/Them/Theirs, He/Him/His, Austin
PEACE Trainer Jose
Jose Chavez Santos
P.E.A.C.E. Trainer
Pronouns: He/Him/His
PEACE Trainer Sabrina
Sabrina Lee
P.E.A.C.E. Trainer
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
PEACE Trainer Angelica
Angelica Garcia
P.E.A.C.E. Trainer
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
PEACE Trainer Danielle
Danielle Martinez
P.E.A.C.E. Trainer
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers, They/Them/Theirs
PEACE Trainer Jess
Jess Galicia
P.E.A.C.E. Trainer
Pronouns: They/Them/Theirs, She/Her/Hers
PEACE Trainer Amanda
Amanda Ong
P.E.A.C.E. Trainer
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Danzantes Del Alma Board

Danzantes del Alma (DDA) is a dance troupe that practices the traditional folk dance of the Mexian, and Chicana/Chicano communities. The DDA staff is composed of administrative as well as practical positions such as wardrobe charis and dance instructors. The DDA staff also includes CCC student coordinators, who assist the DDA dance troupe to continue the Danzantes del Alma tradition.

DDA Board Crystal
Crystal Romero
DDA Administrative Manager
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
DDA Board Aurelia
Aurelia Montoya
Performance Manager
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
DDA Board Nanci
Nanci Torres
Academic Chair
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
DDA Board Brittany
Brittany Solano
Student Co-Instructor
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
DDA Board Sara
Sara Castro-Frias
Student Instructor
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
DDA Board Maria
Maria Porras
Social Chair
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
DDA Board Jazmin
Jazmin Guerrero
Annual Chair Co-Chair
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
DDA Board Karla
Karla Ocampo
Annual Show Co-Chair
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
DDA Board Daniel
Daniel Hernandez
Wardrobe Co-Chair
Pronouns: He/Him/His
DDA Board Julissa
Julissa Pelayo
Wardrobe Co-chair
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
DDA Board Janet
Janet Garcia
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
DDA Board Isabel
Isabel Blanco
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers, They/Them/Theirs
DDA Board Joceline
Joceline Gonzalez
Fundraising Coordinator
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers, They/Them/Theirs
DDA Board Ines
Ines Perez-Vargs
Graphic Design Chair
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Career Staff

The Career Staff of the CCC consists of professionals who are devoted to a career in education, community development, social justice, and cultural competency. They supervise and assist the student staff in meeting their responsibilities as student coordinators. The Career Staff is responsible for the funding needed to carry out the Center's activities, as well as for the search, hiring, and training of student coordinators. They are ultimately responsible for continuing the work of the CCC from year to year, and are charged with the task of carrying on the tradition that is: the Cross-Cultural Center.

Director Bruce
Bruce Smail
Phone: (530) 752-4911
Pronouns: He/Him/His

Bruce E. Smail is the Director of the Cross Cultural Center at UC Davis. Social justice and diversity are central throughout Smail’s career. Smail has an eclectic 26-year career in higher education, non-profit, federal government, business, and secondary education with 13 years at the senior leadership level and 18 years of advocacy for people of color, LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender), youth, and people living with HIV/AIDS. Throughout his advocacy experience, Smail learned the importance of building strong coalitions, creating safe spaces for silent voices to emerge, and valuing the multiple dimensions of individual and community identities. This type of advocacy is complex, crosses every demographic, and requires “thinking outside the box” to deliver effective programs, services, and policies that address the multiple and often conflicting needs of diverse communities. Smail is excited to join the UC Davis community and looks forward to the many new opportunities of serving several diverse communities within the Cross Cultural Center.
Associate Director Koby
Koby Rodriguez
Associate Director
Phone: (530) 752-7428
Pronouns: He/Him/His

Koby Rodríguez is a scholar-practitioner who serves as the Associate Director of the Cross Cultural Center at UC Davis. Within this capacity, Koby supervises and works with scholars and full-time staff who work to advance social justice and intersectionality in one of California's largest university cultural centers. His radical social justice philosophies are informed by his Mixed-Latinx Queer identities. Simultaneously, Koby serves as President-elect of the California Council Cultural Centers in Higher Education (CaCCCHE), a network of social justice educators and practitioners in California. Previously, he served as NASPA's Men and Masculinities Knowledge Community Region VI Representative.
Office Coordinator Jenifer
Jenifer Dalal
Office Coordinator
Phone: (530) 754-5975
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Jenifer Dalal (she/her/hers) is the new Office Coordinator in the Cross Cultural Center. Prior to joining the CCC, Jenifer was the Office Coordinator at the Center for African Diaspora Student Success and administrative support for the African Diaspora, Native American, and Chicanx/Latinx Retention Initiatives here at UC Davis. Jenifer has a diverse professional background, having worked for many years as a Human Resources professional and corporate trainer before her time in Student Affairs on campus. She has a passion for human service and extensive experience as an advocate for inclusion and awareness for people with disabilities, home health/hospice care, and volunteer coordination with various non-profit organizations. Jenifer is excited to now serve the dynamic Cross Cultural Center community, supporting student leadership in advancement of the collective vision for empowerment and social justice. GO TEAM!
Program Coordinator Olivia
Olivia Hernandez
Program Coordinator
Phone: (530) 752-4057
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Olivia is a second generation Mexican American, Fat Femme Queer, Xicana, educator and Artivist. She was born and raised in Watsonville, CA. She earned her bachelor of arts from UC Davis in Art Studio and Chicanx/Latinx Studies. She is committed to providing critical community engagement through artivism, collective homie efforts and holistic support that aim to uplift and empower different communities. She loves being a part of the process towards radical change and growth. Her strengths are her creative approaches to visual representations and work and the bright and vibrant energy she brings in all spaces she is a part of. She is excited to work as one of the Cross Cultural Center’s Program Coordinator and see what she can do to continue the legacy that has been laid down from start of the CCC’s creation. Olivia also loves connecting about screen printing, fierceness and fabulosity in all capacities and food.
Program Coordinator Kriti
Kriti Garg
Program Coordinator
Phone: (530) 752-7032
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Kriti has been working with the Cross Cultural Center since 2012 and is honored to take on a new role and adventure as a Program Coordinator. She was raised in the South Bay/Silicon Valley, with family and roots in northern India, and is constantly processing what it means to be a second-generation South Asian American womxn. As a student, Kriti was actively involved with the ASUCD Ethnic and Cultural Affairs Commission, Cross Cultural Center (as a P.E.A.C.E. trainer and Campus Climate & Community Outreach Coordinator), the College of Letters & Science, the NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program, and various campus and community initiatives. This year, she is excited to be working closely with the international student community, Middle Eastern and South Asian (ME/SA) community, and the CCC's peer education program (P.E.A.C.E.).
Program Coordinator Monae
Monae Roberts
Program Coordinator
Phone: (530) 752-6620
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Monae is Brooklyn bred and Philly adopted. She is an African American, queer woman with a passion for authentic connection and engagement. Monae moved from Philadelphia to California and joined the Cross Cultural Center staff in October 2016. She attributes most of her social justice awakening to her time spent at Temple University while working in Residential Life and pursuing a M.A. in African American studies. Monae's goal is to promote critical consciousness for social justice, and increase authentic human connection, in order to heal the ethereal wounds of humanity. Her professional/research interests are: African Diasporic relations, critical consciousness for liberation, authentic leadership, intersectionality, identity development, queer issues, underserved populations, advocacy and allyship, Africana philosophy and ancient healing practices.
CAN Counselour Tatum
Dr. Tatum Phan
Community Advisor Network (CAN) Counselor
Phone: (530) 752-4201
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Tatum identifies as Vietnamese-American. She grew up in Dayton, Ohio and received her Bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University. She earned her doctoral degree in counseling psychology from the University of Oregon and completed her pre-doctoral internship in psychology and post-doctoral residency
at UC Davis. Tatum joined Student Health and Counseling Services as a CAPS Community Counselor in August 2013.

Postdoctoral Fellow

The core of the Postdoctoral Scholar role is research, publishing, and teaching. It is a training opportunity for new doctorate to experience field work.

Adebayo Akintunde, Ph.D.
Adebayo Akintunde, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow
Pronouns: He/Him/His

Adebayo Akintunde has a doctorate in Human Geography and advanced degrees in Community and Regional Development and Urban and Regional Planning. Born and raised in Ibadan, Nigeria, he completed his early education in Nigeria before moving to the United States for his doctoral degree at UC Davis. Adebayo’s multicultural background evolved from his teaching and advocacy experiences in diverse communities both on campus and off campus. He was a teaching assistant with the Chicana/o studies, African and African American Studies, Sociology, Community Development and interned with the Sacramento branch of the International Rescue Committee. He also served as the Public Relations Officer to the Graduate Student Association at UC Davis, as co-chair of the Davis African Club, and as the international graduate student assistant with Services for International Students and Scholars. Adebayo is currently the director of the African Refugee Program with VIRTIS, a small NGO in Sacramento that addresses the mental health of veterans, immigrants and refugees in the region. He is very passionate about and dedicated to working with immigrant populations, particularly those from the underserved communities. Adebayo looks forward to working with Director, Bruce E. Smail and staff on several projects, including assessment of student participation at the center, a service learning project aimed at increasing civic responsibility and global understanding and citizenship; a new HIV prevention initiative and others that draw on his involvement in social justice and his doctoral scholarship.
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