Chaz Cruz (he/they) was raised in the deserts and cities of southern California by his maternal grandparents. He comes to the Cross Cultural Center with extensive experiences in social justice education and social identity development. Chaz earned his B.A. in Liberal Studies from Cal State LA, and M.A. in Organization Leadership from the University of San Francisco. Chaz brings critical feminist, queer theory and critical race theory to education and student affairs work with love, engagement, and intentionality. #Sagittarius #Creative #Educator
Olivia Hernandez (she/her)
Cross Cultural Center , Asian, Pacific Islander Communities, Asian Pacific Community Night Market
Olivia (she/they) identifies as a second generation Mexican American, Fat, Femme, Queer, Xicana, Educator and Artivist. She loves connecting about screen printing, fierce fabulosity in all capacities, and food. As the Associate Director of the CCC she supervises the three program coordinators and supports the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities.
Black African Diaspora, Black Joy Fest, Indigenous Community
Ọgọchukwu (she/her) was born in Nigeria, but raised in Kansas City Missouri. She earned a Bachelors of Arts in Medical Anthropology from Stanford University. Ọgọ's interest lies in addressing the mental health needs of children all the way to young adults in immigrant and refugee populations. She believes that community can foster healing and acceptance, and hopes to create an honest, intentional community for the students. Aside from work, she enjoys reading, writing, dancing, cooking, and music.
Mary Jane Andreas
UC Davis Powwow, Native American Community, Middle Eastern/North African/South Asian Communities
Mary Jane Andreas (she/her) is an enrolled member of the Bishop Paiute Tribe. MJ earned a Bachelor of Arts in Race and Ethnic Studies with an Emphasis in Native American Studies from the University of Redlands. Her passion is working with marginalized students in higher education and Native youth throughout Indian Country. As a Program Coordinator MJ supports Native American, Indigenous, and Middle Eastern, North African, and South Asian (MENASA) programming as well as organizes the Annual UC Davis Powwow, Indigenous Arts Market, and MENASA Leadership Retreat. Outside of work MJ loves traveling the world, trying new foods, and spending time with loved ones.
Analisa (she/her) identifies as African – American, born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is a product of the California public school system and is committed to helping students of color, particularly Black students gain success to and succeed in higher education. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology from UC Santa Cruz. She then went on to earn her Master of Science in Biology from San Francisco State University. Analisa is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in Education at UC Davis. As the Graduate Student Retention Coordinator, Analisa focuses on connecting with graduate students of color from all programs across the UC Davis campus and supporting them on their individual journeys. Her main role is to facilitate the Graduate Students of Color Mentorship program where graduate students are paired with respective faculty mentors. Outside of work, Analisa enjoys putting together jigsaw puzzles, hiking, and traveling the world.
Jen (she/they) is a filipinx-chicanx, born and raised in Chicago, transplanted to Southern California. She assists with the overall logistics of the space. Jen has a background in Corporate Human Resources Management and extensive experience in non-profit grant managment and human services. Her work with the Corporation for National and Community Service, the Institute for Applied Behavior Analysis, as well as the Sacramento Hospice Consortium, has provided her with a broad range of knowledge and experience to draw from when serving the campus and local communities.
Tatum Phan (she/her) 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.
Chicanx/Latinx Community , Danzantes del Alma (DdA), Mixed Heritage/Experience Communities, La Gran Tardeada
Michael Yepez (he/him) is from Southern California. He identifies within the Latinx Community - his mother is from Guatemala and his father is from Mexico. He has earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Chicana/o Studies from the University of California, Davis, and a Masters of Science in Higher Education from California State University, Fullerton. Michael believes in taking a holistic approach in his work, where he acknowledges all aspects of a student's intersectional identities and helps them move towards creating a brave space where students can self-advocate. He strives to be a true agent of change that addresses and challenges issues of access, equity, diversity, and liberation work. Aside from work, he enjoys traveling, spending time with friends & family, and loves trying new foods.