In August 2020, we announced the retirement of long-time director, Zaveeni Kahn-Marcus.
While recruitment is underway for an innovative new director, we are pleased to announce that Aaron Jones has graciously agreed to step in as the interim director, effective immediately. Aaron is currently the director of the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) and brings a wealth of student affairs and student engagement experience. Prior to his time in EOP, Aaron served as the Assistant Director for Community Affairs, Civic Engagement & Advocacy within Associated Students. He also served as both Associated Students President and Graduate Student Association President during his time as both an undergraduate and graduate student at UCSB. We are confident that Aaron will provide sound leadership for the Center because of his deep respect for student agency and advocacy. Additionally, we know that Aaron will support the MCC staff with their continued and critical social justice work and during their transition to a new director.
This symbol represents the unity of humankind—moving, passing, returning again to those central intersections where people and cultures share deep human values—interlaced through our common humanity and continually confronted with our need to understand one another.
In 1987, UCSB students of color, who were then severely underrepresented at the University demanded the creation of a hospitable and safe space for their use. Such a space was intended to facilitate the retention and recruitment of students of color and to combat institutional racism and ethnocentrism. These aims were to be realized in part through educational programming, which would promote changes in attitudes and behaviors throughout the campus community.
Out of this initial impulse and the ensuing dialogues among students and allied faculty and staff, the MultiCultural Center was born. Students of color joined with international students to share a space, which, it was hoped, would realize these initial demands, and increase communication among people of different cultures. In time, recognizing the need to be inclusive of diverse value orientations, the MCC mission was broadened to include combating racism, sexism, and heterosexism.
UCSB struggles today with the same problems which necessitated the formation of the MCC. The MCC and concerned students, faculty, and staff continue to resist and confront these persistent forms of group oppression. In addition to continuing to provide a safe space for students of color, international students, and gay, lesbian, and bisexual students, the MCC serves as a bridge to the entire campus community. To that end, the MCC offers a broad spectrum of events including lectures, panel discussions, films and videos, musical, dance, and dramatic performances, and poetry readings, which are all open to the general public.
It is vital that the MCC always remain an autonomous site under the direct control of the MCC Board, composed of students, staff, and faculty. The MCC strives to support student activism and maintain a mutually supportive relationship with its student users, as they work together in pursuit of a more just society.
—The MultiCultural Center Board, April 20, 1995
Marketing Coordinator & Publicist
Financial Analyst & Assistant to the Director
Public Events Assistant
Intersectional Justice Certificate Coordinator
Faculty in Residence
ADALIS ROJAS, Student Assistant
ALLY LIM, Student Assistant
AMBER SAYOC, Marketing Assistant
ANGEL PONCE, Student Assistant
ARABELLA COMPTON, Student Assistant
CLARENS SIMON, Student Assistant
CLAUDIA KIGESA, JSJLS Lead Intern
CONNIE HUERTA, JSJLS Intern
DAVID RODRIGUEZ LOPEZ, Student Assistant
DIEGO BARRAGAN, Program Assistant
DYLAN CALZADA, Student Assistant
EMILY DIAZ, JSJLS Lead Intern
EMILY DUONG, Student Assistant
EVELYN CHAIREZ, Marketing Assistant
FRANCIS VERGARA, JSJLS Intern
GEO LUCERO, MCC Council Co-Chair
HIMADRI GUPTA, JSJLS Intern
JOEY MEDINA, JSJLS Intern
JORDYN FUGGINS, JSJLS Intern
JASMINE DELGADO, Student Assistant
JULIA CHIN, Student Assistant
KENNEDY FRANCIS, JSJLS Intern
KIYANNA PEEK, Financial Assistant
LAURYN BRADLEY, Student Assistant
LORENA GARCIA, Student Assistant
MICHAEL ROMERO, Student Assistant
NAZ ALLEN, JSJLS Intern
PETRONA GARCIA, JSJLS Intern
ROSE HOANG, Program Assistant
SHELSEA SANCHEZ, JSJLS Intern
SIMMY KAUR, JSJLS Intern
SEAN NGUYEN, Student Assistant
TONY HUANG, Program Assistant
TIFFANY LEI, Student Assistant
VERONICA BRUNER, JSJLS Intern
VONNIE WEI, MCC Council Co-Chair
ZION SOLOMON, Assistant to Associate Director
*Jackson Social Justice Legacy Scholarship
MCC BOARD MEMBERS
We'd like to thank our board members for their endless contributions to the MCC!
Afiya Browne, MCC Associate Director, ex-officio member
Alpha Kappa Alpha
Black Student Union (BSU)
Candice Perez, MCC Financial Analyst, ex-officio member
Community Engagement and Advocacy Program (CEAP) Interns
Diane Fujino, Professor, Asian American Studies & Director – Center for Black Studies Research
Elizabeth Robinson, KCSB Emeritus
Emily Diaz, CEAP Coordinator
Francis Vergara, MCC Council Co-Chair
Geo Lucero, MCC Council Co-Chair
Improving, Dreams, Equality, Access, and Success (IDEAS)
Jeremy Scruggs, Staff, Housing
Joe Sabado, Executive Director – Student Information Systems & Technology
Katya Armistead, Asst. Vice Chancellor to Student Affairs & Dean of Student Life & Activities
Latinx Business Association
Magda Campo, Lecturer – Religious Studies
Muslim Student Association
Nikkei Student Union
Ronaldo Noche, MCC Student Liaison, ex-officio member
Southeast Asian Union
Taylor Jackson, CEAP Coordinator
Vonnie Wei, MCC Council Co-Chair
Walid Afifi, Professor – Communications
The 2019-20 UCSB MultiCultural Center Annual Report
This has been a challenging year, but let's recap and reflect on recent accomplishments and events.
Click below to view a PDF of our new Annual Report.