Kevin Huie, Student Success Initiatives Executive Director

Kevin M. Huie is a seasoned teacher, trainer, speaker, facilitator, advocate, activist, consultant, counselor, and administrator. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Kevin has been mentoring, coaching, and advising students throughout his 20-year career in higher education focusing specifically on their academic achievement, personal development, leadership potential, and overall sense of cultural well-being. He also has provided numerous trainings for academic institutions, non-profit organizations, and thriving businesses. Kevin has a Masters’ degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and Multicultural Counseling from Loyola University Chicago, an Executive Leadership Management Certificate from Rockhurst University, is a certified Diversity Trainer and Mediator, and has a Certificate in Strengths-Based Leadership from the Gallup Organization.

Kevin has a strong passion for contributing to the holistic, transformative development of each and every student and organization with whom he works. He has previously worked for both of his alma maters, the University of Notre Dame and Loyola University Chicago, serving as an Assistant Director and Director respectively within the schools’ Student Affairs’ Divisions. More recently, Kevin served as the Executive Director of the Cross-Cultural Center at UCI where he specialized in the development and execution of premier leadership and diversity programs and provided strategic direction for the Dean of Students and the Vice-Chancellor of Student Affairs on campus issues and diversity related matters. Kevin has also taught extensively at the university level, contributing as a lecturer in the Department of Education and the School of Humanities at UCI, the School of Education at Loyola, and the Department of Psychology at Notre Dame. In his spare time, Kevin enjoys working out, playing and watching sports, and hanging out at the pool or beach with his family.

Office: 2200 Student Services II
E-mail: khuie@uci.edu

Joanna M. Hernandez, Student Success Initiatives Assistant Director

Joanna Hernandez grew up as a first-generation Latina & former foster youth student.  Over her past 10 year of work experience in higher education, she has specifically focused on advocating for first generation & low-income student's needs, is a practiced counselor and seasoned program developer. She is passionate about the future of higher education and ensuring it is an safe & inclusive environment for all student communities. Joanna completed her masters in Higher and Postsecondary Education at the University of Michigan, and her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Latin American & Iberian Studies from UC Santa Barbara. She currently serves as the Assistant Director at the Student Success Initiatives Office providing leadership to programs that support foster youth, student parents, undocumented students, transfer success programs, community partnerships, as well as first generation and low-income students. Prior to this appointment, she served as the TRIO project director at UC Irvine and worked as an EOP counselor at UC Santa Barbara. Joanna is a dog & cat mom, hiking enthusiast, aspirating plant-based home chief, urban art lover, and music appreciator. Please feel free to reach out to her if you would like additional support or want to get connected to any of the SSI programs.

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Office: 2200 Student Services II
E-mail: joanna.hernandez@uci.edu

Evani Chavez, TRIO Project Director

Evani completed her undergraduate degree at the University of California, Irvine where she earned her Bachelors of Arts in Sociology and Chicano/Latino Studies. She completed her Master of Science in Counseling: Student Development in Higher Education at California State University, Long Beach.  Evani is passionate about working with students and has dedicated her education and career to placing education and community first. She is excited to be working at her alma mater and hopes to use her experience to make a positive impact on campus. If you have questions about the TRIO Scholars program, please contact Evani Chavez.

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Office: 2200 Student Services II
E-mail: molinae@uci.edu

Xochilt Vega, TRIO Project Advisor

As a first-generation student who grew up in Compton, CA Xochilt attended California State University, Dominguez Hills (Go Toros!) for both her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and her Master’s degree in Counseling. During her professional career she worked as a mentor for Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) helping first-gen., low income freshmen with their transition from high school to college while also serving as an executive board member for an organization who supports undocumented and AB540 eligible students on campus. Through the efforts that were made on campus they were able to facilitate the first Faculty/Staff Ally training for CSUDH and serve as a testament that highlighted the need for a Dreamers Resource Center that opened shortly after on campus.

She then transitioned over to CSULB’s Educational Talent Search (ETS) a college access program for 5 different South Bay high schools helping students be college and career ready. After a couple of years at CSULB she transitioned over to the University of Southern California (USC) where she was placed at an LAUSD high school helping students and parents from diverse backgrounds with the college access process. It was through these experiences she gained working in these programs that her love for helping students coming from diverse communities grew. Xochilt is excited to join SSI and DUE as the new TRIO Advisor to continue making a positive impact on students and to continue the strong efforts made on campus.

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Office: 2200 Student Services II
E-mail: xvega@uci.edu

Adeeva Myers, Counselor/Coordinator, Gateway Initiatives

Adeeva is a Southern California native from the city of Carson. She earned her Bachelors of Arts degree in Social Welfare from the University of California, Berkeley and completed her Masters of Education degree in Educational Counseling from the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California. While in undergrad, Adeeva participated in various leadership roles on campus including working as a Resident Assistant and being a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated. She has extensive experience in college access, previously working with organizations such as TRiO Upward Bound and the USC College Advising Corp where she assisted majority low income, first generation students in applying and enrolling into college. As a product of an under-resourced high school, Adeeva understands the plight of students needing added support in their efforts to achieve within higher education. Her goal is to see our education system grow into a more equitable institution where students of all backgrounds can achieve equally. Therefore, she is dedicated to helping cultivate young lives concerning their academic, personal, and professional success! Adeeva would love to chat with you. Please contact her with any questions about the Gateway Scholars program.

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Office: 2200 Student Services II
E-mail: ammyers@uci.edu

Janet Perez-Molina, Counselor/Program Coordinator - Foster Youth Resilience in Education (FYRE) & Student Parent and Families (SPF)

Janet attended California State University, Fullerton (Go Titans!) where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Human Services. Janet has several years of professional experience working as an Academic Advisor for Pre-Collegiate TRiO Programs at Cal State Fullerton.  She also served as Academic Coordinator for the CSUF GEAR UP Program. She completed her Master of Science in Counseling: Student Development in Higher Education at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB). Janet is dedicated to helping underrepresented students from low-income backgrounds to prepare and succeed in postsecondary education. Janet loves to connect students to resources and networks that will provide that support and help them thrive in college. Janet hopes to be a resource for you all throughout your time at UCI. If you have any questions about the Foster Youth Resilience in Education (FYRE) Program at UC Irvine or are interested in participating, please contact her.

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Office: 2200 Student Services II
E-mail: jvperezm@uci.edu

Kathy Dong, Counselor/Coordinator, Summer Bridge & STEP Program

Kathy Dong serves as the Counselor/ Coordinator of Summer Bridge & the Second-Year Transition Program (STEP) under UCI Student Success Initiatives. Kathy earned her B.A as a double major in Political Science and Sociology from UC Irvine (Zot Zot!) and is currently working towards her Master of Science in Counseling, with the emphasis in Student Development in Higher Education Program (SDHE) at CSU Long Beach. Prior to this role, she also held positions at UCI Cross-Cultural Center, UCI Orientation, and Long Beach City College Transfer Center. As someone who also identified as a first-gen/low-income student and benefited from student success resources in college, she finds her current work personal. She hopes to be a resource and support for students to find their inner roots, develop their tools, and recognize their assets and strengths. In her free time, she makes an effort to place communal care as the forefront of her daily practices with family and loved ones.

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Office: 2200 Student Services II
E-mail: kdong@uci.edu

Blanca Villagomez Cedeño, Counselor/Coordinator, DREAM Scholars & Transfer Programs

Blanca (pronouns: she/her/ella) grew up as a first-generation student and daughter of immigrant parents in the San Fernando Valley. She currently serves as the Counselor/Coordinator for DREAM Scholars and Transfer Programs. She has dedicated the last ten years of her career to developing initiatives and resources supporting first-generation, low-income, transfer, and undocumented students. Her commitment to educational equity and social justice is rooted in her belief that students are empowered and transformed when they are provided with holistic support and safe spaces. Blanca completed her M.S. in Counseling, Student Development in Higher Education (SDHE) at CSU Long Beach. She earned her B.A. in Sociology from UCLA (Go Bruins!) In her spare time, Blanca mentors students pursuing college and graduate school, explores scenic spots, consumes too many chocolate chip cookies, and enjoys yoga at the beach. 

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Office: 2200 Student Services II
E-mail: villagob@uci.edu

Rocio Zamudio, Counselor/Program Coordinator, Transfer Program

Rocio transferred from Santa Ana College to California State University, Fullerton (Titan Pride!) where she earned a B.A. in Sociology. Additionally, she earned her M.S. in Counseling from California State University, Long Beach (Go Beach!), where she completed her thesis on Latinas in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) who have persisted through community college and 4-year universities.  Her research and experience working with transfer students at Santa Ana College have ignited her passion for working with first-generation, low-income, and non-traditionally aged students who have overcome a variety of obstacles to reach their academic goals. Her commitment to student success has inspired her to pursue a doctorate in the near future in order to change the institutional barriers faced by these students.

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Office: 2200 Student Services II
E-mail: rmzamudi@uci.edu

Stefani Tran, International Peer Group (IPG) Scholars Program Coordinator

Stefani graduated from the University of Minnesota where she earned a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in East Asian Studies. During her time as an undergrad, she studied Japanese and studied abroad in Tianjin, China. Following graduation, Stefani explored South Korea for two years while teaching English to adults and middle school students. For the past 15 years, Stefani’s focus has been helping multicultural students find community and academic success in higher education.When not working, Stef sketches at local coffee shops and surfs up and down the California coast.  She is currently learning how to play the ukulele and skateboard.

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Office: UNEX/Summer Session Building A, Room 201
Email: isep-due@uci.edu

Sei Lee, Counselor-Coordinator for International Student Excellence Programs (ISEP)

Sei brings to this position her previous experience teaching multilingual students in the Program in Academic English and Composition Program at UCI along with previous counseling experience for the Tucson Unified School District in Arizona. Her current research interests include literacy development and the college experience of multilingual students, and the issues around biases/stereotypes of this population of students. Other topics of interest are issues of equity for underrepresented faculty in higher education, student evaluations of teaching, and learning analytics in remote learning environments. Her work has been published in the Journal of Second Language Writing. She is interested in and very passionate about helping each student included and engaged in the campus community irrespective of their various backgrounds and identities. Sei will oversee the International Peer Group Scholars Program (IPG) and Global Leaders, while facilitating faculty connections and collaborations across campus. She earned her BA in Psychology and MA in English Language and Linguistics from the University of Arizona and her PhD in Education from Claremont Graduate University.

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Email: seiyl@uci.edu

Isha Bhatt, Counselor/Coordinator, Chancellor's Excellence Scholars (CES), Promise Scholars

Isha graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Health Policy and a Minor in English. As a first-generation/low-income student, her introduction to UCI was through the Summer Bridge program. She continued to partake in several campus organizations ranging from UNICEF to Hip-Hop Congress, the Indian Sub-Continental Club, as well as ASUCI. The challenges through her undergraduate career made her passionate about providing aid to others and she went on to complete her Master’s of Science in Mental Health Counseling at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She has been passionate about bringing awareness to the community about positive mental health care and advocating for those struggling with theirs. As a student who has seen firsthand the effects of coming from an underprivileged/served community, Isha is committed to helping students from various backgrounds navigate their multiple roles, succeed, and thrive within their spaces. She is proud to be back at UCI                                                                   and can’t wait to help students achieve their goals.

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Office: 2200 Student Service II

Email:ibhatt@uci.edu

Delany Stucki, Counselor/Coordinator, Edge Programs

Laney is a proud graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara (Go Gauchos!) with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a minor in Feminist Studies. She also earned a Master of Arts in Education & Human Development from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.  After she left the east coast, she worked at UC Santa Barbara in various roles including as a first-generation retention counselor and also spent time as a success coach and advisor to community college students in the Pacific Northwest. She is passionate about building inclusive spaces and ensuring that she leads with her values of kindness, equity, and optimism. She loves all things Disney, her rescue pup Minnie, iced coffee, making candles, listening to podcasts, and playing games with her family. If you have any questions about Transfer Edge, please contact Laney.

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Office: 2200 Student Service II

Email:dstucki@uci.edu

Rocco M. Fragomeni, Manager, Edge Programs

Rocco completed his M.S. in Higher and Postsecondary Education from Syracuse University and his B.A. in Broadcasting and Mass Communication from the State University of New York, Oswego. Rocco currently manages UCI’s early start programs: Freshman Edge and Transfer Edge. Rocco and the Summer Edge team are dedicated to providing our incoming students with experiences that are accessible, inclusive, and seamlessly connect our summer programming with the academic expectations of the fall quarter and beyond. Rocco has previously worked in residence life and housing, student life and leadership, and summer academic programs at a variety of institutions on the east and west coasts. New UCI students looking for opportunities to start early where they can earn units, build skills, and gain confidence in a highly supportive environment can contact any member of the Edge Programs team for more information.

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Email: rfragome@uci.edu

Arturo Razo, Special Program Specialist, Edge Programs

Arturo graduated from UCI in 2016 with a dual B.A. in Public Health Policy and Education Sciences. He is currently working on his Master of Science in Counseling, with an emphasis on Student Development in Higher Education at CSU Long Beach. Arturo currently works on coordinating the Freshman Edge program offered during the summer for first year students. As a South Central Los Angeles born and raised, he is excited to be able to bring back the energy, confidence, and persistence he developed throughout his life into the work he does today. During his free time, he enjoys practicing Muay Tai, cooking new recipes, and playing video games.

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Office: 2200 Student Service II

Email:arturor1@uci.edu

Dianna Mendoza, Office Manager

Dianna has worked at UCI for 25 years all within the Division of Undergraduate Education. Since Fall 2011, she has been working as the Office Manager for Student Success Initiatives and Transfer Student Hub. Dianna is excited to meet the students our office serves and help them achieve their goals while at UCI.

If you have general questions about Student Success Initiatives, please contact Dianna Mendoza.

 

Office: 2200 Student Services II
E-mail: dmmendoz@uci.edu