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: 2100 Student Services II
E-mail: joanna.hernandez@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

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

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 enjoys exploring scenic spots, watching sci-fi movies, and doing yoga at the beach. 

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

Sei Lee, Program Director - 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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Office: 2200 Student Service II

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 - Transfer 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: 2100 Student Service II

Email:dstucki@uci.edu

Ananda Van Boeyen, Counselor/ Coordinator - Transfer, Formerly Incarcerated and Systems Impacted (FISI) & Student Parent and Families (SPF)

Ananda Van Boeyen grew up as a first-generation, low-income, immigrant family student. She chose to complete her Master of Social Work, having experienced first-hand the power of mentorship and having someone believe in your dreams, dignity, and worth. Ananda has spent over 15 years working with families, early intervention mental health services, people without housing, survivors of domestic violence, immigration detainees, and reentry services. Ananda is passionate about creating a sense of community and belonging for all students while helping them find their voice and power. Ananda loves the outdoors, whether it is hiking, the beach, or napping under the sun. She enjoys listening to music, attending concerts and festivals, reading, running, working out, podcasts and napping. Please contact her with questions and for support.

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Office: 2100 Student Service II

Email:avanboey@uci.edu

Martha Lucero Contreras, Counselor/ Coordinator - Foster Youth Resilience in Education (FYRE)

Martha Lucero Contreras serves as the current Counselor/ Coordinator for the UCI FYRE Scholars program. Martha grew up in Huntington Park in the county of Los Angeles. She is a first-generation Latina graduate from Cal State University, Fullerton where she received a Bachelor's degree in Chicana and Chicano Studies and Sociology, as well as a Master's Degree in Sociology with an emphasis in Education. As a first-generation, low-income student, Martha values the community she found at CSUF that helped her navigate the university. That experience sparked a passion to continue supporting students throughout their educational journeys. Prior to this role, Martha worked at CSUF GEAR UP- working with students in Anaheim to access higher education. Martha's goal is to build a community of support, respect, and empowerment for all current and former foster youth at UCI.

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Office: 2100 Student Service II

Email: m.contreras@uci.edu

Wiley G. Wilson Jr., Coordinator -Umoja Program

Wiley Wilson grew up as a low-income, First-Generation, African American, and Black student in both Southern Alabama and Southern California. Wiley earned his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology at the School of Social Sciences at the University of California, Irvine.  As an undergraduate student, Wiley had founded numerous campus organizations and programs such as the UMOJA Community Campus Organization and the Seat at the Table Project and had advocated for, and guaranteed funding from the Associate Student of the University of California, Irvine going toward assisting marginalized groups on UCI’s campus. As a recent graduate, Wiley understands the needs of current students in the current University system. He has extensive experience working within the UMOJA Community as an UMOJA Ambassador in the Transfer Initiatives Program under the Office of Admissions and Relations at UCI and was honored as the 2021 UMOJA Alumni of the Year and the Black Thriving Scholar under the Black Thriving Initiative. Wiley’s goal is to make sure that students have options, not ultimatums, as they journey through the Academic System. Wiley in his spare time loves to hike, travel, watch cartoons and anime. If you have any questions about the UMOJA Pre-Pilot Program, are interested in being a part of the UMOJA Community, or wish to collaborate, please contact him.

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Office: 2100 Student Service II

Emailwgwilson@uci.edu