Student Staff

Eric Ayala
Queer Community Coordinator

Pronoun: He/His/Him

Year/Major: 4th year Sociology with a minor in Multicultural Queer Studies (MQS)

Hometown: Los Angeles 

Song: Fellow Feeling by Porter Robinson

Personal Statement: The reason I applied for the MCC is because I realized the importance of being surrounded by my community. Being part of the MCC I want to welcome students and make them feel like they have a home away from home somewhere they feel welcome and can be comfortable.

Matilda Bunchongchitr
Asian Desi Pacific Islander (ADPI) Co-coordinator

Pronouns: She, Her, Hers, They, Them, Their

Year/Major: Senior, Wildlife Biology

Major/Minor: Wildlife Biology Major with a Psychology and Geospatial Science Minor

Hometown: East Los Angeles/Monterey Park, CA

Quote: Live as if you were to die tomorrow, learn as if you were to live forever. -Ghandi

A person who controls others may be powerful, but a person who has mastered themselves is mightier still. -Lao Tzu

Personal Statement: Hi my name is Matilda, I am the coordinator for ADPIC (Asian Desi Pacific Islander Collective). My goal this year is to create a center for ADPIC much like the AACAE/LCAE/MCC so that students and/or members of the community that identify as part of the ADPI collective may have a safe space where they can feel at home, make new friends/connections, and strive to excel in their academics/goals. After HSU I plan to work to change the mindset about conservation of habitat, environmental, and wildlife in Thailand to create a middle ground where human inhabitants can live sustainably with nature.

At some point I would like to go back to school to pursue a possible Masters in Genetics, but before that I hope to join the Peace Corps to continue to educate others about the importance of environmental sustainability, continue to bring forth further acknowledgement of the ADPI community (i.e Dissolving the Model Minority Myth) and Social Justice.

Ana Maria Diaz Santillan
Campus Dialogue on Race Coordinator

Pronouns:She, her, hers

Year/Major: 4th year Social Work major

Hometown: Vacaville, CA

La Vida Es Un Carnaval

Personal Statement: My name is Ana Maria and I am a part of the MCC! It is my fourth year here at Humboldt State, so I'll be graduating in May. I am a part of the Humboldt Women's rugby team and Ballet Folklórico de Humboldt! I’ll just keep it short so I just wanted to say that I love the MCC because it is a home away from home. I have made so many friendships here that I will cherish forever. <3

Joselin (mostly known as Josie) Dorado Gándara
Community Building/Center Liaison

Pronouns: she, her, hers

Year/Major: 4th year, Forestry with a minor in Spanish

From Zacatecas but reside in Bakersfield CA

Canción-Hasta la Raíz (Canova's Root Version) by Natalia Lafourcade

Personal Statement: Born and raised in the town of Jerez on the state of Zacatecas, Mexico, and moved to Bakersfield at age 12. I am a fourth year student but this is my second year at Humboldt State. I transferred here from Bakersfield College down in the San Joaquin Valley. I like the arts: dancing, singing, writing, photography etc. I also love reading. One of the reasons why I wanted to work at one of the Centers for Academic Excellence is because I know how hard it is to move to a place outside of one's comfort zone and familiar surroundings, and would like new coming students feel more at ease during the transition.

Luz Espinoza
Intercultural Intersections Specialist

Pronouns: They, them, theirs

Year/Major: 3rd year, CRGS and a minor in Theatre Arts

Hometown:Highland Park, Los Angeles

Favorite book - Catcher in the Rye

Favorite Quote - “X in the box cause ain't nobody checkin’ me” - Nicki Minaj

Personal Statement: I’m just a queer kid (or i guess “adult”) from LA. One thing I’ve noticed is I underestimate myself and what I’m capable of. I never in a million years thought I would make it this far in life. I was really convinced that the world was going to end in 2012 so I always thought I wasn’t going to make it to college. The world may have not ended but it sure felt like it once Trump became president.

Deema Hindawi
Social Justice Summit Co-coordinator

Pronouns: She / Her

Year/Major: Second year studying Criminology and CRGS

Hometown: San Francisco

Personal Statement:

The MCC is home to many as it is a place to belong in a place so far from home. I am very enthusiastic about helping others. I love spoken word and dogs, as well as seeing change that I can make in society.

Ava Mark
International Community Coordinator

Pronouns: She, her, hers

Year/Major: 3rd year International Studies with a concentration in Chinese studies

Hometown: Stockton, CA

I'm Good by the Mowgli

Personal Statement: Ni hao! I'm a first generation American Born Chinese. I graduated high school early and came to Humboldt undecided on everything ranging from life to major. At the dorms, I met the most amazing group of people I'm glad to call my Humboldt family that made me feel appreciated, loved, and welcomed. That is my goal, to reciprocate those feelings of warmth. I love music, especially ska, oldies, and rock. I also love to cook because it reminds me of my mom. She is my biggest motivator in life and everything I do is for her.

Branden Mark
Asian Desi Pacific Islander (ADPI) Co-coordinator

Pronouns: He, Him, His

Year/Major: Senior, Business Administration: Finance

Hometown: Stockton, CA

Quote: “Happiness is only real when shared.” Christopher Johnson McCandless

Song: Wake Me Up – Russkaja

Personal Statement: I am looking forward to collaborating with the many diverse groups, clubs, and organizations to put on events on campus to enrich the students on the many cultures our campus represents. If you have any questions, comments, or ideas of events, please feel free to contact me.

Angelica (Angiee) Munoz
Outreach & Social Media Marketing/Newly Admitted Student Outreach Coordinator

Pronouns: She, Her, Hers

Year/Major: 3rd Year and Social Work major

Hometown: South Central, Los Angeles

Quote: "Dreams and reality are opposites, action synthesizes them." - Assata Shakur 

Personal Statement: I am a first generation student, and the oldest of another sibling. I have been working/ involved with the MCC my whole time at HSU, and I can definitely state that it is my home away from home. I have meet so many awesome people that have helped me stay in this institution and have got some really rad opportunities from it to.

Clara Nieblas
Community Building Liasion

Pronouns: She/her/they/them

Year/Major: Third year in Art Education

Easter Coachella Valley

Viveme by Laura Pausini

Personal Statement: I identify as Chicanx not “Latina” or “Hispanic" and I'm very much down for la causa. I like politics, social justice, painting, drawing, making clothes and makeup.  I grew up in a rural low-income farm working community which plays a big role in why I have such a big love for community organizing. I am trying to navigate this institution as best as I can and I know how hard it can be so working at the mcc I am hoping to help other Hsu students navigate this space in any way that I can.

Teadja Owings
Outreach & Social Media Marketing

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Year/major: sophomore / art (studio)

Hometown: Fontana, CA

Quote: "Without community there is no liberation...but community must not mean a shedding of our differences, nor the pathetic pretense that these differences do not exist." - Audre Lorde

Song: Francis Forever - Mitski

Personal Statement: Frequently visiting the MultiCultural Center during my time at HSU has made me realize how much I value being apart of a supportive and safe environment. Working with the MCC has given me the perfect opportunity to provide that same support for fellow members of my community.

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Phillips
Social Justice Summit Co-coordinator

Pronouns: She, Her, Hers,

Year/Major: Senior and Communications major

Hometown: Sacramento

Quote: "When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace." Jimi Hendrix

Personal Statement: I am a communication major. I am an advocate for joining the HSU Debate team. One of the most important skills we can take from our time in school is not simply the knowledge we are presented with, but the ability to communicate that knowledge and advocate for our community. We live in a time where the powerful control the narrative, the resources, and who we are. Having the ability to change that narrative is impactful not only for oneself but for the whole community you stand with. I joined the MCC because I want to be a resource for those around me. I am one of the Social Justice Summit Coordinators. I believe we should take our privileged access to education and create sustainable, accessible events for those around us. The MCC has given me a space to grow as a student, an advocate, and a human being.

Celyna Ramos
Queer Community Coordinator

Pronouns: Sher, Her, Hers

Year/Major: 4th Year International Studies: Global Cultural Connections

Palm Desert, CA

Song: “Quiet” by MILCK

Quote: "My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style. " -Maya Angelou

Personal Statement: Hey my name is Celyna and I am a 4th year student majoring in International Studies: Global Cultural Concentration. I applied to the MCC because I wanted to provide a welcoming and inclusive environment to students and community members. I want to provide information about the Queer/LGBTQ community on campus and in general to students, faculty, and community members, so that there are no misconceptions about each other. Also, the MCC has been my home away from home since I was a freshman 4 years ago. It has always been a place of inclusiveness where I can relax and hang out with friends, as well as learn. So, before I graduate from HSU, I wanted to give the same warm and inviting environment to anyone who comes to visits the MCC.

Christian Sanchez
Leadership Education Specialist

Pronouns: He, Him and His

Hometown: Watsonville, Santa Cruz County, CA

Year/Major: Sophomore/Astrophysics

Quote: "Happiness is only real when shared." - Chris McCandless

Personal Statement: I am a first generation Chicano student. My family comes from Jalisco, Mexico. I am working at the MCC to help create a comfortable area for a variety of students to reach their fullest potential. I enjoy surfing, star gazing and listening to music :)

Sandra Sandoval
Student Leader Organizer

Pronouns: She, Her, Hers

Year/Major: 4th year majoring in Environmental Studies with an emphasis in Community Organizing

Teocaltiche, Jalisco

“Resistance through Existence”

Personal Statement: I have a passion for social justice and bringing about a better world. This is what I want to devote my life to. I know that I still have a lot more to learn about organizing and I hope to accomplish this through working in the MCC. I am also part of MEChA and Centro Del Pueblo. My focus at the moment would be the issues that are faced by the people in my community.

If you see me working come say hi and show me pictures of your pets.

Makito Takahashi
Cultural Resource Librarian

Pronouns: no preference

Origin: West Los Angeles

Year/Major: Sophomore, English writing

song: Kashiwa daisuke - april 02

Personal Statement: There's always crap that we have to deal with, and there's no luxury to choose which one. We move forward nonetheless. isn't that worth every breath to make the best out of life?

Personal statement #2: don't "get a life", breathe and you'll know. The only change in the world you need is within yourself

Andres N. Velez
Logistics & Administration Specialist

Pronouns: He,His,Him

Hometown: South Central, Los Angeles

Year/mayor: 2nd year, Undeclared

"También me dijo Un arriero Que no hay Que llegar Primero Pero hay Que saber llegar"- Vicente Fernández

Personal Statement: I grew up in South Central, Los Angles which is pretty far from Humboldt State. This is my first year working in the MCC. You could see me around riding my bike or walking to class. I am undeclared still so don't worry on picking major right away.

Nikki Xiong
Student Leader Organizer

Pronouns: He, Him, His

Year: Junior, Communications Major

Hometown: Tulare, CA

Quote: "I'm about to take my last voyage, a great leap in the dark." -Thomas Hobbes (I may change this, I don't know yet)

Personal Statement: I am a first-generation Hmong student, striving to establish a connection between academics and community within students. I believe that when people feel they are a part of a community, they will strive to better themselves and that community. We know that here at Humboldt State, students share the same ideologies of sustainability, environmental protection, social awareness, and changing the world in a positive manner. To enact upon these ideologies, we must first find that community that is not only like-minded and supportive, but relatable in our cultural and environmental upbringing. We must find comfort and safety first, before we can be daring and ambitious.

Rabia Yalcin
Event Development Specialist

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Year/Major: 2nd year International Studies major

Hometown: Washington, DC

Quote: “Like the sun, beauty loves everybody without any condition.” -Mehmet Yalcin

 Personal Statement: I am a first generation Turkish American with a love for nature, reading, and traveling. My goal in life is to be able to explore the world while helping others. The Multi-Cultural Center has given me the opportunity to meet people from different backgrounds and start making a change in the world.