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Assistant Director, Graduate and Family Housing - Graduate and Family Housing
I serve as the Assistant Director for Graduate and Family Housing. As a father, and graduate student, I am both personally and professionally invested in improving the experiences of these traditionally underserved communities. I thrive in collaborative work environments, so this position is perfect for me. The primary focus of my job is to improve ORL’s services to my communities through (1) collaborating with campus colleagues and bringing their resources to the communities (2) filling in the gaps in services via my own efforts and those of my staff of 5 CAs (Community Assistants), and (3) working creatively with my colleagues in Housing Services. I also advise the WHRA (Weyburn-Hilgard Residents Association) and the UASRA (University Apartments South Residents Association), as they represent the voices of my communities.
Resident Coordinator - Dykstra Hall
I am very excited to be beginning my 2nd year working here at UCLA as Resident Coordinator for Dykstra Hall! Before ORL, I have worked in Residential Life at Cal Poly Pomona and at the University of La Verne, as well as in Disability Programs at Chaffey Community College. Born and raised in Southern California, I have not strayed too far, receiving my B.A. in Psychology from California Polytechnic University, Pomona. With a desire to mentor, advise, and support students, I pursued and just recently received my M.S. in College Counseling and Student Development from Azusa Pacific University. I have been privileged to work with international, first-year, and upper-division students, as well as students with impairments. These experiences have taught me a great deal about promoting student success and involvement in campus life. I love spending time doing anything and everything as long as I am with family or friends. I am a Disneyland addict. I also LOVE dogs, and cannot wait to adopt my first pal to join me on my new adventures here at UCLA! Go Bruins!
Program Coordinator - Delta Terrace
Hello Bruins! I am proud to say that I am a recent graduate from UCLA and in my 4th year with Residential Life. This year I will be a part of the Delta Terrace Team as the Program Coordinator. I graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics. I have been part of three other teams within Residential Life thus far including Courtside in 2011 as President, Rieber Terrace in 2012 as a Resident Assistant, and Hedrick Hall in 2013 as a Resident Assistant.
Director, First Year Experience
Hello. :) As the Director for First Year, Transfer and Continuing Student Programs (FYTCSP) within ORL, my primary focus has been to weave together resources, programming, and best practice in order to put a foundation in place for the First Year Experience (FYE) at UCLA. Our program includes the UCLA Common Book, True Bruin Welcome, the Freshman 15 workshop series, yield programming, and various initiatives around international and diverse student populations. We have also partnered with GSEIS on academic courses (EDUC 92 F and B), an important connection to the student population. Prior to UCLA, I worked in progressive positions at Florida International University (FIU) in Miami, FL (also my hometown). Those positions all included a connection to transitioning students: Academic Advisor, Coordinator-Orientation & Commuter Student Services, Asst. Director-Multicultural Programs & Services, Assoc. Director-University Graduate School and adjunct instructor for the FYE course.
Audio Visual System Specialist
Arely Acuna Avilez
I am thrilled to serve UCLA Residential Life as Programming Board Advisor. Before coming to UCLA, I served as a Corps Member and Outreach Coordinator for City Year Los Angeles. City Year, an AmeriCorps program, is a national service organization which unites a diverse group of young people to develop skills and opportunities to change the world. I have a B.S. in Health: Science, Society and Policy from Brandeis University.
Black Dynamite Harris
Learning Center Manager
Director, Residential Education
While I probably know more about the expanded Star Wars universe than I do about our own, I have learned a few things spending time living and working across America. My adventures have taken me from Massachusetts to Vermont, California, Idaho, New Jersey, and now back to California. I love to teach and I love to learn, and I plan to do both forever. As the Director of Residential Education at UCLA, I do my best to ensure that our student and staff experiences give each member of our community every possible opportunity to identify their biggest passion, discover a way to make a living with that passion, and leave UCLA ready to make a positive impact on their community.
First Year Experience Coordinator
Hello Bruins! My name is Carmen Garcia Shushtari and I am so honored to be working as the First Year Experience Coordinator in The First Year, Transfer, and Continuing Student Programs office. My role is to support our students by working with campus partners so that students can take advantage of the amazing resources and opportunities at UCLA. I am passionate about Student Affairs and its impact in students’ identity development. I received my B.A. in Political Science and English from U.C. Irvine and have many years of experience as an educator in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Teaching students in the L.A. inner-city communities was truly a rewarding experience, which ultimately inspired me to pursue my career in Student Affairs. I recently graduated from UCLA’s Master’s in Student Affairs program, where I interned in The Bruin Resource Center’s Undocumented Student Program and Undergraduate Admissions. I have worked as an Undergraduate Academic Advisor for UCLA’s Department of Economics and I truly enjoyed advising students on their academic careers. I am an L.A. girl at heart - born and raised in Los Angeles. I am addicted to traveling and Zumba and if I weren't working in higher education, I would either be a dancer, fashion stylist, or writer.
I am one of the Associate Directors for the department. I am responsible for the oversight of Program Services, Academic Services, and Administrative Services. The 1st Year Experience initiative will be a focus for me this year. What motivate me to do the work I do are the people and students that I meet with on a daily basis. I received my undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Maryland and my Master of Education in Guidance and Counseling in Higher Education from George Mason University. Before coming to UCLA, I worked at the Catholic University for 2 years and 3 years at the University of Texas, Austin. I am committed to a "just" workplace for everyone and self-preservation for one’s integrity. "No Dream is a reality until one believes in the dream." "Be true to yourself and to your own self be true."
Hello, my name is Christine J. Coons. I currently serve as the Assistant Director for Staff & Student Development. I have primary responsibility for Student Staff academic support, recognition programs within the department, alumni programs, and other projects. I got my undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Virginia and then my Masters in Education at the University of Florida. I came to California in 1996 to work as a Resident Director in Courtside. Then, I spent several years at California State University Northridge as a judicial administrator for their housing program, before returning to UCLA in 2002.
Program Coordinator - Rieber Terrace
Greetings and salutations everyone! I am happy to be starting my first year as a apart of Residential Life here at UCLA. I was born and bred in Philadelphia where I also earned a BA in Journalism/Mass Media at La Salle University class of '13'. This past year I worked as a freelance journalist writing for a number of print and web publications in the Philadelphia locale. I am a sports fanatic and a die-hard Eagles, Sixers, Phillies and Clippers fan so feel free to stop by my office at any time to talk sports. I also enjoy building connections with others and am always open to diving into deep conversations while also giving sound advice/aid.
Resident Coordinator - Hedrick Hall
Hi Everyone! I am the Resident Coordinator of Hedrick Hall for the academic year. I received my Master’s in Social Work from USC, and B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Education from UCLA. Before receiving my MSW, I worked in UCLA Undergraduate Admissions as an Admissions Officer for 3 years, and continue to read UCLA applications annually. I serve as a co-supervisor for a staff of 24 Resident Assistants, 10 Hill Government Representatives, and 6 Office Assistants. I make sure all Hedrick student staff have the support they need to give residents safe, inclusive, and memorable program experiences in the residence halls. I also work closely with the Resident Director in the recruitment, training and development of our staff to implement the skills they learn and assist residents in making wise decisions. I plan to help all residents in Hedrick reach their ultimate goals of academic and personal success. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, going to the beach, movies, hiking, water sports, traveling, and enjoying life!
I'm starting my 11th year at UCLA and my sixth year as an Assistant Director in Residential Education. I oversee the Dykstra/DeNeve area which includes Dykstra Hall, DeNeve AB, CD, EF, and GH. I chair the ORL Safety & Security Education Committee, and I'm our department’s emergency coordinator point person. I finished my doctorate in Educational Leadership at UCLA in October 2008 so I'm officially an UCLA alumnus...GO BRUINS!!!!
Hello everyone! My name is Danielle McClain and I am so excited to join the ORL family! I am the new Health and Well-Being Program Coordinator located at ORL Central. I received my B.A in Human Development from UC San Diego and completed a post baccalaureate certificate program at Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences in Claremont, CA. In my last position, I managed a clinical internship of 400+ pre-health professions students where I recruited, trained, and retained students interested in working in the health care setting. I have experience in mentorship, fostering student growth and development, and managing daily program operations. I love helping others help themselves!
Human Resources Analyst
Program Support Coordinator
Resident Coordinator - Hedrick Summit
Hello everyone! I am thrilled to be starting my very first year with Residential Life at UCLA as the Resident Coordinator of Hedrick Summit. I earned my B.A. in International Relations and Gender Studies from Boston University, and loved Boston so much that I stuck around for my Master of Social Work from BU as well. While in graduate school, I had the honor of working with various violence prevention and awareness organizations that served both high school and college-age women. Prior to starting here at UCLA, I worked in residential life at CalTech. I am so excited to be a Bruin and to welcome students to the Hill!
Director, Residential Life Operations
Nutrition Health Educator
Program Support Coordinator
Resident Director - De Neve GH
Idriss was born and raised in Douala, Cameroon and transitioned to the U.S to pursue his education. From the year round tropical sun of Cameroon, he first landed in the frigid arctic temperatures of Minnesota where he attended Southwest Minnesota State University (Go Mustangs!...anyone?) While at SMSU, Idriss worked as a Resident Advisor and a Public Safety Officer for three years. In May 2006, he graduated from SMSU with Bachelors in Business Administration and Marketing. Longing for more gelid temperatures, he accepted a position as an Assistant Residence Director (ARD) at Syracuse University (Let’s Go Orange!) where he concurrently pursued a Master of Science in Finance. After two years as an ARD, he became a Residence Director (RD) for another two years and was fortunate to lead the brand new Ernie Davis Hall in its first year of operation. In June 2010, he went on a "re-discovering of self" mission and moved to Philadelphia for a bit and then Chicago where he intended to pursue his business/finance interests. It didn't take long for him to miss his life in Higher Education and just as the Moon perfectly aligns between the Sun and the Earth to create this rarity of a beauty called a solar eclipse, UCLA called...Idriss is excited to be in his first year as a Resident Director at UCLA serving the De Neve Evergreen & Fir Communities and the rest of the UCLA Community. His hobbies are working out, adventurous road trips and he hates long walks on the beach.
Arts Engagement Coordinator
Janelle Nicole Rahyns
Graduate Student Researcher
Resident Coordinator - De Neve GH
Javan will be starting his 2nd year at UCLA as a Resident Coordinator in De Neve GH. He hails from The Tar Heel State of NC where he received his BA in Communications and African American Studies at UNC Chapel Hill. Javan earned his MEd from UCLA while working as a Program Coordinator in Courtside and an Asst. SAO for the Dept. of World Arts and Cultures. He previously worked for Americorps in Warren County, NC as a College Counselor and is passionate about diversity and equity in Higher Ed.
Jazmin (JD) Dantzler
Hello, my name is Jazmin "JD" Dantzler and I am excited be a part of the Bruin family as the On Campus Housing Council (OCHC) Co-Advisor. I earned my B.A. in English from Loyola Marymount University and my M.S. in College Counseling and Student Development from Azusa Pacific University. I am a major foodie and I love cooking, especially for my students! Feel free to visit me in the ORL Central Office (Bradley Hall), Go Bruins!
Program Support Coordinator
This is my first year at UCLA and I am so excited to be here! Before coming here, I spent three years at Knott’s Berry Farm, dressing Snoopy for the summer and winter ice skating shows. I was also a Stage Manager at South Coast Repertory Theater and at Laguna Playhouse and before all of that, I graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a Theater Arts major - emphasis in Stage Management.
Program Coordinator - Courtside
Hi everyone! I'm very excited to be beginning my first year at UCLA. In addition to serving as the Program Coordinator for Courtside, I am also a first year PhD student in the Higher Education and Organizational Change (HEOC) program. I recently graduated from Roanoke College with a B.A. in music and a minor in secondary education. As an undergraduate, I worked as an RA for three years and also did research related to student affairs and assessment practices. Before moving to Los Angeles, I lived in Washington, DC, where I worked as a research assistant at the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U).
My name is Jennifer Nishizaki and I am from Sacramento, California. I studied English and Education at UC Berkeley. Go Bears! I am currently a graduate student in the Student Affairs Masters program at UCLA. Before coming to LA, I was an English Language Arts Teacher in Oakland, California. I also taught English for three years in Kobe, Japan with the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program. I love to travel, and I have been lucky enough to visit 22 different countries so far. When I returned back to the US, I was a Site Coordinator for Reading Partners, a national literacy nonprofit. I am passionate about education and learning about different cultures. I am very excited to work with the Global Connections Council this year, and I am excited to be a part of the Bruin family!
Assistant Director, Programming & Arts Engagement
My work in Residential Life focused on facilitating opportunities for UCLA students and staff to be creative and expressive in community-driven ways. I oversee our Program & Event Management unit, which includes the Residential Life Programming Board (which partners with students, faculty, and staff to deliver values-driven events to the residential community) and our Program Support team that provides event planning and implementation support for student-oriented events on the hill. Additionally, I am charged to provide opportunities for students to engage with the arts in their residential experience by partnering with UCLA and Los Angeles arts institutions and student artists to deliver programs and services to all students.
Resident Director - Rieber Vista
Greetings! I'm happy to be serving as Rieber Vista’s resident director. Originally, I'm from theTar Heel state of North Carolina. I earned my B.A. in political science from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. After graduation I decided to enlist in the United States Army and had the honor of doing my entire enlistment in Friedberg, Germany. When my three year enlistment was up I decided I wanted to help others and thus entered the field of Student Affairs. During the course of my almost 14 year career I have worked at many schools across the country. I came to Southern California in 2006 to work at the University of La Verne as an Area Coordinator. While at the University of La Verne I completed my M.Ed. in College Student Affairs from Azusa Pacific University. Currently, I'm working on my Ed.D. in higher education and adult learning from Walden University. Thus far I have enjoyed my almost seven years here at UCLA, for two and half years I was the resident director of De Neve Cedar/Dogwood. For many who know me I love to meet and get to know new people.
Resident Coordinator - Rieber Hall
Greetings. I am looking forward to continuing in my second year with the UCLA Residential Life family as the Resident Coordinator in Rieber Hall for the 2014-2015 academic year. I completed my master’s degree in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs at the University of Southern California (USC) in 2013, where I served as the Residence Coordinator for North Residential College and a research assistant for USC’s Pullias Center for Higher Education. I also served as a graduate assistant in the field of multicultural affairs, as well as engineering diversity, during my time at USC. Prior to arriving in Los Angeles, I earned my bachelor’s degree in journalism at Syracuse University in central New York. I was also fortunate to have spent three summers during my undergraduate career working as the Project Assistant for the Leadership Alliance Executive Office at Brown University. I am also an AmeriCorps alumna, having completed one year of service with City Year Rhode Island (in my beloved home state!) in 2011. My student affairs interests lay in residential life, STEM diversity, college access initiatives, and community outreach.
Publications and Design Coordinator
Program Coordinator - Rieber Vista
Hello everyone! My name is Jonathan "JonJon" Junpradub. As a recent graduate from UCLA with a B.A. in Anthropology and a Minor in Education Studies, I am really excited to be working with the Bruin Family once again. I was a transfer student from Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa,CA where I earned my A.A. Degree in Liberal Arts and a Certificate of Achievement in Leadership Studies. I am very privileged to have experienced both paths in higher education.I currently work as the Program Coordinator at the Rieber Vista Residential Hall. As a Program Coordinator, I hope to assist the staff and residents of ORL with creating innovative and meaningful programs that impact our community. I also wish to be there to assists residents with any other questions or concerns they may have with higher education and student life. Feel free to stop by my office anytime as I always look forward to meeting wonderful people all the time!
Resident Director - Hitch Suites
I am so excited to be apart of the amazing Hitch Suites team at UCLA for the 2014-2015 academic year! As the Resident Director, I have the opportunity to work with student staff and leaders to create communities focusing on enhancing academic achievement, promoting leadership and facilitating student development. This is my fourth year at UCLA after receiving my B.A. and Masters of Education from Rutgers University. At Rutgers, I had the pleasure of advising the 20 organizations making up the Rutgers Panhellenic Council.
Leadership Development Coordinator
I was born and raised in Connecticut - the Constitution State. I am a proud East Coaster! I graduated with my BA in Communication Public Relations and Advertising from Roger Williams University in Rhode Island. I then continued my educational career by receiving a master&amp;amp;amp;#039;s degree in Communication Public Relations and Advertising from Suffolk University in Boston, MA. I also completed my doctoral degree in Higher Educational Leadership and Management from Drexel University. During my doctoral program, I focused my research on examining and identifying the factors that support or inhibit a collaborative partnership between academic and student affairs divisions. Prior to UCLA, I served as a Conduct Coordinator in the Student Housing Office, within the Student Affairs Division at the University of California, Davis. I have more than nine years of experience in higher education. With experience at both public and private research and liberal arts institutions, I have built a wealth of knowledge and experiences that fuel my passion for student development, collaborative partnerships, and student success. In my role at the University of California, Davis, I oversaw student development, policy enforcement, program advancement, supervision, training, advising, and community development for more than 6,000 students. I also oversaw a diverse staff and programming budget. As a Conduct Coordinator, I worked collaboratively with administrators and staff member from different departments within the Division of Student Affairs in order to enhance the student experience, both inside and outside of the classroom. I positively impacted student development initiatives for first-year, undergraduate, transfer, and non-traditional students. My position at UC Davis has also allowed me to develop my supervisory skills by overseeing 150 student staff members in a fast-paced, ever-changing environment. Prior to joining the Student Housing Department within the Student Affairs Division at UC Davis, I served as Residential Life Coordinator for the Housing and Residential Life Office at California State University, Sacramento. During my time at Sacramento State, I was an integral player in community and resident development, judicial oversight, crisis response and management, and leadership advancement. I also supervised all residential services in the residence halls while overseeing 18 resident assistant staff, 2 hall managers, and 15 desk attendant staff. I developed a positive community atmosphere conducive to student&amp;amp;amp;#039;s academic development and success by providing programming, direction, leadership and management over the residence halls. I also facilitated interactions between residents, the housing department, and the University while also providing information and referrals as necessary. I was also asked to serve as an active member to many university committees; including: CSU Alcohol Advisory Council, CSUS New Housing Construction Committee, Hiring Committees, Orientation, STAND, Sac State Welcome Committee, and Homecoming. Today, I am very proud to be on the UCLA ORL Staff. I am excited to work on leadership initiatives and enhancing the student experiences! Go Bruins!
Associate Director, Leadership and Engagement
As an Assistant Director for Residential Life, Karen oversees both the Leadership & Involvement unit and the Program & Event Management unit. Karen also advises the On Campus Housing Council (OCHC) and the overall housing student government program.
I was born in Lima, OH and went to high school in Orlando, FL. I attended the University of Miami for both my undergrad and graduate school, where I earned degrees on Motion Pictures/Psychology and Mental Health Counseling, respectively. I came to UCLA in August of 2002.
Resident Director - De Neve CD
Resident Director - De Neve EF
Laila Alchaar is excited to serve the De Neve CD community as the Resident Director! This is Laila’s third year as a Bruin. Hailing from Chicago, IL Laila’s previous work was in Multicultural affairs promoting Diversity and Social Justice initiatives. In 2004 Laila completed her Masters in Higher Education at Loyola University Chicago and is joining the Bruin family from Columbia College Chicago as the Coordinator of Asian American Cultural Affairs. As a Bruin Laila hopes to continue to do social justice work by cultivating a safe and open environment where both students and staff can learn from each other.
Central Office Coordinator
Linda Oglesby, Executive Assistant My primary job is to assist the Director, Suzanne Seplow and the Associate Directer of Human Resources, Susan Swarts in whatever they need in their service to the Residential Community at UCLA. I came to UCLA in 2006 after 29 years in Miami Florida, 18 of which were on the staff at the University of Miami. At Miami I served as the Administrative Assistant to the Associate Director of Residence Life in the Residence Halls Office and as a Faculty in Residence for 6 years. As A result I have a good understanding and dedication to the work the Office of Residential Life does and to our team of outstanding professional and students staff. Providing support to this team is what motivates me everyday. I know we are making a difference to the students who live on "the Hill" and it is my honor to be a part of that effort.
I'm responsible for a number of areas that support our amazing Res Ed team: Research/Assessment, Communications/Marketing, Information Technology Services (ITS), iMedia and Studio 22, and Academic Support of our residents. I also manage the Faculty-in-Residence program and support the 20 faculty families that live here on the hill. I love research and the search for understanding how people learn and what can strengthen learning. Prior to my return to Residential Life, I worked for 10 years at the UCLA Higher Education Research Institute - primarily on studies of service-learning, civic engagement (of students, young adults, faculty and institutions) and engaged scholarship. I have a Ph.D. from UCLA in Higher Education and Organizational Change. I have also consulted on evaluation projects across the U.S. and internationally, and served in the U.S. Peace Corps.
Resident Director - Sproul Hall
Hello Bruins! My name is Marsh-Allen Smith and I am proud to be the Resident Director of Sproul Hall. Most of of my students call me Dr. MAS or MAS. I am excited to be starting my seventh year here at UCLA! I hail from Louisville, Kentucky but most of my family now lives in Indiana and in Riverside. I have worked in the field of Residence Life for several years and in many states such as Indiana, Washington, and Ohio. I have a BA in Communication from Indiana University - Bloomington and I received my Masters of Education from Washington State University. In May of 2013, I completed my Doctorate of Education and I am glad that its done! I feel accomplished! I love student development and leadership theory, have a passion for people, love to travel, and drink coffee! I am also a proud alumnus of the Semester at Sea program. My biggest piece of advice for you is to GET INVOLVED here at UCLA. If you ever want to talk about my misadventures around the world, how to get along with your roommate, or how to order great stuff at Starbucks, please drop me a line! Welcome to the Bruin family!
Matthew Delos Reyes
Resident Coordinator - Sproul Hall
I am ecstatic to be the Resident Coordinator for Sproul Hall! It will be my first year as a Bruin and couln't be more excited! I come to UCLA from Dallas, Texas. I am a recent graduate from the University of North Texas(UNT) where I received my Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and my Master of Education in Higher Education-Student Affairs. As a graduate student, I worked as a graduate assistant for two years. During my first year I worked at UNT’s Substance Abuse Resourse Center where I educated students on alcohol and other drug use. My second year, I worked in Student Activities with campus-wide events and traditions. I also have experience with orientation and transition programs, Greek Life, and the LGBT community. I am passionate about student affairs and positively affecting students’ collegiate experience.
I design and develop systems and processes. I love removing complexity and making things that are easy-to-use and simply make sense. I studied International Relations at UC Berkeley and have been working on information management systems ever since.
Resident Director - Rieber Terrace
I am beginning my seventh year here at UCLA and am excited to be in RIeber Terrace! Before I worked at UCLA I was a Residence Coordinator for two years at USC where I received my Masters in Higher Education Student Affairs. Before that I worked at UC Santa Cruz where I received my BA in Classical Literature and Performance Studies. I also hold a doctorate in Educational Leadership which I complete here at UCLA. I am excited to welcome all new and returning Bruins to Rieber Terrace! I enjoy advising students with a passion for leadership and also enjoy teaching. I will be going on my 11th year working in student affairs and am glad to be working at UCLA with such bright and talented students and staff! Please say hello and introduce yourself to me and stop into our office!
Graduate Student Researcher
Resident Director - Dykstra Hall
I am very excited and passionate about working at UCLA! Prior to coming to UCLA, I was a Resident Director for Semester at Sea, UC Santa Barbara, and University of Delaware. I have experience working with first-year students, upper-division students, international students, and transfer students. I've also served as an advisor to my Greek Letter Organization, Gamma Phi Beta. I received my M.A. at the University of Delaware and my B.A. from Miami University(OH). My Master’s research was on college student internet chatting behaviors and its correlation with roommate relationships. When not working I love to try new restaurants, stay active (hiking, running, indoor cycling)and spend a lot of time outdoors with our dog, Shiloh. I also volunteer for a non-profit fair housing organization helping to eradicate identity-based discrimination. Finally, I love to TRAVEL the globe and visit new cultures.
Hi! My name’s Michelle and I'm excited to be the Project Coordinator for Theme Communities and Humanities Residential College! I attended the University of California, Merced and graduated in 2012 with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Arts. I started my student affairs experience there working as an Orientation Leader, Peer Mentor, Peer Instructor for a freshman success course, Assistant Coordinator for Orientation, and Resident Assistant. I graduated from UCLA in 2013 with my Masters of Education in Student Affairs (also known as the MSA program), and also did programming in Rieber Hall with the Sustainable Living Theme Community. While a grad student at UCLA, I worked in the Bruin Resource Center with their Life Skills program, where I facilitated discussions for the Life Skills courses offered every quarter and counseled and advised students. I also did marketing and publicity for the BRC’s Alcohol Education program and completed research over the summer updating readings for the Life Skills classes. In my spare time, I like to read, sing, have a nice cup of green tea, and knit scarves. GO BRUINS! ^_^
Resident Director - Sproul Cove and Landing
Hello!!! I am delighted to be starting my fourth year here at UCLA as the Resident Director of Canyon Point! I have worked in the field of Residence Life for eight years and at many universities, such as UMass Amherst, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and Chapman University. I have a BA in Liberal Studies from Chapman University and I received my Masters in Public Policy and Administration from UMass Amherst.
Neill Scott Wilson
Resident Director - Canyon Point
I was born in Northern California and raised on Oahu in Hawaii. I graduated from UCSB (Go Gauchos!) with a BA. in English with a Film emphasis and completed my graduate work at UCLA (Go Bruins!) in Education with an emphasis in Residential Life and Living-Learning communities. I have thoroughly enjoyed working in both Housing and Residential Life here at UCLA since May of 2002. I am currently the Resident Director of Canyon Point and LOVING IT!!!
Resident Director - Hedrick Summit
I have worked for a total of seven years professionally in Residence Life serving at both Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and the University of Redlands for three years each. I have had the honor to serve students at both public and private Universities. Simply, I strive to make a difference with each interaction I'm lucky enough to have. I want to help students succeed and believe serving in this role serves that purpose.
Otis Noble III
Assistant Director, Staffing, Training and Diversity
Resident Director - Hedrick Hall
Greetings and welcome to UCLA! My name is Rick Wan and I have the honor of being the Resident Director of Dykstra Hall! I have recently returned to UCLA after spending the past 4 years at UC Berkeley working with their Residence Life program. Previous to Berkeley I had spend seven years as an RD and 4 years as an Assistant Director with ORL. I love working at UCLA it provides me an opportunity to interact with motivate students and professional staff. I hope you find a similar experience during your tenure at UCLA. Go Bruins!
Job Functions/Areas of Responsibility: Responsible for Supervision of RDs (4), Community Service and Partnerships Committee, Sustainability Committee (Recycling, Energy Conservation, Clothes Out project), Emergency Preparedness (Community Emergency Response Team - CERT training and development), Judicial Affairs Hearing Officer and Summer Session '08. University’s attended or worked at include: Illinois State University, Illinois Wesleyan University, Cornell University, University of Southern California and University of California Los Angeles.
Development Operations Engineer
I am responsible for improving ORL’s information technology services. I oversee the infrastructure management of essential operation components such as system’s infrastructure, application deployment, uptime, security, virtualization and data. I communicate and collaborate with teams to maximize and improve ORL’s overall effectiveness.
Program and Event Specialist
I serve as an Assistant Director for ORL. As an AD, I work with Program Support and Residential Education. I also have responsibility for leading our academic development initiatives and programs. I earned my B.A. in Communications and Psychology from Purdue University. My background includes a variety of experiences, such as being a trained mediator in cross cultural disputes and serving in a higher education association elected leadership role. Currently I am pursuing my Doctorate in Education through the Education Leadership Program with the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies.
Faculty-In-Residence - Hedrick Summit
Asst. Vice Chancellor, Student Development
Dr. Suzanne L. Seplow (aka Seppy) is a fellow Bruin, receiving her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership here at UCLA. She is currently the Executive Director, Residential and Student Life. Focusing on learning communities and environmental influences, Dr. Seplow specializes in maintaining living/learning communities that foster positive impacts on student learning. Suzanne earned her Bachelors degree in Natural Sciences and Biology, with a concentration in Education, from Muhlenburg College in Allentown, PA. She completed her Masters degree from Teachers College at Columbia University in New York City, studying Higher Education and specializing in Student Affairs. Dr. Seplow teaches an honors service-learning class focusing on citizenship, leadership and service. She also participates in the Fiat Lux series and has taught for many years a class on sexual orientation and gender identity. In addition to these undergraduate courses, Dr. Seplow teaches identity development theory to graduate students in the Masters of Student Affairs program within the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. Suzanne, her partner Robin, and their two children love being part of the residential community and opening up their home to students. They enjoy participating in student programs, open discussions, cultural experiences and other learning adventures. Her hobbies include anything sports (particularly fantasy football), card games, spending time with family and watching The Voice!
Resident Director - Courtside
Shalaurey Jones is originally from the Great Windy City, Chicago, Illinois. She completed her Graduate and Undergraduate degrees at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Shalaurey has worked in Student Affairs since 2005 at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign starting out as a Hall Student Leader (2003), Resident Assistant, Graduate Resident Advisor, Instructor, Clinic Manager and Complex Director for Undergraduate and Graduate student communities with a student population from 70 different countries! She’s looking forward to getting to know residents throughout the Hill. Please stop by the SV ORL Office of Residential Life if you would like to meet her. Shalaurey is also available for lunch, coffee, and tea :).
Sharon Chia Claros
Resident Director - De Neve BD
Sharon Chia Claros has been a professional in the field of student affairs for almost 10 years, both in multicultural affairs and residential life. Prior to taking the Resident Director job at UCLA, Sharon worked at Loyola University Chicago as the Coordinator for the Diversity and Social Justice Education Initiatives and the Safe Space Program. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Human Development at the University of California, Riverside and obtained her dual teaching credential in K-6 & Special Education, Moderate to Severe Disabilities. She earned her M.S. degree in College Student Personnel from Western Illinois University. As a life long learner and scholar-practioner, Sharon is passionate about the intersections of identities (Race, Class, Gender, Spirituality, LGBTQ, etc.) and its relation to Social Justice and the perpetuation of systems of oppression. Through education, self-awareness and mutual learning partnerships, Sharon hopes to foster an environment where individuals can authentically have intentional dialogues, build solidarity and become true social justice allies and socially responsible leaders for society’s common good. Additionally she is a current doctoral candidate at University of Southern California focusing her work on Educational Psychology and Social Justice.
Information Technology Services Manager
For the last 20 years in the IT field, it has been my pleasure to work with IT colleagues across the campus to help bridge the gaps in technology service and support delivery, allowing faculty, students and staff to get their jobs done with the least amount of red tape and bureaucracy. As the Information Technology Services Manager for the Office of Residential Life, I work with ORL leadership and IT Professional staff to improve the services we all provide with a student-focused approach.
Steve Greim is the Managing Producer for Integrated Media (iMedia) in the UCLA Office of Residential Life (ORL). Originally from the East Coast, Steve now proudly calls Los Angeles his home. His academic pursuits have earned him a BS/BA from the Boston University School of Management and an MFA in Producing from the UCLA School of Film, Television and Digital Media. Steve has worked as a member of the UCLA ORL Team since 1989, and prior to his role with iMedia, he held such diverse positions as: Resident Coordinator; Resident Director; Program Support Coordinator and On Campus Housing Committee (OCHC) Advisor. Steve had the unique opportunity to work with the project architect to design and equip the resTV(22) - Residential Television production studio in DeNeve Plaza. As the Managing Producer for Integrated Media, Steve’s areas of responsibility include: resTV(22)- ORL’s Residential Television Production operation; the ORL Social Media team; the Still Photographers; content management for OCH Digital Signage operations; and Media Coordination for productions taking place within the UCLA On Campus Housing community. Steve supervises a team of 25 staff members, which include one full-time professional staff member and 24 part-time para-professional student employees). Steve Co-Advises the ORL Video Production Crew (VPC) with UCLA Lecturer Jeff Lew; and this student group meets weekly and is a forum for residential students interested in the development/production of independent student video projects. As OCH (On Campus Housing) Media Coordinator, Steve facilitates Media Requests to filming and photography in the UCLA Residential Community. Media projects can include such projects as: student film requests; news media productions; conference groups archival recordings; commercial productions and documentary film productions).
First Year Experience Coordinator
I grew up in Ohio (the Heart of It All!) and graduated from Hampshire College in Massachusetts with a focus in Asian American Studies. Since then, I have worked with students through programs focused on leadership and identity development; to name a few, I was a Program Trainer for the Posse Foundation in New York City, a standardized test prep teacher in Taiwan, cluster facilitator for LeaderShape, and have facilitated the OCA’s API college leadership and identity development program on over 10 college campuses all over the nation. I am a recent graduate from UCLA’s Master of Student Affairs program and interned in the Office of Residential Life where I worked with the Presidents Council. Currently, I am the Coordinator for Diverse Student Populations in the First Year Experience office. I am excited to collaborate with different campus partners to provide resources to international and diverse students to make the most of their UCLA experience.
Resident Director - Delta Terrace
Hello, I am TaMisha Greathouse. I will be the Resident Director for Delta Terrace. I have spent the last six years working with college students as they develop within their residential communities. I really enjoy the work I get to do each day with both the students who live and work in the residence hall. Prior to my arrival at UCLA, I worked at the University of Pittsburgh as a Resident Director. During my time at the University of Pittsburgh I had the opportunity to serve on the Orientation and First year Experience team for the Division. I also had an amazing time being the adviser to the Jonas Salk chapter of the University of Pittsburgh’s National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) and serving as a mentor for first generation college students through the university’s RISE program. Before working at the University of Pittsburgh I was an intern teacher for the Pittsburgh Public school system. During that time I co- taught 12th grade English and worked with students as they began to apply to college for the first time. Outside of my passion for working with young adults, I have an interest in multicultural affairs and first year experience and I am excited to be a part of the ORL team here at UCLA.
Vince Mitchell is the Principle Producer for the Residential Television Station at UCLA. Before coming to UCLA’s Office of Residential Life he worked as a music producer, recording artist, song writer, recording engineer, production manger, tour manager and live sound engineer. He continues this work when he’s not on campus.
Yen Ling Shek
I am the Research Coordinator for ORL. My role is to develop and support research efforts to inform decision-making as we create safe, supportive, and inclusive living-learning communities. My background is in higher education research and in student affairs where I worked in cultural resource centers. My research has focused on educational access and equity for marginalized student populations including Students of Color, low-income students, and undocumented students. I also draw from my experiences working on social justice issues as a student affairs professional to make sure that the research we do is applicable and useful for the office. If you want to get involved with ORL research or have ideas of how we can improve in this area, please let me know.
Resident Director - Rieber Hall
I am currently serving as the Resident Director for Rieber Hall. This is my fourth year in ORL having previously been the Resident Director for Hitch Suites, Canyon Point and De Neve Cedar Dogwood. Before coming to UCLA I worked at NYU where I oversaw graduate housing and a first year community while completing my M.A. degree in Higher Education Administration. Prior to NYU I served as the Director of Housing for the Art Institute of California - San Francisco. I started my student affairs career at Sonoma State University where I served in a in a number of residential life positions while completing my B.A. in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Elementary Education.