Staff

Coordinators 2019-2020

Coordinators, also known as “Coords,” play an administrative role in helping to train, supervise, and motivate IPG Mentors.  They act as liaisons between Mentors and professional staff and are often called upon to help guide IPG Scholars.


Animesh Agrawal
Computer Science
Senior
Mumbai, India

Madeline “Maddy” Flores
Psychology and Social Behavior
Senior
Norwalk, California
Yiming “Ethan” Hu
Mathematics,
Quantitative Economics
Junior
Wuhan, China

Xinyi “Cinder” Lin
Mathematics
Senior
Shanghai, China
Yiding “Daisy” Wei
Chemical Engineering
Junior
Jiangmen, China
Yiqi “Shirley” Yang
Business Economics
Psychology
Junior
Changsha, China

 

Mentors 2019-2020

Mentors help IPG Scholars identify and utilize the campus and community resources necessary for academic and social success at UCI.  In addition, they build strong relationships with their first-year mentees through small group activities and one-on-one meetings.  Mentors collaborate with fellow Mentors and Coords on various IPG activities throughout the year to create an educational and welcoming environment.


Hari Ajith
Business Administration
Sophomore
Irvine, California
Paula Chen
Business Administration
Junior
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Yi-wen “Sarina” Chen
Psychological Sciences,
Informatics
Sophomore
Taichung, Taiwan
Jessica Choy
Biological Sciences
Sophomore
Hong Kong
Elena Contreras
Psychological Sciences,
Sociology
Senior
Monterey, California
Xiaoshan “Teresa” Dai
Quantitative Economics
Sophomore
China
Sofia Dyer-Diaz
Psychology & Social Behavior
Senior
Davis, California
Michelle Fung
Business Economics
Sophomore
Cupertino, California
Enyu “Cameron” Gan
Criminology Law & Society
Sophomore
Qingdao, China
Zhangguang “Eric” Guo
Mathematics
Sophomore
Beijing, China
YiHao Huang
Business Information Management
Sophomore
Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Zhuojin “Eric” Huang
Computer Science
Sophomore
Harbin, China
Shiyun “Jade” Kong
Undergraduate Undeclared
Sophomore
Chengdu, China
Grace Lee
Biochemistry,
Molecular Biology
Senior
Daejeon, South Korea
Junyi “Lambert” Li
Psychological Sciences
Sophomore
China
Divija Mamania
Materials Science and Engineering
Sophomore
Mumbai, India
Malhar Mane
Computer Science
Sophomore
Mumbai, India
Thuy “Vy” Nguyen
Business Economics
Sophomore
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Nicole Rodriguez
International Studies,
Political Science
Senior
Simi Valley, California
Nikolas Sani
Film & Media Studies, Japanese Language & Literature
Senior
Jakarta, Indonesia
David Sonq
Business Administration
Junior
Cerritos, California
Mykyta “Nick” Turpitka
Business Information Management
Junior
Dnipro, Ukraine
Elizabeth Valencia-Castillo
Education Sciences,
Global Cultures
Senior
Anaheim, California
Youshun “Joseph” Wang
Business Information Management
Sophomore
Jinan, China
Xingshuo Xiao
Mathematics
Sophomore
Yichang, China
Yuyan “Hedy” Yao
Mathematics
Sophomore
Beijing, China
Shilin “Sherlyn” Yue
Business Economics
Senior
Shanxi, China
Junhao “Lawrence” Zhang
Mathematics,
Data Science
Junior
ZhengZhou, China
Marketing Assistant

Shilong “Patrick” Hu
Undergraduate Undeclared
Sophomore
China

 

ISEP Administrative Staff

Kevin Huie
Executive Director
Student Success

Kevin is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame.  He 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 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.

Outside of UCI, Kevin coaches his sons’ baseball and soccer teams, works out, and (on occasion) re-lives his b-boy days!

Mitra DeSouza
Counselor/Coordinator
International Student Excellence Program (ISEP)

Mitra is a UCI alumna (Social Ecology) who returned to UCI after working for several years at the University of the West Indies in Trinidad and Tobago. She has over 20 years of experience in higher education and a M.Ed. in College Student Personnel from the University of Maryland.  She is passionate about fostering inclusive environments where all students can thrive.

Mitra offers free academic counseling and personal guidance to international undergraduate students.  Schedule an appointment with Mitra.

In her free time, Mitra (who grew up near the ocean) enjoys spending time at the beach and watching movies with her family.

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

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 likes to draw and surf.  She is currently learning how to play the ukulele and skateboard.