AARCC Staff Directory

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AARCC’s professional and student staff aims to support faculty, staff, and students by providing resources and organizing year-round programs.  At least one of our professional staff is an active member of the Student ACCESS Bill task force. This group from across many units of campus, other universities, and community organizations look at the needs of undocumented students by being student centered.  Furthermore, all of our professional staff have gone through at least Safe Zone 101, if not 201 and other workshops. Safe Zone is an ally building workshop for the diverse lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities. Safe Zone is organized and facilitated by the UIC Gender and Sexuality Center.

Professional Staff
Mark R. Martell, Ph.D. : Director and Adjunct Instructor at the UIC Honors College and Guest Lecturer for UIC Global Asian Studies

Mark R. Martell, Ph.D.

Director and Adjunct Instructor at the UIC Honors College and Guest Lecturer for UIC Global Asian Studies

312-413-7696 mmartell@uic.edu

Dr. Mark R. Martell became the director of the UIC Asian American Resource and Cultural Center in January 2015. He began his career in higher education, in 2000, at UIC Campus Housing. After, he worked for Semester at Sea and for Inspiration Corporation. In 2005, he returned to UIC to work at the Student Employment Office and recently at the Office of Career Services. In the past, he has served as Co-Chair for the Chancellor's Committee on the Status of Asian Americans and has served on various campus organizations including AARCC's Advisory Board. In addition to participating in a number of Chicago's Asian American, LGBTQ, and theatre organizations, Mark has taught at Harold Washington College and for the UIC College of Education and Asian American Studies. Mark earned his PhD in educational policy studies at UIC, and his research explored the racialized experiences of UIC Asian American students and the effects on their student success. Mark is also co-principal investigator for the UIC Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions Initiative, where he assists in facilitating grant programs and assists in teaching Asian American courses. Mark is a 1.5 generation Filipino American who grew up in Miami, Florida.

Jeffrey Alton : Associate Director and Adjunct Instructor at Asian American Studies

Jeffrey Alton

Associate Director and Adjunct Instructor at Asian American Studies

312-413-9653 jalton@uic.edu

Jeffrey oversees the Asian American Mentor Program, creates, implements, and assesses programming and workshops that focus on the Asian American experience, and advises student organizations. He comes to UIC from his alma mater, the University of Connecticut, where he worked at the Asian American Cultural Center focusing on alumni development and grantwriting. Prior to working at UConn, he was the Assistant Director of the Office of Multicultural Services and Programs at the University of Georgia. Jeffrey is a second-generation multiracial Filipino American, who grew up in Connecticut.

Elvin Chan : Assistant Director

Elvin Chan

Assistant Director

312-413-9196 eychan@uic.edu

Elvin works with our Community Connections Coordinator to bring UIC students (as well as staff and faculty) and Chicago’s Asian communities together on campus. He also teams up with our Student Organization Outreach Coordinator to focus on UIC’s Asian-interest student organizations through a leadership retreat and council. During the summer, he is the manager of the UIC Pyro Paddlers dragon boat team, providing support to the captains and paddlers.Elvin is a second-generation Chinese American and grew up in suburban Western New York.

Student Staff
Mariam Aejaz : Special Programs Graduate Assistant

Mariam Aejaz

Special Programs Graduate Assistant

maejaz2@uic.edu

Mariam is a current master's student in the School of Public Health, with a concentration in epidemiology. She has a B.A. in International Relations and minors in Community and Regional Development and Middle East/South Asia studies, from the University of California, Davis. As a graduate assistant in the AARCC, Mariam is in charge of special events programming, which will, to the delight of all students, often involve free food. She spends her free time catching up on reading and learning hands-on skills.

Imee Ignacio : AAMP Graduate Assistant

Imee Ignacio

AAMP Graduate Assistant

iignac2@uic.edu

Imee is a current master’s student in the School of Public Health, with a concentration in health policy and administration. She recently graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with a bachelor’s degree in Community Health, with a concentration in health planning and administration. As the graduate assistant, she assists Jeff with the Asian American Mentor Program. Outside of grad assistant duties, she enjoys watching Doctor Who, traveling and going on road trips, eating cupcakes and donuts, getting other people excited about public health issues in the Asian American community, and doing social activist work by serving the people with the Filipino organization Anakbayan Chicago.

Christina Khorn : Student Marketing Manager

Christina Khorn

Student Marketing Manager

ckhorn2@uic.edu

Christina is a third year student at UIC, majoring in Biohemistry. At AARCC, she is responsible for creating marketing materials through videos, pictures and social media and working with the contributors to the AARCC blog. With this position, she hopes to bring awareness of the issues surrounding the Asian American community. Christina identifies as first generation Cambodian-American. She is most active in the Filipino American community at UIC through Filipinos in Alliance (FIA). She was a past cultural coordinator, where she choreographed and taught traditional Filipino dances. In the year of 2016-2017, she is serving as Vice President-Internal for FIA and as Marketing/Recruitment Chair for Culture Shock, a new organization at UIC. Her favorite activities are singing very loudly in the car and playing with her pet hedgehog.

Elaine Rivera : Community Connections Coordinator

Elaine Rivera

Community Connections Coordinator

egriver2@uic.edu

Elaine is a fourth year student majoring in Neuroscience with a minor in Disability and Human Development. At AARCC, she is responsible for assisting with the organization of events and programs that connect students with Asian American communities in the Chicagoland area. She hopes to strengthen the relationship between UIC students and the AAPI community. She is active as a mentor in the Asian American Mentor Program, as an outreach intern for the AANAPISI Initiative, and a research tutor in the Global Asian Studies department. Outside of school and work, she enjoys dancing with EVO Dance Troupe, scoping out coffee shops in the city, traveling (especially to San Francisco), and watching reruns of How I Met Your Mother.

Lahney Vilayhong : Student Organization Outreach Coordinator

Lahney Vilayhong

Student Organization Outreach Coordinator

lvilay2@uic.edu

Lahney is a third year at UIC, majoring in Business Management. She is a liaison between AARCC and UIC's Asian American student organizations. She is most active in the Greek community, being a sister of Alpha Phi Gamma. Other than being a sister, the other half of her life is surrounded by the dancing community, Primo Dance Troupe & FIA Modern. Other than relaxing on her free time, she likes to be involved on campus and give back to the community.

Henna Vohra : College Day Graduate Assistant

Henna Vohra

College Day Graduate Assistant

hvohra2@uic.edu

Henna received her bachelor’s degree from UIC in 2014. She double majored in English and Psychology as well as minored in Asian American Studies. She is currently pursuing her master’s in Secondary English Education. As the College Day Graduate Assistant, Henna works with Jeff in organizing our semesterly on-campus visit for Chicago-area high school students to experience college life for a day and interact with current students, professors, and faculty. Although she is new to the position, Henna is not new to the AARCC community. She is a former AAMP mentee, mentor and AAAM Planning Committee member. If she can’t be found at AARCC, Henna enjoys visiting her friends at the Writing Center and spending long hours discussing literature, sports, and why Batman is the best superhero ever. If she’s not there either, then she’s definitely in the comfort of her home and company of her husband and cats binge-watching sci-fi movies or Doctor Who. Henna is a second-generation Asian Indian American and grew up in the midst of extended family in Harvey, Illinois.

Alexis Woo : Student Graphic Aide

Alexis Woo

Student Graphic Aide

awoo7@uic.edu

Alexis is a second year undergraduate student at UIC, double majoring in Graphic Design and Industrial Design. As the student graphic aide at AARCC she is responsible for creating brochures, books, and flyers. Alexis hopes to use her design skills to increase student involvement and exposure to the Asian American community at UIC and Chicago. In her free time, Alexis’ hobbies are exploring new places, trying different foods, and taking photos.