AARCC Ambassadors

General Information

The AARCC Ambassadors represent a diverse group of UIC faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community partners who work closely with Asian American students and/or have interest in Asian American issues. The roles and responsibilities of the Ambassadors include:

  • participate in providing vision for AARCC’s mission, goals, infrastructure, and programs
  • hear reports on activities and developments of AARCC
  • make recommendations to AARCC staff based on needs of various constituencies
  • act as a strategic group to advocate for AARCC and its needs when required
  • serve as a sounding board for vital issues relevant to AARCC when needed
  • attend AARCC public events and functions when possible
  • play an outreach role for AARCC in the community on and off campus
  • provide engaged support for the work and growth of AARCC

The Ambassador’s specific responsibilities can be flexible and evolving and subcommittees may be formed based on interests of individual members and needs of AARCC.


The AARCC Director, in consultation with other AARCC staff, selects members for the AARCC Ambassadors. Member terms are typically an academic year and can be renewed. If you are interested in serving as an AARCC Ambassador in the future, please e-mail us at aarcc@uic.edu.


The AARCC Ambassadors meet once a year.  Since the group only meets once a year, all members are expected to attend.  The next meeting will be Friday, November 3, 2017.

AARCC Ambassadors 2017 – 2018

First Last Affiliation Department/Organization
Suzan Akin Staff Student Leadership and Civic Engagement
Anthoney Alonzo Alumni UIC Alumni
Gina Anselmo Staff Director, Career Development and Major Exploration, LAS
Natasia Bongcas Staff Campus Housing
Tanya Cabrera Staff Office of Diversity – Equity and Inclusion of Undocumented Students
Kevin Cane Staff Fraternity and Sorority Life – Center for Student Involvement
Donnie Chang Alumni UIC Alumni
Mary Fleming Staff President’s Award Program
Grace Geremias Community Partner Asian Human Services
Anna Guevarra Faculty Global Asian Studies Program
Ramona Gupta Staff Diversity and Inclusion – College of Pharmacy
Nayoung Ha Community Partner Hana Center
Elizabeth Herrera Staff Career Services, School of Public Health
Dennis Ho Staff Project: VISION
Masafumi Hoshi Alumni UIC Alumni
Michael Jin Faculty Global Asian Studies Program
Viviana Kabbabe-Thompson Staff Advising – Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition
Hua Kao Staff Office of Student Financial Aid
Kathleen Kashima Faculty College of Medicine
Rhonda Laylo Staff Student Affairs – Campus Auxiliary Services
Brandon Lee Community Partner/Alumni Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Chicago
Rama Mantena Faculty History
Jonathon MeDrano Staff Native American Support Program
Radha Modi Faculty Global Asian Studies Program
Robert Moranetz Staff Recruitment
Andy Ng Staff Housing
Thy Nguyen Staff Office of Career Services
Nicole Nguyen Faculty College of Education
Hideaki Noguchi Staff LAS Advising
Jennifer Oh Community Partner Asian Health Services
Athanasia Papaioannou Staff Women’s Leadership and Resource Center/Campus Advocacy Network
Lorenzo Perillo Faculty Global Asian Studies Program
Brenda Pinkett-Little Staff African-American Cultural Center
Alefiyah Pishori Staff Counseling Center
Sangeetha Ravichandran Staff Arab American Cultural Center
Chanita Schwartz Staff LAS Advising
S Simmons Staff Gender and Sexuality Center
Karen Su Faculty Global Asian Studies/UIC AANAPISI Initiative
Adithyan Subramanian Alumni UIC Alumni
Kristen Theuerkauf Staff Wellness Center
Edith Tovar Staff Latino Cultural Center
Ashley Tsuruda Community Partner Apna Ghar
Anette Wright Staff Office Dean of Students/ Veteran Affairs
Christine Wu Faculty Dentistry

AARCC Student Ambassadors

The AARCC Student Ambassadors are leaders and play a vital part in shaping community standards and creating a safe and inclusive atmosphere for all students. Student Ambassadors are also a part of the AARCC Ambassador Board.

Our student ambassadors have a desire to further the accessibility of AARCC to their peers and actively work as a team to amplify and carry through the mission of the AARCC.

AARCC Student Ambassadors 2017 – 2018

  • Amanda Farrell
  • Ty Hamilton
  • Richard Martinez
  • Abby Mohann
  • Krystal Ng
  • Ram Patel
  • Ben Tam