ABOUT | UCI Student Affairs New Narratives



New Narratives: Conversations on Identities & Cultures is a ‘training/out-of-classroom’ education series that aims to augment the collective and individual knowledge and awareness of our campus community on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion issues. It helps us recognize the multiple current and historical connections that co-exist to shape, intersect and influence identities and group membership based on ethnicities, cultures, religions, sexual orientations, identities, socioeconomic status, physical abilities, and other critical diversity factors.

Through speakers, films, forums, panels, workshops and other event models, New Narratives provides opportunities to UCI’s student, staff, faculty and external community members to develop critical diversity and inclusion related awareness and skills to promote healthy and robust intergroup communications and collaborations. It is important for us, as educators, to provide opportunities for our next generation to develop skills to work effectively across cultures and identities, be it within the US or around the world.

The award winning New Narratives series was developed under the leadership of Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs Emeritus Thomas A. Parham, Ph.D., and is chaired by Special Assistant to the Vice Chancellor on Strategic Partnerships, Cultural Affairs & Organizational Relationships Sumita G. Furlong, Ph.D.

Prior to UCI, Dr. Furlong served as the Executive Director for NCORE (National Conference on Race & Ethnicity in American Higher Education), the nation’s premier conference on race, ethnicity and social justice; led policy, outreach and strategic plan implementation as the national diversity advisor for NAFSA: Association of International Educators, the world’s largest international educator organization; served as the Chief Diversity & Global Pluralism Program Officer for the Great Lakes Colleges Association (GLCA), a consortium of 13 U.S. and 17 international colleges and universities; as Special Assistant to Provost at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and as Diversity & Inclusion Policy analyst for the University of Wisconsin System Administration (UWSA).

In addition to her passion and commitment to inclusion and diversity work, she has lived and worked internationally and has fluency in four languages. She received her Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration, Leadership & Policy Studies from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and her Master of Arts in Higher Education Counseling & Administration from the University of Louisville. She lives by a quote by Mahatma Gandhi: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”

Sumita Furlong Special Assistant to the Vice Chancellor on Cultural Affairs, Strategic Partnerships and Organizational Relationships
Sumita Furlong
Special Assistant to the Vice Chancellor on Cultural Affairs, Strategic Partnerships and Organizational Relationships
If you have suggestions for events and speakers, or would like to be part of the New Narratives planning committee for 2017-18, please contact
Sumita Furlong
949.824.1532
2018-2019 Committee [+]
Sumita Furlong
Chair, New Narratives
Special Assistant to the Vice Chancellor on Cultural Affairs, Strategic Partnerships & Organizational Relationships
Àdisà Àjàmú
Director, Center for Black Cultures, Resources & Research
Davidian Bishop
Director, LGBT Resource Center
Marguerite Bonous-Hammarth
Executive Director, Office of Inclusive Excellence
Thais Bouchereau-Paynter
Associate Director of Residence Life, Arroyo Vista – Student Housing
Kelly Carland
Special Events & Commencement Coordinator for Student Affairs
Darlene Esparza
Director, Campus Organizations & Volunteer Programs
Grazielle V. Figueredo
Office of Inclusive Excellence
Lou Gill
Mesa Court, Housing/Residence Life
Anita L. Iannucci
Director, Student Affairs Assessment, Research & Evaluation
Hannah Jones - Retention Advisor
Student Outreach and Retention (SOAR) Center
Cynthia Love
Creative Director, Student Affairs
Oscar Teran
Director, DREAM Center
Peter Thach
Campus Social Worker
STUDENT MEMBERS
Louis Brent
Student Outreach and Retention (SOAR) Center
Michael A. Cruz
Shronda Davis-Maxie
Center for Black Cultures, Resources & Research (CBCRR)
Sanjanaa Ellur
Associated Students of University of California, Irvine, Internal Vice President & South Asian Student Union
Prince Paa Kwesi Heto
International Graduate Student
Priscilla Nicole Cuellar-Rocha
Connor Strobel
Graduate Student; VP Internal, AGS (Associated Graduate Students)
2017-2018 Committee [+]
Jade Agua
Co-Chair, New Narratives
Director, Cross-Cultural Center
Sumita Furlong
Co-Chair, New Narratives
Special Assistant to the Vice Chancellor on Cultural Affairs, Strategic Partnerships & Organizational Relationships
Àdisà Àjàmú
Director, Center for Black Cultures, Resources & Research
Davidian Bishop
Director, LGBT Resource Center
Marguerite Bonous-Hammarth
Executive Director, Office of Inclusive Excellence
Thais Bouchereau-Paynter
Associate Director of Residence Life, Arroyo Vista – Student Housing
Kelly Carland
Special Events & Commencement Coordinator for Student Affairs
Darlene Esparza
Director, Campus Organizations & Volunteer Programs
Grazielle V. Figueredo
Office of Inclusive Excellence
Lou Gill
Mesa Court, Housing/Residence Life
Anita L. Iannucci
Director, Student Affairs Assessment, Research & Evaluation
Hannah Jones - Retention Advisor
Student Outreach and Retention (SOAR) Center
Brenda Lapinid
Clinical Social Worker, Wellness, Health & Counseling Services
Cynthia Love
Creative Director, Student Affairs
Teresa Neighbors
Student Services Director, School of Social Sciences
Oscar Teran
Director, DREAM Center
Peter Thach
Campus Social Worker
STUDENT MEMBERS
Rachel Aricheta
Kababayan Co-Cultural Coordinator 2017-2018
Bethany Jimenez
Kababayan Co-Cultural Coordinator 2017-2018
Emily Tran
Tomo No Kai Historian
Connor Strobel
Graduate Student; VP Internal, AGS (Associated Graduate Students)
Sanjanaa Ellur
Associated Students of University of California, Irvine, Internal Vice President & South Asian Student Union
Priscilla Nicole Cuellar-Rocha
Prince Paa Kwesi Heto
International Graduate Student
Shronda Davis-Maxie
Center for Black Cultures, Resources & Research (CBCRR)
Louis Brent
Student Outreach and Retention (SOAR) Center
Michael A. Cruz
2016-2017 Committee [+]
Jade Agua
Chair, New Narratives
Director, Cross-Cultural Center
Fred Lipscomb
Chair, New Narratives (Fall Quarter)
Special Assistant to the Vice Chancellor for Cultural Affairs & Organizational Relationships
Àdisà Àjàmú
Director, Center for Black Cultures, Resources & Research
Davidian Bishop
Director, LGBT Resource Center
Marguerite Bonous-Hammarth
Executive Director, Office of Inclusive Excellence
Piya Bose
Director, Palo Verde – Student Housing
Thais Bouchereau-Paynter
Associate Director of Residence Life, Arroyo Vista – Student Housing
Kelly Carland
Special Events & Commencement Coordinator for Student Affairs
Jeanett Castellanos
Lecturer SOE, Social Sciences
Darlene Esparza
Director, Campus Organizations & Volunteer Programs
Raid Faraj
Senior Investigator, Office of Equal Opportunity & Diversity
Nick Gallo
Graduate Student, Computer Science
Cynthia Love
Creative Director, Student Affairs
Abby Reyes
Director, UCI Community Resilience Projects
Mojgan (Mo) Sami
Project Specialist, Health Sciences/Public Health
Connor Strobel
Graduate Student; VP Internal, AGS (Associated Graduate Students)
2015-2016 Committee [+]
Sebastian Ardemagni
David Bishop
Director, LGBT Resource Center
Marguerite Bonous-Hammarth
Director, Student Affairs Assesment, Research & Evaluation
Piya Bose
Director of Palo Verde, Student Housing
Dhruvi Chauhan
Public Health Policy, Class of 2018
Raid Faraj
Senior Investigator/Diversity Educator, OEOD
Semaj Garbutt
Tracy La
3rd Year Undergraduate, Political Science
Fred Lipscomb
Chair, New Narratives
Special Assistant to the Vice Chancellor for Cultural Affairs and Organizational Relationships
Shirley Loi
3rd Year Social Policy, Public Health minor
Cindy Love
Creative Director, Student Affairs
Mildred Melendez
Timothy Pham
Program Coordinator, Campus Organizations
Dinorah Carrion Rodriguez
Myrna Rosales
Undergraduate, ASUCI
Iphigenia Seong
ASUCI Campus Climate Commissioner
Nicole Winter
Ph.D. Candidate, Cognitive Sciences
2014-2015 Committee [+]
David Bishop
Marguerite Bonous-Hammarth
Plya Bose
Kelly Carland
Jeanett Castellanos
Mark Deppe
Raid Faraj
Kevin Huie
Fred Lipscomb
Cindy Love
Myrna Rosales
Sami Mojgan
Vincent Vigil
Nicole Winter