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While conversations about culture, race and social connections are not new, the silences about the current cultural impasse and intergroup tensions demonstrated on most college campuses today reflect shifting and new dynamics. Our campus reflects a diverse population and still registers problematic incidences from communication and intergroup differences.

Based on the incidences that occurred, Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs Thomas A, Parham convened a meeting with the academic leaders to consider embracing his concept of developing new narratives, and was delighted by their willingness to collaborate on this worthy endeavor.

Therefore, the New Narratives: Conversations on Identities & Culture series aims to recognize the multiple current and historical connections that co-exist to shape, intersect and influence identities and group membership in the UC Irvine community.

The New Narratives series also aims to move talk into action through events that include major speakers, films, interactive forums, panel workshops and other training opportunities to promote healthy intergroup communications and collaboration skills. Coordinators and presenters from the departments across Student Affairs and academic programs that include African American Studies, Asian American Studies and Chicano/Latino Studies will use interdisciplinary approaches to co-constuct a practical new narrative with students to guide student intercultural knowledge and collaborations for empowered individuals and a thriving campus.

While the series launch focused on “Conversations on Race & Culture,” a call for expanding inclusivity of the conversations prompted the reframing as “Conversations on Identities & Culture” to reflect the breadth of diversity of race ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion and social identities.

Undergraduate participation in events from the New Narratives calendar count toward general workshop credits for the Passport to Leadership Certificate Program (Office of Student Life & Leadership).

Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs Thomas A. Parham
Thomas A. Parham
Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs
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
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
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
Darlene Esparza
Director, Campus Organizations & Volunteer Programs
Anita L. Iannucci
Director, Student Affairs Assessment, Research & Evaluation
Cynthia Love
Creative Director, Student Affairs
Abby Reyes
Director, UCI Community Resilience Projects
Connor Strobel
Graduate Student; VP Internal, AGS (Associated Graduate Students)
Peter Thach
Campus Social Worker
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