Meet the Staff
Director of the Cultural Centers
Erin Echols is the Director of the University of San Francisco's Cultural Centers, which include the Intercultural Center and Gender and Sexuality Center. Prior to coming to USF, Erin served at California Polytechnic State University for eight years, most recently as the Assistant Director of the Dean of Students Office for the Cross Cultural Centers. Additionally, Erin worked at Colby-Sawyer College for five years as the Assistant Director of Campus Activities and Orientation Program Coordinator.
Her educational background includes an MA in Educational Leadership from California Polytechnic State University, an MFA from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and a BS from the University of New Haven.
Erin has focused on increasing the retention and persistence of underrepresented students at colleges and universities through programming and research. A highlight of her work in this area was a research study specific to the retention of LGBTQIA students.
As a passionate student affairs professional, Erin’s interests include social justice programming, strategic planning, assessment, collaboration development, marketing, and fiscal planning. Her professional organization and community involvement has included founding and chairing the Pride Faculty Staff Association at Cal Poly and serving on the executive board of the California Council of Cultural Centers in Higher Education. At Cal Poly, Erin was proud to receive the Chandler Award for excellence in Student Affairs.
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Assistant Directors for the Cultural Centers
Lionell Daggs III
Lionell Daggs III is one of the Assistant Directors of the Cultural Centers. Prior to returning to his alma mater, Lionell worked at an education non-profit organization California School-Age Consortium, which builds professional networks that provide training, leadership development and advocacy for out-of-school time professionals.
Lionell graduated with a bachelor's degree in Psychology with a minor in Child and Youth Studies in 2013 from USF. He is currently enrolled in the Master of Arts in Organization and Leadership graduate program within the School of Education at USF. His research interests include black feminism, critical feminist leadership, and social movements.
His student affairs philosophy is oriented toward creating systemic change by utilizing his positionality and knowledge to uplift and support those around him and within his community. As a first-generation college student, he believes that all students with the right support and guidance can successfully navigate the higher education landscape.
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Jinni Pradhan serves as one of the Assistant Directors for the Cultural Centers. Before joining USF, Jinni was at the University of California-Davis where she was the Middle Eastern and South Asian Student Affairs Officer.
She holds a doctorate in Cultural Studies from the University of California-Davis, a master's degree in communication from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and a bachelor's degree in Japanese Studies from the University of San Francisco. She served as a Fulbright Scholar to Nepal during the 2013–2014 academic year. Her commitment to supporting and building community with students is heavily influenced by her academic research experiences, where she aimed to amplify the voices of marginalized communities that challenge the status quo. Jinni has presented at various academic/professional conferences, given invited guest lectures, and provided workshops on the topics of Asian American media, Asian popular culture and media, and graduate school access for historically marginalized student populations both in the United States and Asia.
As a Student Affairs professional, Jinni is invested in sharing her own knowledge and positionality with students to demystify higher education through a critical lens. She hopes to continue to support and empower students to understand the impact their knowledge and experiences can make at USF and beyond.
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Program Manager for the Cultural Centers
C-Y Kao, Sj
C-Y Kao is a Jesuit regent and a program manager at the Cultural Centers. In this capacity, he also manages and supports collaborative initiatives with the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) and the Ricci Institute for Chinese-Western Cultural History.
Prior to entering the Jesuits, C-Y received a master's degree in Foreign Service at Georgetown University and worked professionally for eight years in fundraising, partnership building, and project design at IREX, a Washington, DC-based nonprofit that provides international education, youth empowerment, and community development programs around the world. Most recently, he earned a master's degree in Social Philosophy at Loyola University Chicago, where he focused his studies on contemporary socio-political philosophy and the ethical issues in the postmodern culture and in the area of religious pluralism. He is originally from Taiwan and fluent in both Chinese Mandarin and English.
As an immigrant and once an international student in the US, C-Y is passionate about Jesuit education and its commitment to solidarity with people with diverse cultural, social, and human experiences. At USF, he works to support the Jesuit value of cura personalis and equip students with the cultural competencies they need to be people for others.
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Graduate Interns for the Cultural Centers
Graduate Student Coordinator for the Intercultural Center
Jourdan is a First-Year Graduate Student here at USF pursing a Master's in Higher Education/Student Affairs. Originally from Boston, Jourdan has also lived in Atlanta and Seattle before coming to San Francisco. Jourdan is inspired by the mission of empowering underrepresented students to access, enroll, and persist within Secondary/Higher Education and beyond. Before joining the Cultural Centers, Jourdan served as an AmeriCorps member and Student Success Specialist for TRIO Pre-College Programs. He is excited to engage with the students/staff who participate in the services of the Cultural Centers, gaining and sharing wisdom with each other. His hobbies include: Target Runs, Thrift Shopping, Running, Listening to Music, and hanging out/catching up with friends. He is super extroverted and always looking for new places to explore!
Juno Lee Chambers
Graduate Student Coordinator for the Gender & Sexuality Center
Juno is a second-year in the Higher Education & Student Affairs Masters program in the School of Education. They were born and raised in Bakersfield, CA, and earned their Bachelor's in Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies at the University of California, Davis. As an undergraduate, Juno worked at the Women's Center where they developed educational programming centered on gender equity and trans justice. They are excited to continue their work in engaging communities in conversations around gender and sexuality as the Graduate Student Coordinator at the Gender & Sexuality Center at USF. In their free time, Juno likes to cook/bake, sing, nap, craft, and read up on astrology. Feel free to stop by the space and chat with them!
Cultural Centers Graphic Design Intern
Sola is a third-year Design major with a minor in Architectural Engineering. Growing up on Oahu, the melting pot of the Pacific, she is passionate about sustainability and creating a welcoming space to bring students of different backgrounds together. She looks forward to working with the Cultural Center's team to create inviting graphics that can engage and lighten everyone’s day during the pandemic. Some of her hobbies include drawing, playing the saxophone, creating zines, and playing PC games with her friends.
Gender and Sexuality Center Media Series Initiative Intern
Eden is a third year English major with a minor in Classics. They are passionate about nature and the environment as well as written forms of art. As an intern in the Cultural Centers they are looking forward to helping USF students as they navigate the world and university with their intersectional identities. Eden hopes to build community and support activism through art. Their hobbies include writing poetry, collecting rocks, and doing whatever arts and crafts they can get their hands on.
Gender and Sexuality Center Solidarity Initiative Intern
Noelle is a third year Sociology student from the concrete jungle where dreams are made of. As an intern at the Cultural Centers, they look forward to building community, solidarity, and cultivating a space for USF students to feel comfortable enough to explore the interconnected nature of their identities. They look forward to the endless possibilities for coalition-building through a digital medium. Their hobbies include reading theory, finding furniture on the street, soaking in the sun on Hippie Hill, and making paninis.
Intercultural Center Solidarity Initiative Intern
Natalia is a fourth year Communication Studies major with a minor in Legal Studies. She is passionate about helping others and changing the narrative in politics. She is very proud of her immigrant background and holds a lot of pride in her Latinx culture. She is looking forward to interning in the Cultural Centers this year and creating new innovative ways for students to connect on a deeper level virtually. Despite the virtual format, she hopes to be able to empower others and provide safe spaces and events for students to come together. Her hobbies include exploring nature, writing poetry, and finding new music to listen to.