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.
Contact Erin: firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistant Director for the Cultural Centers
Ann Le serves as one of the two Assistant Directors for the Cultural Centers, directly supporting the Intercultural Center. Previously, Ann had served as the Graduate Student Coordinator of the Intercultural Center and as a Housing and Residential Life Program Coordinator at the San Francisco Art Institute.
She holds a master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs from the University of San Francisco and bachelor’s degrees in Sociology and Psychology and Social Behavior from the University of California, Irvine. Ann’s graduate research focused on Vietnamese college student success rooted in community connection, which heavily influences how she centers community and belonging in the her work at the Cultural Centers. She believes community building, critical reflection, and meaning-making are at the crux of solidarity and social justice. Ann enjoys painting, reading webcomics, and attending live music shows in her free time.
Contact Ann: email@example.com
Assistant Director for the Cultural Centers
Dan is one of two Assistant Directors of the Cultural Centers, directly supporting the Gender and Sexuality Center. Prior to working at the Cultural Centers, Dan worked at their alma mater as a Program & Media Coordinator for Associated Students, and as a graduate student served as a Residential Operations Manager for Student Housing at USF.
Dan holds an MA in Higher Education & Student Affairs from USF, and a BS in Biology, with an emphasis in microbiology from Humboldt State University. As a graduate, their research focused on student employment, neoliberalism, and the use of student narratives to give voice to and elevate data.
As a professional, Dan's student affairs philosophy is grounded in community and coalition building to address systemic inequity at its roots. In their free time they enjoy reading, cooking, and serving as a DM for Dungeons & Dragons campaigns.
Graduate Interns for the Cultural Centers
Graduate Student Coordinator for the Intercultural Cultural Center
Nadine Bernardino is an international student taking a graduate degree in M.A. Professional Communications. Her passion includes video-making, photography, graphic design, event management, branding, and campaign development. Her first recognition in the field of video-making was when her “Boat of Hope”, a 5-minute organizational video about the Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation (YBHF), won as a finalist in the Good Story Video 2014 competition, which was hosted by Our Better World Foundation Singapore. Through the said video, she was able to raise awareness and funds for indigent families living in the far-flung areas of the Philippines. Since then, Nadine has been a staunch advocate and activist of pro-people and pro-student movements. Her values are expressed in the work that she has done for organizations and workplaces she has been a part of.