Meet the Staff

Director of the Cultural Centers

Erin EcholsErin Echols

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: eechols@usfca.edu

Assistant Director for the Cultural Centers

Jinni PradhanJinni Pradhan

Jinni Pradhan serves as an Assistant Director for the Cultural Centers, directly supporting the Intercultural Center. 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.

Contact Jinni: jpradhan@usfca.edu

Graduate Interns for the Cultural Centers

Adeline DiazAdeline DIaz

Graduate Student Coordinator for Student Development & Advising

Adeline is a first-year graduate student in the Higher Education & Student Affairs Masters program. After graduating from Saint Mary’s College, she spent her gap year serving as an Americorps VISTA member at a local non-profit organization in Oakland. Her identity as a Filipina-American first generation student has impacted her passion to co-create spaces centered on the needs of BIPOC students within higher education. She has a bad case of wanderlust and the pin collection to prove it. When she isn’t dreaming of new places to visit, you can find her reading sappy romance novels, binging Netflix shows, playing with her pandemic puppy, or filming TikTok vlogs.

Dulce MartinezDUlce MArtinez

Graduate Student Coordinator for Operations

Dulce is a second-year graduate student in the Higher Education and Student Affairs Masters program. Before attending USF, Dulce attended College of San Mateo and got her A.A. in Psychology then soon after transferred to UC Riverside allowing her to get a B.A. in Public Policy with a minor in Education in 2018. Being a first-generation Latina has influenced Dulce and motivated her to work in higher education and student affairs to create a safe and inclusive environment for all students and community members. Dulce enjoys watching movies from romantic comedies to horror as well as listening to true crime podcast. When she isn’t hooked on shows, movies or podcasts, she is either painting or exploring the Bay Area.

Undergraduate Interns

Madi Reyes HeadshotMadi Reyes

Cultural Centers Graphic Design Intern

Madi is a second year Filipina-American design major with a minor in advertising. She very is excited to have the opportunity to combine her passion for social justice with her love for art and design to create content that promotes the inclusive and positive environment of the Cultural Centers and USF as a whole. In her free time, she loves listening to music and true crime podcasts, going to concerts, watching cartoons, and skateboarding.

Bea Johnson-Drysdale

Gender and Sexuality Center Queer BIPOC Intern

Bea is a second year Architecture major with a minor in Architectural Engineering. Her hometown is in Upstate New York where it’s uncommon to see many queer people of color. This is what inspires her to contribute to the Cultural Centers at USF to ensure everyone has a safe space. As a Queer BIPOC Community Intern, she is excited to plan inclusive events to help pursue her goal of creating the safe space. Some of her hobbies include acting, drawing, and shopping.

Eden NobileEden Nobile

Gender and Sexuality Center Trans & Non-binary Community 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.

Olive Wu HeadshotOlive WU

Gender and Sexuality Center Signature Program Intern

Olive is a transfer student majoring in Hospitality Management, currently completing their third year and beginning their fourth year in 2022! They are passionate about a range of topics, including (but not limited to) service, events planning and management, childrens entertainment, queer activism, anime, and the specific moment during which a cat gets comfortable. Using their experiences from their several intersecting identities, they aim to spread love and support for LGBTQ+ USF students and to educate and encourage their allies.

Shennel HenriesShennel Henries

Intercultural Center International Community Intern

Shennel EP Henries is an outstanding international student from Liberia and is pursuing a major in international studies. She has long been an advocate and transformational leader who believes in the power of people working together to make a difference. During her time at USF, Shennel has gotten involved with several organizations for positive development. As an intern at the Cultural Centers, she is intrigued to learn more, support, and develop programs and social justice-based engagement opportunities for International students. Shennel values her family and friends, volunteerism, advocacy, gender equality, children’s development, adventures, arts: dance, music, painting etc.

Sadiya KazaniSadiya Kazani

Intercultural Center Signature Program Intern

Sadiya is a South Asian second year history major in the Undergraduate Teacher Education Center dual degree program. She can talk for hours about racial justice in the U.S. education system, and in her free time, she enjoys painting, creative journaling, and baking. On the weekends, you'll probably catch her at a coffee shop working on homework with friends. She hopes to leverage her passion for multiculturalism to create a safe space for sharing and learning about different cultures within the Cultural Centers.

Jazz ToyamaJazz Toyama

Intercultural Center Spoken Word Program Intern

Jazz is a nonbinary Mexican-American and fourth-year double-major in Environmental Studies and International Studies (concentration Environment & Development). They are also pursuing minors in German Studies and Middle Eastern Studies, as well as a Certificate in Geospatial Analysis. They are passionate about sustainability, the environment, and climate change's dispraportionate impact on BIPOC. Beyond this, Jazz loves to travel, cook, and express themselves through art of various mediums. As a student who first found a true feeling of comfort and community on campus through the Cultural Centers, Jazz looks forward to encouraing USF'ers to express themselves openly and artistically as this years' host of Lyricist's Lounge.