Meet the Staff

Director of the Cultural Centers

Erin 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.

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Assistant Directors for the Cultural Centers

Lionell Daggs

Lionell Daggs 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

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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Graduate Interns for the Cultural Centers

Malik Hollingsworth

Graduate Student Coordinator for the Intercultural Center

Malik is a graduate student in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program. He comes to San Francisco all the way from Memphis, TN. He is passionate about integrating social justice knowledge and discourse into science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. He hopes to one day use his love for math, science, and social justice to create a space for queer students of color, like himself, to explore how their identities intersect with their technological work. When he's not at school or work, Malik loves to relax at home with his friends, read comic books, dance, sing, and occasionally play video games.

Sophia King

Graduate Student Coordinator for the Gender & Sexuality Center

Ian is a graduate student in the Higher Education and Student Affairs Master's program in the School of Education. His goal is to infuse social justice and hip hop into higher education while supporting and providing students with the means to advocate for themselves and their communities. Through the Gender and Sexuality Center, Ian is looking forward to building solidarity with the campus community while engaging in critical dialogue around issues of social justice. His interests outside of work include rock climbing, reading, finding the next best coffee shop, hip hop, and exploring the city on his bike.

Undergraduate Interns

Toni Adeyemi

Diversity Education Intern for the Gender and Sexuality Center

Toni is a fourth year International Studies major with a minor in Film Studies. She is passionate about how the external world can shape and inform the internal lives of others. She has experienced how places like the Cultural Centers can inspire healing and change and is honored to be able to create that experience for others. Her hobbies include, cooking, listening to pop music, reading essays and books, watching movies and talking pop culture. She is also constantly on the hunt for the best new skincare product!

Abraham Aguilera

Arts Intern for the Gender and Sexuality Center

Abraham is a first year fine arts major. He was born and raised in Sacramento, California. His passions include fighting for social and economic equality, discussing inequalities that many communities face, and finding solutions for these communities. Abraham also enjoys conversation surrounding gender, sexuality, identity, or anything under the LGBT+ umbrella. Outside of work, Abraham is an avid watcher RuPaul's Drag Race (or drag in general), a lover of disco music, and a believer in astrology. Friendships, conversations, and experiences are what make him the happiest!

Sonja Angst

Graphic Design Intern for the Gender and Sexuality Center

Sonja is a second year Design Major. She grew up on the island of Molokai in Hawaii and it has influenced her artistic style. Her passion lies in creating graphics for other people. As a returning Graphics Intern, she is looking forward to promoting the Cultural Center’s empowering programs and events that lead to community building. Some of her hobbies include going to the beach, traveling to different places, eating new foods, and discussing the arrangement of fonts.

Ebony Azumah

Diversity Education Intern for the Intercultural Center

Ebony is a Politics major with a passion for art, music and social justice. Ebony was born and raised in California and loves spending time in the natural world. Outside of school, she enjoys spending her time with food, family, nature and friends. As the current President of the Black Student Union and Events Coordinator for the African Student Association, Ebony enjoys planning and organizing community building projects to enhance student life. In the upcoming year, Ebony looks forward to being a part of the Intercultural Centers team and expanding her impact on campus while discovering her next steps after graduation. Ebony hopes to use what she has experienced and learned at USF to impact how we as people interact with and value all the life that makes up our world.

Reyna Brown

Arts Intern for the Intercultural Center

Reyna is a current Performing Arts and Social Justice major with a minor in Peace and Justice Studies. Abandoning her original major in Business, Reyna has chosen to focus her studies at USF on using performative arts to create social change while studying racial inequality in America. She enjoys spending time with friends, taking baths, and hanging out with her extremely old dog, Chester. She is passionate about criminal justice reform and hopes to use words and expression to bring truth to the darkest parts of humanity.

Cynthia Chiang

Graphic Design Intern for the Intercultural Center

Cynthia is a senior pursuing a design major and advertising minor. She is originally from Taipei, Taiwan and has grown up in the immediate Bay Area. Storytelling through graphic design is one of her biggest passions- she is constantly being inspired by the people she meets and the local cultures of the places she travels to. As an intern for the Cultural Centers, she hopes to use her design skills to publicize events and activities that promote inclusion, diversity, and social justice awareness within the student body. In her free time, you can find her poring over typefaces, immersed in a book, playing piano, cheffing it up in the kitchen, watching a movie, drawing, or exploring the city with friends!

Elliot Marone

Diversity Education Intern for the Gender and Sexuality Center

Elliot is a sophomore pursuing a major in Psychology with a minor in Gender and Sexuality Studies. Elliot wishes to help the LGBTQ community throughout his entire life through psychology and activism. In Elliot’s first year on campus he was on the executive board of Queer Alliance as the Historian. He has also been involved with LYRIC, an LGBTQ youth empowerment organization in the Castro, as an intern this past summer. With all these experiences Elliot is excited and determined to create a space for people to feel safe and comfortable to speak their minds. He believes once people feel safe to speak up they can then create change in their world.

Enyolli Martinez

Diversity Education Intern for the Intercultural Center

Born and raised in San Francisco, Enyolli is now a second-year student at the University of San Francisco, double majoring in Sociology and Critical Diversity Studies. Her passion for social justice stems from her experiences as a first-generation college student and coming from a mixed status family. Enyolli also participates as the external chair for Latinas Unidas and as the Program Assistant / Spanish Translator for Breakthrough San Francisco a non-profit organization. Enyolli loves participating in conferences that relate to social justice and cultural representations, and is excited about future possibilities.