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.

Contact Erin: eechols@usfca.edu

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.

Contact Lionell: ldaggsiii@usfca.edu

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.

Contact Jinni: jpradhan@usfca.edu

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.

Contact C-Y: ckao1@usfca.edu

Graduate Interns for the Cultural Centers

ANn Le

Graduate Student Coordinator for the Intercultural Center

Ann is a 2nd year in the Higher Education & Student Affairs masters program at USF. She completed her bachelors in both Sociology and Psychology & Social Behavior at the University of California, Irvine. Ann is excited to help the Culture Centers continue to cultivate spaces of affirmation and acceptance. She is continually looking to grow herself and deepen her roots. She‘s excited to work as one of the Graduate Student Coordinators this year. Ann loves watching shows, immersing herself in nature, listening to music, and learning about other‘s passions. Please don’t hesitate to stop by the centers to get to know her!

Juno Lee Chambers

Graduate Student Coordinator for the Gender & Sexuality Center

Juno is a first-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!

Undergraduate Interns

Dalia Barrientos

Intercultural Center Common Ground Initiative Intern

Born and raised in the Bay Area, Dalia is a fourth-year Sociology major in the Dual Degree Teacher Preparation Program. She is also a Child & Youth Studies minor! She is passionate about learning, especially with regards to the ways that society and individuals affect one another. She is looking forward to experiencing the Cultural Centers’ community and being apart of their presence and influence on campus. Some of her hobbies include trying new food places, going to the movie theaters, laughing at memes, and adding to her Spotify playlists.

Corey Kowalczyke

Intercultural Center Media Series Initiative Intern

Corey is a fourth year International Studies major, with a concentration in Peace and Conflict Studies. He is excited to return to the Cultural Centers to further grow his advocacy in order to learn and serve the community around him, especially first generation and working-class students. Corey’s interest areas include deconstructing pop culture, improving his latte art, and creating the best playlist.

Kierra Miles

Cultural Centers Arts Initiative Intern

Kierra Miles is a fourth year majoring in Critical Diveristy Studies. She spent most of her life growing up in Florida and eventually decided to transfer to USF because she felt the need to find herself by making a life of her own in a new city. Even since she was young, Kierra loved to read and that love eventually turned into a love for writing. With this love Kierra looks foward to fostering the sharing of words and creativity through her position at the Cultural Centers and engaging in a space where people feel comfortable sharing about theirselves and their views of the world through artistic expressions. In her free time Kierra loves to read, write, nap, spend time with friends and binge watch shows.

Jozlin Franco

Gender & Sexuality Center Media Series Initiative Intern

Jozlin is a third-year Sociology major and transfer student. She grew up in, a small city 25 minutes south of San Francisco, San Mateo. Jozlin spent a large portion of her upbringing exploring different church communities and serving the church in the areas of stage production and music. There, she eventually found her love for youth empowerment and community organizing. She wanted to be a youth pastor, but she now wants to take her passion and service to LGBTQ-friendly spaces. She feels that transferring to USF was a positive life-altering experience, as the Intercultural Center and Gender and Sexuality Center have been some of the safe spaces at USF that have fostered her personal growth. In her free-time, Jozlin likes to read, learn German, and practice her photography skills. She also wants to start posting song covers on her YouTube channel soon; please hit like and subscribe.

EMily Garcia

Gender & Sexuality Center Common Ground Initiative Intern

Emily is going into her fourth year at USF, working towards a Sociology major with a Public Service and Community Engagement minor. Originally from Southern California, Emily grew up in Fullerton, California. She is passionate about community justice works, and hopes to bring skills learned from outside campus into the Gender and Sexuality Center. Her hobbies include (but are not limited to) cooking, reading, photography and gardening.

Kayla Gonzalez

Gender & Sexuality Violence Prevention Intern

Kayla is a 3rd year Critical Diversity Studies Major with a Minor in Public Service & Community Engagement. She is 19 years old and from LA County. If not busy working at The Boys & Girls Club Kayla spends her free time between Golden Gate Park & Dolores Park taking in the nature. Some of her favorite hobbies include arts & crafts with kids, reading theory, and cooking. She is a loving Libra with a Pisces rising and Pisces moon, and is beyond excited to grow and learn with the cultural centers.

Sean SUmI

Cultural Centers Social Media Intern

Sean is a third-year Media Studies major. Born and raised in the Bay Area, he has always been in learning more about different cultures and how environments play a role in shaping identity. Being a part of the Japanese-American community, he understands the importance and impact of having spaces where one can express their identity openly with others. Some of Sean's hobbies include listening to various types of music, reading, napping, discussing pop culture, and occasionally indulging in photography.

jI eUN yANG

Cultural Centers Graphic Design Intern 

Ji is a fourth year Graphic Design major with a minor in Computer Science. She grew up in Oahu, Hawaii and moved to San Francisco in creative pursuit. As a Graphics intern at the Cultural Center, she is excited to communicate her interest into something she can share with others. She is always working towards self improvement and growth, and hopes to be able to do so through working with the Cultural Centers. When Ji is not designing, she spends her time discovering new music or hanging out with friends.