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The Multidisciplinary Financial, Administrative, and Student Unit (MDU) provides service in the areas of financial, business, and student affairs. We support the teaching and research of the Department of Ethnic Studies, Department of Gender & Sexuality Studies, Department of Media and Cultural Studies, Department of Religious Studies, and all Interdisciplinary Programs. Academic personnel include ladder rank faculty, lecturers, Visiting Professors, Researchers, Associate-Ins, Readers, and Teaching Assistants. The departments offer both undergraduate and graduate degree programs. While providing exceptional customer service to faculty, students, and the UCR community, we strive to maintain a high level of professionalism, expertise, and ethics, while adhering to University policies and procedures. 

Please feel free to contact the staff with any questions you may have!  

Our Main office is located in the CHASS Interdisciplinary Building South (INTS), third floor, INTS 3111, Main Number (951) 827-1583, Fax (951) 827-2237.

Diane Monroe-Shaw
Financial, Administrative, & Student Unit Officer (FAO)
Office: INTS 3111C
Phone: 951-827-3741
Email: diane.shaw@ucr.edu

Primary responsibilities include providing oversight and management of the daily operations of the Unit’s departments and programs, such as financial, grants, administrative, student affairs, academic support, facilities management, and other operational matters.  Manages business, accountability, stewardship, publicity, and develops strategies to achieve goals and objectives in meeting the mission of the University. Significant responsibility to organize work and achieve broadly stated goals.

 

Celeste Townsend
Budget & Financial Officer
Office: INTS 3111A
Phone: 951-827-1030
Email: celeste.townsend@ucr.edu

Provides support in the areas of financial activity, contracts and grants, space, and other administrative matters. Serves as an advisor to the FAO regarding all funding sources and responsible for monthly budget reconciliation.  Makes recommendations and assist in facilitating strategic short- and long-range planning of financial resources.  Prepares complex budget reports and analyses and takes a lead role in the year-end fiscal close process. Assists with the allocation and management of all financial commitments and ensures compliance with internal audit requirements and University policies.

Diana Marroquin
Accounting & Payroll Specialist
Office: INTS 3111B
Phone: 951-827-6361
Email: diana.marroquin@ucr.edu

Responsible for all accounts payables and receivables, purchasing, travel, academic, and staff payroll functions. Process all travel reimbursements, check requests, and purchase orders. Maintain financial records, research open items to identify problems in payment/order receipt, return credit and resolve misapplied credit discrepancies as needed. Serve as back-up to the Graduate Student affairs Advisor and the Units' graduate programs.

Ryan Mariano
Administrative & Event Assistant
Office: INTS 3111
Phone: 951-827-6427
Email: ryan.mariano@ucr.edu

Plans and executes events such as lectures, colloquia, conferences, luncheons, receptions, and meetings. Arranges room scheduling, room set-up, media resources, catering, parking, and other event needs. Prepares general communication materials such as flyers, press releases, newsletters, and other promotional documents. Responsible for storehouse supply purchasing, equipment inventory, copier coordination, key distribution, and serves as the Unit's Safety Coordinator. Assists in office coverage, answering phones, distributing mail, and maintaining bulletin boards.

Kristine Specht
Academic Personnel Assistant
Office: INTS 3121
Phone: 951-827-6436
Email: kristine.specht@ucr.edu

Administers the recruitment and hiring process for ladder and non-senate faculty, including Lecturers, Visiting Appointees, Associate-Ins, Researchers, and other academic titles. Ensure compliance with the Academic Personnel Manual and the Memorandum of Understanding contracts. Provides support to departments for a variety of personnel actions, including document preparation for assessments, excellence reviews, merit/promotion reviews, and instructional workload course equivalency requests. Coordinates sabbatical, medical, and other academic leaves.

Graduate Student Affairs

Crystal Meza
Graduate Student & Program Affairs Officer
Office: INTS 3117
Phone: 951-827-1584
Email: crystal.meza@ucr.edu

Prepares and coordinates of a variety of Graduate Student Affairs operations. Provides support for the academic advising, recruitment, and payroll administration.  Consults to prospective graduate students regarding the admission process, degree requirements, transfer units, international transcript evaluation, and financial support. Administers academic progress, degree completion requirements, and exceptions.  Prepares graduate and undergraduate course proposals and program changes via the Course Maintenance System (CRAMS).

Undergraduate Academic Advising Center

Brenda Aragón
Professional Academic Advisor
Office: Multidisciplinary Academic Advising Center INTS 3129
Phone: 951-827-1801
Email: brenda.aragon@ucr.edu

Professional Academic advising and support services to the Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Student Affairs Center: Provides advice on academics for majors and minors, and all aspects of course requirements for degree completion. Provides information on programs with special articulated eligibility requirements such as honors programs, awards fellowships scholarships, and advanced level courses. Applies articulated courses and certifies degree completion. Responsible for Schedule of Classes and advising Chairs on curriculum matters.
Cassee Barba
Professional Academic Advisor
Office: Multidisciplinary Academic Advising Center INTS 3125
Phone: 951-827-1802
Email: cassee.barba@ucr.edu

Professional Academic advising and support services to the Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Student Affairs Center: Provides advice on academics for majors and minors, and all aspects of course requirements for degree completion. Provides information on programs with special articulated eligibility requirements such as honors programs, awards fellowships scholarships, and advanced level courses. Applies articulated courses and certifies degree completion. Responsible for Schedule of Classes and advising Chairs on curriculum matters.
Victor Moreira
Professional Academic Advisor
Office: Multidisciplinary Academic Advising Center
Phone: 951-827-1821
Email: victor.moreira@ucr.edu

Professional Academic advising and support services to the Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Student Affairs Center: Provides advice on academics for majors and minors, and all aspects of course requirements for degree completion. Provides information on programs with special articulated eligibility requirements such as honors programs, awards fellowships scholarships, and advanced level courses. Applies articulated courses and certifies degree completion. Responsible for Schedule of Classes and advising Chairs on curriculum matters.

Undergraduate Academic Advising Center Information

The Multidisciplinary Advising Center provides undergraduate advisement services for the following majors and minors: African American Studies, Asian American Studies, Asian Studies, Chicano Studies, Ethnic Studies, Gender & Sexuality Studies, Global Studies, Labor Studies (minor only), Latin American Studies, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Intersexual, and Transgender Studies (minor only), Liberal Studies (no minor available), Media and Cultural Studies, Middle East and Islamic Studies (minor only), Native American Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies (minor only) Public Policy, and Religious Studies. We are located in the CHASS Interdisciplinary Building South – 3rd floor.

For academic advising assistance including declaring a major or minor program, please contact the appropriate advisor below:

ADVISORS STUDENTS EMAIL PHONE
Victor Moreira Last Names A-G victor.moreira@ucr.edu (951) 827-1821*
Brenda Aragón Last Names H-O brenda.aragon@ucr.edu (951) 827-1801*
Cassee Barba Last Names P-Z cassee.barba@ucr.edu (951) 827-1802*

*Email is the preferred and most efficient method to reach your advisor.

Walk-ins:
Our walk-in hours are designated for student visits expected to last no more than 10 minutes. Walk-ins DO NOT need to make appointments—students check in at the advising lobby of INTS 3111.

Appointments:
A 30 minute advising session to discuss items such as; degree check, major change, transferring coursework, lengthy petitions, schedule planning for upcoming quarters, etc.

To view your advisors walk-in hours or to schedule appointment with your advisor please click on the button below and log in using your SID and PermPin. From the homepage, select the “Multidisciplinary Advising Center” and then select your advisors name from the drop down menu.

 

You can also find valuable information at http://chassstudentaffairs.ucr.edu