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The Multidisciplinary Financial and Administrative Unit (MDU) was created to provide expertise in the areas of business, financial, administrative, human resources, and student affairs. The MDU combines the functions previously performed separately in departmental business offices. Our goal with this consolidation is to provide an enhanced level of service and expertise in core administrative services and deliver consistent applications of UC Riverside’s policies and procedures.  Our focus is also on providing quality service and superior resource stewardship in support of the University's strategic goals.

We provide support to the Department of Ethnic Studies, Department of Gender & Sexuality Studies, Department of Media and Cultural Studies, Department of Religious Studies, and Interdisciplinary Programs. The Multidisciplinary Financial and Administrative Unit is led by Diane Monroe-Shaw, the Financial & Administrative Officer.

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 Officer III
Office: INTS 3111C
Phone: 951-827-3741
Email: diane.shaw@ucr.edu

Diane Shaw is the Financial and Administrative Officer (FAO) for the Multidisciplinary Administrative Unit and provides oversight and coordination of the financial and administrative support functions of the Ethnic Studies, Gender & Sexuality Studies, Media & Cultural Studies, and Religious Studies departments, as well as Interdisciplinary Programs that consist of approximately 20 majors and/or minors.. She has primary responsibility for providing management, coordination, and oversight of the daily operations of the departments including financial, human resources, academic support, contracts and grants, facilities management, and other operational matters.  The departments' academic personnel include Ladder Rank Faculty, Lecturers, Visiting Professors, Researchers, Associate Ins and Teaching Assistants. The department's offer both undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The FAO manages the business, accountability, stewardship, publicity, and support functions of the departments to achieve the departmental and College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (CHASS) goals and objectives in meeting the mission of the University.  Significant responsibility to organize work and achieve broadly stated goals for the departments, including identifying objectives, developing strategies, policies, and functions.

Damian Lee Gomez
Financial Analyst
Office: INTS 3111A
Phone: 951-827-1030
Email: damian.leegomez@ucr.edu

Provides professional support in the areas of financial/budget analysis, fiscal management, contracts and grants, and administrative matters. Serves as the primary advisor to the FAO regarding all funding sources; performs complex budget analysis; makes recommendations for expenditures; designs and creates meaningful financial reports; provides comprehensive budget information to facilitate financial strategic short- and long-range planning of resources.  Assists PI in the preparation and submission of Contract and Grant proposals. Responsible for pre- and post-award management.  Monitors the grant budgets in direct consultation with the PI and FAO. Ensures that planned activities are within budget and expenditures are appropriate. Responsible for monthly, quarterly and annual reports of financial and programmatic activity, data collection and analysis, tracking encumbered expenses and reviewing posted expenses for accuracy. Serves as the primary liaison between UCR central offices including the Dean’s Office, Office of Research, Accounting, Purchasing, and the various funding agencies. 

Diana Marroquin

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

Provides accounting and administrative related services. 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

Serves as the Event Coordinator; 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 process for ladder-faculty and non-senate faculty, including Lecturers, Visiting appointees, Associate Ins, Researchers, and other non-senate titles. Coordinate with search committees, departmental Chairs, and the FAO, in the process of faculty hiring, from creation of the recruitment plan through the completion of the appointment file. Prepare documents and ensure compliance with the Hiring Toolkit, Affirmative Action Guidelines, the APM, and Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). Work closely with the college centralized Academic Personnel office on the coordination of departmental processes related to faculty merit/promotion review activities. Provides support to departments for a variety of personnel actions for non-senate appointees, including document preparation for assessments, excellence reviews, merit reviews, and instructional workload course equivalency (IWC) requests. Coordinates academic sabbatical and/or other leaves.

Graduate Student Affairs

Trina Elerts
Graduate Student Affairs Officer
Office: INTS 3117
Phone: 951-827-1584
Email: trina.elerts@ucr.edu

Responsible for the preparation and coordination of a variety of graduate studen related actions. Provides administrative support for the admission, advising, recruitment, payroll, and financial support of graduate students and programs. Provides consultation to prospective students regarding the graduate admissions process, degree requirements, transfer units, exceptions to application requirements, international transcript evaluation, and financial support planning. Responsible for administering the academic progress, course requirements for degree completion, exceptions to department and/or Graduate Division requirements.  Assist faculty in the preparation of both 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: Plan and implement undergraduate curriculum advising; recruitment and outreach; matriculation, graduation degree checks; program reporting, and evaluation. Responsible for the interpretation and implementation of policies and procedures. Provide academic advising to students seeking readmission to the College of HASS.
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: Plan and implement undergraduate curriculum advising; recruitment and outreach; matriculation, graduation degree checks; program reporting, and evaluation. Responsible for the interpretation and implementation of policies and procedures. Provide academic advising to students seeking readmission to the College of HASS.
Deisy Escobedo
Professional Academic Advisor
Office: Multidisciplinary Academic Advising Center INTS 3115
Phone: 951-827-1821
Email: deisy.escobedo@ucr.edu

Professional Academic advising and support services to the Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Student Affairs Center: Plan and implement undergraduate curriculum advising; recruitment and outreach; matriculation, graduation degree checks; program reporting, and evaluation. Responsible for the interpretation and implementation of policies and procedures. Provide academic advising to students seeking readmission to the College of HASS.

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
Deisy Escobedo Last Names A-G deisy.escobedo@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 in 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