New director for AA/PIRC selected

Caz Salamanca to direct the Asian American/Pacific Islander Resource Center, starts this month.

March 18, 2019

Photo of Caz SalamancaOn behalf of the UCSC Resource Centers, we are excited to welcome Caz Salamanca as the new Director of the Asian American/Pacific Islander Resource Center. His first day at UCSC will be March 21st., and until his phone extension is established, Caz can be reached through the Ethnic Resource Centers reception desk at x9-2427 and via email at <cazs@ucsc.edu>. His office is located at the Ethnic Resource Centers, on the third floor of the Bay Tree Building.

With Caz on board, current AA/PIRC Director Nancy Kim will shift to 100% responsibilities as Managing Director of the Resource Centers. She has filled both Director and Managing Director roles for 5 years, and is looking forward to focusing on the larger Resource Centers organization. Nancy’s phone and email will remain the same: x9-3790 and <nikim@ucsc.edu>, though her office is now at the Cardiff House/Women’s Center.

Thank you so much to search committee members: Shonté Thomas (Chair), Emily Furukawa, Audrey Kim, Katherine Lê, and RC staff Arianna Basped and Cameron de León. Also, much appreciation to Jacob Velasquez and dedicated AA/PIRC Interns who operated without a full-time Director throughout their time with the Resource Centers.

MORE ABOUT CAZ SALAMANCA

Caz Salamanca (he/him/his) is an educator with over 10 years of experience in Higher Education.  Raised in the Bay Area, Caz received his bachelor's degree in Cognitive Science from UC San Diego, where he was heavily involved in the Filipino American interest student organization.  Since then, his professional and personal engagement in social justice work in higher education carried him through earning his Master's degree in Education from San Diego State University, and his previous experience as the Assistant Director of the MOSAIC Cross Cultural Center at San José State University.  Caz is excited to return to California, the UC system and multicultural affairs, from his most recent experience as an Adviser and Diversity Programs Coordinator for the School of Public Health at the University of Washington in Seattle. Caz's interests include student identity and leadership development, hip hop education, and exploring social justice issues of pop culture. He also loves cooking, doing puzzle/escape rooms, and boba!