Community Programs Office

About the CPO

The mission of the Community Programs Office, UCLA’s cross-cultural center, is to build and nurture an inclusive and diverse community of scholars and leaders who are committed to giving back to historically marginalized communities by engaging, educating, and empowering students to develop and execute student-initiated, student-run outreach, service and retention programs.

We are committed to developing a new generation of dynamic leaders by shaping our students to become motivated, responsible, and critically conscious individuals and fostering a safe and positive environment where students can use their education as a vehicle for social change through direct action in the community.

The four pillars of the CPO:

Access and Outreach

We envision a society where all students have the support they need to graduate from high school, enroll and complete college, and lead productive lives. By developing alternatives to traditional university outreach efforts, we strive to promote college preparation and success for underrepresented minorities in hopes of increasing the percentage of students admitted to college and universities from these communities.


We encourage students to utilize the unique energy, voice and creativity of UCLA students to directly respond to pressing issues and societal needs of underrepresented communities in the areas of education, health, and social justice by supporting student efforts to move beyond the university in becoming social actors and leaders both locally and globally.


We aim to retain 100% of UCLA students from historically disenfranchised communities to ensure that they have the education, training, and support needed to graduate, compete in today’s workforce, and contribute as productive members and leaders of their communities. By providing culturally relevant academic support, mentoring programs, and leadership development, we aim to enhance the student experience to improve student success and college graduation rates.


We strive to develop a generation of leaders who are deeply rooted in the ideals of honesty, integrity, and compassion to become effective community leaders and better people. We encourage students to harness their leadership skills to serve and inspire those around them and to remain committed to advancing those who have less than they do.

General information

Departmental Professional Management

Antonio Sandoval – Director
Thuy Huynh – Associate Director
Angela De Cenzo – Business and Human Resources Officer & SREC Advisor
Russell Castro – Assistant to the Director & SREC Administrative Support

Elected Student Leadership

Angelica Molina – CPOSA Internal Chairperson
Denise Marshall – CRC Chairperson
Susan Martinez – SIOC Chairperson
Elizabeth Lizardo – SREC Chairperson & CPOSA External Chairperson

Departmental Professional Staff

Vusisizwe Azania – Community Service Advisor
Emilio Hernandez – Community Service Advisor
Antonio Sandoval (Interim) – Retention Advisor
Thuy Huynh (Interim) – K-14 Outreach Advisor
Angela De Cenzo – Business and Human Resources Officer & SREC Advisor
Brittany Bolden – CRC Fiscal Officer
Cinthia Loera – CPOSA/SIOC Fiscal Officer
Ruth Tesfai – CPO Transportation Services Manager
Rohit Maharaj – CPO Internship Director
Chidera Izuchukwu – CPO Internship Director
Layhearn Tep – Technology Manager
Layhannara Tep – Writing Success Program Director

K-14 College Access (SIOC) Professional Staff

Denise Morales – American Indian Recruitment (AIR)
Evelyn Tran – Higher Education Project for Education (HOPE)
Leonard McDaniel – Mentors for Academic and Peer Support (MAPS)
Live Maluia – Pacific Islander Education and Retention (PIER)
Sherrae Hayes – Students Heightening Academic Performance through Education (SHAPE)
George Chacon – Samahang Pilipino Advancing Community Empowerment (SPACE)
Luis Lira – MEChA Xinachtli

Student Retention (CRC) Professional Staff

Chanell Nealon – Academic Supports Program (ASP)
Rebecca Gomez – MEChA Calmecac
Talia Gomez – Retention of American Indians Now! (RAIN!)
Anh Q. Nguyen – Southeast Asian Education and Retention (SEA CLEAR)
Adrianne De Guzman Sarreal – Samahang Pilipino Education and Retention (SPEAR)