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Not only has our staff been serving UCR for years, each member is also an alumnus. We love this school. Our doors are always open and we can’t wait to meet you.
Kenneth E. Simons
Serving the campus since 1986
Class of 1983
Ken Simons earned his bachelor's in sociology from the University of California, Riverside in 1983. He has worked for Student Affairs/African Student Programs at UC Riverside since 1986. Within that time he has created, coordinated and developed hundreds of educational and cultural events that highlight African and African-American history, legacy, traditions, culture, customs and rituals. These events are all designed to enhance the overall student life experience and to educate the entire campus and surrounding communities about the African Diaspora. In May of 2003, Ken became the Director of African Student Programs.
Ken has extensive involvement in student support and leadership development. His 25 years of commitment to student academic achievement and excellence have allowed him to develop a unique understanding of the past, present and future needs of the students he serves. It has also allowed Ken to cultivate and maintain a working network with various departments, colleges, faculty, staff, administrators, directors, deans, chairs, vice chancellors, chancellors, alumni, parents and concerned community leaders.
Student Affairs Officer
Serving the campus since 2006
Class of 2004
A California native, Rhiannon grew up in Lake Elsinore and came to UC Riverside as a student. In 2004, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science with a minor in African American studies. She then joined the African Student Programs family in 2006 and continued her pursuit of excellence by earning a second degree from UC Riverside in 2011, a Masters of Education in Higher Education Administration and Policy.
Beyond her academic achievements, Rhiannon is also an accomplished piccolo and flute player and a former member of the Riverside Community College Marching Tigers. She loves volunteering for Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times, a free camp for children with cancer and their siblings, and she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
Rhiannon loves working with and planning beneficial programs for our students of African descent. She is passionate about helping students succeed academically, as well as gaining a memorable college experience through cultural, academic, social and career knowledge.
Student Development & Life Specialist
Serving the campus since 2015
Class of 2015
Sharee Hughes earned her bachelor’s in psychology from the University of California, Riverside in 2015. As a student at UC Riverside, Sharee was a student activist for the student-parent population on campus serving as the Student Parent Action Committee Chair and Vice President of the student organization R’Kids. Sharee’s program coordinating career started as the Student-Parent Program Assistant working under the guidance of Romanie Arterbery of UC Riverside’s Women’s Resource Center. She made the shift from developing programming for student-parents to developing and implementing programming for the African American demographic directly following graduation.