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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.

Staff - Kenneth E. Simons

Kenneth E. Simons

Serving the campus since 1986
Class of 1983

Phone: 951-827-4576

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 three decades 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.

Staff - Kenneth E. Simons

Sharee Hughes
Student Development & Life Specialist

Serving the campus since 2015
Class of 2015

Phone: 951-827-4622

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.

Sharee has a strong passion for serving underrepresented students and has hit the ground running in her new position. She has been instrumental in carrying on the traditions of historically significant ASP events and programs as well as developing innovative ways to connect with students. She is invested in the constant mission of strengthening the Black student life experience while facilitating in academic achievement and retention among students of the African diaspora.