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Administrative Staff and Contact Info:

Mailing Address

Department of Ethnic Studies
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive, M/C - 0522
La Jolla, CA 92093

FedEx / Physical drop-off addresses

Ethnic Studies Department
UC San Diego
Social Sciences Building, Room 201
9500 Gilman Drive, Dept. 0522
La Jolla, CA 92093-0522

PHONE: (858) 534-3276

Office Hours: Tuesday-Thursday, 8:00am-12:00pm, 1:00pm-4:30pm; staff available virtually on Mondays and Fridays

Jessica Williams (SSB 206, x46040, is the Graduate Program Coordinator. Jessica is responsible for all aspects pertaining to the administration and implementation of the graduate program. She advises students, manages the graduate admissions process, Ph.D. program outreach, graduate recruitment visits, and new student orientation; she assesses need for TA and Reader support and facilitates TA and Reader employment. Jessica is the primary resource for graduate students and faculty/staff within and outside the department regarding fiscal support issues, including block grant/TA FTE and external agency support. She coordinates and manages the academic progress of graduate students, evaluation documentation, and maintains all graduate record files.

Monica Rodriquez (SSB 207, x43277, is the Undergraduate Program Coordinator. Monica is responsible for the administration of the undergraduate program, coordinating department curriculum and scheduling, academic counseling and advising of undergraduate students on degree requirements, adds and drops, etc., evaluating and processing final degree checks, preparing the catalog copy, and all other miscellaneous course and undergraduate matters including the honors program. Monica is the liaison with campus-wide undergraduate student affairs units and community. She actively recruits potential students, promotes and advertises the undergraduate program campus-wide, and attends all campus outreach events. monica also provides advice to undergraduate students on graduate school and career opportunities.

Gennie Miranda (SSB 205-B, x43278, is the Chief Administrative Officer and principal advisor to the Chair. Gennie is responsible for fiscal/budgetary management, policy development, risk assessment and management, implementation of internal controls; management of academic, staff, and student personnel programs, instruction and administrative computing support, student services, space and facilities; manages all staff salary programs including range and merits, salary equity management, incentive award programs, etc. Gennie manages annual staff performance appraisals and is responsible for training and development needs for staff and student employees. Gennie manages all academic personnel processes including recruitments, hires, promotions, merits, appraisals, and separations, ensuring compliance with all University policies and procedures. She also manages all faculty, staff and student payroll/personnel activities.

Karen Miranda (SSB 205-C, x20650, is the Financial and Human Resources Analyst. She handles departmental accounting activities including travel, reimbursements, purchasing, honoraria, research grants and academic research awards management, as well meeting and events planning, equipment and facilities maintenance, and general office management.  Amanda is also responsible for all employee HR, payroll and timekeeping activities.

Student Assistants (SSB 201, x43276, ): The department typically hires 1-2 students during the academic year to serve partially as a receptionist and to assist staff with day-to-day tasks and special projects.