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Table of Contents


Welcome Letters

Welcome to The Southeast Asian Pages—otherwise known as The SEA Pages!

Department of Asian American Studies Student Life

Cultural Events Student Organizations Greek Life


Meet Current Students


Campus Resources

Study Abroad


Support Services


Campus Safety



Things to Do

On Campus Off Campus

Thank You

This resource guide provides information about academic, cultural and community resources helpful to Southeast Asian–identified students deciding how to make UC Davis their home. For the purposes of this guide, Southeast Asian Americans are peoples in the United States whose heritage stems from countries in Southeast Asia, including ethnic minority groups. This guide also presents opportunities for students interested in getting involved on and off campus to make their college experience the best it can be. Enjoy! The cover of this issue of The SEA Pages includes design elements from traditional Hmong embroidery. The swirls represent the elephant's foot, which means prosperity, and the leaves mean life.

To our new students, welcome; to our returning students, welcome back! A magical year full of growth and wonder awaits you. College is not just a destination but also its own journey. Here you can forge your own path at one of the top public universities in the nation, surrounded by boundless resources, opportunities and peers. As someone who took a long time to figure out what I wanted to do in life, I can tell you that college is just one of the first stepping stones to finding and following your passions. I chose UC Davis because I wanted to learn and explore alongside some of the brightest minds and passionate souls in the world. From my four years here as a student, I can tell you that college can be simultaneously exciting and overwhelming. There will be adversity and hardship that will challenge you and resources and people who can support you. When I first set foot on this campus, I felt minuscule and alone: one of 30,000 students, all on their own paths. As I finish my last few classes here, I realize that the journey is about who you go with just as much as where you go. From my involvement in the Asian American and Southeast Asian American communities on campus, I am lucky to have found a community of peers and mentors who support both my academic success and holistic wellness.

Welcome! We are happy to have you in this vast and diverse community. The possibilities here are endless, and as you prepare and dive into your academics, I want you to know that you are never alone on this endeavor. Your experience in college will stay with you forever, so find opportunities to get involved, build new relationships, discover new interests and strengthen your community. This guide was designed for you, the Southeast Asian student, and it highlights the numerous organizations on campus that you can identify with. Our students do great things on campus, and your involvement makes it possible. I wish you the best on your road to success and hope to help you any way I can!


Student Affairs Officer Department of Asian American Studies

While it can be tough to find good papaya salad here, UC Davis has exemplary activities. Programs and resources are accessible and plentiful and can complement your college experience. Don’t stop exploring, and take advantage of the opportunities and resources presented to you. You are exactly where you need to be.


Student Director, Southeast Asians Furthering Education (SAFE) Campus Community Advocacy Chair Recruitment and Retention Organizing Committee














ASIAN AMERICAN STUDIES The Department of Asian American Studies offers an interdisciplinary major that examines the experiences of Asian American groups in the United States. Pertinent to these experiences are the historical, cultural, legal, political, social, psychological, class and gender contexts for Asian Americans. Students who major in Asian American Studies gain an in-depth understanding of the politics and experiences of Asian Americans and are prepared for a variety of careers.


1 Isao Fujimoto, Ph.D.

Senior Lecturer Emeritus Asian American Studies and UC Davis Graduate Program in Community Development 2313 Hart Hall /

Isao Fujimoto is emeritus faculty in the Community Development Graduate Group and Asian American Studies and helped found both programs. In 2016, he was awarded the UC systemwide Panunzio Prize given to active emeriti faculty.

2 Darrell Hamamoto, Ph.D.

Professor, Asian American Studies 3119 Hart Hall /

5 Sunaina Maira, Ed.D.

Professor, Asian American Studies 3109 Hart Hall /

Sunaina Maira’s research interests include youth culture, popular culture, political activism and transnational solidarity movements, South Asian, Arab and Afghan American studies, the War on Terror, surveillance, U.S. empire and comparative and transnational ethnic studies.

6 Susette Min, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Asian American Studies 3105 Hart Hall /

Darrell Hamamoto’s research interests include culture and politics of the Deep State, sexuality and post-humanism and New World Order theory.

Susette Min’s research interests include Asian American literature, ethnic American literature, Asian American art, contemporary art and visual culture.

3 Wendy Ho, Ph.D.

7 Robyn Rodriguez, Ph.D.

Senior Lecturer, Asian American Studies Director, Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies 3107 Hart Hall /

Wendy Ho’s current research focuses on women and gender studies, Asian American studies, feminist theory, Asian American literature and women, literature by women of color, masculinities as well as medical humanities and cultural and food/environmental/sustainability studies.

4 Richard S. Kim, Ph.D.

Chair and Associate Professor Asian American Studies 3101 Hart Hall /

Richard S. Kim received his Ph.D. in U.S. history from the Department of History at the University of Michigan. He also obtained an M.A. in Asian American Studies from UCLA. His research and teaching interests include 20th century U.S. history, Asian American history, transnationalism and diaspora, race and ethnicity and social and political movements. In 2014–15, Richard Kim received a UC Davis Chancellor Fellows Award in recognition of his outstanding research, teaching and service record.

Associate Professor, Asian American Studies 3115 Hart Hall /

Robyn Rodriguez’s research interests include globalization, immigration and migration, diaspora and transnationalism, citizenship, social movements and activism.

8 Kieu-Linh Caroline Valverde, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Asian American Studies 3113 Hart Hall /

Kieu-Linh Caroline Valverde’s research interests include Southeast Asian American history and contemporary issues, mixed race and gender theories, fashionology, aesthetics, diaspora and transnationalism studies.

9 Nolan Zane, Ph.D.

treatment and addictive behaviors among Asian Americans and other ethnic minorities. His current research focuses on face concern, shame and related issues in client and care-provider interactions.

10 Tatum Phan, Ph.D.

Community Advising Network (CAN) Counselor 1315 Student Community Center / 3103 Hart Hall /

Tatum Phan identifies as Vietnamese American and grew up in Dayton, Ohio. Phan received a doctorate from the University of Oregon and is a licensed psychologist. As a CAN community counselor, Phan supports students whose physical and mental health are being affected by academic and physical stressors through individual and group consultations, limited psychotherapy, workshops, referrals to campus and community resources and other programming at no additional cost. Phan uses a collaborative and strengths-based approach to increase students' self-awareness, coping skills and overall sense of empowerment.

11 Joe Nguyen

Student Affairs Officer, Asian American Studies 3121 Hart Hall /

Joe Nguyen has been involved in academics and student affairs for six years, focusing primarily on advising and pathways to graduation. Nguyen collaborates with students to achieve their academic goals, in part providing information about current academic requirements. Seeing students walk across the commencement stage speaks volumes to Nguyen, who understands their struggles--nothing puts a bigger smile on his face.

Professor, Psychology and Asian American Studies Director, Asian American Center on Disparities Research 268B Young Hall /

Nolan Zane conducts research on health and mental health disparities among ethnic minority populations and communities, ethnocultural and cultural competency issues in psychological


STUDENT LIFE Getting involved in student life at UC Davis is one of the best ways for students to enhance their college experience. With so many opportunities, like cultural student organizations, athletics and Greek life, you can explore your interests, connect with other students, engage in a wide variety of events and activities and form lifelong friendships.


CULTURAL EVENTS Queer Asian Pacific Islander American Retreat

Southeast Asian Youth Conference

Asian Pacific Culture Week

The Southeast Asian Youth Conference (SEAYC) is a three-day, two-night conference for Southeast Asian–identified middle school and high school students. SEAYC aims to empower youth to strive for higher education through workshops, activities, guest speakers and performers encompassing SEA hxstory, culture, identity and leadership.

Celebrate the contributions and visibility of the diverse Asian Pacific Islander community! Since its inception in 1973, Asian Pacific Culture Week has provided the UC Davis campus with cultural programs designed to educate and celebrate and has grown into an annual event anticipated by students, faculty, staff and members of the Davis community.

Southeast Asian Retreat

Thai American Student Association Lake Tahoe Retreat

Hmong Health Conference

The Southeast Asian (SEA) Retreat is a three-day, two-night retreat intended to unite and empower Southeast Asian–identified students at UC Davis. SEA Retreat empowers participants to explore and own their identities and serves as a safe space for participants to share their experiences and strengthen the bonds within the SEA community.

Thai American Student Association's Lake Tahoe retreat is an annual one-night, two-day event where both undergraduate and graduate students bond and get to know one another through playing games and exchanging gifts.

The Hmong Health Conference (HHC) is a two-day conference, held by the Hmong in Health organization at UC Davis that is free of charge for students. The objective of our conference is to provide academic and preparatory opportunities for high school and college Hmong students interested in health professions. To reach our goal, we invite health professionals and pre-health students from all over California to host interactive workshops at HHC. Through our conference, we hope to raise awareness of the importance of diversity among the healthcare workforce and inspire future Hmong healthcare leaders.

The Queer Asian Pacific Islander American Retreat aims to foster a safe and inclusive space for all individuals who identify as both Asian Pacific Islander and Queer. The goal of this retreat is to engage and empower its participants while creating visibility and validation for the community.

Asian Pacific Islander Leadership Retreat Asian Pacific Islander Leadership Retreat aims to recruit, develop and maintain student leaders on campus. This retreat empowers students with the necessary leadership skills and resources to make a difference on campus and in their communities.

Hmong Student Union Masquerade Ball

The Masquerade Ball is an annual dance hosted by Hmong Student Union (HSU). This is one of their biggest fundraisers, and the profits from this event will be used to help support their two annual conferences.

Vietnamese Student Association Lunar New Year Celebration

Every year, the Vietnamese Student Association (VSA) celebrates the Lunar New Year in one of the biggest events on campus. The day is marked with family gatherings and festivities. The celebration features food, activities and cultural shows involving VSA and other Asian clubs and communities.

Asian Pacific Culture Night

Providing the climactic finale to the Asian Pacific Culture Week is Culture Night, which is the annual talent showcase. The night features cultural, traditional and modern performances by students and professional groups.

Hmong Student Union College Experience Days

During the three-day, three-night College Experience Days program, a high school student is paired with a Hmong UC Davis student to shadow an Aggie’s daily activities, such as going to class, attending campus meetings, studying and shopping. In the evening, the students also participate in personal development workshops.


Hmong Student Union Culture Show

During the 2014–15 academic year, Hmong Student Union (HSU) established the new tradition of an annual culture show held near the end of the school year. The event demonstrates the beauty of Hmong culture through a performance and fashion show. It shows the creativity and leadership of students at UC Davis and exhibits activities HSU has to offer for the general public and UC Davis students.

Hmong Youth Empowerment Conference

Hmong Youth Empowerment Conference is an annual conference hosted by Hmong Student Union (HSU). Every year, HSU invites the general public and, in particular, youths to this conference for a closer look at college as a whole. The conference aims to educate families and students about the importance of higher education and cultural awareness.

Thai American Student Association UC Berkeley x UC Davis Meetup For about seven years, Thai Student Association (ThaiSA) from UC Berkeley and Thai American Student Association (TASA) from UC Davis have taken turns hosting an annual event to make new friends within the organizations and feel less homesick. Meetups include playing games and touring the other campus. TASA continues to support Berkeley’s ThaiSA events and fundraising and has a strong connection with Thai students in Berkeley. This is a great opportunity for new students to experience an intercampus bond and join the TASA family!


Vietnamese Student Association Culture Show

The Vietnamese Student Association (VSA) Culture Show is an annual production in May. It showcases Vietnamese culture through acting, singing and dancing. Everyone is welcome to watch or partake in the show, while simultaneously learning about the Vietnamese culture.

Southeast Asian Graduation Southeast Asian Graduation (SEA Grad) is an annual ceremony that commemorates the personal and academic achievements of the Southeast Asian community’s graduating seniors at UC Davis. The purpose of the ceremony is to honor the experiences of Vietnamese, Hmong, Cambodian, Iu-Mien, Laotian, Sino-Vietnamese, additional Southeast Asian ethnic identities and allied graduates throughout their college careers. SEA Grad differs from UC Davis college commencements by offering a cultural, intimate, inclusive and personal space to celebrate the graduates and their successes.

STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS Asian American Association

Associated Students of the University of California, Davis

The Asian American Association serves to unify the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities by promoting cultural understanding and self-awareness through political and social events. Members can join regardless of gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity or religious affiliation.

Asian Pacific Islander Queers

The Asian Pacific Islander Queers (APIQ) student organization at UC Davis was founded in 1999. The mission of APIQ is to provide a safe, confidential space for students who identify as both API (Asian and/or Pacific Islander) and LGBTQQIA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, queer, intersex, asexual). APIQ also hopes to enrich and educate all students in the UC Davis community who are interested in queer and Asian issues.

Associated Students University of California, Davis (ASUCD) is the official student government of UC Davis. Take part in student government to exercise your leadership abilities and get involved with student advocacy.

Cambodian Lao Iu-Mien Coalition The Cambodian Lao Iu-Mien Coalition (CLIC) aims to educate, unify and support one another while also pursuing one's goals here at UC Davis and onward. Building relationships is key to a promising foundation of community and solidarity. Lastly, CLIC targets retention of students while promoting cultural awareness and higher education.

Hmong in Health Hmong in Health (HIH) promotes Hmong students to a career in health through pre-health conferences, workshops and interactions with health professionals. We strive to develop an awareness of Hmong medicine and culture among UC Davis students and the local community. Most importantly, HIH establishes a network among Hmong pre-health students at UC Davis to provide academic support.

Hmong Student Union

Since 1988, the Hmong Student Union (HSU) has worked at UC Davis to promote academia and social relationships among the Hmong people in a professional manner. The HSU also serves to promote Hmong culture and be a resource for the community.


Scholars Promoting Education Awareness and Knowledge

Scholars Promoting Education Awareness and Knowledge is a student-managed organization that focuses on supporting and empowering undocumented students at UC Davis.

Thai American Student Association

The Thai American Student Association strives to bring together the Thai people of Davis and those who are interested in learning about Thai culture and identity.

Vietnamese Cancer Awareness, Research and Education Society

Vietnamese Cancer Awareness, Research and Education Society is a student-run organization that promotes cancer awareness and provides free cancer screenings to the underserved Vietnamese population.

Vietnamese Student Association

The Vietnamese Student Association (VSA) promotes Vietnamese culture on and around campus to everyone interested in the Vietnamese culture, shares current events and social issues surrounding the Vietnamese worldwide and provides philanthropy to Vietnamese-based organizations year-round. VSA strives to continue the Vietnamese traditions and to continue to strengthen and continue the Vietnamese language and culture.


GREEK LIFE Office of Sorority and Fraternity Life

UC Davis offers nearly 80 active fraternities and sororities focused on academic support. By joining a sorority or fraternity, students can be part of dynamic social networks that extend beyond the university years.

Asian Sorority and Fraternity Council Asian Sorority and Fraternity Council was founded in 2013 to unite the Asian American Greek organizations on campus. Its current members include: Chi Delta Theta, Delta Omicron Chi, Kappa Psi Epsilon, Psi Chi Omega and Sigma Omicron Pi.

Alpha Kappa Delta Phi Alpha Kappa Delta Phi is a national Asian-interest sorority that promotes sisterhood, scholarship, leadership and Asian American awareness in the university and in the community, while encouraging individual expression.

Chi Delta Theta Chi Delta Theta is an Asian American–interest sorority that strives to promote sisterhood, community service, academics, cultural awareness and social activities in the lives of its members.

Delta Omicron Chi Delta Omicron Chi is a pre-professional oriented sorority established to promote sisterhood, encourage unity, achieve scholastic excellence, obtain a diverse representation of women, influence a foundation of professionalism for destined career paths and formulate efficient community involvement relations, specifically devoted toward women's interests.

Delta Xi Phi The Mu associate chapter of Delta Xi Phi Multicultural Sorority, Inc., provides, as well as receives, support from the Greek and non-Greek communities. Delta Xi Phi is a national, multicultural sorority that embraces women from all ethnic, cultural, religious and socio-economic backgrounds. Defined by diversity, Delta Xi Phi is not only multicultural in membership but also in programming since its inception. In addition, Delta Xi Phi is one of the founding members of the National Multicultural Greek Council (NMGC).

Lamda Sigma Gamma Lambda Sigma Gamma Sorority, Inc., is an academic, community, social and multicultural sorority. A solid network of women in higher education who have chosen to unite to enhance our college experiences.

Psi Chi Omega Psi Chi Omega is an Asian American–interest fraternity that strives to achieve excellence among individual brothers with regard to academics, athletics, social development and campus involvement.

are commitment, open-mindedness, leadership, motivation, integrity and involvement. Expectations are responsibility, initiative, time management, support and productivity. Sigma Alpha Zeta is a unique group of women who take pride in diversity of culture, personalities and interests.

Sigma Omicron Pi Sigma Omicron Pi is an Asian-interest sorority that promotes unity, lifelong friendships, leadership and community service.

Zeta Sigma Chi Zeta Sigma Chi Multicultural Sorority, Inc., unifies women from diverse cultures for one common goal: success in education. Zeta Sigma Chi is a national sisterhood that aspires to create true, lifelong friendships among women of diverse heritages while upholding the values of our eight founding mothers. The sorority's principles are education, success, culture, service and sisterhood. The radiant ladies of Zeta Sigma Chi embrace diversity and invite all women to join and share their different cultures, families and backgrounds and grow with the support and backing of a true sisterhood.

Sigma Alpha Zeta Sigma Alpha Zeta stands for the empowerment of women through diversity, sisterhood, academic excellence and community service. The sorority's purpose is to strengthen personal growth, to create networks, strive for excellence in all that we do and support the upward mobility of women. Sisters' goals are maintaining academic excellence, engaging in campus life, fostering sisterhood, providing community service and increasing awareness. The characteristics of Sigma Alpha Zeta sisters




Fourth Year, Biochemical Engineering


What has been your favorite part about being at UC Davis?

My favorite part about being at UC Davis has definitely been the constant learning experience. Beyond my engineering classes, I’ve learned pottery making, rock climbing and weight lifting, but my most rewarding lesson was about myself and my identity as a member of the Southeast Asian community. Going to SEA Retreat 2016 was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made, and because of it, I feel whole. 10


Second Year, Sociology and Asian American Studies Cambodian What advice do you have for incoming students?

Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and venture out to different organizations and resources on campus. They are all there to help you succeed during your college career, so try joining different clubs and volunteer opportunities to find out what you like. Trying something new won’t hurt you; it will only help you grow and figure out who you are as a person.


Second Year, Animal Science Sino-Vietnamese Why is going to college important to you?

Going to college is important, not only because my family and I immigrated here from Vietnam for a better life, but also because when I was younger, I was afraid to go to college due to my safety as a trans and queer person. Now, I am unapologetic and strong in being who I am, and I want to show younger generations that it is possible to pursue your dreams.


Fourth Year, Psychology Vietnamese Why is going to college important to you?

College gave me the tools to be a strong, smart and active community member. I now have the language, knowledge and motivation to invest in myself, give back to my family and advocate for my community. It’s not all about academics. UC Davis offers so many opportunities to grow outside of the traditional classroom. Find what challenges you as a person and go deeper.


Third Year, Food Science Sino-Vietnamese What has been your most memorable experience as a student at UC Davis?

During winter quarter, I was a mentor for the Southeast Asian Youth Conference hosted by Southeast Asians Furthering Education. Mentoring a group of young students was a life-changing experience, as the conference helped develop my Sino-Vietnamese/Southeast Asian identity and inspired me to research more of my family’s history.


First Year, Transfer, Psychology Vietnamese What advice do you have for incoming students?

Take advantage of every resource you can. There’s something to make your life easier for everything, whether it’s academic tutoring, free counseling or free food. If you’re even slightly interested in an event, attend anyway. Try new things, even if they scare you. Get enough sleep, eat enough food, drink enough water. Take care of yourselves!


CAMPUS RESOURCES While UC Davis offers a wide range of campus resources to students, the most dynamic resources are the community resource and retention centers, which are dedicated to catering to your needs and interests. At these centers, you can explore your passions and identities and find opportunities, like on-campus employment, internships, academic growth, social organizations, community service and more!


Asian Pacific American Theme House

Campus Recreation and Unions From aquatics to sport clubs, Campus Recreation and Unions (CRU) offers a variety of programs, services and facilities to help you enjoy recreation and maintain a balanced lifestyle. The Activities and Recreation Center (ARC) offers both informal and formal recreation opportunities, making it easy for you to keep fit, relax, have fun and meet your fitness goals. Access to the ARC is free to registered students.

The Asian Pacific American Theme House (APATH) is a living-learning community for students who are interested in exploring Asian American cultures. Being in a livinglearning community allows students to enjoy programs and activities related to a theme as well as traditional socials and recreational opportunities. Living-learning communities are located in specific residence halls and floors. The location of each community changes each year; Check with Student Housing for more information.

AB540 and Undocumented Student Center The AB540 and Undocumented Student Center empowers students to attain their educational goals, overcome legal and financial obstacles and achieve their long-term dreams.

Immigration Law Clinic Students at the Immigration Law Clinic are able to interview clients and witnesses, conduct factual investigations and represent immigrants at hearings at the immigration court.

Academic Advising Center advising_center.asp Peer advisors and tutors in the Academic Advising Center provide convenient, personalized academic support for every residence hall student.

Center for Student Involvement At the Center for Student Involvement, students are given valuable resources to help their student clubs operate successfully and to enhance their experience on campus.

Cross Cultural Center Born out of student activism and political struggle, the Cross Cultural Center (CCC) offers a culturally relevant community space where student voices can be expressed and respected. The CCC cultivates critical consciousness and cultural competency by providing learning opportunities at the crossroads of the many aspects of our identities and experiences.

Peer Education and Community Empowerment Peer Education and Community Empowerment (PEACE) is a UC Davis student-to-student peer education program dedicated to understanding and dismantling racism, sexism, homophobia, ableism and

other “isms� in order to promote a welcoming, respectful, living and learning environment. PEACE offers UC Davis students, faculty and staff the opportunity to engage in meaningful and productive conversations about inequities and social justice.

Financial Aid and Scholarships Learn about your financial aid award and explore scholarships and various types of financial aid.

Internship and Career Center The Internship and Career Center (ICC) offers valuable services to students throughout their academic journeys, from incoming freshmen to graduating seniors. ICC services can help students with career decisions, resume writing, interviewing and finding an internship or job.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual Resource Center The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual Resource Center (LGBTQIARC) helps to create a safe, inclusive space for the community at UC Davis. The center is committed to challenging sexism, transphobia, homophobia, biphobia and heterosexism.



Student Disability Center MyUCDavis is an Internet portal where students can access information and resources ranging from academics such as student advising, scheduling classes and finding support, to employee services, finances and even student life. The Student Disability Center is committed to the coordination of specialized academic support services and promoting integrated participation in campus life for students with disabilities.

Office of Student Support and Judicial Affairs The Office of Student Support and Judicial Affairs supports the university’s educational mission by upholding standards of academic honesty and responsible behavior, promoting student development and by assisting students in need.

Office of the University Registrar The registrar provides student identification cards, controls the course registration system, verifies student enrollment and provides student transcripts.

Online Advising Student Information System The Online Advising Student Information System (OASIS) is a central location for students to learn about important deadlines, submit and track forms and petitions and fill out degree worksheets to help plan their coursework.


Student Academic Success Center The Student Academic Success Center (SASC) helps students thrive by providing academic, personal, social and transitional support. Utilizing a holistic approach, SASC offers services that empower students to take responsibility for their learning, including trained student tutors and drop-in tutoring sessions.

Educational Opportunity Program The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) provides a caring and supportive environment for students as they transition to a large university.

Guardian Scholars Program Guardian Scholars is committed to improving the educational outcomes for foster youth and former foster youth by providing services and support to meet their needs through transition, graduation and postgraduate planning.

Mentorships for Undergraduate Research in Agriculture, Letters and Science program.html Mentorships for Undergraduate Research in Agriculture, Letters and Science (MURALS) helps students develop a list of potential faculty to work with and the skills helpful when approaching faculty about research opportunities. Faculty members are encouraged to refer promising students to the program.

Transfer Reentry Veterans Center Consider the Transfer Reentry Veterans Center as a home away from home. The center accommodates all transfers, veterans, dependents of veterans and reentry students. Here, students can learn how to adjust to UC Davis life and explore resources available for academic excellence.

TRiO Scholars Program The TRiO Scholars Program promotes the academic, social, personal and professional success of our students by building a strong sense of community and drawing on UC Davis resources.

Student Health and Counseling Services UC Davis Student Health and Counseling Services (SHCS) provides a wide variety of medical, mental health and wellness services to all registered UC Davis students, regardless of insurance coverage. Most services are provided through scheduled appointments; however, urgent care (service without appointments) is also available for acute medical and mental health needs. Services are provided at two primary locations: the Student Health and Wellness Center and North Hall.

Community Advising Network The Community Advising Network (CAN) is composed of a team of community counselors. CAN assists all students, especially those from underserved populations, to achieve their goals and address factors that may be affecting their academic success. CAN community counselors are a diverse group of professional staff who understand student issues and are here to help. CAN community counselors provide students with free and anonymous consultation and personal counseling in addition to programs, workshops and other campus-community outreach activities. (CAN counselors do not provide academic advising.)

Student Recruitment and Retention Center The Student Recruitment and Retention Center (SRRC) offers student-run and student-initiated programs that foster holistic academic and personal development, raise political and cultural awareness. We aim to empower students to act

as dynamic leaders in their communities. SRRC programs include peer mentoring, academic/ study support, leadership development, transfer student support, community building, self-awareness, K–12 enrichment, transfer outreach/support and funding for services and activities complementary to the SRRC’s mission.

Collective Collective is a student-run, student-initiated program that aims to recruit and retain non-traditional students. “Non-traditional” is an umbrella term for transfer, reentry, parents, veterans and all other students who have not experienced entering and graduating from a four-year university immediately after high school as a full-time student. Collective provides workshops, mentorship programs and connections to on and off campus opportunities to inform and empower our community.

Southeast Asians Furthering Education Southeast Asians Furthering Education (SAFE) is one of the seven community programs at the Student Recruitment and Retention Center at UC Davis. We are a department run by students, for students. SAFE’s resources and services are targeted toward students who identify as Southeast Asian (SEA) and Southeast Asian American (SEAA). Our programs center hxstories and experiences tied to the Vietnam War, the Khmer Rouge, the Secret War and the Pathet Lao. We also address contemporary issues relevant to the SEA(A) community such as data disaggregation and limited access to resources.

Undergraduate Research Center The Undergraduate Research Center (URC) facilitates research opportunities for UC Davis undergraduates in every major and at all class levels.

McNair Scholars Program The McNair Scholars Program is designed to encourage students from groups often underrepresented in graduate programs to pursue doctoral degrees. Eighteen to 20 UC Davis undergraduates and incoming transfer students are selected each year to participate in academic year and summer activities.

Women’s Resources and Research Center The Women’s Resources and Research Center (WRRC) is a great place to learn about gender equity, meet friends and get involved with on-campus programs and student groups. Sexism affects everyone and students can take part in making UC Davis safer and more inclusive for everyone.




MatLab: Visualization in Vietnam


Hanoi, Vietnam

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Vietnam is known as the “ascending dragon� and is a robust and vibrant commercial hub and thriving travel destination in the heart of Southeast Asia. The people are warm, friendly and welcoming as you will learn firsthand in a program that teaches U.S. and Vietnamese students side by side for an enriched cultural and educational exchange. While learning how to solve engineering problems using computational and numerical methods, in MatLab you will have the opportunity to explore the dynamic and lively side streets of the Old Quarter of Hanoi, eat amazing food and see one of the most beautiful natural wonders of the world: Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Microbiology Lab in the Kingdom of Smiles



CAMPUS SAFETY With a campus as large as UC Davis, these campus safety resources ensure a protected and secure environment for all students and faculty. AGGIE GUARDIAN CENTER FOR ADVOCACY RESOURCES AND EDUCATION (CARE) FIRE DEPARTMENT POLICE DEPARTMENT SAFE PARTY SAFE RIDES divisions_ services/campus_ security/safe_rides.html TIPSY TAXI


Bangkok, Thailand

This laboratory program introduces microbiology to students wishing to explore the Kingdom of Thailand. Hands-on activities complement lecture, laboratory exercises and exploration of the microbiology of Thai food, international health issues and the changing environment. Students will explore microbial diversity from samples they obtain from open-air night markets, urban canals and pristine jungles and beaches.

THINGS TO DO When you need to take a break from all that studying, there is plenty to do on campus, in the city of Davis and even further! Wandering the arboretum, shopping at the Davis Farmers Market on Saturday mornings and visiting the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art barely brush the surface of all the things you can explore during your time here at Davis.


ON CAMPUS Explore the Arboretum

Celebrate Picnic Day The UC Davis Arboretum has over 100 acres of beautiful gardens for active recreation or peaceful contemplation. There are documented plant collections, exhibits and demonstration plantings where visitors can learn about sustainable gardening for the Central Valley. Picnic Day celebrates students' diversity and a healthy campus climate with over 200 exhibits and marquee events, such as the Doxie Derby and the Chemistry Magic Show.

Attend an Event at the Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center The Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts hosts musical concerts, dance performances, plays and lectures, many featuring world-renowned artists. All UC Davis freshmen and new transfer students are allowed one free ticket to any event during the current season, plus 50 percent off select events.

Get Active at the Activities and Recreation Center The Activities and Recreation Center (ARC) is the campus gym and is referred to as the ARC by students. It holds tons of high quality workout equipment, an indoor track, rock climbing wall and courts for basketball and volleyball. There are also opportunities to participate in dance, martial arts and personal training classes!

Intramural Sports

Campus Recreation and Unions Intramural Sports program provides students, faculty, staff and alumni the opportunity to participate in more than 27 (men’s, women’s and coed) competitive and recreational sport activities.

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Check Out the Sporting Events Be part of Aggie Pack, the largest student spirit organization in the country. Aggie Pack cheers on all of the UC Davis NCAA Division I sport teams, and it’s a great way to meet new people.

Meet Friends at The BUZZ The BUZZ is a fun, annual Fall Welcome event that takes place in the evening on the Quad. This event is packed with activities, entertainment and information booths to help students learn more about the participating campus departments. A few of the activities include inflatable games, euro bungee, dance battles and much more.

C.N. Gorman Museum The C.N. Gorman Museum is dedicated to the creative expressions of Native American artists and artists of diverse cultures and histories.

Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art Grounded in the legacy of UC Davis’ world-renowned, first-generation art faculty, the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art is dedicated to impactful education. The museum serves as a hub of creative practice for today’s thinkers, makers and innovators, now and for generations to come.

OFF CAMPUS Davis Farmers Market There’s a reason the Davis Farmers Market is an Aggie tradition and a must-do for anyone spending time in Davis. Bike over to Central Park on Saturday mornings to hear local music groups, buy fresh produce and enjoy one of the most popular weekly events in town.

Downtown Davis Downtown Davis has a number of restaurants, shops and movie theaters and isn’t too far from campus. Take a stroll through downtown in the evening, and you may even find yourself enjoying live performances by bands or street performances by fellow residents.

Davis Greenbelt The Davis Greenbelt consists of over 60 miles of bike paths, parks and places to run, spread across all of Davis. The Davis Bike Map is available online and in print around town. Don’t forget to bring one to use as a reference!

Davis Transmedia Art Walk Tours Davis has been home to some of the nation’s most distinguished artists. With a printed copy of the Davis Transmedia Art Walk map, you can tour the art displayed downtown at your own pace or schedule an artist- or curator-led tour, available on the weekends.




Eat and Hang Out! 3rd & U Café - 223 Third St. Ali Baba - 220 Third St. Bambu - 213 E St. Blaze Pizza - 212 F St. Burgers & Brew - 403 Third St. CREAM - 110 F St. Crepeville - 330 Third St. Delta Of Venus - 122 B St. Dot Island Grill - 516 Second St. Dumpling House - 129 E St. Dutch Bros - 980 Olive Dr. Fluffy Donuts and Sandwich Shop - 757 Russell Blvd. Four Season - 1601 Research Park Dr. Fuji Sushi Boat and Buffet - 213 G St. Gong Cha - 1411 Covell Blvd. Hometown Chinese Restaurant - 132 E St. Icecrimski Cafe - 618 Second St. KetMoRee - 238 G St. Lazi Cow - 407 G St. #4 Let Them Eat Cake - 310 C St. MandRo Teahouse - 1260 Lake Blvd. Nami Sushi - 2880 Fifth St. #105 Ohana Hawaiian BBQ - 825 Russell Blvd. Open Rice Kitchen - 204 G St. Paesanos - 139 G St. Pho King 4 - 226 Third St. Pluto’s Fresh Food - 500 First St. Raja’s Tandoor - 207 Third St. Ramen Hook - 825 Russell Blvd. Red 88 Noodle Bar - 223 G St. Sam’s Mediterranean Cuisine - 301 B St. ShareTea - 207 Third St. SnoCrave - 825 Russell Blvd. Sweet and Shavery - 210 E St. Tako Korean BBQ - 400 G St.

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Taqueria El Burrito - 223 F St. Tasty Kitchen - 335 F St. Teabo Cafe - 2191 Cowell Blvd. Temple Coffee - 239 G St. Thai Canteen - 117 E St. Tommy J’s - 726 Second St. Yoloberry Yogurt - 316 C St.


Armadillo Music - 207 F St. Bath & Body Works - 500 First St. Bizarro World - 223 E St. Boheme Used Clothing & Goods - 409 Third St. Cost Plus World Market - 871 Russell Blvd. Death or Glory Tattoo & Body Piercing - 219 E St., Ste D Forever 21 - 875 Russell Blvd. GAP - 871 Russell Blvd. Goodwill - 1640 E. Eighth St. Haute Again - 129 E St. Kim’s Asian Market - 628 Fourth St. News Beat - 4651 Second St. NutriShop Davis - 612 Fourth St. Paulina’s Boutique - 207 F St. Target - 4601 Second St. Tibet Nepal - 233 F St. TJ Maxx - 4651 Second St. Urban Body - 802 Second St. The Wardrobe - 206 E St. Watermelon Music - 207 E St. Yolo County SPCA Thrift Store - 920 Third St


Davis Varsity Theater - 616 2nd St. Regal Cinemas Holiday 6 - 101 F St. Regal Cinemas Stadium 5 - 420 G St.


The Artery - 207 G St. Hattie Weber Museum - 445 C St. John Natsoulas Center for the Arts - 521 First St. Pence Art Gallery - 212 D St. U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame - 303 Third St.


Bikram Yoga - 405 L St. Davis Paintball Center - 24998 County Rd. 102 Rocknasium - 720 Olive Dr., Suite S


Sacramento (approximately 25 minutes away) Lake Berryessa (approximately 30 minutes away) Berkeley (approximately 1 hour away) San Francisco (approximately 1.5 hours away) Lake Tahoe (approximately 2.5 hours away) Yosemite (approximately 3 hours away)


STUDENT EDITORIAL BOARD Left to right: Esperanz Fuentes Aguilera, Laurence Paulite, Ellen Sanders-Raigosa, Nathalie Schrans, Tara Saghir

STUDENT CREATIVE TEAM Left to right: Alexander Park, Melanie Zelaya, Jie Song, Jessica Lam, Casey Tsen, Jay Gelvezon, Nicole Sullivan

Not pictured: Zareen Nayyar, Rajat Paul

Students representing the UC Davis community centers formed the student editorial board. As members of the board, these students provided guidance for content development, design, photos and student profiles. With their contributions, this guide is reflective of the Southeast Asian community and student voice.

The Student Affairs Marketing and Communications student designers and photographers collaborated on the graphic design of The SEA Pages and fashioned it into what it is now. With guidance from the student editorial board, the student designers produced a unique design tailored to the needs of the Southeast Asian community. The creative team hopes you enjoy the aesthetic experience of the guide and use it as a resource for your life at UC Davis.




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