Oral history video between Mike Knox & Sherwynn Umali
Michael Knox & Sherwynn Umali
About the Interview
As the Director of New Student and Leadership Programs at UCI, Mike Knox organizes summer activities for New Student Orientation, manages an array or student leadership programs and resources, and teaches a class on White Identity and Racial Justice through the Cross-Cultural Center. In 2006 Mike earned his Master’s degree in Higher Education and Organizational Change from UCLA where he held a Research Assistantship focused on diversity in higher education and pathways to college for underrepresented students. He earned his B.A. from UCI in Psychology and Social Behavior in 2003. Prior to his arrival appointment with Student Life & Leadership, mike worked as an Apartment Life Coordinator for UCI’s Campus Village Housing. He has also worked for the Association of American Colleges & Universities in Washington D.C. in the Office of Diversity, Equity and Global Initiatives on a wide array of projects concerning campus diversity initiatives and civic engagement. Mike enjoys helping students discover the value of their own voices, perspectives, and lived experience and is committed to the principle that we are all equal partners as both teachers and learners on this campus.
Sherwynn joined the Student Life & Leadership team as the Associate Dean of Students in July 2013. In this role, she is responsible for the oversight of the Office of Campus Organizations, Greek Life, the Cross-Cultural Center, Service Learning & Volunteer Programs, the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Resource Center, and Parent Programs. She chairs the All-University Leadership Conference, serves as the program director of the Administrative Internship Program where she teaches MGMT198 and oversees staff development and learning outcomes for Student Life & Leadership. Sherwynn is a proud UCI alumnus (’03) and received her B.A. in Psychology & Social Behavior. She went on to earn her M.A. in Education, Leadership & Policy Studies from the University of Maryland, College Park. She is also happy to balance her time with two young children while managing freelance graphic design, photography, and consulting work.