Summer Bridge Staff
Kathy Dong, Counselor/Coordinator, Summer Bridge & STEP Program
Kathy Dong serves as the Counselor/ Coordinator of Summer Bridge & the Second-Year Transition Program (STEP) under UCI Student Success Initiatives. Kathy earned her B.A as a double major in Political Science and Sociology from UC Irvine (Zot Zot!) and is currently working towards her Master of Science in Counseling, with the emphasis in Student Development in Higher Education Program (SDHE) at CSU Long Beach. Prior to this role, she also held positions at UCI Cross-Cultural Center, UCI Orientation, and Long Beach City College Transfer Center. As someone who also identified as a first-gen/low-income student and benefited from student success resources in college, she finds her current work personal. She hopes to be a resource and support for students to find their inner roots, develop their tools, and recognize their assets and strengths. In her free time, she makes an effort to place communal care as the forefront of her daily practices with family and loved ones.
Office: 2200 Student Services II
Arturo Razo, Special Program Specialist, Edge Programs
Office: 2100 Student Services II
Meet the Student Staff
Devin Tian - Admin Intern
Business Administration major
Hey everyone! My name is Devin Tian, and I am a fourth year Business Administration major with a minor in Psychological Sciences. Some of my hobbies include working out, biking, sightseeing, playing games, and watching tv shows and movies. I consider myself outgoing and always wanting to explore new things such as trying different clubs on campus, learning new food recipes, listening to different music genres, and more. I am really excited for this upcoming year and to be an Admin Intern for Summer Bridge! I absolutely love meeting new people, so feel free to reach out and connect with me 🙂 Let’s make this an exciting, memorable year!
Gam Cao - Admin Intern
Business Administration Major
Hellooooo! My name is Gam Cao, pronounced like bubble gum, and I’m a second year Business Administration major! My pronouns are she/her/hers and I’m really excited to be an Admin Intern for Summer Bridge since this program really resonates with me (also a first-gen low income student myself). Some of my involvements on campus include the Antleader Mentorship Program, Women in Leadership, and Merage LEADS. In my free time, I love drinking boba, going on car rides, watching anime/kdramas, and spending time with my friends and family! If I had to pick three words to describe myself, I would probably say friendly, hardworking, and dedicated. I’m really looking forward to connecting with y’all and making some cool memories! Feel free to reach out to me for any questions or anything at all regarding UCI, I’d honestly be super happy to get a message from you! 🙂
Trami Ngo - Mentor
Pharmaceutical Sciences major
Hello all! My name is Trami Ngo, my pronouns are she/her/hers, and I am a incoming third year majoring in Pharmaceutical Sciences. I am excited to be a Bridge mentor this year since I was a 2019 Bridge scholar myself, and it helped me find community and confidence to work towards my goals as a first gen student with no idea about what college would be like. Besides Bridge, you may remember me as a Freshman Edge mentor from this summer, and I am also involved with the UCI Campuswide Honors Collegium, volunteering with the Red Cross Club, and working as a pharmacy technician. In my free time, I enjoy eating out with others, watching Netflix/Asian dramas/anime, and reading comics/Webtoons. Although I have not done much besides following Bob Ross tutorials, I would love to get into painting more. I am looking forward to finally being on campus and meeting you!
Beatriz Velarde Barraza - Mentor
Criminology, Law & Society major
Psychological Sciences BS Major
Hi everyone! My name is Beatriz, pronouns are she/her/hers, and I am a 4th-year double majoring in Criminology, Law & Society and Psychological Sciences. At UCI, I have been a part of the 2018 Summer Bridge cohort and have experience as a mentee in both Summer Bridge and LBSA. I have also been a member of BFDUCI and had the opportunity to perform a couple of events lead by UCI. In my free time, I like to either paint, draw, cook, watch shows/movies, visit new places, and try new foods. As a mentor, I hope to help support and guide Bridgers towards an easier transition through college and achieve their personal goals, considering the experience and new knowledge I gained from being a mentee. I am excited to start the year, meet everyone and be a part of your new journey through college.
Britanny Duong - Mentor
Psychology BS Major (formerly Biological Sciences major)
Hello and welcome Summer Bridge Scholars! My name is Britanny and I am an incoming 3rd year majoring in Psychology BS and minoring in Education. I would describe myself as an organized, caring, determined, and friendly person and love meeting new people. My hobbies include painting, drawing, baking, watching Netflix shows, and all things Disney. I participated in Summer Bridge as part of the 2019 cohort and am so excited to develop bonds and give back to such an amazing program. During my first year in Bridge, I learned how to deal with Imposter Syndrome, changed majors, and built close bonds with my peers. As a mentor, my goal is to help Bridgers learn more about themselves and to be a resource through any struggles. I hope to be an approachable mentor and share all the wonderful things that UCI has to offer. I’m always open to answer questions, so please don’t hesitate to reach out to me! I can’t wait to meet everyone and make memories throughout the year!
Chloe Low - Mentor
Literary Journalism and Creative Writing minor
Hello hello hello, and welcome to Summer Bridge!! 😀 My name is Chloe Low (pronouns she/they) and I am a third year English major with minors in literary journalism and creative writing. At UCI, I was a Summer Bridge and STEP scholar and I am so excited to give back to these programs that are amazing, kind, and diverse. At UCI, I am involved in UTeach, Writing Center peer tutoring, and I work at Langson library! In my free time, I enjoy poetry, comic books and crafts like origami and knitting. As a mentor, I hope to cheer you on as you navigate through your amazing freshman year and be a support system and friend along the way. Please know that you belong at UCI and you are capable of so, so many wonderful things. And please don’t hesitate to reach out to chat about anything! I’m so excited to get to know you!!
Elijah Tadros - Mentor
Criminology, Law, and Society major
Hi everyone! My name is Elijah Tadros (he/him/his). I am a third year double major Criminology, Law and Society and Philosophy Major. I work for the office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity. I grew up in the Inland Empire. I am a current member in the UCI Wind Ensemble. Throughout my time at UCI, I have learned time management skills, professional and interpersonal skills, and how to maintain a healthy work-life-school balance. Some things I like to do for fun are crocheting, going to the beach, Disneyland, and watching Tik Tok’s. I have participated in both the Summer Bridge and the STEP Programs. I am looking forward to a great year and meeting all of you.
Kevin Si - Mentor
Social Policy and Public Service major
Education Sciences major
Hello everyone! My name is Kevin Si (he/him), and I am a fourth year double majoring in Education Sciences and Social Policy and Public Service. My decision to attend UCI was because of its diverse community of interest and identities that contributed to a feeling of a second home, where my opportunities, support system, and studies have contributed to his academic and personal growth as an first-gen student.At UCI, I have been involved in ASUCI, the Campus Representative Program, Peer Academic Advising, Global Connect, and MCIA Dance Team. Some things I have enjoyed doing over the summer are binge watching Netflix shows/kdramas/anime (please suggest more to me), traveling (safely) with friends and family, painting canvases, and exploring new coffee shops around Orange County. As a Bridge Mentor, I hope to provide y’all a safe and comfortable space for you all to grow and pursue many opportunities at UCI. Adjusting to college is definitely a learning experience, but I want y’all to know that y’all are capable of accomplishing big things! Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns about anything 🙂
Maria Medina-Muniz - Mentor
Civil Engineering major
Hello! Hola! Welcome to Summer Bridge. I am Maria Medina Muniz and I am a 3rd year Civil Engineering major. Some of my hobbies include listening to music (i really like listening to spanish music -reggaeton, banda, etc), going on walks at the beach, playing sports with friends, dancing, and painting. I also just recently got into canoeing, kayaking, and paddle boarding. I would describe myself as an outgoing and friendly person, but I can be shy when I first meet new people. I enjoy traveling and trying new things such as new restaurants. This is my first year with Summer Bridge as a mentor so I hope to help guide you all throughout your journey here at UCI. I have had several mentors from grade school to now, where I have learned to value mentorships and wisdom I get to learn from my mentors. I am excited to be a Summer Bridge mentor and be a resource for you so that we both can have a successful year at UCI!!
Nishat Forkan - Mentor
Political Science major
Hi everyone! 🙂 My name is Nishat Forkan (she/hers) I am a third year majoring within Political Science! Some of the things I am involved in at UCI would be former Summer Bridge scholar/mentee, Decade Plus, ASUCI, Campus Reps, Resident Advisor, and Pi Beta Phi Sorority. My favorite things to do would definitely be going out on new adventures and trying new things especially food! Let me know if you want to try new places to eat at UTC and on campus! I hope to be able to help you through your first year of college; as a friend, guide, resource, and support system. I am so excited to meet you all and see you grow throughout the year, feel free to reach out to me if you have questions or concerns about anything!