Students and staff after meeting the Black Arm Band at the Mondavi Center
Students and staff after meeting the Black Arm Band at the Mondavi Center


Michelle Villegas-Frazier

Michelle Villegas-Frazier

  • Director
  • Strategic Native American Retention Initiatives/Student Affairs, Pomo, Pinoleville

Michelle Villegas-Frazier, who previously worked for a decade in outreach programs on campus, returned to become the first director of Strategic Native American Retention Initiative in Student Affairs. She brings with her more than 20 years of experience in Native American outreach and retention services and programs.

Michelle will provide strategic leadership to identify opportunities for enhancing the persistence, achievement and graduation rates for Native American students. She will lead efforts to develop partnerships across the university and develop and implement a plan to serve students from orientation through graduation.

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Erienne Ramos

  • Office Coordinator
  • Strategic Native American Retention Initiatives/Student Affairs, Citizen Band Potawatomi

Bozho, my name is Erienne Ramos and my pronouns are she/her. I am the Office Coordinator for the Native American Retention Initiative. I am Citizen Band Potawatomi. As a UC Davis student I majored in Women and Gender Studies, emphasis in Law, and minor in Native American Studies. After gradation I worked at a Sacramento nonprofit that supports survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. I’m honored to return to UC Davis as a staff member to support the persistence, achievement, and graduation rates for Native American students. In my free time I enjoy cooking healthy meals, being physically active, and reading about ways to transform intergenerational trauma.

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Tracy Thomas, LMFT

  • Community Counselor
  • UC Davis Student Health and Counseling Services (position housed at NAASSC)

Student Assistants

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Dani C.

  • Student Assistant, 2019-20

My name is Dani Contreras and I am a transfer student from Southern California. I am currently a senior Chemistry Major (American Chemical Society certification track) as well as the External Co-President of Native American Student Union (NASU) and the Treasurer for the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES). My great-grandpa was full-blooded Chiricahua Apache but I also have strong Mexican and Spanish heritage. Outside of schoolwork and clubs, I like to draw, paint, play musical instruments, listen to music, and play video games.

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Jazmin C.

  • Student Assistant, 2019-20
  • Chippewa Cree

My name is Jazmin Chavez. I am from Los Angeles, Ca. I am an enrolled member of the Chippewa Cree tribe on the Rocky Boy reservation in Montana. I am a second year student at UC Davis. My major is Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology and am minoring in Native American Studies. 


Sheridan F.

  • Student Assistant, 2019-20
  • Pit River and Wintu

My name is Sheridan Foster. I am from Redding, CA. I am Pit River and Wintu. I am a second year at UC Davis. I am studying Psychology with a Biology emphasis as well as minor in Studio Art. After receiving my degree I plan on doing research in art therapy.

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Norma J.

  • Student Assistant, 2019-20

Hello, my name is Norma, I am from Oxnard and Oceanside, California. I am a senior studying Spanish and Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior. My mom is my major motivation for getting my degrees, she is a single parent who has worked very hard her whole life as a campesina. Her strength is something I admire and I want to make her proud by giving us a better life because she has given me everything she can. My mom is Zapotec, and when she came to the US she not only spoke no English but she only spoke some Spanish since her first language was Zapoteco. Being around my family and friends is my favorite thing and I also love to watch sports, especially football! 


Aimee S.

  • Student Assistant, 2019-20

I’m a re-entry student from Solano Community College in Fairfield, CA. I am a senior that is currently working on two degrees in Psychology and Human Development. I am the sole parent of five beautiful children. Three of which are in college (Sacramento State, San Jose State and Solano Community College) and two are in high school. My great-grandfather was full-blooded Shoshone and I also come from Mexican and Filipino decent. I love to worship the Lord through dance and am active at my local church and community.