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


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.


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.