AARCC Professional Staff   2015-2016


Staff Group Pic 2015



Mark Martell Director

Mark Martell, Director

Phone: 312-413-7696      Email: mmartell@uic.edu


Mark Martell is the Director of the UIC Asian American Resource and Cultural Center. He began his career in higher education, in 2000, at UIC Campus Housing. After, he worked for Semester at Sea and for Inspiration Corporation. In 2005, he returned to UIC to work at the Student Employment Office and recently at the Office of Career Services. In the past, he has served as Co-Chair for the Chancellor's Committee on the Status of Asian Americans and has served on various campus organizations including AARCC's Advisory Board. In addition to participating in a number of Chicago's Asian American, LGBTQ, and theatre organizations, Mark has taught at Harold Washington College and for the UIC College of Education. Presently, he is completing a PhD in  educational policy studies at UIC and is researching the racialized experiences of UIC Asian American students and the effects on their student success. Mark is a first generation Filipino American who grew up in Miami, Florida.



Jeffrey Alton Associate DirectorJeffrey Alton, Associate Director
Phone: 312-413-9653      Email: jalton@uic.edu

Jeffrey oversees the Asian American Mentor Program, creates, implements, and assesses programming and workshops that focus on the Asian American experience, and advises student organizations. He comes to UIC from his alma mater, the University of Connecticut, where he worked at the Asian American Cultural Center focusing on alumni development and grantwriting. Prior to working at UConn, he was the Assistant Director of the Office of Multicultural Services and Programs at the University of Georgia. Jeffrey is a second-generation multiracial Filipino American, who grew up in Connecticut.


Elvin Chan, Assistant DirectorElvin Chan, Assistant Director
Phone: 312-413-9569     Email: eychan@uic.edu

Elvin manages the administrative side of AARCC, which includes finances, technology, and upkeep of the center’s space and resources. He also works with our Community Connections Coordinator to engage UIC students (as well as staff and faculty) with Chicago’s Asian communities via service days, arts programs, and other avenues. Elvin teams up with our Students Organization Outreach Coordinator to work with UIC’s Asian-interest student organizations on the leadership retreat and council. He provides administrative support to the captains and members of the UIC Pyro Paddlers dragon boat team.


AARCC Student Staff


Rachelle Johnson AAMP grad assistant

Rachelle Johnson, AAMP Graduate Assistant

Email: rjohns73@uic.edu

Rachelle is a current master’s student in the School of Public Health, with a concentration in health policy and administration. She is also a recent graduate from UIC, with a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology. As the
graduate assistant, she assists Jeff with the Asian American Mentor Program. Outside of grad assistant duties, she enjoys watching the Food Network, lifting heavy weights, pouring all her money into her
aquarium hobby, and spending time with Filipinos in Alliance.







Dean Bantug Community Connections CoordinatorDean Bantug, Community Connections Coordinator

Email: dbantu2@uic.edu

Dean is a second year Kinesiology student at UIC; He is currently on the pre-PT track with an emphasis on exercise and health
sciences. His responsibilities include exposure of Asian communities around Chicago to UIC students through various services and events. These services range from volunteer opportunities to small discussions on campus. In Dean’s free time, he loves to jam out on his guitar or expand his horizons with his art. Spontaneous food adventures are also uncommon in Dean’s daily life.





christina khorn student marketing assistant

Christina Khorn, Student Marketing Assistant

Email: ckhorn2@uic.edu

Christina is a second year student at UIC, majoring in Chemistry. At AARCC, she is responsible for creating marketing materials through videos, pictures and social media and working with the contributors to the AARCC blog. With this position, she hopes to bring awareness of the
issues surrounding the Asian American community. She is most active in the Filipino American community at UIC where she coordinates cultural dances for Filipinos In Alliance. In her free time, she likes to listen to music and watch TV shows.






Omar Juarez Student Graphic Aide

Omar Juarez, Student Graphic Aide

Email: ojuare3@uic.edu

Omar is a fourth year undergraduate student at UIC, majoring in Graphic Design, planning to work on his
master’s degree. At AARCC he is responsible for creating brochures, books, and flyers. He expresses the themes AARCC wants to show through imagery and symbolism that reflect current events. He hopes to use this type of symbolism for many other cultures, including his own. In his spare time, he likes to listen to heavy metal, dabble in coding, and play video games.






Chandni Nigam Student Organization Outreach CoordinatorChandni Nigam, Student Organization Outreach Coordinator

Email: cnigam2@uic.edu

Chandni is a fourth year student at UIC, majoring in psychology (with a minor in economics). She is responsible for connecting with and being a resource for the Asian-interest student organization on campus. If you are interested in learning more about student organizations or getting in touch with the AARCC’s resources for organizations, please email her. In her free time, Chandni likes to listen to music, read the latest issue of The Economist, and go on long walks with her golden retriever named Raja. Chandni is second-generation Indian American and she grew up in
Naperville, IL.