AARCC Professional Staff 2014-2015


Jeffrey Alton

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 AltonJeffrey 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 to the 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


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Kevin Shi, AAMP Graduate Assistant

Email: kshi4@uic.edu

Kevin is a current Masters student in the School of Public Health, with
a concentration in community health sciences. As the graduate assistant, he assists Jeff with the Asian American Mentor Program. A recent grad from UIC, Kevin has a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and hopes to one day attend medical school. When he’s not fiending over the newest sneakers or riding his bike, he finds time to cook, run, and listen to hip-hop.





Norman ChenAdrian Ledesma , Student Organizations Outreach Coordinator

Email: aledes2@uic.edu

Adrian is a fourth year student at UIC, majoring in economics (with a minor in finance). He is responsible for connecting with and being a resource for the Asian-interest student organizations 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 him. In his spare time, Adrian likes to watch cartoons, listen to podcasts, and disturbing the peace. He is a first-generation Filipino American and hails from the southern Chicagoland town of Tinley Park.



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Evelyn Mateo, Publications Coordinator

Email: emateo2@uic.edu

Evelyn is in her fourth year at UIC as a graphic design major and sociology minor following her passion for helping others and being a creative person. She will be putting together the Asian American Resource Book, working with contributors to the AARCCorner blog, and designing print and electronic publicity for events including Asian American Awareness Month. She is mostly active in her community, Pilsen, with different non-profit organizations and events. During her free time she rides her bike and runs. She recently ran her first Chicago Rock and Roll Half Marathon!




Shravya NadellaAllan Trinh, Community Outreach Coordinator

Email: atrinh3@uic.edu

Allan is a second year student who intends to pursue a career in business. At AARCC he introduces UIC students to different aspects of the Asian communities in Chicago through service activities and events. In his free time, Allan likes to play sports (especially basketball), play video games, volunteer, and eat delicious food.