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Community Resources

Below is a list of campus partners who support the Middle Eastern, North African, and South Asia Communities at UC Davis. For more information, visit their website MENASA Student Resources.

Director | Middle Eastern, North African, South Asian Student Resources

Affaf Waseem

Director | Middle Eastern, North African, South Asian Student Resources

Email:  | Phone: 530-752-1550

Affaf is the current director of the Middle Eastern, North African, South Asian Student Resources unit. She graduated from American University with an MA in Ethics, Peace, and Global Affairs, and obtained her BA in Global Studies and Religious Studies at UC Riverside. Throughout her career, Affaf has worked very closely with the MENASA communities at her previous campuses and is now working to build up her UC Davis family. Apart from supporting her community and engaging in interdisciplinary research regarding MENASA issues, Affaf also enjoys learning about the diversity of MENASA cultures, gardening, journaling, and crocheting all with a good cup of tea!  


Clinical Counselor

Contact: 530-752-2349 (Student Health and Counseling Services appointment desk)

Munisa identifies as Muslim-American of South Asian origin. She grew up in India, and has made California her home for the past 20 years. She received her Master’s degree in Counseling from California State University, East Bay. Munisa is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with extensive experience in Community Mental Health and has worked as a behavior therapist, crisis stabilization clinician, as well as school based mental health counselor, serving a diverse, high needs, underserved population.



The Community Advising Network (CAN) is comprised of a diverse team of counselors who are here to help students achieve their goals and address factors that may be affecting their academic success.  CAN Counselors are here to support students through informal consultations and/or through therapy.

Information about the Community Counselors can be found here.