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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!  

Program Coordinator

Mary Jane Andreas

Program Coordinator | Cross Cultural Center

Email:  | Phone: 530-752-6620

Mary Jane Andreas (she/her) is an enrolled member of the Bishop Paiute Tribe. MJ earned a Bachelor of Arts in Race and Ethnic Studies with an Emphasis in Native American Studies from the University of Redlands. Her passion is working with marginalized students in higher education and Native youth throughout Indian Country. As a Program Coordinator MJ supports Native American, Indigenous, and Middle Eastern, North African, and South Asian (MENASA) programming as well as organizes the Annual UC Davis Powwow, Indigenous Arts Market, and MENASA Leadership Retreat. Outside of work MJ loves traveling the world, trying new foods, and spending time with loved ones. 


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. 


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Following the campus guidelines for Coronavirus all UC Davis classes, lectures, seminars, labs and discussion sections will move to virtual instruction and remain virtual through the end of spring quarter 2020, including final exams. Given this, the department’s administrative functions have moved to remote work conditions. To contact staff members of the department via e-mail or phone, please go to our administrative staff contact page.