UCI Center for Black Cultures, Resources, & Research (CBCRR)

CBCRR Scholar-In-Residence 2020-2021

CBCRR Scholar-In-Residence 2020-2021

Drop-in Arturo Schomburg Scholar-in-Residence for Afri-Latiné


Marie Nubia-Feliciano, Ph.D.

Marie Nubia-Feliciano holds a Ph.D. in Education. She also holds a master’s degree in Counseling, with an emphasis in student development in higher education, as well as a bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences. Her research interests focus on the experiences of individuals and communities at the boundaries. She teaches part-time for Chapman University and UC Irvine, where she instructs on such topics as leadership, ethics, race and ethnicity, and identity. She currently resides in Southern California with her family. Marie Nubia-Feliciano is also the founder and CEO of the Colégas Group, a company that provides professional development and public speaking opportunities.

Dr. Nubia-Feliciano was born in Vieques and raised in Culebra, Puerto Rico. Briefly living in New York, and later permanently moving to California as a young child with her family, she has developed a keen interest in the world of education. She has experienced all the possible educational options available in California: completed her K-12 in public schools, then proceeded to the University of California for her bachelor’s, California State University for her master’s, and eventually Chapman University, a private institution, for her doctorate. Her dissertation focused on the experiences of Afro-Puerto Rican women as they develop their racial and cultural identity. Her master’s thesis focused on the transition issues experienced by first- and second-year medical students as they move from life before medical school to life after medical school.

Contact Info: email: menubia@uci.edu



Miguel Hernández (el/he/him) | Associate Dean of Students for Student Life & Leadership

Miguel Ángel Hernández is a native of Puerto Rico and identifies as Afro-Caribbean.  As a first-generation college student, Miguel earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Justice Administration from Columbus State University and a Master of Arts degree in College Student Development from Appalachian State University.  Most recently, Miguel completed his doctoral degree in Higher Education at Florida State University. His research focuses on DACA students in Florida who engage in activism behaviors.

Miguel is passionate about working with college students, faculty, and staff in navigating the process of creating diverse and inclusive communities; developing culturally responsive practices reflected in policies, procedures, and decision making; and serving as a resource throughout the community. His personal mission statement is to develop personally, spiritually and professionally with a relentless focus on being a humble, compassionate, and authentic man.

Professionally, Miguel serves as the Associate Dean of Students at the University of California Irvine. Within his portfolio, Miguel supports staff in the following functional areas of Student Life: Cross-Cultural Center; Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) Resource Center; Sorority & Fraternity Life; Veteran Services Center; Campus Organizations & Volunteer Programs; and the Center for Student Leadership. Additional professional involvement includes serving as LeaderShape Co-Lead Facilitator; National Coalition Building Institute Facilitator; Diversity & Inclusion Consultant with AmeriCorp Volunteer Florida, Leon County Government, and the Florida-Caribbean Louis Stokes Regional Center of Excellence. Miguel is also a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. since 2002.

Contact Info: email: m.a.hernandez@uci.edu 

Drop-in Ida B. Wells Journalism in Service to Social Justice Scholar-in-Residence

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Thandisizwe Chimurenga | Freelance Journalist

Thandisizwe Chimurenga is an award-winning, freelance journalist based in Los Angeles, CA. She has written for New America Media; the Los Angeles Watts Times, Sentinel and Wave newspapers; the Final Call; Black Agenda Report; Ebony; CounterPunch, Truth-Out, and Daily Kos. She is a former radio reporter for the KPFK Evening News (Pacifica-Los Angeles) and Free Speech Radio News (FSRN). A creator or co-creator of independent, grassroots media (newspapers, cable tv, radio) for over 20 years, her activism has ranged from electoral organizing; anti-police terror work; freedom for political prisoners and prisoners of war; to organizing against violence against women.

Chimurenga has also been a commentator for Hard Knock Radio, a daily public affairs show for the Hip-Hop generation based at KPFA in Berkeley, CA (Pacifica)

She is a contributor to Fertile Ground: Memories and Visions (Runagate Press, 1996); UCLA's Amerasia Journal in tribute to Japanese-American activist Yuri Kochiyama (Vol. 40, No. 3, 2014); Killing Trayvons: An Anthology of American Violence (CounterPunch Books, 2014); Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect {Haymarket Books, 2016); Black Lives Matter: Lifespan Perspectives (IndoAmerican Press, 2017), and the forthcoming Hands Up, Don't Shoot: Collected Essays /Stories on the Racialization of Murder and Why Don't The Poor Rise Up?

Thandisizwe first book, "No Doubt: The Murder(s) of Oscar Grant," was released to acclaim in 2014.

Contact Info: email: TBA