Meet Our Staff

Program Director


Charles Carter 

CC Carter is a graduate of California State University, Chico and has been working at Chico State since 1980. He is married and a proud father of three boys. CC has worked in the Student Activities Office, Office of Judicial Affairs, Department of Athletics, and is currently the Director of the Cross-Cultural Leadership Center and Student Life and Leadership. CC’s passions are his family, helping students to succeed, and playing sports. His ultimate goal in life is to build a Center that creates opportunities for student to make a true impact in the lives of other students.

Program Coordinator

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Katie Peterson

Katie Peterson entered the field of student affairs with the intention to advocate for social justice, community engagement and provide a space for students to explore their identity and purpose. As a first generation college student Katie Peterson attended the University of Washington and earned a Bachelors of Arts in Geography with an emphasize in International Studies. While attending the University of Washington Katie spent much of her time traveling oversees contributing to foreign relief work and volunteering locally. While pursuing her Masters degree in College Counseling and Student Development at Azusa Pacific University, Katie worked within the Student Activities, Community Engagement Center, and Career Services and the Residence Life department. Upon graduation Katie worked as a full-time Residence Director at Pitzer College in Southern California until she served for one year as Residence Community Coordinator for Whitney Hall at Chico State. Katie is now ecstatic for the opportunity to be the Program Coordinator in the CCLC because it provides her with the ability to combine her passion for mentorship and social justice education. When Katie is not working in the CCLC, she enjoys hiking, thrift store shopping, traveling, crafting and hanging out with friends!

Office Coordinator

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Crystal Williams

Crystal Williams is the Office Coordinator for the CCLC and Student Life and Leadership office.  She has worked on campus since 2001 in the Vice President, Student Affairs office, the Career Center and the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office.  Prior to working at CSU, Chico, she worked at Chico Unified School District at Marigold School, Clovis Unified School District at Garfield School, in a Pediatrician and an OB/GYN medical office, Saint Agnes Medical Center and raised two children with her husband.  She has a Bachelor of Science degree from California State University, Fresno (go Bulldogs!) where she was an active member of Kappa Alpha Theta.

Assistant Program Coordinator 

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Krystle Tonga

Krystle Tonga was raised in Reno, NV and is currently a graduate student at CSU, Chico. As a student in the masters in Public Administration, Krystle is preparing to continue her work as an activist and hopes to start non-profit organization that helps advocate for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. By getting involved on campus, Krystle was able to obtain great leadership opportunities. After working with the Educational Opportunity Program, and being involved with various student organizations on campus, Krystle has continued her journey as a assistant program coordinator at the CCLC.

Front Desk 

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Melissa Melendrez

Melissa Melendrez grew up in Westwood, a small town in Northern California. She is a sophomore majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders at California State University, Chico. In the future she hopes to pursue a career in speech pathology. Melissa has been able to be involved with a variety of student organizations on campus including Lambda Theta Nu Sorority, Incorporated. Her passion is school and family. She hopes to one day help a lot of people. Melissa works at the front desk in the Cross-Cultural Leadership Center. What she loves most about the CCLC is that it is a home away from home that she knows she can come into and always feel welcomed by everybody. 

Front Desk


Carla Moran

Carla Moran is a fourth year in Chico State, she is majoring in political science, with aspirations of becoming an immigration lawyer. She was born in Pasadena CA and then moved to Menlo Park California. When she first stepped onto Chico State Campus she fell in love with the environment and the friendly community. Throughout Carla's college years, she has been a part of different organizations like M.E.C.H.A. and Ballet Folkloric Mexico Lindo, and 3 years in the Multicultural Affairs Council. Her hobbies are going to the WREC, reading, listening to music, and hanging out with friends. She loves meeting new people and learning about the different cultures Chico has to offer.  Carla Loves the Cross-Cultural Leadership Center which to her is a home away from home. The CCLC has helped her grow and has taught her many life lessons. As the front desk assistant, she is here to help you, get involved, talk, or simply learn about the great things the CCLC has to offer. She is easy to talk to and very friendly, and most importantly here to make you feel connected and welcomed. 

Front Desk


Sylvia Rodriguez 

Sylvia Rodriguez is from Perric California. She is majoring in Psychology and minoring in Art Studio. An aspiration of hers is to someday become a child art therapist. In her free time she loves to work on her art and new craft projects for her home. Sylvia enjoys being outdoors in the beautiful nature that Chico has to offer. She has always loved the comfortable environment that the center has provided. This being her senior year, she is excieted to share this experience with the CCLC family. 



Griselda Avila

Griselda Avila is a fourth year student at Chico State, she is majoring in Social Work. Griselda grew up in Firebaugh, California. She loves volunteering and helping others in any way that she can. After graduating from Chico State, she plans on joining the Peace Corps so that she can volunteer abroad. Ultimately in life, she wants to open up her own foster care home. This past year she became more involved with the Cross-Cultural Leadership Center. It is something that she does not regret. The thing she loves most about the CCLC is how inclusive it is to everyone. Griselda is excited to see what this upcoming year has in store for her. 



Deanna Jarquin

Deanna Jarquin is a third year student double majoring in psychology and women’s studies. She may call Lafayette (a small suburb of San Francisco) her home, but Chico’s scorching summers and friendly, casual atmosphere has her heart. She is delighted to be working as a para-professional this year and cannot wait to provide the same warm and inviting atmosphere that she has come to enjoy from the CCLC. Deanna is a friend to all that can appreciate the importance of inclusion, a good book and Beyoncé. Her future plans include bumming around Europe, applying to graduate school and continuing to help students find their voice at Chico State.



Julia Walker

Julia Walker is a first year student at Chico State majoring in Spanish education with a minor in Diversity Studies. She is a member of La Asociación de Teatro y Poesía and enjoys volunteering through CAVE. Julia hopes to become a high school Spanish teacher after graduating from Chico State. Julia’s hobbies include running, spending time with family and helping others. She is passionate about education and the importance of social justice.



Sher Thao

Sher Thao is a senior at Chico State and currently studying Sociology and Child Development.  As a student on campus, she is involved with the Hmong Student Association (HSA) and also with Community Action Volunteers in Education (CAVE), where Sher is a group leader for the English Learners Program.  This will be her first year being a part of the CCLC team.  She hopes to meet and gain new experiences that will help her become a better leader and motivate others to make a difference and contribute to their community. 

Marketing Intern 


Maly Xiong

Maly Xiong is currently a second year at Chico State. She is from Oroville but was born and raised in Chico. Maly is majoring in Studio Art optioning in digital media and electronic arts AND Applied Computer Graphic optioning in animation. Her hobbies are sketching, playing soccer, and using digital media software. After college, Maly plans to go to grad school or go work with Disney or Pixar studios. After taking the multi-culture gender studies class, she became more aware of herself and learned more about diversity in Chico State. She got  involved in the Hmong Student Association and became more active in the Education Opportunity Program Student Association and the newly formed Rotaract Club of CSU, Chico. She loves learning more about diversity and she hopes to inspire others to do so also. Her position in the CCLC is the Marketing Intern and with that, Maly hopes to attract more students to the CCLC and their events.