What is Intercultural Programs?
Vision: For Westmont to be the kind of place where we can share the fullness of our experiences and are supported, validated and encouraged in our journey of faith and life.
Mission: To provide resources to cultivate open dialogue, encourage healthy debate and deepen relationships surrounding the challenges and realities that come with living in an increasingly diverse campus, society and world.
Goals: To foster an environment in which students, staff and faculty live out their faith while impacting our global society.
We seek to create opportunities to share and express our own unique and individual backgrounds; to encourage students to embrace their cultural heritage while accepting others; to build God's global kingdom for his glory; to seek justice and equity for all through our attitudes and actions.
Meet the Staff
Jason Cha, Director of Intercultural Programs
Professional and Educational background:-I was born and raised in Maryland and graduated from NC State University in Raleigh, NC where I studied Business and minored in Spanish. I later returned to school and obtained a Master’s in Student Affairs at University of Vermont where I also worked as an assistant residence director. Since then I have worked primarily in Residence Life at UC San Diego, University of Maryland, and University of the Pacific. I also worked for a study abroad program called Semester at Sea and had the amazing opportunity to circumnavigate the world on a ship! Some of my professional interests in student affairs are: residence life, ethnic and racial identity development, transracial adoption identity, evangelical faith, and intersections of identity.
Role in the office - My position oversees Westmont’s initiatives to engage students and the campus around understanding multiculturalism, diversity, and global awareness. Our office hopes to come alongside students, faculty, and staff as they explore and learn about cultural, ethnic, and racial diversity both domestically and internationally from a biblical framework.
What I like most about my work at Westmont - As I begin my third year at Westmont I most value bringing my faith to work. I am relatively new to faith based institutions and have been looking for ways to incorporate my faith and the gospel directly into my daily work, and I am grateful to do that here at Westmont. I enjoy an educational community that is walking through this process of sanctification together.
Julissa Delgado, Intercultural Programs Coordinator
Professional and Educational background: I was born abd raised in Santa Barbara and attending local schools, Bishop Garcia Diego High, Santa Barbara City College and UC Santa Barbara, where I graduated with a Bachelor's degree in U.S./Mexican History and English. Since my late teens I have been actively involved in church life having facilitated youth groups, community outreach programs, hospitality, children's church and women's ministries. I have worked in the Santa Barbara area my entire adult life. My career path has taken me from pharmacy clerk to escrow/title processor to first year programs assistant to the Intercultural Programs Office. I have to say it has been an exciting informative journey!
Role in the office- I get the opportunity to co-advise our Intercultural Organizations along with other faculty advisors. I actively participate in the programming that we provide as a department both on and off campus. I am responsible for managing our department budget and maintaining our department website. I see myself as a resource to students. I enjoy helping them navigate their college journey by offering support, information and most importantly friendship.
What I like most about my work at Westmont- The students of course! I have made tremendous long lasting friendships with several students over the eleven years that I have been at Westmont. I find that I am energized by their presence, ideas, personalities and life goals. I couldn't imagine not working closely with students and constantly look for opportunities to develop relationships with our student body.
Tina Valencia,Intercultural Programs Assistant
Professional and Educational background-: I am a third generation Santa Barbara native with a long family history within the Santa Barbara community. I attended Santa Barbara City College to earn my certificate as an Administrative Assistant. My whole adult life I have been working on raising my three children with my husband Raymond. That is where I received my degree in life, being a full time mom for ten years.Over the past twenty years we have served in various capacities in our local church as Youth leaders, Marriage & Family Counseling, Worship Ministry and Small group leaders.
Role in the office-I get to work closely with the students while I assist the Campus Life Office and Intercultural Programs.Working with the various student groups and organizations brings great joy as I get to help students enjoy their time here at Westmont and grow in their Faith.
What I like most about my work at Westmont-I love that I get to be surrounded by students and young adults who are seeking Christ and learning how to walk with HIM through their educational journey.It is so awesome to see a community of students who want to make a difference in the world through the love of Christ.
Office Hours and Locations
The staff of the Intercultural Programs Office can be found in either Kerr Student Center in the Campus Life Office and also in Voskuyl Library 3rd Floor Room 303A. Feel free and stop by for visit with any one of us!