A few years after being born in Marysville, California, Dr. Brett M. Breton's family moved to Mexico City where his parents are from. After many years, moved back to California where he attended Mt. San Antonio College (A.S. Aviation Science and Air Traffic Control, 1991). Eventually, he relocated to Orem, UT. Dr. Breton obtained a Ph.D. from Brigham Young University in Psychology (2007). He also obtained a dual Master's Degree in Counseling and School Psychology (1999). Dr. Breton worked for the Alpine School District as one of their psychologists. He joined the UVSC (now UVU) staff in 1999, where he worked administering psycho-educational assessments to determine eligibility for special accommodations for those with learning difficulties and/or special needs and also as an Academic and Career counselor. Dr. Breton has been teaching as adjunct professor for the Behavioral Science department since 2000. He joined the Multicultural Student Center's Staff in 2000 as the Assistant Director, and in 2012 assumed the responsibilities of Director of the Department. Dr. Breton has worked extensively serving students of many different backgrounds for several years. He directs and promotes the mission of Multicultural Student Services, especially in recruiting and retaining students. Brett expresses sensitivity and cultural background that allows him to better relate to, understand, and help students.
Phone: (801) 863-7194
Barney Nye is currently pursuing a Masters in Public Administration and Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy from the University of Utah with research interests regarding higher education policy and discourse as it relates to students who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ). A true Wolverine, Barney completed his undergraduate degree in Integrated Studies at UVU (then UVSC) and arrived in Multicultural Student Services after working for three different Federal TRIO programs (Upward Bound, Educational Talent Search, and Educational Opportunity Centers) at UVU. Within Multicultural Student Services he has served as Coordinator and now Assistant Director. He is among the first generation of his family to graduate from college and is dedicated to spreading the word that higher education is a possibility regardless of one's background or identity, but that deeply understanding background and identity are integral parts of finding true success, both academically and personally. He also serves at the advisor to UVU's Spectrum Club (Gay Straight Alliance) and is so proud of the LGBTQ students at UVU. Barney believes he has learned far more from students than he has ever been able to teach and is always trying to pay forward the tremendous wisdom they have shared. His responsibilities include oversight of the advising provided by Multicultural Student Services as well as coordination of the department's operations.
Ken was born in Arizona and is of Hopi Indian and Chinese ancestry. He earned a BA in English/Secondary Education and also did graduate work in Communications. He has 33 years of administrative staff experience in university Native American and Multicultural student programs and services. He was also editor of a weekly tribal newspaper and has experience in TV news production. His responsibilities in Multicultural Student Services have included academic advisement, tribal scholarship assistance, recruiting, multicultural programming, and he is co-advisor for the Native Sun Club. He is currently the program director for UVU's Native American Initiative.
Phone: (801) 863-7297
Yudi has been working at Utah Valley University since 1997. She is currently working as a Counselor in Multicultural Student Services Latino Initiative. Yudi Lewis has two Bachelor of Science degrees in the areas of Business and Psychology. She holds a Master in Business Administration (MBA) and is currently working on her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership & Policy at the University of Utah. Yudi oversees the Latino Initiative budget and the UVU Latino Outreach events. She enjoys helping student achieve their academic goals.
Phone: (801) 863-6059
Victor Narsimulu is the new Program Director for Cultural Envoys. Victor got his Bachelor of Arts degree from Brigham Young University Hawaii, a Master’s degree from Brigham Young University Provo in Organizational Behavior and a second Master’s degree in Education from the University of Utah. He is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Utah in the Anthropology program. Victor is married to Melinda Narsimulu and they have two beautiful children, Sione and Aiere Narsimulu. Victors’ work has been around the Pacific Islander communities in Utah in different capacities. He has also taught classes at the University of Utah in the Ethnic Studies, Utah Valley University in College Success and BYU in the Anthropology department. Victor’s inspiration comes from his mother Rosarine Valesi Narsimulu who reinforced the importance of remembering his culture while growing up in Fiji. Victor’s research has been around Pacific Islander epistemology and Pacific Islander ways of knowing, doing and being.
Katty has been working at Utah Valley University since 2007. She is currently working as an Academic Advisor-Latino Specialist in Multicultural Student Services. Katty has a Bachelor degree in Business Management, and is currently enrolled in a Master's of Education program at UVU. She enjoys working with students, and is the club advisor over the Latino Drama Club.
Phone: (801) 863-5382
Kumen was raised on the Navajo reservation in Crystal, New Mexico. He graduated from Utah Valley University with a B.S. in English/Creative Writing. He has administrative experience in tribal programs and non-profit organizations. He comes to UVU as an Academic Advisor in Multicultural Student Services. His responsibilities include: recruiting, academic advisement, tribal scholarship assistance, and Native Sun Club advisement. He is a great advocate for our students and we are happy to have him advance our programs and mission.
Phone: (801) 863-7128
Lucy Owens is from Samoa and has worked here at Utah Valley University (UVU) for over ten years. She has earned her Bachelor's degree in Paralegal Studies and has an Associates of Applied Science degrees in Legal Assistant, Legal Secretary, and Executive Assistant, all from UVU. Lucy is one of the academic advisors for Multicultural Student Services. Her responsibilities encompass assisting prospective, new, transfer, undecided, continuing, and returning students with admissions, registration, financial aid, scholarships, academic and educational programs, degrees, and other supportive resources. Lucy is also the advisor for UVU's Oceania Pasefika Club since 1990. She has an open door policy to all students who need assistance academically and/or for those who wish to come in to her office and visit.
Phone: (801) 863-8796
Phone: (801) 863-7349
Darah was raised on the island of O'ahu in Mililani, Hawaii. She earned her B.S. in Criminal Justice with an emphasis in Criminal Law from Utah Valley University in 2009, and is currently pursuing an M.S. in Education, Culture, and Society at the University of Utah. Darah is the administrative assistant in Multicultural Student Services and enjoys working with students. She is responsible for managing the department and serves as the information and communication manager for our center. She is also involved with the Multicultural Student Council and serves as the co-advisor. Darah enjoys cooking, Asian food, bodyboarding, stand up paddle boarding (SUPing), hiking, and hanging out with her family. Her guilty pleasures are movie theater popcorn with mochi crunch, and anything with caffeine.