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Michelle Villegas-Frazier

Michelle Villegas-Frazier

Vice Chair, Sacramento Native American Health Center; Director of Strategic Native American Retention Initiatives in Student Affairs, UC Davis; Executive Director of the UC Davis Strategic Academic Retention Initiatives
University of California, Davis

Michelle Villegas-Frazier, (Pinoleville Pomo Nation) is the Executive Director of the UC Davis Strategic Academic Retention Initiatives – Strategic African American Retention Initiative; Strategic Asian and Pacific Islander Retention Initiative; Strategic Chicanx/Latinx Retention Initiative. She earned her Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Political Science from UC Santa Barbara and Masters of Arts degree in Higher Education Leadership from Sacramento State University. Previously, she worked for a decade in outreach and admissions’ programs for campus, as well as working in Diversity Equity & Inclusion efforts at the UC Davis School of Medicine where she continues to serve as an advisor for the UC Davis School of Medicine Native Pathways program. She returned to campus to serve as the inaugural Director of Strategic Native American Retention Initiative in Student Affairs. She brings with her more than 25 years of experience in Native American outreach and retention services. As the inaugural Director, Michelle has provided strategic leadership to identify opportunities for enhancing the persistence, achievement and graduation rates for Native American students. She continues to lead efforts to expand partnerships across the university and implement data-informed, culturally specific research-guided strategies for retaining marginalized students in efforts for the benefit of these student communities that we serve.

Michelle serves as the Staff Advisor to UC Davis Native organizations: Native American and Indigenous Board of Advisors to the Chancellor, Cabinet of Student Native Leaders, Native American Student Union, and the Native Student Garden. She also serves on the board of the Sacramento Native American Health Center as Vice-Chairperson. When she isn’t working on outreach, community building, crisis management, and academic advising, you will find her working on her growing garden and walking her dog, Max. She is a proud mom to three growing boys.