Meet the CADSS Staff



Dionica Bell

  • Director
  • Center for African Diaspora Student Success

Maya Bell

  • Associate Director
  • Center for African Diaspora Student Success
  • 530-752-9817
  • All meetings will be virtual. Please email to set up a virtual appointment.

I’m honored to serve as the Associate Director of the Center for African Diaspora Student Success. I’m a proud first-generation college graduate of the University of California! As an undergraduate, I attended UC San Diego, where I studied and graduated with a bachelor's of arts in Ethnic Studies and a minor in Biology.  I enjoyed the many jobs I had as a student and decided to work with college students right after college … and that turned into a career. I worked at UC San Diego supporting students at Thurgood Marshall College and later our Summer Bridge program. I earned my master’s degree from the Community-Based Block Program in multicultural counseling and social justice education from San Diego State University.

Alongside all the student and professional staff at CADSS, my role is to make sure that all students of the African Diaspora have the tools and resources they need to be their best selves at UC Davis and to graduate with a degree. Please let me know how I can partner with you. As a staff, my goal is to help you feel understood, connected, and supported, and to make the institution accessible to support your academic and co-curricular endeavors. In my free time, I enjoy cooking and baking, reading, playing board games, and connecting with friends and loved ones.

Jon De Paul

Jon De Paul Dunbar, LCSW

  • CAN Community Counselor
  • UC Davis Student Health & Counseling Services
  • 530-752-9123
  • Limited in-person availability. Please email to set up a virtual appointment.

As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, I meet each person where they are at. I work to encourage and empower individuals to visualize and work towards the fulfillment of their lives. I use evidence-based approaches that fit with the individual instead of sticking with one modality. I work to empower individuals through a strength-based approach that sees the strengths in each individual, while also incorporating multicultural and ecological frameworks. I work collaboratively with each student to create a relationship of support, empowerment, self-discovery, and personal growth that meets their needs. I am passionate in my advocacy, empathy, and supportive approaches.

 My experience comes from years of work with the Air Force, Community Mental Health agencies working with underserved, underrepresented populations, and working with Foster Care and Adoption Agency.

Student Assistants

Nate Walker

Nate Walker

  • Student Assistant, 2021-2022
  • Center for African Diaspora Student Success