SAFE: Southeast Asians Furthering Education

  • SAFE Staff 2015-16

  • CARE Movie Night

  • SAFE Tea

  • SEA Retreat 15-16

  • SEA Retreat 15-16

  • SEA Retreat 15-16

  • SEA Retreat 15-16

  • SEA Retreat 15-16

Southeast Asians Furthering Education (SAFE)  is one of the seven community programs under the Student Recruitment & Retention Center at UC Davis. We are a university department run entirely by students for students. We aim to provide our services and resources to anyone who identifies as Southeast Asian, especially those who come from families and backgrounds that were affected by the Vietnam War. Even though our programs are specifically designed for the Southeast Asian community, we do not exclude anyone. Our meetings and events are open to the public (unless stated otherwise). We invite you all to come out with a positive attitude, open mind, and willingness to learn. SAFE focuses on two components: recruitment and retention. 

RECRUITMENT/OUTREACH: We visit middle and high schools in the Sacramento area to encourage students to pursue higher education through non-traditional approaches that do not involve after school tutoring, but various workshops that deal with identity, history, and culture.

HOLISTIC RETENTION:  Once students get into an institution of higher education, we want them to stay and successfully receive their degree. We offer various workshops and resources to help retain our students such as demystifying AP/SD, providing studying spaces, targeting mental and physical health. For students who would like to get involved and want to gain many leadership skills, we highly encourage them to join our Volunteers and Internship Program so that they may continue to stay engaged and challenged throughout their time in college. We are always looking for volunteers and interns to help carry out our purpose. If you are interested or have any questions, feel free to contact us! 


Name Position Email
Tiffany Giang Student Director/RROC Representative
Jenny Muk Administrative Coordinator
Kayla Lor Recruitment - High School
Izabela (Izzie) Villanueva Recruitment - Middle School
Xanh (Sunny) Tran Community Development and Advocacy Coordinator
Lisa Lam Holistic Retention Coordinator

Southeast Asian Community Resources

SAFE is a part of the larger Southeast Asian (SEA) community at UC Davis. Please feel free to view other resources here:

SEA Pages - A guide to the Southeast Asian Undergraduate Experience