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The last few years have magnified the challenges and divisions facing our community. But Orange County is stronger when we’re united—united in our diversity and in our passion to improve lives for everyone who lives here.

Cultures United is a virtual conversation series that encourages dialogue, collaboration, philanthropy, and unity. Informed and motivated by our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion statement, each discussion aims to highlight and celebrate our differences, share our strengths, and unite to do more for our community.

Upcoming Conversation

Youth Mental Health and Wellness

Thursday, September 28, 2023
8:00am to 9:00am

A Free Virtual Event

Join Orange County United Way as we explore how local college campuses are providing mental health support to our multicultural youth.

There is growing concern about the mental health of youth in America. Rates of suicidal ideation, self-harm and depression among children and teens have grown significantly over the last two decades, and the pandemic only made it worse. In addition, in May of 2023, Surgeon General Vivek Murthy issued a warning citing the potential risks of social media, saying, “There are ample indicators that social media can have a profound risk of harm to the mental health and well-being of children and adolescents.”

In response, our upcoming Cultures United Conversation will dive into this topic, with particular attention to how multicultural student populations on college campuses are being impacted. Our esteemed panel will also discuss the resources available to students in need of mental health services.

Featured Speakers

Marcelle Hayashida-UCI

Marcelle Hayashida, Ph.D.
Associate Vice Chancellor of Wellness,
Health & Counseling Services,
UC Irvine

Dalila Perea-Vanguard University

Dalila Perea, MS
Professor of Graduate
Clinical Psychology,
Vanguard University

Alysha Kim-Irvine Valley College

Alysha Kim, MSW, ASW
Therapist, Health and Wellness Center,
Irvine Valley College

Sridhar Sundaram-CSUF

Dr. Sridhar (Sri) Sundaram
Dean, College of Business and Economics,
CSU Fullerton,
United Way Board Member

Thank You to Our Sponsor

  • Discover similarities within our community
  • Find pride in the different cultures that make up Orange County
  • Learn about the challenges facing our most vulnerable communities
  • Be inspired to take action

Check Out Past Conversations

March 22, 2023
A New Day for Women in Iran

Our recent Cultures United Conversation, “A New Day for Women in Iran,” was an encouraging, informative and eye-opening discussion. It offered us the perfect opportunity to discuss the protests that are taking place throughout Iran, which are leading to real change for women. Here are a few of the things we learned from our conversation:

  • We learned why Mahsa’s death was the last straw and the unexpected catalyst for change in Iran
  • We learned just how massive the cultural uprising was, both in Iran and around the world
  • We learned that gender apartheid is now being recognized as an issue by the UN and what this indicates about the future of gender equality around the world

Help spread the word about this impactful series by sharing the event recording with your networks!


Cultures United Chairs

Ben Alvarado

Executive Vice President and Director of Core Banking, California Bank & Trust
Board of Directors, Orange County United Way

Martha Daniel

CEO and President, Information Management Resources, Inc.,
Board of Directors, Orange County United Way

Tam Nguyen

President, Advance Beauty College
Vice Chair, Board of Directors, Orange County United Way

Susan B. Parks

President and CEO, Orange County United Way


If you have any questions, please email CulturesUnited@UnitedWayOC.org.

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