Staff Profile

Darlene Esparza

Darlene Esparza

Director, Office of Campus Organizations

A proud Anteater since 2005, Darlene currently serves as the Director of Office of Campus Organizations at the University of California, Irvine.  Since joining the team in November 2015, she oversees the registration process for 600+ registered campus organizations and provides education on insurance and liability, risk management, food safety, leadership development, and event planning.  She also coordinates volunteer and community service activities within Student Life & Leadership, that include the UCI Alternative Break program. 

A first generation college student, Darlene received her BA in Psychology from the University of California, Davis in 2000, and in 2004 received her MA in Counseling, Student Affairs, from the University of San Diego.  She is involved with NASPA as a mentor for the undergraduate fellows program (NUFP). Prior to this appointment with the Office of Campus Organizations, Darlene served as assistant director of the Cross-Cultural Center, director of the Center for Service in Action and managed the Veteran Services office at UCI. 

Darlene enjoys traveling, and served as Resident Director for the May 2012 short-term program, and Spring 2012 voyage with Semester at Sea.  Darlene enjoys her work in higher education since she has the opportunity to learn from the students she interacts with and share in their personal and professional development while at UCI.