About UCC

Mission

To elevate the Cambodian community through local engagement and leadership that embodies Cambodian cultural values.

Vision

A flourishing Cambodian community whose valuable contributions enrich the broader society and future generations.

History

UCC provides culturally competent social services to the Cambodian community in Long Beach, home of Cambodia Town, the largest population of Cambodians in the nation. In the early 1980s, over 300,000 Cambodian refugees immigrated to the United States as survivors of the Cambodian Genocide. From 1975-1979, the Khmer Rouge killed over 2 million Cambodians, while survivors endured slavery, torture, starvation, rape, and other major traumatic experiences. UCC was established in 1977 by a small group of Cambodian refugees to integrate Cambodian immigrants into Long Beach by providing housing, economic, and benefit enrollment support. Since then, UCC has developed into a multi-service agency providing youth development, workforce development, gang prevention, and mental health services to address the changing needs of the growing Cambodian population. Currently, UCC’s mission is to elevate the Cambodian community through local engagement and leadership that embodies Cambodian cultural values. UCC has four strategic program areas: Health Equity, Youth Enrichment, Community Integration, and Economic Inclusion.

●  1960s – First settlement of Cambodian students in US
●  1969 – US secret bombings of Cambodia
●  1975 – Phnom Penh overtaken by Khmer Rouge – Marks the start of the Cambodian Genocide
●  1977 – UCC founded by Cambodian refugees
●  1979 – End of Khmer Rouge and Genocide
●  1975 – 1st wave of Cambodian Refugees
●  1981 – 2nd wave of Cambodian Refugees
●  1991 – UCC Plaza open

Leadership

  • Staff
  • Board Members
  • Interns/Volunteers

Susana Sngiem

Executive Director

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Margaret Tham

Program Manager


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Davisna Oum

Program Manager Community Integration

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Sayon Syprasoeuth

Youth Program Manager


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Kanha Soun

Program Associate


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Kanhasaturne Sam

Census Coordinator/EL Navigator


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Engly Tung

Health Navigator


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Romany Morm

Community Health Worker

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Pearun Tieng

Community Health Worker

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Frederick Sor

Business Navigator

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Sam Rath

Program Coordinator of Workforce Development

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Jaimie Heng

Program Coordinator of Workforce Development

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Lexis Gomez

Living Arts Long Beach Program Coordinator

Weston LaBar

Chair

Mark Fender

Vice Chair

Antonio Gaskin

Secretary

Chamroeun Nuon

Treasurer

Nathaneil Brown

Sothida Tan

Mike Murrary

Nickol Ladd

David Chhay

Mike Murrary

Ruth Ashley

Regina Cash

Sam Cunningham

Jeff Fellenzer

Tyler Habeck

Gregory Henderson

Joan Marcial

Judy Nelson

Jaclyn Paxton

Aaron Sharpe

Dennis Smith

Nancy Villasenor

John Frank

Senior Developer

John Frank

Senior Developer

John Frank

Senior Developer

John Frank

Senior Developer

John Frank

Senior Developer

John Frank

Senior Developer

John Frank

Senior Developer

John Frank

Senior Developer

John Frank

Senior Developer