University of California, RiversideUCR


Our Staff  

Joe Virata

Joe Virata

Assistant Dean of Students

951-827-7215 | emilio.virata@ucr.edu

Joe Virata has worked at the University of California, Riverside since 1995, providing support to students as they define their personal and educational goals within UCR's diverse community. Joe's work centers on advocacy and social change, emphasizing leadership development and community building. He brings a background of campus and community organizing, with experiences in social services, labor organizing, and educational advocacy.

Before coming to Riverside, Joe served as Director of Asian Pacific Student Services at Loyola Marymount University, Assistant Coordinator of Student/Community Projects at UCLA's Asian American Studies Center, and as community organizer for the Asian American Drug Abuse Program, the Pacific Asian Alcohol Program, and as field organizer with the Service Employee's International Union.

Penny Key

Penny Key

Lead Student Affairs Case Manager

(951) 827-5000 | penny.key@ucr.edu

Penny joined UC Riverside as Lead Case Manager in October 2014. She has her Master’s in Counseling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute, and is a licensed marriage and family therapist with 13 years of experience, including 5 years as a college counselor. Penny is well versed in the stressors college students face, both emotionally and academically, and is devoted to helping students find positive, productive solutions.

Prior to coming to UCR, Penny was the head of the General Education Department at The Art Institute of California, Los Angeles, and Program Coordinator for the Humanities & Social Sciences Department. She also served on the faculty, teaching courses in psychology and in ethics.

Prior to her career in higher education, Penny worked in the entertainment industry in film production and talent representation.


Brandy Quarles-Clark

Management Services Officer

(951) 827-2427 | brandy.quarles-clark@ucr.edu

Brandy Quarles-Clark has worked at the University California, Riverside since, 2005.  She has the primary responsibility of overseeing the Business and Administrative operations, Finances, Human Resources, Payroll and Student Affairs for 10 departments in the organizational unit.  Brandy thrives on developing strategies that balance the unit’s needs with employee’s strengths. 


Allison Rogers 

Clerk for AVC/Dean of Students

(951) 827-2427 | allison.rogers@ucr.edu

Allison became a member of the Dean of Students Office in July of 2014. Prior to coming to the AVC/DOS office, Allison worked for 6 years at the Campus Store.
“Working in this office has allowed me to feel connected to the Campus in a whole new way. I love the daily contact with the students, and helping them as much as I can,“ Allison said.

More Information

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

The AVC & Dean of Students
381 Highlander Union Building

Tel: (951) 827-6095
Fax: (951) 827-4701
E-mail: deanofstudents@ucr.edu