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Dr.James K Duah-Agyeman

Dr.James K Duah-Agyeman

Director

Email: dagyeman@syr.edu

On July 1, 2001, Dr. James K. Duah-Agyeman (a.k.a. Dr. D.) began a new chapter in his administrative career at Syracuse University when he was appointed director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA). Since 2006, he has served as the chief diversity officer for the Division of Student Affairs, and on behalf of former Chancellor Nancy Cantor, represented the University on the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education of which Syracuse University is a Founding/Charter Member. In 2012, his role of chief diversity officer was enhanced and brought into alignment with University initiatives, particularly as it relates to the Office of Equal Opportunity, Inclusion, and Resolution Services.

Dr. Duah-Agyeman holds a Ph.D. in mathematics education and is an adjunct assistant professor of Cultural Foundations of Education and teaches the Intergroup Dialogue on Race and Ethnicity course [SOC/WSP 230], which is part of the national Multiversity Intergroup Research Project. He has been at Syracuse University since 1982, assuming a full-time position in 1986 as assistant director and counselor of the Office of Supportive Services. He was subsequently named director of the Center for Academic Achievement, and interim associate vice president and director of the Division of Student Support and Development, which included the Summer Institute for Incoming First0year Students, Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program, Learning Disability Services, University-wide Tutoring Center, Higher Education Opportunity (HEOP) and Student Support Services Program (SSSP).

Dr. D's favorite proverb is: "All things come to the person who is modest and kind in a high position" (I. Ching). With that in mind, he aspires to create a healthy working environment for his staff and a safe and welcoming environment for all students. "OMA,” he says, "is our students’ home-away-from-home.


Huey Hsiao

Huey Hsiao

Associate Director

Email: huhsiao@syr.edu

Huey Hsiao joined the Office of Multicultural Affairs in January 2012 and provides leadership and direction on programming that enriches Syracuse University's diverse campus culture and results in students' academic, social and personal success. In particular Huey coordinates and advises the WellsLink Leadership Program, the Multicultural Empowerment Network, and Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month programming.  He brings a commitment to diversity and inclusion to the position, as well as ten years of higher education program management, international education, student advising, enrollment, recruiting and student services experience.

From 2006 to 2011, he served as assistant director of student services for M.B.A. and M.S. programs at Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management.  Prior to joining the University, he held multiple positions with the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) (1999-2004), including program advisor and program officer and enrollment officer, in addition to a semester abroad as assistant resident director at National Chengchi University in Taipei, Taiwan.  He also taught English-as-a-Second-Language at Nankai University in Tianjin, China, through the Colorado China Council (1997-1998). 

Huey was born and raised in North Haven, CT.  He received a bachelor's degree in biology and an Asian studies certificate from the University of Rochester. He earned an M.B.A. from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain. 


Regina Jones

Regina Jones

Assistant Director, Native Student Program

Email: rajones@syr.edu

Regina A. Jones is a member of the Oneida Nation, Turtle Clan. The Oneida Nation is part of the Six Nations Iroquois Confederacy or Haudenosaunee. The Haudenosaunee are located in and around New York State and include the Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca, and Tuscarora Nations. She resides and grew up on the Onondaga Nation territory located south of Syracuse.

Regina received her Bachelor of Science in child and family studies from the Syracuse University College of Human Services and Health Professions (now the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics). Regina has been with the Office of Multicultural Affairs since July of 2000. She has served on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Native American Studies, the Consortium for Children’s Services, Inc., the Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation, and the Manlius Pebble Hill School. 

It is with honor and respect that Regina directs the Native Student Program. She looks forward to working with Native students, faculty, staff, and families on new and existing initiatives that will help Native students transition into college and remain connected with their heritage, which is key to the retention of Native students in higher education. The Native Student Program will exist with the same home-away-from-home theme that is central to the Office of Multicultural Affairs. She is a single parent of four, grandmother of eight, and great-grandmother of one.


Cedric T. Bolton

Cedric T. Bolton

Coordinator of Student Engagement

Email: ctbolton@syr.edu

Cedric T. Bolton joined the Office of Multicultural Affairs from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, where he was an educational specialist in the African American Learning Resource Center. He chairs the Black History Month committee, instructs the spoken word poetry program, Verbal Blend, and facilitates the Black Men's and Women's Think Tank.

Cedric was born in Pascagoula, Mississippi, and was raised in Paterson, New Jersey. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts from Western Washington University. He is a published poet with a chapter book of poems and a CD, both entitled The State of the Ghetto Address. Cedric values and understands the importance of active community involvement and created the community organization Poetic Black Fusion as a way of connecting published and unpublished poets to literary resources. His works have been published in the Minnesota Spokesman Recorder and the Minnesota Saint Cloud Times.


Jerrel A. Burgo

Jerrel A. Burgo

Coordinator of Mentoring Programs

Email: jaburgo@syr.edu

Jerrel A. Burgo joined the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) in January 2014 as coordinator of mentoring programs. In this position, he coordinates the fullCIRCLE Mentoring Program and oversees the NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program (NUFP).

Jerrel was born and raised in New Bedford, Massachusetts. A graduate of Roger Williams University (RWU) in Bristol, Rhode Island, he earned a Bachelor of Arts in history, with a minor in anthropology/sociology in 2010. He is working toward his Master of Science in higher postsecondary education in the Syracuse University School of Education. He joined the University from Falls Church, Virginia, where he worked as an information security specialist for CACI, Inc.

 Throughout his years at RWU, Jerrel was involved in many aspects of student affairs including the Multicultural Student Union (MSU) – for which he served as President – and the Department of Student Programs and Leadership (SP&L). Through his work with MSU and SP&L, Jerrel’s passion for multiculturalism and leadership development grew. His commitment has lasted long after his graduation. He still has strong ties to his alma mater, where he has taken on a mentoring role. He also keeps in close contact with his student affairs advisors from RWU and is still committed to the growth and prosperity of students of color.

Jerrel describes himself as a fun-loving person with a positive outlook on life. He is passionate and full of good energy. He is all about new experiences, life-long learning, contributing to a team, and the greater good.


Marissa L. Willingham

Marissa L. Willingham

Program Associate for Budgets and Operations

Email: mlwill07@syr.edu

Marissa Willingham joined the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) in October 2006 as program associate for budgets and operations. Marissa is responsible for maintaining the office budget, supervising student employees, event planning, and assisting the director and staff.  Before joining the University, Willingham spent six years working with Community Wide Dialogue to End Racism, a program of the InterFaith Works of Central New York.  She coordinated the community-wide Duck Race to End Racism and was instrumental in facilitating dialogues on race and ethnicity by recruiting people from diverse backgrounds to participate in racial/ethnic dialogues within the Syracuse community.

A Syracuse native with close connections in the local community, Marissa's role includes identifying and developing collaborative initiatives between OMA and community-based agencies.  She is a board member of Image Initiative, Inc., a committee member for the Syracuse University Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, and a committee member with InterFaith Works Duck Race to End Racism, just to name a few of her collaborative work in the community.

Marissa attended Onondaga Community College, where she took classes in computer information systems. She is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree at Syracuse University.


Shana Gelin, MA, NCC

Shana Gelin, MA, NCC

Graduate Assistant, Mentoring Program

Email: sjgelin@syr.edu

Shana Gelin serves as the graduate assistant for fullCIRCLE and Dimensions mentoring programs. She is working toward earning a Ph.D. in counseling and counselor education in the School of Education. Shana received a Bachelor of Science in behavioral neuroscience, and Master of Arts in clinical mental health counseling at Rider University in Lawrenceville, New Jersey.

Prior to working at the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA), Shana was a child and family therapist at Oaks Integrated Care in Lumberton, New Jersey.  She also has experience mentoring young women of color in her hometown, working as a bereavement facilitator at Good Grief Inc.: Princeton, New Jersey, and serving as a graduate assistant and outreach associate at Rider University Counseling Center. Shana was actively involved in Chi Sigma Iota (Counseling Honor Society), Educational Opportunity Program, and McNair Scholars Program at her previous institution. 

Shana is interested in doing research about multiculturalism and how it pertains to dualistic/relativistic thinking with students of color. With interests related to her current position, Shana is very excited to be at Syracuse University and working in the OMA.


Kenji Graham

Kenji Graham

Academic Consultant,, fullCIRCLE Mentoring Program

Email: kygraham@syr.edu

Kenji Graham serves as the academic consultant for fullCIRCLE in the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA). She is currently working toward a Master of Arts from the School of Education and Newhouse. The duel program she studies is Media and Education. Kenji received a Bachelor of Arts in Communications at Buffalo State College, Buffalo NY. There during her undergraduate career she was selected to be a member of the student Honor society of the National Communication Association, Lambda Pi Eta.


Prior to working at the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA), Kenji was a substitute teacher in the inner-city schools throughout Syracuse, NY. Being that she was born and raised in Syracuse, NY she is very familiar with the public schools and the communities they serve. As a teacher for Syracuse City School District (SCSD) she helped her students become critical thinkers about the society they were actively apart of and living in. In addition, she also has experience teaching photography to elementary school students. Teaching photography gave Kenji an opportunity to build meaningful relationships with her students and help them to see the importance of self-expression. 

Kenji is passionate about doing work that will empower and educate young adults. She sees the value in exploring ways to bring people together in a world where the media, stereotypes, prejudice, and races beliefs demands the opposite. She thinks of her current position as a way to give the underrepresented students of color at Syracuse University a sense of belonging and togetherness.


Monica Miles

Monica Miles

Graduate Assistant, Conversations About Race and Ethnicity (C.A.R.E.)

Email: mnmiles@syr.edu

Monica Miles serves as the Graduate Student Coordinator for Conversations About Race and Ethnicity (C.A.R.E). Monica is a master’s student in Cultural Foundations of Education and intends to continue in this program as a doctoral student.

Monica received her Bachelor of Art degree at the University of California, Santa Barbara in Cultural Anthropology and African American Studies. During her undergraduate career Monica worked with the Office of Residence Life as a Resident Assistant for two years and then as a Resident Director for a private residential living community.  Monica also served as a lab assistant in the Meso American Research Center and was involved in the Multicultural Student Union as President, African American Student Union, and served as the co-chair for the African American Graduation Ceremony 2015.

Prior to joining the team at the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Monica worked as an Instructional Assistant at the Stevenson Education Center for Student Athlete Development.  Monica also currently works with Hillside Family of Agencies and provides skill building services for families and youth with histories of trauma in the Syracuse community under the New York State Office of Mental Health. 


Alessa Garland-Smith

Alessa Garland-Smith

Academic Consultant, The WellsLink Leadership Program

Email: agarland@syr.edu

Alessa Garland-Smith will be a first-year graduate student with the School of Education's CFE (Cultural Foundations of Education) program. She is from Newark, NJ, where she spent the last 3 years working at Great Oaks Legacy Charter School as a tutor, Corps Staff Member and Algebra I teacher. While at Great Oaks, Alessa was the 9th Grade Level Leader and founded the Sankofa African Dance Team. Prior to Great Oaks, Alessa received her BA in International Studies with a Concentration in Middle East Studies, and a double minor in French and Women's Studies from the University of Richmond in Virginia. While in undergrad, she was part of WILL (Women in Living and Learning), the Peer Mentors Program, a Cultural Advisor and a Spider Key Society Tour Guide. She is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Alessa is dedicated to giving back to her community and excited to be part of the WellsLink Program.


Farah Nibbs

Farah Nibbs

Academic Consultant, Dimensions Mentoring Program

Email: fnibbs@syr.edu
Farah comes from the Caribbean island of Dominica. Her first master’s degree is in International Planning and Sustainable Development. Keeping in mind the potential negative impacts of climate change on the region’s small islands, she focused her research on the impact of climate change on coastal communities in small island states, she is currently working on her second master’s degree in Sustainable Construction. Farah has worked closely with some of the Caribbean region’s top environmentalists, and was also a columnist with the Dominica Sun Newspaper where she wrote extensively about environmental and social issues.  Currently she is an academic consultant with the Dimensions programme, which is part of the Office of Multicultural Affairs, at Syracuse University. She is also a graduate sustainability assistant with the Sustainability Office at SUNY ESF.
Miracle Rogers

Miracle Rogers

Academic Consultant, The WellsLink Leadership Program

Email: mrrogers@syr.edu

Miracle is a recent Syracuse University graduate on the pre-med track, majoring in Health and Exercise Science and Bioengineering and minoring in Dance; and she will be pursuing her MS in Bioengineering next year.  As an undergraduate, Miracle was involved in multiple ways on campus, including WellsLink Peer Leader; Bill Gates Millennium/McNair/Remembrance Scholar; Rebecca Lee Pre-Health Society; NSBE; Syracuse Biomaterials Institute; Homecoming Queen 2016; and Talent Engagement Intern for Vanguard Conversations with Women of Color in STEM – just to name a few of her involvements and accomplishments!  Miracle’s main focus will be the 2nd Year WellsLink program, and we are excited to have her back with the program for her last year at Syracuse University. 


Toni A. Santos

Toni A. Santos

Graduate Assistant, The WellsLink Leadership Program

Email: tosantos@syr.edu

Toni Santos is a recent graduate from LeMoyne College who has a Bachelor of Arts in sociology with a concentration in criminology.Throughout her undergraduate career, she was a member of the campus step team, and African Student Union (ASU). Being a part of these clubs made her more driven to promote equality and make sure that all students feel comfortable with themselves and on a college campus. Toni was able to learn that achieving diversity is a continuing process that is an ongoing challenge. She is from New York City and is a 1st year graduate student in the School of Education pursuing an Master of Science degree in Higher Education. With this degree, she hopes to pursue a career in Student Development or Admissions.She will be the Graduate Assistant for The WellsLink Leadership Program in the Office of Multicultural Affairs.


Sarah Sherlock

Sarah Sherlock

Academic Consultant, WellsLink Leadership Program

Email: sesherlo@syr.edu

Sarah is currently a second year graduate student working towards a master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in the School of Education.  She is an active member of Chi Sigma Iota (Counseling Honor Society).  She received her Bachelors of Science in Child and Family Studies at Syracuse University.  Prior to her involvement with the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Sarah was a youth development professional, providing respite services for youth ages 5-22.  In her undergraduate career, she was actively involved in the SU Literacy Corps working with bilingual students of color and was a teaching assistant for Latin dance classes on campus.  Having attended this university for almost six years now, Sarah understands the importance of student involvement on campus and within the surrounding community.  


Skye A. Wiegman

Skye A. Wiegman

Academic Consultant, Native Student Program

Email: sawiegma@syr.edu

Skye Wiegman is a first year graduate student in Higher Education and joins OMA this year as the Academic Consultant for Native Students. Her home is the Shinnecock Indian Nation located in Southampton, NY.

Skye received her Bachelor of Art degree from Stony Brook University in Linguistics with a minor in Leadership Development. She has studied seven languages, including her own Native tongue, Eastern Algonquian. Beginning in her freshman year, she started the Native American Student Organization (NASO) and worked throughout her undergraduate career to expand the club and spread awareness of Native culture and traditions.

During her four years at Stony Brook, Skye gained a great expanse of experience working in higher education. In her sophomore year, she served as an Academic Peer Advisor (APA) in the Academic & Transfer Advising Office. The following year, she then moved up to be the Senior APA, while also working as a Student Advisor for the President of the University.    Skye also plays a wide variety of musical instruments. The Alto Saxophone is her favorite. Skye considers her most rewarding undergraduate experience to have been joining the Spirit of Stony Brook Marching Band. She looks forward to working with everyone in the Fall!