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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 serves as the associate director for the Office of Multicultural Affairs 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 leads and directs mentoring programs, including the nationally recognized WellsLink Leadership Program, and coordinates the University’s annual celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.  Huey also serves on the Chancellor’s Task Force on Sexual and Relationship Violence and the Chancellor’s Ad Hoc Committee on DACA/Undocumented Students; and he is the Student Liaison for DACA/Undocumented students and students with "mixed-status families".  He has nearly two decades of experience in higher education in roles spanning diversity and inclusion, student success, international education, advising, enrollment and recruiting.

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, M.S.Ed.

Cedric T. Bolton, M.S.Ed.

Coordinator of Student Engagement

Email: ctbolton@syr.edu

Cedric T. Bolton joined the Office of Multicultural Affairs in August 2004 as the Coordinator of Student Engagement. He was previously employed at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, where he was an Educational Specialist in the African American Learning Resource Center.  While at Syracuse University, he has designed the spoken word poetry program Verbal Blend, ECLISPE Dialogues, Poetry for the People, Black Men & Women’s Think Tank, Poets Learning Community, and coordinated efforts for Black History Month each year.  He obtained a Bachelor of Arts from Western Washington University and Master’s Degree in Cultural Foundations of Education at Syracuse University.


Cedric is an adjunct instructor with Renée Crown University Honors Program and the College of Arts and Sciences.  He is a published poet and his poetry can be found in Stone Canoe, Minnesota Spokesman Recorder, Minnesota Saint Cloud Times, and the Post Standard. He has recorded two spoken-word poetry CDs, and published a chap book entitled The State of the Ghetto Address. He has mentored students, staff, faculty and community writers to be confident in their voice and writing for twenty years.  His writer’s workshops are the embodiment of community, family, and the continuing presence of “One Mic, One Voice.” 


He was born in Pascagoula, Mississippi, and was raised in Paterson, New Jersey.  Cedric values and understands the importance of active community involvement and participate on few committees in the greater-Syracuse community.


Julissa Pabon

Julissa Pabon

Coordinator Mentoring Programs

Email: jupabon@syr.edu
Julissa Pabon joined the office of Multicultural Affairs in August 2018 as the Coordinator of Mentoring Programs.  She coordinates the fullCIRCLE and Dimensions Mentoring Programs and is co-chair of the Latino/Hispanic Heritage Month planning committee.

Julissa was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York.  She graduated from Westfield State University in 2012 with her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Liberal Studies with concentrations in English, Education and Ethnic and Gender Studies.  She recently graduated with her Masters of Science in Counseling Education with a specialization in student development in Higher Education from Central Connecticut State University.  During this time she served as the graduate Intern at the Arthur L. Johnson Unity Wing Intercultural Center at Eastern Connecticut State University.

Julissa is also a member of Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Incorporated.  During her free time Julissa likes to catch up on reading, explore the city, and spend time with family and close friends.
Kirk Amarh-Kwantreng

Kirk Amarh-Kwantreng

Assistant Director for Multicultural Initiatives

Email: knamarhk@syr.edu
Kirk Amarh-Kwantreng recently joined the Division of Enrollment and the Student Experience as Assistant Director in the Office of Multicultural Affairs providing leadership to the Men of Color Initiative (MCI) for sophomores and juniors, a new OMA initiative.  In addition, he will be working closely with Regina Jones, assistant director for the Native Student Program (NSP), to support our Haudenosaunee Promise Scholars. Kirk received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a Master of Science in Education: Curriculum and Instruction from the State University of New York at Potsdam. Kirk was born in Accra, Ghana and was raised in the Bronx, NY. He previously served as the Program Coordinator in the Diversity and Inclusion office at Clarkson University in Potsdam, NY where he served as the advisor to the Brother 2 Brother mentoring program.  Prior to his role at Clarkson University, Kirk served as the Assistant Director of Off-Campus Study at St Lawrence University, Canton, NY.
 
Kirk’s passions include traveling and rooting for the New York Giants, Yankees, and Brooklyn Nets. Kirk’s dream is to visit all seven continents and has so far been to four. A passion for intercultural understanding and exchange drives his curiosity. He founded a local recycling project with his family members in their native country of Ghana. Kirk enjoys listening to Afrobeat, Rap, and R&B. His favorite TV shows include: House of Cards, Scandal, Money Heist, and the Daily Show.
 
Kirk is interested in the law and how it impacts the community and lives of people of diverse backgrounds. Kirk looks forward to working at the Office of Multicultural Affairs in its efforts to create an unsurpassed student experience for our students.
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.  
 
A native of Syracuse NY with close connections in the Syracuse community, Marissa has served on many committees and has worked on countless projects and initiatives whose emphasis focused on celebrating culture, constructing inclusive spaces, building and maintaining relationships, community engagement, and social justice awareness. 
 
Marissa describes herself as a wife, mother of three, and very passionate about the work she does to enrich the lives of people.  

Willingham 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 Mentoring Program. 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.


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. 


Keyshawn Blakes

Keyshawn Blakes

Graduate Assistant, WellsLink Leadership Program

Email: kblakes@syr.edu

Keyshawn Blakes was born and raised in Syracuse and serves as the graduate assistant for The WellsLink Leadership Program. Keyshawn is a master’s student in the higher education program the School of Education.


Keyshawn recently graduated from Buffalo State College with a bachelors in Business Administration and a bachelors in Sociology. During his undergraduate years, he was appointed to the President’s Council on Equity and Campus Diversity and chair of student welfare on the College Senate. He also has experience mentoring students of color from being president of a student organization called African American Male Empowerment Network and being a counselor for the Fresh Air Fund.

Keyshawn is interested in doing research the socio-historical factors that influence the educational outcomes of African-American males. Specifically, he would like to research the efforts to increase enrollment and retention rates of African-American males at the collegiate level. This aligns with his passion for helping students and promoting the importance of multiculturalism. Keyshawn is excited to be working in the OMA and studying at Syracuse University.


Avery Callahan

Avery Callahan

Academic Consultant, WellsLink Leadership Program

Email: aacallah@syr.edu

Avery Callahan joined the Office of Multicultural Affairs in August of 2019 as an Academic Consultant for The WellsLink Leadership Program. Avery recently graduated with his Bachelor’s Degree in Bioengineering from the School of Engineering and Computer Science at Syracuse University and has moved on to pursue his Master’s Degree in the same field. He has been involved with WellsLink since his freshmen year in 2015, where he participated as a Peer. He continued to work with the program as a Peer Leader from his sophomore year through the rest of his undergraduate career.

During his undergraduate career, apart from WellsLink, Avery participated in several organizations on campus including the Multicultural Empowerment Network (M.E.N.), National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), as well as the Black Reign Step Team. Avery is also a member of the Delta Beta Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc.

In his spare time, Avery enjoys being active and going to the gym to either workout or play basketball. He also enjoys reading, writing, and teaching himself how to cook new foods and has acquired a newfound interest in learning magic tricks. 


Robin Maxile

Robin Maxile

Academic Consultant, WellsLink Leadership Program

Email: rlmaxile@syr.edu
Robin Maxile is a Ph.D. student in the School of Education’s Cultural Foundation program at Syracuse University and serves as the Academic Consultant for 2nd-year students in The WellsLink Leadership Program. She also works as a Graduate Assistant in the Higher Education Department and is the Events Coordinator for the Black Graduate Student Association. Robin is originally from Louisiana where she completed her Bachelor’s degree at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches and later went on to obtain her Master’s in General Counseling Psychology from Mount Saint Mary’s University, Los Angeles. She served two years in AmeriCorps, a national service program dedicated to addressing and improving the critical needs of residents in underprivileged communities. During her time in AmeriCorps, Robin worked as a college and career advisor, advocating for resources that address student needs both emotionally and academically.

As Robin continued to work with her students, she began to notice a disconnect between school policies and student needs. Using her own background as a low-income, first-generation student, along with her AmeriCorps experience, Robin’s interest in the matter peaked and led to her current research into chronic absenteeism among students in underserved communities. Through the Cultural Foundations program, Robin is exploring the connections between chronic absenteeism, marginalized communities, and school policies. 

From Natchitoches to Los Angeles to Syracuse, Robin is passionate about empowering students of color, encouraging them to think outside the box and exhaust all their resources. Rejections are only redirections to something greater.
Menger Zhu (Kristen)

Menger Zhu (Kristen)

Academic Consultant, WellsLink Leadership Program

Email: mzhu25@syr.edu
Kristen is a first-year graduate student in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program in the School of Education and serves as the Academic Consultant for 1st-year students in The WellsLink Leadership Program.  She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Psychology from Beijing Normal University, Zhuhai in China.  Before she started her graduate program, she worked at a mental health hospital in China and focused on providing counseling services in a hospital setting.  Kristen’s academic interests plus her own experiences as an international student adjusting to graduate school in the U.S. drew her to WellsLink, and she wants to help create a space for students to network and find a supportive community on campus.
Brandon Jackson

Brandon Jackson

Academic Consultant, fullCIRCLE Mentoring Program

Email: bjacks05@syr.edu
Brandon was born and raised in Bronx, New York. He graduated from Wells college in 2019 with his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, and had done a thesis on Black Superheroes in the Media. He is currently completing his Masters in Public Relations with a concentration in Entertainment Diversity, with plans of becoming a Diversity Consultant assisting in creating a workplace that suits the needs of everyone.

 Brandon’s hobbies consist of self-care Sunday’s, going to the gym and working on his poetic craft. I am looking forward to meeting so many different perspectives that will allow me to enhance my view of the world. Brandon wants readers to know that the key to life is putting yourself first.
Vanity Delbridge

Vanity Delbridge

Academic Consultant, Dimensions Mentoring Program

Email: vdelbrid@syr.edu
Vanity is a Newhouse Graduate student in the Broadcast & Digital Program. She is new to the Syracuse area, but in expectation of everything the University, and city has to offer.
A Northeast, New Jersey native, she notes New York City as her backyard. She obtained her Bachelor’s from New Jersey City University, and studied English with a focus in Journalism.
She has a passion for story-telling, and hopes to utilize the skill while serving as an Academic Consultant.

In her spare time, she enjoys exploring new places to dine, trying new recipes, finding a good read, and staying fit.

She is happy to join the Multicultural staff, and is ready to lead, learn and grow.
Antonia Monique Roach

Antonia Monique Roach

Graduate Assistant, Native Student Program

Email: anroach@syr.edu
Antonia Roach serves as the graduate assistant for the Native Student Program.  She is from Easton, Pennsylvania and is working towards her Master’s Degree in the School of Education. 

Antonia recently graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychological Sciences along with minors in African American Studies, English, and Global Studies.  During her undergraduate career, Antonia was involved with the Honors College Mentor and Diversity initiatives programs, the Black Voices of Inspiration Choir, Residential Life, and Psychology and Sociology Research.  Antonia was also heavily involved in BoilerTracks, an organization that worked with the Office of Admissions to increase the population of underrepresented minority students on campus. Antonia’s interests in working with students were fostered through developing and hosting visit days for prospective students and working on driving change towards a more inclusive campus climate.

Antonia is interested in initiatives that focus on creating an environment that celebrates every culture and efforts that make every student feel that they belong.  In her free time, Antonia enjoys spending time with friends, family, and her pets, Charlie, Roman, and Juno.  She also enjoys hiking, trying new vegan recipes, and refinishing old furniture.