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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.


Jerrel A. Burgo G’18

Jerrel A. Burgo G’18

Assistant Director

Email: jaburgo@syr.edu

Jerrel A. Burgo was born and raised in New Bedford, Massachusetts. A 2010 graduate of Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island, he earned a Bachelor of Arts in history, with a minor in anthropology/sociology. In 2018, Jerrel earned a Master of Science in higher postsecondary education from the Syracuse University School of Education.


As an assistant director in the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA), Jerrel serves as the lead for all diversity and inclusion education programs coming out of OMA and collaborates with the assistant director for the Native Student Program to plan and implement programs and events for Indigenous/Native American students. Additionally, he oversees the NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program (NUFP) on campus, maintains OMA’s social media presence, supports the Multicultural Living Learning Community (MLLC) in partnership with the Office of Learning Communities, and serves as a liaison between OMA and student organizations.


Before his role as assistant director, Jerrel first joined OMA in January 2014 as coordinator of mentoring programs. Prior to joining the University, he worked as an information security specialist for CACI, Inc. in Falls Church, Virginia, just outside of Washington, D.C.


Jerrel describes himself as a fun-loving person with a positive outlook on life. He enjoys traveling and new experiences, and actively commits to life-long learning. Jerrel values teamwork and contributing to the greater good. He is passionate in his support of students of color and other marginalized student groups. Jerrel is committed to creating an unsurpassed student experience at Syracuse University.


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.
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. 


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.


Skye A. Kujawski

Skye A. Kujawski

Graduate Assistant, Native Student Program

Email: sakujaws@syr.edu

Skye Kujawski is a second-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!


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.


Spencer Stultz

Spencer Stultz

Academic Consultant, fullCIRCLE Mentoring Program

Email: slstultz@syr.edu
Spencer Stultz is currently a graduate student studying in the department of Pan-African Studies at Syracuse University with a specialized concentration in art, activism and community development.

She began her undergraduate studies at Howard University, where she studied Political Science with a concentration in Community Development. After studying abroad in Strasbourg, France, Spencer decided to transfer to Syracuse University to complete her degree. While at Syracuse, she served a peer mentor with fullCIRCLE, tutored athletes and won first place in the Winston Fisher Seminar Business Plan Competition. She has been interviewed and featured in Femme Noire, a magazine that covered the ventures of black women on Syracuse’s campus. She has also showcased her art in various exhibitions in the Syracuse Community, including “I Too, Am American”, a gallery exhibition hosted by the Community Folk Art Center.

Spencer graduated from Syracuse magna cum laude, with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, and minors in both African American Studies and Painting. As a graduate student, her research interests are centered around black art and the relationship that it has to community and social activism.
Danielle Y. Guerrier

Danielle Y. Guerrier

Academic Consultant, WellsLink Leadership Program

Email: dyguerri@syr.edu
Danielle is a second-year graduate student in Cultural Foundations of Education in the School of Education. Danielle received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Cornell University, where she also minored in Inequality Studies. As an undergraduate student, Danielle served as a teaching assistant for the Cornell Prison Education Program, volunteered at a local elementary school, and gained training through the Empathy, Assistance, and Referral Services (E.A.R.S.) Program. She has previous experience working with and mentoring students of color. Danielle is also a Bill and Melinda Gates Millennium Scholar. Prior to working with OMA, Danielle worked as a teaching assistant in the School of Education. Her research interests focus on issues related to education, race, inequality, and mass incarceration. As a former student in a similar program during her undergraduate career, which impacted her greatly, Danielle is excited to work with WellsLink.
Ketaki A. Tongaonkar

Ketaki A. Tongaonkar

Academic Consultant, WellsLink Leadership Program

Email: katongao@syr.edu

Ketaki is currently a second-year graduate student in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program in the School of Education.  She is an active member of Chi Sigma Iota (Counseling Honour Society). She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Business Studies from Symbiosis International University in India. Prior to her work with OMA, Ketaki has been involved in, among other things, working with an orphanage and a non-profit organization that provides free counseling services in India.  These organizations have helped her realize the importance of community and diversity and the essential role they play in the life of an individual.  She hopes to help foster the same sense of support and community for undergraduate students through her work with WellsLink.


Kayla Wheeler

Kayla Wheeler

Academic Consultant

Email: kfwheele@syr.edu
Kayla Wheeler is a first-year Law student in the Syracuse University College of Law. Kayla joined the OMA staff in fall 2018 as the Academic Consultant for the Dimensions Mentoring Program.

Originally from Hacienda Heights, CA, Kayla graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a Bachelor of Arts in African American Studies and a minor in Public Affairs. While at UCLA, she served as the Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator for the Afrikan Education Project (AEP), a community organization that provided tutoring and mentorship to K-12 students in Compton, CA. Kayla is passionate about education policy and, through her work with Dimensions and her legal education, she works to promote inclusive and equitable educational environments for students of color and other underrepresented populations.