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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.


Janet Morgan

Janet Morgan

Assessment Consultant

Email: jamorgan@syr.edu

Janet Morgan is currently a doctoral student in the Department of Instructional Design Development and Evaluation and serves as the assessment consultant for the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA).  She brings to OMA over ten years of experience creating assessment and evaluation methodologies for University-wide programs and community organizations.  In addition, she brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in the application of adult learning theory and instructional design methodologies and principles in the creation of teaching and learning solutions for online and face-to-face delivery. 

Janet has developed and implemented various assessment projects of the office’s programs and services to assist in the continuous improvement of student development, learning, and retention.  Activities include design and development of instruments, analysis of qualitative and quantitative data, report writing and the identification of relevant solutions to ensure continuous quality.

Janet holds a B.A. in literatures in English from the University of the West Indies, Jamaica, and a Master of Science degree in instructional design, development and evaluation, from the School of Education at Syracuse University.


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. 


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.