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Meet the OMA Student Staff

Student Staff

The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) provides the necessary support and guidance needed to encourage students to become members of a community respectful of differences. OMA assists students to grow into individuals willing to take a proactive stance against oppression in all its forms. OMA offers one-on-one support for students of color at Syracuse University. OMA reaches out to students of all colors who are struggling with mixed messages they may receive in dealing with the issues of race and diversity in their own communities.

Paige Brown

Paige Brown
WellsLink Leadership Program Intern & Student Assistant
pbrown04@syr.edu

School/College: School of Information Studies (iSchool)

Major: Information Management nd Technology

Hometown: Queens, NY

 

Paige Brown is a sophomore Information Management and Technology major at the iSchool. Paige has been connected to OMA since her participation in the WellsLink Leadership Program as a freshman. She currently serves as the program’s intern. Outside of OMA, Paige is a mentor for It Girls, Inc., an organization designed to support young women in the technology field.

Diamond Cole

Diamond Cole
Student Assistant
dicole@syr.edu

My name is Diamond Cole. I am a freshman in Falk College, and majoring in Public Health. I am originally from Syracuse, NY and Syracuse University felt like the perfect choice for me, already being acclimated to campus made my transition much easier having been a part of The Office of Multicultural Affairs since my freshman year in High-school. Now being a student at Syracuse University I am able to access the Office of Multicultural Affairs at its full potential. I am a mentee in the fullCIRCLE mentoring program and plan to join most of the programs offered during the rest of my years here. I am grateful to have to have the Office of Multicultural Affairs as a support system for me.

Abigail J. Covington

Abigail J. Covington
Social Media Intern & Student Assistant
ajcoving@syr.edu

School: College of Arts & Sciences

Major: Writing, Rhetoric, & Composition, Sociology

Hometown: Washington, DC

Abigail Covington is a sophomore dual majoring in Writing, Rhetoric, & Composition and Sociology. She started off as a mentee and cohort of the WellsLink Leadership Program and has stayed connected to OMA ever since. Covington is a member of Straighten Your Crown, a mentoring program for young girls and a writer for Femme Noire. Outside of her campus involvement Covington runs a blog and podcast called The New Narrative.

Oloruntobi "Tobi" Dare

Oloruntobi "Tobi" Dare
fullCIRCLE Peer Advisor & Student Assistant
odare@syr.edu

School/College: Arts and Sciences & Maxwell

Major: International Relations

Minor: Medical Anthropology 

Hometown: Bowie, Maryland

Oloruntobi (Tobi) Dare is a junior in the college of Arts and Sciences at Syracuse University. She entered the fullCIRCLE family in her sophomore year as a peer mentor. This year, she will be serving as a peer mentor advisor for the program. Outside of OMA, Tobi is also the Vice President of internal affairs for the African Student Union. She is a member of the One World dance team, and volunteers at Crouse hospital in her spare time. Tobi enjoys reading African-American literature as well as modern novels by African authors. This year, Tobi plans to excel in her academics and get to know more students that are a part of OMA. Tobi is also a recipient of the Gates Millennium Scholarship.  

Alice M. Garrastegui Rivera

Alice M. Garrastegui Rivera
Student Assistant
amgarras@syr.edu

School/College:  College of Arts and Sciences | Class 2018
Major: Biochemistry
 
My name is Alice Garrastegui and I am from Toa Alta, PR.

The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) rapidly became my home away from home during my first semester at Syracuse. I became involved with OMA during my first year in Syracuse University by becoming a mentee under the fullCIRCLE Mentoring Program and by working as a student assistant in the office. For my sophomore year I became a Peer Mentor for fullCIRCLE. There I had the opportunity to help students with different cultural backgrounds to adjust to SU’s challenging college life. Although I am not a peer mentor anymore, I still fulfill the same role in a way by working as a student assistant in the office. Outside of OMA, I participate in the Louis Stroke Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Program which fosters and increases my interaction with the scientific community. My favorite activity on campus is to go ice skating or attend the Orange After Dark activities. My professional goal is to attend medical school and become a cardiologist.


I hope to see you in OMA!

Anibal Ernesto Giron

Anibal Ernesto Giron
Student Assistant
aegiron@syr.edu

School/College: College of Engineering & Computer Science

Major: Civil Engineering

Hi! I am a Junior from Denver, Colorado. Currently spending my third year with the Office of Multicultural affairs. During my freshman year I was part of the WellsLink Leadership Program, and after that I joined the Peer Leader group. I have also participated with Verbal Blend. Outside of OMA, I am part of the Honors Program, the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, and the Baptist Campus Ministry. During my down time, I enjoy free writing, playing soccer, watching movies, reading, and serving others.

Taishia Huyghue

Taishia Huyghue
fullCIRCLE Peer Advisor & Student Assistant
tmhuyghu@syr.edu

College: College of Arts & Sciences

Major: Mathematics

Minor: Exercise Science ( Dance)

 

Taishia is a 5th  year student from Brooklyn, NY. She started off as a mentor in fullCircle for the ’15’ 16 school year. Even though she did not have a mentee during this time, fullCIRCLE embodied everything she needed and more during this pivotal time in her college career. fullCIRCLE Mentoring Program filled her cup when it was empty and now she is capable of giving back and filling someone else’s cup as a Peer Mentor Advisor. Outside of OMA, she is the Community Service Committee for J.U.M.P(Juvenile Urban Multicultural Program) Nation, an organization designed to lower the dropout rates of junior and high school students in Urban communities. In the near future, Taishia intends on pursuing an MBA and a career as a financial analyst.

Ashani Logan

Ashani Logan
fullCIRCLE Peer Advisor & Student Assistant
aglogan@syr.edu

School/College: School of Architecture

Major: Bachelor of Architecture

Hometown: Portmore, Jamaica

Ashani Logan is currently a senior in the School of Architecture at Syracuse University. He has been a part of the fullCIRCLE Mentoring Program since his freshman year as a mentee, and subsequently as a Peer Mentor in his sophomore and junior years. This year, he is an active Peer Mentor Advisor for the program.

When Ashani is not with fullCIRCLE, he serves as the Representative for the Class of 2017 in the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) and is a recipient of the Gates Millennium Scholarship. Ashani lives in Boston with his family and enjoys playing soccer, sketching and videography.

Saphyir Moody

Saphyir Moody
Dimensions Intern & Student Assistant
smoody@syr.edu

College: Martin J. Whitman School Of Management

Major: Senior Accounting

Saphyir joined Dimensions during her freshman year and now serves as the Dimensions Intern. Saphyir is originally from Brooklyn, NY. Her passion for mentoring is exemplified through her work with Dimensions and Syracuse City School District youth. She is also President of Straighten Your Crown Mentoring, KPMG Campus Ambassador, and a member of the National Association of Black Accountants. Saphyir is very entrepreneurial and hopes to open her own businesses in the near future.

 

LaNia J. Roberts

LaNia J. Roberts
fullCIRCLE Peer Mentor & Student Assistant
ljrobert@syr.edu

My name is LaNia Roberts, and I am Co-President of the Black Artist League! As you may have seen, we have submitted two space allocation requests for Fall of 2016. (Goldstein Auditorium (Schine Student Center), and Jabberwocky Cafe). Although we have recently been denied funding through SA (we are reapplying for funding through SA appeals right now), we have a secure source of funding through OMA for both events in Goldstein Aud. and Jabberwocky Cafe. I am CCing Marissa Willingham, which can confirm the funding through OMA.