Multicultural Center

Meet the LGBT*QA Resource Center Staff!

Photo of Rocio Ayard Ochoa Rocio Ayard Ochoa

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Director - Multicultural Center

In my role as the Director of the Multicultural Center and as a student affairs practitioner I am passionate about social justice, intersectionality and developing students through education, engagement and leadership. I ensure GBCC provides a unique and empowering space for students to experience college life. It is also important that GBCC is a space on campus that offers a holistic learning experience allowing students to explore ethnic identity development, engage in social justice, community outreach, cultural expression, social and professional networking so they can become the best version of themselves. I hold a B. A. in Sociology from Wartburg College in Waverly Iowa and a M.A in Latin American Studies from the University of Granada in Granada, Spain. My favorite place to travel is Rome, Italy. My favorite movies is "Finding Nemo" & "Hidden Figures". One of my goal for this year is to continue to be a servant leader.

My Favorite quote is

 Feet, what do I need you for when I have wings to fly? 

- Frida Kahlo

Carl Ervin headshot Carl Ervin

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Program Coordinator -Multicultural Center

My role is Multicultural Center Program Coordinator. I assist students and the MCC in a commitment to growth, development, success and excellence. I earned a B.S. in Political Science from Illinois State University and a M.S. in Education from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. One of my goals for the year is to make each day a great day for someone. One of my favorite places to travel is Toronto, Canada. That would be in the summer. One of my favorite movies is Black Panther. One of my favorite books is Dune by Frank Herbert.

My favorite quote is

" I don't know the key to success, but I do know that the key to failure is trying to please everyone" - John Wooden, Hall of Fame basketball coach who led UCLA to ten consecutive Division I Basketball championship titles.


Photo of Judy Richardson Judy Richardson

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Office Administrator -Multicultural Center

I am the Office Administrator for the Multicultural Center. I am new to the team. I handle all of the room scheduling, budgeting and paperwork for the Multicultural Center and try to assist the staff and student organizations in any way I can. I am currently working on a General Studies degree. My favorite place that I have traveled is Cancun, Mexico. My favorite movie is "Pride & Prejudice." One goal I have for this year is to expand my cultural knowledge. 

My favorite quote is 

 "Shake it off; rub some dirt on it!"

Photo of Sarah Daniels Sarah Daniels

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Graduate Assistant - LGBT*QA Resource Center

Sarah is a current graduate student from Jasper, Georgia. She is studying for a master’s degree in College Student Personnel. She enjoys listening to music with friends and trying new things. She is passionate about advocacy for the LGBTQ*A community and equitable access to education. She hopes to grow as a leader and an advocate in her time at Western Illinois.

Degrees: B.S. in Communication Studies from Georgia Southern University.

My favorite quote is

You are woman, skin and bones, veins and nerves, hair and sweat. You are not made of metaphors, not apologies, not excuses.

- Sarah Kay

Photo of Kairo Scott Kairo Scott

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Graduate Assistant - LGBT*QA Resource Center & MCC Operations

Kai is pursuing a Master's in the Political Science Department and is returning as a Graduate Assistant in the 20-21 academic year. They have previously held the seat of LGBT*QA Resource Center SGA Senator, was a member of the Executive board for Unity, and served as a student ambassador in the LGBT*QA Resource Center. Their future goal is to go to law school to help fight for human rights and equity in the justice system.



Degrees: B.S. in Computer Science from Western Illinois University.

My favorite quote is

There is no such thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives.

- Audre Lorde