Multicultural Center

Meet the MCC Staff!

Photo of Rocio Ayard Ochoa Rocio Ayard Ochoa

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Director - Multicultural Center

r-ayardochoa@wiu.edu

In my role as the Director of the Multicultural Center I am passionate about social justice, intersectionality, and developing students through education, engagement and leadership. I ensure the MCC provides a unique and empowering space for students to experience college life. It is also important that the MCC 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. My favorite place to travel is Rome, Italy. My favorite movies are "Finding Nemo" & "Hidden Figures". One of my goals for this year is to continue to be a servant leader.

Degrees: B. A. in Sociology from Wartburg College in Waverly Iowa, M.A in Latin American Studies from the University of Granada in Granada, Spain.

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

cw-ervin@wiu.edu

My role is Multicultural Center Program Coordinator. I assist students and the MCC in a commitment to growth, development, success and excellence. 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.

 

Degrees: B.S. in Political Science from Illinois State University, M.S. in Education from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

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

jk-richardson@wiu.edu

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 Kwyn Townsend Riley Kwyn Townsend Riley

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Graduate Assistant - Gwendolyn Brooks Cultural Center

k-townsendriley@wiu.edu

I am a Southside native, from Chicago. She will be working in the Gwendolyn Brooks Cultural Center at the MCC. Kwyn graduated from the University of Dayton in Ohio in 2016 where she pledged the illustrious sorority Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. She was also involved on her campus as the Director of Campus Unity for SGA, NPHC President and was an RA! After graduating Kwyn worked for a few Communication firms and youth centers such as the Gary Comer Youth Center and then worked as a Resource Coordinator for Doolittle Elementary School. Kwyn is the founder of The Underrep'd an LLC which serves black college students who attend predominantly white institutions. She is a national spoken word artist and has performed all over the world - including Germany! Kwyn believes in liberation for all black folx and organizes with BYP100 through a black queer feminist lens. She is honored to be on the MCC team and excited to work with everyone!

Degrees: B.A. in Communications from University of Dayton.

My favorite quote is

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

- Philippians 4:13


Photo of Brian Jackson Jr. Brian Jackson

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Graduate Assistant - Gwendolyn Brooks Cultural Center

b-jackson3@wiu.edu

Brian will be working this semester as a graduate assistant in the GBCC. He is a proud alumnus of Western. As an undergraduate Brian was very involved with various organizations including BSA, PGS and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Currently, Brian is obtaining his Master of Science in RPTA. Brian wants to pursue a career as an event director and entrepreneur. He is from the South Side of Chicago and grew up playing sports and staying active. His favorite movie is Drumline and TV show is Prison Break. He is a Chicago sports fan for all teams EXCEPT the Cubs. He is very excited to work with the GBCC and everyone who encounters the MCC and can’t wait to work with you all.

Degrees: Bachelor of Business in Management from WIU

My favorite quote is

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

- Matthew 6:34


Photo of Sarah Daniels Sarah Daniels

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Graduate Assistant - LGBT*QA Resource Center

sa-daniels@wiu.edu

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 a 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

Pronouns | They, Them, Theirs

Graduate Assistant - LGBT*QA Resource Center & MCC Operations

kj-scott3@wiu.edu

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


Photo of Eiran Saucedo-Rodarte Eiran Saucedo-Rodarte

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Graduate Assistant - Casa Latina Cultural Center

e-saucedo-rodarte@wiu.edu

Eiran E. Saucedo-Rodarte is a Chicano who was born in Huntington Park, Los Angeles, California and moved to Wichita, KS in 2008. While at FHSU he served as President of the Hispanic American Leadership Organization, Senator in the Student Government Association, and a Facilitator for Orientation programs. He is passionate about issues of injustice, grass-root level organizing, and hopes to be more involved in governmental affairs in the future.

Degrees: B.A. in Human Services from Fort Hays State University, Certificate in Grant Writing and Program Development/Evaluation from Fort Hays State University.

My favorite quote is

Once social change begins, it cannot be reversed. You cannot uneducate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore. We have seen the future, and the future is ours.

- César Chávez


Photo of Noe Jurado Noe Jurado

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Graduate Assistant - Casa Latina Cultural Center & MCC Marketing

n-jurado@wiu.edu

Noe Jurado is currently working on a Masters of Business Administration. Noe's ultimate goal is becoming a well-known visual artist and designer in the fashion and entertainment industries regarding marketing of products and performing artists. However, art isn't Noe's only passion, Noe also has a passion for social justice. Noe has experienced racism and harassment because of his appearance, which created this fire in his chest to live unapologetic and go against all odds in order to break generational stereotypes and stigmas.

Degrees: B.A. in Graphic Design from Western Illinois University.

My favorite quote is

En esta vida, el que sale para adelante, es el que pelea con uña y diente.

Photo of Trameka Pope Trameka Pope

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Graduate Assistant - Women's Center

td-pope@wiu.edu

Trameka is a self-driving, dedicated, honest, and motivated young woman. She comes from a family of 8 siblings and attended Wells prep where she graduated as Valedictorian while carrying her first child. She also attended Wendell Phillips High school where she also graduated as the Salutatorian. Her passion is to help and contribute to people in the best form she possibly can. Her hobbies are cooking and learning how to become better at doing hair. Trameka would like to pursue a career as an epidemiologist. Start off as a health specialist or health informant. She is interested in working at the MCC working with college students because she knows she can relate on many levels to help connect them with so many resources. Help them under the importance of being involved, mentor, and serve as a helping hand to many of them, while also learning about their cultural differences or similarities.

Degrees: B.S. in Recreation, Park, and Tourism Administration from Western Illinois University.

My favorite quote is

My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.

- Maya Angelou


Photo of Aleezah Washington Aleezah Washington

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Graduate Assistant - Women's Center

a-washington2@wiu.edu

Aleezah Washington was a 4 year member of the Women’s Volleyball team, while working on an undergraduate program. This year Aleezah is heading into her 5th year to start her journey receiving a Master’s of Business Administration. Aleezah is very excited to be spending her last year at the MCC. She is looking forward to being able to bring about change and awareness.

Degrees: B.S. in Law Enforcement and Justice Administration from Western Illinois University.

My favorite quote is

When you awaken, we have to exit some spaces. We are not meant to fit one everywhere.