Multicultural Center

Meet the GBCC Staff!

Photo of Rocio Ayard Ochoa  Rocio  Ayard Ochoa

Pronouns | She, Her, Hers

Director - Multicultural Center

r-ayardochoa@wiu.edu

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

Pronouns | He, Him, His

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. 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

Pronouns | She, Her, Hers

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

Pronouns | She, Her, Hers

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

Pronouns | He, Him, His

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