Meet the Multicultural Center Staff

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José Sanchéz, Assistant Director of the Cross Cultural Centers

José's primary responsibility is to oversee the Multicultural Center. He started at The University of Scranton in July 2016. Previously, he served as the Associate Director of Residence Life and Intercultural Community and Engagement at Susquehanna University. José brings a breadth of experience with residence life and housing, mentoring and advising social and cultural student organizations, as well as, Latino and African American based organizations. He received his Master's Degree in in Student Affairs and Diversity at Binghamton University.


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Camila Robles, Class 2018, Student Staff

Area of study / major/minor: Political Science with a minor in Women's Studies

Favorite quote: "We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented." -Elie Wiesel 

Why do you work in the Cross Cultural Centers - Multicultural Center / what motivates you to do this work? I think that a lot of people grow up in very sheltered environments which often leads to ignorance. I work at the MC to try and break that down, and enlighten other students to the beauty in diversity and differences. 

 The Social Movement you are passionate about or would like to learn more about?:  #BlackLivesMatter and #MeToo

 


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Erica Amaya, Class 2020, Student Staff

Area of study / major/minor: Counseling and Human Services

Favorite quote: "Alone we do so little; together we can do so much." - Helen Keller

Why do you work in the Cross Cultural Centers - Multicultural Center / what motivates you to do this work?  I work at the Cross Cultural center because I enjoy being a part of a diverse community and it is a great way to help the different events on campus.

The Social Movement you are passionate about or would like to learn more about?:  I am passionate about the LGBT social movements.


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Faith Punch, Class 2020, Student Staff

Area of study / major/minor: Spanish with a minor in Biology

Favorite quote: "Life is short. Smile while you still have teeth"

Why do you work in the Cross Cultural Centers - Multicultural Center / what motivates you to do this work?  I work in the MC because it exposes me to different cultures & backgrounds. It also helps me learn about the history/challenges of other ethnic groups.

The Social Movement you are passionate about or would like to learn more about?:  Pro life!

Stephany Roberty, Class of 2019, Student Staff

Area of study / major/minor: Human Resources with a minor in Business

Favorite quote: "This too shall pass"

Why do you work in the Cross Cultural Centers - Multicultural Center / what motivates you to do this work? Being a part of the 17% of the minority at this school it has given me a different perspective. I'm constantly one of the few black girls in my class but the MC is my safe space and its members are people like me. Becoming a staff member was a dream come true. What motivates me to work there is the fact that so many students transfer because of Scranton's lack of diversity and at some point I wanted to as well. But with the MC I really felt like I belonged and I want other incoming students to feel the same.

The Social Movement you are passionate about or would like to learn more about?:  "Black Lives Matter or #BLM is a movement that through UCO and the MC I've learned a lot about but want to continue to have a better understanding of it.


Keilani Noble, Class of 2019, Student Intern

Area of study / major/minor: Counseling and Human Services with a minor in Psychology

Favorite quote: "You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them." - Maya Angelou 

Why do you work in the Cross Cultural Centers - Multicultural Center / what motivates you to do this work? What motivates me to work at the cross cultural centers is to learn about the different cultures of the world and the different aspects of them. I also want to learn about and understand the issues they face so I can think of ways to help change these issues.

The Social Movement you are passionate about or would like to learn more about?:  I would like to learn more about the LGBTQ+ social movement.


Nicholas Antoniou, Class of 2020, Student Intern

Area of study / major/minor: Business Administration Major with a minor in Social Media Strategies

Favorite quote: “You can ask the universe for signs all you want but ultimately we’ll only see what we want to see...when you’re ready to see it.” -Ted Mosby

 

Why do you work in the Cross Cultural Centers - Multicultural Center / what motivates you to do this work?

I want to work at the Multicultural Center because I want to increase my involvement with activities here at our school. I’d like to learn more about other cultures and educate others about my own culture.

The Social Movement you are passionate about or would like to learn more about?: I’m passionate to learn more about the recent immigration issues with the United States and Mexico.


Aba Amon-Kwafo, Class of 2020, Student Intern

Area of study / major/minor: Graduate Student - Neuroscience

Favorite quotes: “Where there is love, there is life" -Mahatma Gandhi

Why do you work in the Cross Cultural Centers - Multicultural Center / what motivates you to do this work? The multicultural center speaks to me on so many different levels. Second floor Denaples center, the location of the multicultural center, is a place where I can express my culture while learning about others. Involving myself in the events hosted by the multicultural center has allowed me to meet other students and emulsify myself in the Scranton community.

The Social Movement you are passionate about or would like to learn more about?: I am most passionate about the Black Lives Matter social movement and I am interested in learning more about immigration in the United States.