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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Ali Hamilton, Graduate Assistant

Area of study / major/minor: Graduate Student - Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Favorite quotes: “The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience.” ― Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

"Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
  — Nelson Mandela, Former President of South Africa

Why do you work in the Cross Cultural Centers - Multicultural Center / what motivates you to do this work? " I believe the best way to create change is through education and dialogue, both of which I get to participate in through the Cross Cultural Center.  What I enjoy most about working in the Multicultural Center is the opportunity to facilitate dialogue and educational programs and to learn from those in our community.”

The Social Movement you are passionate about or would like to learn more about?: Anti-Oppression, Anti-Violence, Reproductive Justice and Equality


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Samantha Javier, Student Intern

Class: 2018

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

Favorite quote: " You're beautiful just the way you are, and you don't have to change a thing, the world could change its heart, No scars to your beautiful, we're stars and we're beautiful" - Alessia Cara

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

I work in the Multicultural Center because it provides me with the outlet and resources necessary to help educate myself and others on current and forgotten social issues. 

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

I am passionate about the Black Lives Matter movement, but I would also like to learn more about anti oppression movements related to women rights and the LGBTQ+ community. 


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Phils Opoku, Class of 2018, Student Staff

Area of study / major/minor: Operation Management & Electronic Commerce 

Favorite quote: “Life's not about how hard of a hit you can give... it's about how many you can take, and still keep moving forward.” ― Sylvester Stallone, Rocky Balboa

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 want to be educated and educate others about what is the meaning of diversity."  

The Social Movement you are passionate about or would like to learn more about?:  "The Social Movement I'm passionate about is Immigration Laws" 


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Shadaya Cox, Class of 2017, Student Staff

Area of study / major/minor: Liberal Studies major with a concentration in Early Childhood Education

Favorite quote: "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain."

Why do you work in the Cross Cultural Centers - Multicultural Center / what motivates you to do this work? "I work in the Multicultural Center so I can be more active in events that take place on campus and to be a part of helping more students to learn about multiculturalism and what that means."

The Social Movement you are passionate about or would like to learn more about?: Black Lives Matter


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Chabeli Menendez, Class 2017, Student Staff

Area of study / major/minor: Community Health Education

Favorite quote: “Don’t ever let a day go by, without learning something new” -Mom

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

I work in the Multicultural center because I want to be part of diverse events behind the scenes making them happen and suggesting new ideas. Teaching other students about the different cultures on campus motivates me to do this work.

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

I am passionate about the Black Lives Matter movement because it is a real problem and I sometimes feel students are not aware of the issues. It may not affect them but it does affect the minority on campus, and support of this issue needs to be clear.


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Erica Amaya, Class 2020, Student Staff

Area of study / major/minor: Psychology

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: Biology major with a minor in Spanish

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!