Director of Intercultural Programs
Professional and Educational background:-I was born and raised in Maryland and graduated from NC State University in Raleigh, NC where I studied Business and minored in Spanish. I later returned to school and obtained a Master’s in Student Affairs at University of Vermont where I also worked as an assistant residence director. Since then I have worked primarily in Residence Life at UC San Diego, University of Maryland, and University of the Pacific. I also worked for a study abroad program called Semester at Sea and had the amazing opportunity to circumnavigate the world on a ship! Some of my professional interests in student affairs are: residence life, ethnic and racial identity development, transracial adoption identity, evangelical faith, and intersections of identity.
Role in the office - My position oversees Westmont’s initiatives to engage students and the campus around understanding multiculturalism, diversity, and global awareness. Our office hopes to come alongside students, faculty, and staff as they explore and learn about cultural, ethnic, and racial diversity both domestically and internationally from a biblical framework.
What I like most about my work at Westmont - As I enter into my first year at Westmont I am most looking forward to bringing my faith to work. I am new to faith based institutions and have been looking for ways to incorporate my faith and the gospel directly into my daily work, and I am hoping to find that here at Westmont. I am excited to join an educational community that is walking through this process of sanctification together.
Intercultural Programs Coordinator
Professional and Educational background-: I am a proud Santa Barbara native. I attended Bishop Garcia Diego High, Santa Barbara City College and
UC Santa Barbara. I have an Associate Degree in English from City College and a Bachelor's degree from UCSB in U.S. and Mexican History. Since my late teens I have been actively involved in church life having facilitated youth groups, community outreach programs, hospitality, children's church and women's ministries. I have worked in the Santa Barbara area my entire adult life. My career path has taken me from pharmacy clerk to escrow/title processor to first year programs assistant to the Intercultural Programs Office. I have to say it has been an exciting informative journey! More than anything I enjoy spending time with my student friends and sharing in their college experience!
Role in the office- I get the opportunity to co-advise our Intercultural Organization along with Deanne or other faculty advisors. I actively participate in the programming that we provide as a department both on and off campus. I am responsible for managing our department budget and maintaining our department website. I see myself as a resource to students. I enjoy helping them navigate their college journey by offering support, information and most importantly friendship.
What I like most about my work at Westmont- The students of course! I have made tremendous long lasting friendship with several students over the ten years that I have been at Westmont. I find that I am energized by their presence, ideas, personalities and life goals. I couldn't imagine not working closely with students and constantly look for opportunities to develop relationships with our student body.
Intercultural Programs Assistant
Professional and Educational background-: I am a third generation Santa Barbara native with a long family history within the Santa Barbara community. I attended Santa Barbara City College to earn my certificate as an Administrative Assistant. My whole adult life I have been working on raising my three children with my husband Raymond. That is where I received my degree in life, being a full time mom for ten years.Over the past twenty years we have served in various capacities in our local church as Youth leaders, Marriage & Family Counseling, Worship Ministry and Small group leaders.
Role in the office-I get to work closely with the students while I assist the Campus Life Office and Intercultural Programs.Working with the various student groups and organizations brings great joy as I get to help students enjoy their time here at Westmont and grow in their Faith.
What I like most about my work at Westmont-I love that I get to be surrounded by students and young adults who are seeking Christ and learning how to walk with HIM through their educational journey.It is so awesome to see a community of students who want to make a difference in the world through the love of Christ.
Office Hours and Locations
The staff of the Intercultural Programs Office can be found in either Kerr Student Center in the Campus Life Office and also in Voskuyl Library 3rd Floor Room 303A. Feel free and stop by for visit with any one of us!