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Office of Student Inclusion and Diversity staff

Ashley Allen

Ashley Allen

Assistant Director, Office of Student Inclusion and Diversity

Contact: ashleyallen@augustana.edu

Leticia Martinez

Leticia Martinez

Executive Assistant, Office of Student Inclusion and Diversity

Contact: leticiamartinez@augustana.edu

Michael S. Rogers

Michael S. Rogers

Director, Office of Student Inclusion and Diversity

Contact: michaelrogers@augustana.edu

Student staff 2019-20

gemma chavez

Gemma Chavez

Hometown: Mundelein, Ill.
Major: Biochemistry
Year: Sophomore
Position: Program coordinator
Campus involvement: Delta Chi Theta sorority, intramural sports chair for Delta Chi Theta, and Latinx Unidos

What are your career aspirations?

I am striving towards working in the pharmaceutical industry.

What advice do you have for future Augustana students?

Try everything once, twice if you like it. That being said don't be afraid to get involved in different groups on campus.

What experiences have been most meaningful during your Augustana journey?

Joining Delta Chi Theta has definitely been the most meaningful experience so far. My first year as a Delta Chi Theta I gained so many amazing friends. The love and support I receive from my sisters is unreal.

What have you gained from your involvement on campus?

Attending Latinx Unidos meetings has given me opportunities to talk about my culture and participate in events I wouldn't have otherwise. Also, joining a sorority has given me an outlet to support, answer questions I have, get class and professor recommendations, and more.

ketsia faraja

Ketsia Rubuye Faraja

Hometown: Kinshasa, DR Congo
Major: Political science and international business
Year: Sophomore
Position: Program coordinator
Campus involvement: Global ambassador, member of the American Scandinavian Association

What are your career aspirations?

I want to be a diplomat and an ambassador for human rights specifically for women from all over the world. I want to have political and global insight to enhance my perspectives on international relations between countries.

What advice do you have for future Augustana students?

Be yourself, teach your values to those who don't understand them, make sure to have goals to have a clear focus on what you want to accomplish in college and don't take any second for granted.

What experiences have been most meaningful during your Augustana journey?

The recognition of my race, sex and culture. I know I matter, not only as a black girl, but as a woman and as a person.

What have you gained from your involvement on campus?

I have been more involved in different groups within campus. I have learned more about morals and respect. I'm focused because every experience pushed me to have goals.

meghan gove

Meghan Gove

Hometown: LaGrange, Ill.
Major: Psychology and creative writing
Year: Junior
Position: Program coordinator
Campus involvement: Sigma Kappa Tau sorority, Alpha Psi Omega National Theatre Honors Society

What are your career aspirations?

Therapist/Author/Actor, social activist

What advice do you have for future Augustana students?

Stay on top of your schoolwork, but make sure you take time for yourself.

What experiences have been most meaningful during your Augustana journey?

Living and collaborating with small groups of people since I had only lived with big groups before, being a member of this office, developing new friendships and learning how to be a better leader. 

What have you gained from your involvement on campus?

A better understanding of others, how to be a better leader, what it means to be a better friend and being more open with myself. 

talayah lemon

Talayah Lemon

Hometown: Matteson, Ill.
Major: Sociology
Year: Junior
Position: Brand ambassador
Campus involvement: I am involved in Black Student Union and Dat Poetry Club 

What are your career aspirations?

I am currently exploring my options within the Sociology career field. 

What advice do you have for future Augustana students?

Dear Future Augustana student, growth is essential. It is important to step out of your comfort zone, challenge many ideas, and expand and spread your knowledge. Remember you are an important piece of a puzzle. You have the power to positively influence others,  and be an advocate for necessary change. You are bigger than what you think of yourself. "Step out of your estimate and step in your essence." - Beyonce

What experiences have been most meaningful during your Augustana journey?

There have been many experiences that have been meaningful during my journey. I think each experience, good and bad, has shaped me to be the person I am today. I think the most meaningful experiences I have had are when I am influencing and helping people. My positive impact on people is very important to me because I can be a vessel for others, while also shaping their experience/journey at Augustana.

What have you gained from your involvement on campus?

I have gained a better sense of my involvement/role on campus. I've gain better leadership skills, time management skills, and communication skills. I am now more aware of campus culture.

jacqueline massat

Jacqueline Massat

Hometown: Crystal Lake, Ill.
Major: Secondary education-history
Year: Junior
Position: Program coordinator
Campus involvement: Sigma Pi Delta sorority

What are your career aspirations?

Hopefully someday I will have a masters in educational administration!

What advice do you have for future Augustana students?

Don't be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone and try new activities, organizations, and clubs that you have never tried before. Now is the perfect time to discover what you are truly passionate about.

What experiences have been most meaningful during your Augustana journey?

The process of rushing and pledging a sorority and working for this office!

What have you gained from your involvement on campus?

I have gained much more confidence in myself and the things I am passionate about, and I have immensely developed leadership skills I did not have prior to attending Augustana.

jessica miller

Jessica Miller

Hometown: Grayslake, Ill.
Major: Communication sciences and disorders
Year: Sophomore
Position: Program coordinator
Campus involvement: Delta Chi Theta sorority

What are your career aspirations?

I want to be a speech pathologist! I would prefer to work in an elementary school, but honestly any school, hospital, nursing home or private practice would be great!

What advice do you have for future Augustana students?

Enjoy the ride! Don't stress too much about what is to come; enjoy where you are now. 

What experiences have been most meaningful during your Augustana journey?

Pledging a sorority, living in the dorms. and going through the PACE Multicultural Mentorship program have given me some of my most meaningful experiences. I met so many new people and made some great memories, too.

What have you gained from your involvement on campus?

I've gained so many things in my short time here. I've bettered my time management, improved my social skills and gained many connections.

kirubel mognehode

Kirubel Mognehode

Hometown: Ethiopia, Africa
Major: Computer science and graphic design
Year: Sophomore
Position: Graphic designer

Muhammad Osama Mushtaq

Muhammad Osama Mushtaq

Hometown: Peshawar, Pakistan
Major: Accounting and economics
Year: Junior
Position: Program coordinator
Campus involvement: Student worker at Tredway Library, Beta Omega Sigma fraternity, Muslims Student Association and African Student Association  

What are your career aspirations?

In the long run, I see myself making global connections and finding a job that allows me to travel throughout the world.

What advice do you have for future Augustana students?

Talk to everyone you meet. Make new friends every day. Have good relations with all your professors. And most importantly, have fun. 

What experiences have been most meaningful during your Augustana journey?

Working in different offices with people from diverse backgrounds has helped me improve my communication skills and learn about so many different things about different cultures. 

What have you gained from your involvement on campus?

I believe I am being molded into the best version of myself by the constant efforts of my professors, the support of my friends and the Augie environment in general. It's been an educational two years for me and I intend to spend my next half at Augustana in the same way.

carlos ramirez

Carlos Ramirez

Hometown: Schiller Park, Ill.
Major: Biology
Year: Sophomore
Position: Program coordinator
Campus involvement: Latinx Unidos and Best Buddies

What are your career aspirations?

My career aspiration is to one day become a physical therapist. 

What advice do you have for future Augustana students?

Do not be nervous; college isn't as scary as it seems. Be open to new experiences...you might find something you're passionate about.

What experiences have been most meaningful during your Augustana journey?

The connections I have made have been the most meaningful to me, from my peers to my professors.

What have you gained from your involvement on campus?

I've grown so much as a person from my involvement here on campus. My social skills have improved immensely. I've grown to be a more understanding and open person.

jaylin strong

Jaylin Strong

Hometown: Chicago
Year: Sophomore
Position: Program coordinator
Campus involvement: Latinx Unidos

What are your career aspirations?

I want a career either in psychology or sociology; they both deal with helping people, and I want to be involved with that.

What advice do you have for future Augustana students?

Be open-minded to new things, such as dorm life, meeting people with different backgrounds from your own, clubs and events. Don't be afraid to expand your horizons and try new things. 

What experiences have been most meaningful during your Augustana journey?

My most meaningful experience so far was the Selma trip where I learned about slavery and segregation back in the 1700s. I learned so many things about my heritage that I didn't know before, and I'm so happy I applied to go on the trip.   

What have you gained from your involvement on campus?

Something I gained is talking to people and learning so much about other people's cultures.