Student Life

Meet the LGBT*QA Resource Center Staff!!

Photo of Rocio Ayard Ochoa   Rocio Ayard Ochoa  

Pronouns | She, Her, Hers

Director - Multicultural Center

In my role as the Director of Gwendolyn Brooks Cultural 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, SpainMy 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


 Photo of Judy Richardson Judy Richardson

Pronouns | She, Her, Hers

Office Administrator -Multicultural Center

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 Casa Latina 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!"

grace   Grace Davis

Pronouns | She, Her, Hers

Graduate Assistant-LGBT*QA Resource Center

Hello everyone! My name is Grace, and I am in the College Student Personnel Program here. Some fun facts about me:  I worked at Harvard this summer as a Resident Director for their Pre-College Program. I'm from Wisconsin and went to school at UW-Stout where I graduated with a BFA in Interior Design. I spent a summer in Scotland and designed one of my tattoos around that experience. I have a dog named Fergus who is the light of my life and I can talk about for hours.  My favorite shows right now are Steven Universe and Lucifer.  My passion is working with Queer students and doing everything I can to enhance their experiences here at WIU.  I can't wait to meet you all!


  Cindy Guzman

Pronouns | She, Her, Hers

LGBT*QA Ambassador

I am a Social Work major here at WIU. I am originally from Streamwood, IL. The MCC, to me, means a place where all are invited and welcomed to be themselves without fear of being an outcast. It is a place full of smiles and kind people. I would tell incoming student to be sure to join at least one club! It is the best way to make friends and find people who have similar interests as you.

I live by the quote,

"No Rain No Flowers" -Unknown.



 Paul Copeland  

Pronouns | They,Them,Theirs

LGBT*QA Ambassador

I am a senior Computer Science major. Originally from Amarillo, TX, I moved to the Midwest when I transferred to WIU. I currently hold the seat of SGA Senator and an a member of the Executive board for Unity. My future goal is to go to law school so that I can help fight for human rights and equity in the justice system.

My favorite quote is

“There is no such thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives.” -Audre Lorde