Multicultural Center

Meet the Women’s Center Staff!

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Rocio Ayard Ochoa

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Director - Multicultural Center

r-ayardochoa@wiu.edu

In her role as the Director of the Multicultural Center, Rocio (Row-see-o) is passionate about social justice, intersectionality, and developing students through education, engagement and leadership. She ensures the MCC provides a unique and empowering space for students to experience college life. It is also important that the MCC 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. Her favorite place to travel is Rome, Italy. Her favorite movies are "Finding Nemo" & "Hidden Figures". One of her goals for this year is to meet as many new students as possible!

 

 

 

Her favorite quote is

Feet, what do I need you for when I have wings to fly?

- Frida Kahlo


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Carl Ervin

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Program Coordinator -Multicultural Center

cw-ervin@wiu.edu

Carl serves as the Associate Director of the Multicultural Center. He assists students and the MCC in a commitment to growth, development, success and excellence. One of his goals for the year is to make each day a great day for someone. One of his favorite places to travel in the summer is Toronto, Canada. One of his favorite movies is Black Panther, and one of his favorite books is Dune by Frank Herbert.

 

Degrees: B.S. in Political Science from Illinois State University, M.S. in Education from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

 

 

His favorite quote is

I don't know the key to success, but I do know that the key to failure is trying to please everyone -- John Wooden, Hall of Fame basketball coach who led UCLA to ten consecutive Division I Basketball championship titles

 

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Freesia McKee

Pronouns | She, Her, Hers

Assistant Director - Multicultural Center

fw-mckee@wiu.edu

Freesia (FREE-zshuh) is the Assistant Director of the Multicultural Center. She has been a community organizer of artists for over a decade and has worked professionally as a professor, editor, event planner, grant writer, and mentor. She's passionate about creating spaces where each person can practice living as a leader and cultivating their voice. In addition to her work in the Multicultural Center, Freesia also loves writing, reading, bicycling, running, gardening, flaneusing, and over-the-top marathon cooking sessions.

Degrees:  BA in Gender and Women's Studies from Warren Wilson College & MFA in Creative Writing with a concentration in poetry from Florida International University

 

 

Her favorite quote is 

Hope is not a lottery ticket you can sit on the sofa and clutch, feeling lucky. It is an axe you break down doors with in an emergency —Rebecca Solnit

 

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Haley Rednour

Pronouns | She, Her, Hers

Graduate Assistant - Women's Center

hm-rednour@wiu.edu

Haley is a second year in the College Student Personnel (CSP) Masters program. She graduated from the University of St. Francis majoring in Psychology in 2020. Her goal this year is to actively work to promote equality for ALL women on campus and throughout the Macomb community by celebrating the intersectionality of women identities, advocating for women's needs, and providing support and resources to women throughout the community. 

Degrees:  B.A. in Psychology from University of St. Francis 

 

 

Her favorite quote is 

T rue self-care is not bath salts and chocolate cake, it is making the choice to build a life you don't need to regularly escape from.