Multicultural Center

MCC Ambassadors


Israel "Izzy" Alberto, Lead Ambassador

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My name is Israel, but everyone calls me Izzy. Born and raised on the South East Side of Chicago. Currently serving as the President of Alpha Psi Lambda National Inc. Alpha Iota Chapter, and the Secretary of Cultural Expressions. My Major is Marketing with a double Minor in Music Business and Creative Writing. I have a passion for empowering others. My passions include creating music, empowering others, and embracing my Mexican roots.

It's not about what you do, it's about how you do it.


Janae Patterson, Lead Ambassador

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I’m a senior majoring in Chemistry with an emphasis in pharmacy and a minor in zoology. I was born and raised on the south side of Chicago, but I live in Memphis, TN currently. I am the President of Black Student Summit (BSS) and Campus Girl Scouts (CGS). I have a passion for ensuring the efforts of other to get involved on campus. I feel as if once our upperclassman leaves a lot of our organizations will fall through the cracks. My goal for this year is to graduate on May 14th and make sure Black Student Summit has an amazing Summit this upcoming Fall.

Your faith has to be greater than your fear.It's not about what you do, it's about how you do it


Anthony Gómez, Lead Ambassador & MCC Intern

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I am a Senior Law enforcement major with a double minor in Forensic Psychology and Spanish. I am currently finishing my LEJA program this semester with my internship here at the Multicultural Center. I am passionate about advocating for my communities which is why I plan on going to law school after the completion of my undergrad and getting into immigration law. This semester, I am the President of Alpha Psi Lambda National, Inc. Alpha Iota Chapter; work as an Admissions Ambassador; train as a mixed martial artist; and part of multiple clubs, organizations, and committees in the MCC. My goal for this school year is to set up all the spaces that I am in for future success and leave a lasting impression on those I interact with.

If it is hard, then it is worth doing.


Heidi Olivos

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My name is Heidi Olivos and I am a Junior studying Biology-Zoology with a Spanish and Animal Science minor and in Pre-Vet. I am also President and Social Chair of Zoology Club and a sister of Alpha Psi Lambda National Inc. Alpha Iota Chapter. I am passionate about helping others (whether a person or an animal), and I enjoy meeting new people and trying new things. My goal for this year is to visit the farm on campus more often and to become more involved.

Whenever you feel crushed, under pressure, pressed, or in darkness, you are in a place of transformation. Trust the process. ;If it is hard, then it is worth doing

Zainab Sanni

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I am senior with my major being Biology with a minor in Chemistry. This is my second year being an MCC Ambassador. I am also apart of two organizations under the Women Center in the MCC: The National Association of Colored Women's Clubs Inc. and The Good Girl Movement. My goals for the school year are to have set plans for after college set in place before graduation day.

Power means happiness; power means hard work and sacrifice. --Beyoncé

Ollin Ortiz

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I am a Law Enforcement Major, with a Minor in Forensic Psychology. I am a current Cross Country/ T&F athlete for the University. I am also a brother of Alpha Psi Lambda National Inc. Alpha Iota Chapter. I am the proud father of Atlas Dorado Vortillaz (my Corgi puppy). I am what they call a Weeb, or otherwise known as a person who is very interested in Japense culture, specifically anime. My goals for this year are to run fast, and chase a bag!

No human is limited. -- Eliud Kipchoge

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Yazmin Laserna Escobar

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I'm a senior Forensic Psychology Major with a minor in Criminalistics. I am very passionate about advocating for others, whether that be people or animals :)! I've worked at the MCC since 2019, and have loved every minute of it. If you ever need a safe space to de-stress or just hangout please come visit us!

My goal for this school year is to keep pushing through any obstacles that may come my way and continue growing as a person.
Don't let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace --Dalai Lama


Myah' Turner

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My name is Myah’ Turner. I am a senior Majoring in Law Enforcement and Justice Administration, minoring in Communications. I have been an Ambassador at the MCC for 4 years now, and I enjoy the welcoming environment and catering for students. I am very passionate about my future. I can't wait to be come wealthy and live the life I see fit for myself. My goals for this school year is to make the Deans List again and get accepted into my top Graduate Programs.

The biggest adventure you can take in life is to live the life of your dreams.


Michelle Narvaez

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I grew up in a small town in New Mexico that was filled with murals and Chicano heritage so it’s not a mystery why I’m majoring in Graphic Design and Spanish. The core pillars of who I am were formed in that small mining town and that includes my love for nature and food! Although a part of me will always miss the green chile and the desert wilderness, I’m glad I’m able to expand my experiences here at WIU where I’m far away from rattlesnakes and tarantula hawk wasps (yes, those are real). My goal is to study abroad and strengthen my Spanish skills.

Don'’'t be sad about your panza, give self love a lil chanza


Shakyria Bailey

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Majoring in Political Science, minoring in African American Studies. I am from Zion, IL. The MCC to me is a safe place; I consider the MCC my home here at Western. My favorite event is BSA’s after dark.

My favorite quote is,

By Any Means Necessary. -Malcolm X