Multicultural Center

Meet the Casa Latina Staff!

Photo of Rocio Ayard Ochoa Rocio Ayard Ochoa

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Director - Multicultural Center

r-ayardochoa@wiu.edu

In my role as the Director of the Multicultural Center I am passionate about social justice, intersectionality, and developing students through education, engagement and leadership. I ensure 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. My favorite place to travel is Rome, Italy. My favorite movies is "Finding Nemo" & "Hidden Figures". One of my goals for this year is to continue to be a servant leader.

Degrees: B. A. in Sociology from Wartburg College in Waverly Iowa, M.A in Latin American Studies from the University of Granada in Granada, Spain.

My favorite quote is

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

- Frida Kahlo


Carl Ervin headshot Carl Ervin

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Program Coordinator - Multicultural Center

cw-ervin@wiu.edu

My role is Multicultural Center Program Coordinator. I assist students and the MCC in a commitment to growth, development, success and excellence. One of my goals for the year is to make each day a great day for someone. One of my favorite places to travel is Toronto, Canada. That would be in the summer. One of my favorite movies is Black Panther. One of my 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.

My 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.


Photo of Judy Richardson Judy Richardson

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Office Administrator - Multicultural Center

jk-richardson@wiu.edu

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 the Multicultural Center 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!"

Photo of Eiran Saucedo-Rodarte Eiran Saucedo-Rodarte

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Graduate Assistant - Casa Latina Cultural Center

e-saucedo-rodarte@wiu.edu

Eiran E. Saucedo-Rodarte is a Chicano who was born in Huntington Park, Los Angeles, California and moved to Wichita, KS in 2008. While at FHSU he served as President of the Hispanic American Leadership Organization, Senator in the Student Government Association, and a Facilitator for Orientation programs. He is passionate about issues of injustice, grass-root level organizing, and hopes to be more involved in governmental affairs in the future.

Degrees: B.A. in Human Services from Fort Hayes State University, Certificate in Grant Writing and Program Development/Evaluation from Fort Hays State University.

My favorite quote is

Once social change begins, it cannot be reversed. You cannot un-educate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore. We have seen the future, and the future is ours.

- César Chávez


Photo of Noe Jurado Noe Jurado

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Graduate Assistant - Casa Latina Cultural Center & MCC Marketing

n-jurado@wiu.edu

Noe Jurado is currently working on a Masters of Business Administration. Noe's ultimate goal is becoming a well-known visual artist and designer in the fashion and entertainment industries regarding marketing of products and performing artists. However, art isn't Noe's only passion, Noe also has a passion for social justice. Noe has experienced racism and harassment because of his appearance, which that created this fire in his chest to live unapologetic and go against all odds in order to break generational stereotypes and stigmas.

Degrees: B.A. in Graphic Design from Western Illinois University.

My favorite quote is

En esta vida, el que sale para adelante, es el que pelea con uña y diente.

 

Office Information

Hours
Monday-Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Casa Latina Cultural Center
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455

E-mail: casa@wiu.edu
Phone: (309) 298-3379