Multicultural Center

Meet the MCC Staff!

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Rocio Ayard Ochoa

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Director - Multicultural Center

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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Associate Director - Multicultural Center

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



Haley Rednour

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Graduate Assistant - Women's Center

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.


Photo of Eiran Saucedo-Rodarte Eiran Saucedo-Rodarte

Pronouns | He, Him, Èl

Graduate Assistant - Casa Latina Cultural Center

Eiran (Aye-Raan) is currently in his last year of the Masters of College Student Personnel program. He is a proud Alumni of Fort Hays State University in Hays, KS. At FHSU he was most notably involved in the Hispanic American Leadership Organization, Student Government, and the Diversity and Inclusion Office. Outside of his work/studies, he is passionate about liberation movements, climate change, and way too many hobbies. His goal for this year is to create a culture of community and collaboration in and outside of the Latinx community at WIU.  


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

His favorite quote is

From each according to their ability, to each according to their needs


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Meyani Montano

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Graduate Assistant - Casa Latina Cultural Center

Meyani (May-on-ee) is currently working on her Masters degree in the Public Safety Administration program. She is a proud alumna from WIU in which she founded AMPLIFY and was involved in the United Greek Council, Latin American Student Organization, and more! She is an equity-focused advocate for all underrepresented and marginalized voices. Her passions align with restorative justice practices, diversity and inclusion, and the implementation of social justice in all areas of her work. Her goal for this year is to cultivate student leadership in the most motivating and sustainable way possible!   

Degrees:   B.S. in Law Enforcement and Justice Administration from Western Illinois University 


Her favorite quote is

In order to love who you are, you cannot hate the experienes that shaped you

Photo of Kwyn Townsend Riley Kwyn Townsend Riley

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Graduate Assistant - Gwendolyn Brooks Cultural Center

Kwyn is a Southside native, from Chicago. She graduated from the University of Dayton in Ohio in 2016 where she pledged the illustrious sorority Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. She was also involved on her campus as the Director of Campus Unity for SGA, NPHC President and was an RA! After graduating, Kwyn worked for a few Communication firms and youth centers such as the Gary Comer Youth Center and then worked as a Resource Coordinator for Doolittle Elementary School. Kwyn is the founder of The Underrep'd an LLC which serves black college students who attend predominantly white institutions. She is a national spoken word artist and has performed all over the world - including Germany! Kwyn believes in liberation for all black folx and organizes with BYP100 through a black queer feminist lens. She is honored to be on the MCC team and excited to work with everyone! One of her goals this year is for everyone to know more about Gwendolyn Brooks and why Black Lives Matter.

Degrees: B.A. in Communications from University of Dayton.

My favorite quote is

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

- Philippians 4:13

Photo of Brian Jackson Jr. Brian Jackson

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Graduate Assistant - Gwendolyn Brooks Cultural Center

Brian will be working this semester as a graduate assistant in the GBCC. He is a proud alumnus of Western. As an undergraduate Brian was very involved with various organizations including BSA, PGS and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Currently, Brian is obtaining his Master of Science in RPTA. Brian wants to pursue a career as an event director and entrepreneur. He is from the South Side of Chicago and grew up playing sports and staying active. His favorite movie is Drumline and TV show is Prison Break. He is a Chicago sports fan for all teams EXCEPT the Cubs. He is very excited to work with the GBCC and everyone who encounters the MCC and can’t wait to work with you all.

Degrees: Bachelor of Business in Management from WIU


My favorite quote is

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

- Matthew 6:34

Photo of Sarah Daniels Sarah Daniels

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Graduate Assistant - LGBT*QA Resource Center

Sarah is a second year in the College Student Personnel masters program. She is an alumna of Georgia Southern University hailing from the mountains of north Georgia. She is a passionate about social justice and hopes to create a lasting impact on the queer community as WIU. 

Degrees: B.S. in Communication Studies from Georgia Southern University.




My favorite quote is

You are a woman, skin and bones, veins and nerves, hair and sweat. You are not made of metaphors, not apologies, not excuses.

- Sarah Kay

mikeMike Oyelami

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Graduate Assistant - LGBT*QA Resource Center

Mike is a current graduate student in the MBA program. He's from the western part of Africa. He is so passionate about advocacy and social justice for LGBTQ+ members in Africa and the world at large. He loves good music, fashion, and hanging out.

Degrees:  National Diploma in Business Administration & Bachelor of Science in International Relations




His favorite quote is

Time is a beautifier, time is a destroyer  (Hence, let's work within time because time waits for no one)