Multicultural Center

Meet the MCC Staff!

Professional Staff

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Carl Ervin

Pronouns | He, Him, His

Acting Director - Multicultural Center

Email: cw-ervin@wiu.edu

Carl serves as the Acting 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.

 

Favorite quote:

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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LeRon Williams (Pronounced La-Ron)

Pronouns | He, Him, His

Assistant Director - Multicultural Center

Email: la-williams2@wiu.edu

LeRon Williams was named the Assistant Director of the Multicultural Center. He has spent 12 years working in higher education in some capacity. LeRon graduated from the University of Nebraska with his Bachelors of Arts and Sciences in Sociology. LeRon went on to continue his education achieving his Masters degree in Education and Leadership Development. He has a passion for developing leaders and also working with organizations that prioritize mentorship in underserved communities. He is a proud husband to his wife of 8 years Brittney and a proud father of his 4 year old son Adam. His favorite movies are : The Harder They Fall, All About the Benjamins, Meteor Man, John Wick (I,II, III)

Favorite quote:

~Swedish Proverb - 

You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

~Matthew 5:14-16


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Nikisha Smith

Pronouns | She, Her, Hers

Graduate Assistant - Marketing

Email: nd-smith4@wiu.edu

Nikisha is a first year College Students Personnel (CSP) graduate student. She comes from the twin island state of Antigua and Barbuda, located in the north east of the Caribbean. She was a news reporter for 4 years, and a lecturer of Communication and Caribbean Studies at the Antigua State College for 10 years. She is deeply passionate about learning and community development and believes that getting the right information to the right people at the right time can save lives.

Favorite quote:

Energy flows where attention goes.

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Jalen Carlos

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Graduate Assistant - Gwendolyn Brooks Cultural Center

Email: ja-carlos@wiu.edu

I came to WIU in 2018, and have been here ever since. I got my undergraduate degree in Political Science with a Pre-Law option with a minor in African American Studies and Sociology. I play various instruments which include piano, saxophone, and flute. I’ve been in band for over a decade. I have sat on various organizations such as Black Student Association, NAACP, Student Government Association, and more.

Favorite Movie:

When A Stranger Calls

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Shola Elufisan

Pronouns | He, Him, His

Graduate Assistant - Gwendolyn Brooks Cultural Center

Email: se-elufisan@wiu.edu

Shola is a postgraduate student of Public Health at Western Illinois University; He has a bachelor’s degree in Health Education and has led countless research and developmental initiatives. He sings and plays different instruments which include piano, guitar, and drums. He has led teams and bands for two decades and he is involved with different organizations on and off the school campus. Organisations such as Redeemed Student Fellowship, African Student Association, Illinois Public Health Association, and more.

Favorite quote:

Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else.  - Margaret Mead


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Jax Carrillo

Pronouns | They, Them, Thiers

Graduate Assistant - Casa Latina

Email: j-carrillo@wiu.edu

Jax is a first year College Student Personnel graduate student. They are a first generation student born and raised in La Villita, a Mexican American neighborhood in Chicago, IL. They spent the last 10+ years teaching English as a second language in Seoul, South Korea. While working in South Korea, they were committed to uplifting and building the queer community. Jax completed all four years of undergraduate studies at WIU, graduating with a Bachelor of Science.

Favorite Movie:

Romeo & Juliet (Directed by Baz Luhrmann) 

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Jose Garcia (Juni)

Pronouns | He, Him, His

Graduate Assistant - Casa Latina

Email: ji-garcia@wiu.edu

Jose Garcia (Juni) is a first year MBA Candidate (Masters in Business Administration) , and he is also pursuing a Masters in Public Safety Administration. He graduated with his Bachelors in Law Enforcement and Justice Administration from WIU in 2020. He then worked as an Immigration Paralegal for a year, and last year he worked as a Middle School Dean, where he focused on discipline and students with challenging behaviors. 

During his undergraduate time at WIU, Juni was an MCC Ambassador in Special projects, served as the VP of the LASO, served as Casa Latina SGA Senator, was an Amplify member, and was he presented various involved educational presentations on the facts about undocumented college students with Western Illinois Dreamers.  Juni has aspirations of pursuing a PhD/JD program after grad school and is passionate about ending poverty, mass incarceration, and creating forward thinking solutions for the justice system on a global scale.

Favorite quote:

“Soy toda la sobra de lo que se robaron.” - LatinoAmérica 

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Oluwadamilola (Dammy) Abiodun-adewusi

Pronouns | She, Her, Hers

Graduate Assistant - Women's Center

Email: oo-abiodun-adewusi@wiu.edu

Dammy is a second year graduate student of Public Health and a gender equality and global health advocate, who believes in a society based on equity and fairness to all. She has been involved with various work around women, female young adults and adolescent as well as disadvantaged girls back home in Nigeria where the female gender is categorized mostly as a second-class gender. Her main goal is to encourage and support a community that is based on fairness and justice in the distribution of benefits and responsibilities, where all sexes have equal conditions, treatment, and opportunities to achieve their full potential, human rights, and dignity, as well as to contribute to and benefit from economic, social, cultural, and political development.

Favorite quote:

Say what you mean and Mean what you Say" by unknown  

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Asia Billingslea

Pronouns | She, Her, Hers

Graduate Assistant - Women's Center

Email: a-billingslea@wiu.edu

I am from the suburbs of Chicago. My favorite hobbies are dancing, doing nails, and creating art. I recently graduated this past spring with a bachelor’s in law enforcement and justice administration here at Western; now I am a first year graduate student in the sociology program. My career goal is to work with nonprofit organizations dedicated to providing guidance to young girls as they transition into young ladies.

Favorite movies: Lilo and Stitch: Stitch Has A Glitch / Mulan 

Favorite quote:

You never know if you don’t try

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Amie Seely

Pronouns | She, They

Graduate Assistant - LGBT*QA Resource Center

Email: a-seely@wiu.edu

I was born and raised in Southern California. At age 18, I attended Boise State University (BSU) for three years. During my time at BSU, I met my now-wife in a long-distance relationship. I got married in December 2014, and moved to Pella, IA to be with my wife. There I attended Central College from 2016-2018, and graduated with a BA in Psychology. I worked as a Certified Nursing Aide in Skilled/Long-Term Care for three years before becoming a Resident Assistant in Assisted Living for a year. Now I am here at Western Illinois University (WIU) to continue my education in psychology as a CCMH student. I plan to apply to clinical psychology PhD programs once I am done. 

Favorite movies: Spaceballs, Prequels and Original Star Wars Trilogy, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Miss Congeniality, Princess Diaries, Dodgeball

Favorite quote:

Knowledge is power

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Mike Tuoyo

Pronouns | His, Him, They

Graduate Assistant - LGBT*QA Resource Center

Email: gm-tuoyo@wiu.edu

Michael is second graduate student in computer science. Born and raised in Nigeria, Michael hails from the Itsekiri tribe. Prior to attending WIU, Michael worked as a software engineer in Digital banking industry for 3 years. Michael passionate about bird watching, tech and Game of thrones. 

Favorite movies: Games of Thrones, Wolf of Wall Street and Batman.

 

Favorite quote:

The master has failed more times than the beginner has even tried.