University of Wisconsin–Madison

Meet The Staff

Gabriel 'Gabe' Javier

Assistant Dean & Director

Gabriel (Gabe) Javier serves as Assistant Dean of Students and Interim Director of the Multicultural Student Center. Gabe is also the Director of the LGBT Campus Center. Previously, Gabe served as the Assistant Director of the Spectrum Center and Assistant to the Dean of Students at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. Originally from St. Louis, MO, Gabe was raised Roman Catholic and is a member of Pi Kappa Alphs Fraternity. Gabe has presented across the nation on topics such as intersectionality, intimate partner violence and sexual assault, digital identity development, and the design, implementation, and assessment of LGBTQ Ally Training programs.

Maria Ahmad

Assistant Director, Leadership and Involvement

Maria Ahmad serves as the Assistant Director for Leadership and Involvement at Multicultural Student Center. In this role, Maria oversees the MSC intern program, development of over 25 multicultural student organizations, general facilities management of the MSC space, and leadership and professional development opportunities for student leaders. Maria brings experience from her previous position as the Coordinator of Student Life and Campus Diversity at Indiana University Kokomo, and her education. She earned her undergraduate degree from the Ohio State University, and her Masters in Student Affairs at Northern Illinois University where she served as the Graduate Advisor for student organization support and leadership.

Maria is involved in NASPA Knowledge Communities, and chairs the regional IV-E KC on Religion, Faith, and Spirituality. She also works with the National Muslim Students Association Board as the Higher Education liaison. She is passionate about helping students get involved on campus and build community while also developing into strong leaders and friends who work to make the world a better place for all.

Amy Salinas Westmoreland

Assistant Director of Social Justice Programs

Amy Salinas Westmoreland serves as the Assistant Director of Social Justice Programs for the Multicultural Student Center. In this role, she facilitates develops workshops and trainings for the campus community – students, staff, faculty, and administrators, that focus on issues of social justice. Amy is a UW-Madison alum (’06), and earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and Women’s Studies. Amy earned a Masters of Education in Higher Education Administration from the Pennsylvania State University, where she was an intern for the Office of the Vice Provost for Educational Equity. Amy has an extensive background as a residence life professional. Amy’s previous position was the Coordinator for a MultiCultural Center in California. Chat with Amy if you are interested in: Social Justice Education, Racial and Gender Equity, Identity and Identity Development.

Sheltreese McCoy

Crossroads Coordinator

Sheltreese McCoy serves as the Social Justice Educator and Crossroads Initiative Coordinator. Previously Sheltreese served as Coordinator of the Recruitment Initiative for Student Employees (R.I.S.E.) here at UW Madison. Sheltreese also served as the Multicultural Issues Director at the United Council of UW Students, one of the oldest student advocacy non-profit organizations in the country. Sheltreese has presented regionally, nationally, and internationally on topics related to queer and transgender people of color, social justice and inclusion, intersections of race, gender, class, & sexual orientation, and campus climate. Sheltreese’s deep and personal understanding of marginalized identities and Intersectionality has led her to become a scholar in higher education, trainer and advocate as well as a strategic development consultant. Sheltreese received a master’s in educational leadership and policy analysis (ELPA) from UW Madison, and a bachelor’s degree in sociology and ethnic studies from Bowling Green State University. She is currently pursuing her PhD. in ELPA with a focus on queer and trans people of color in higher education.

Khaled Ismail

Social Justice Educator

Khaled Ismail serves as a Social Justice Educator for the Multicultural Student Center. In this role, he facilitates workshops and trainings for students, staff, and faculty across the university on issues of justice, equity, and inclusion. He helps oversee the MSC’s peer education program, coordinates the MSC’s Social Justice Speaker Series, and the annual Social Justice Leadership Retreat. Khaled also oversees the communication operations of the MSC. Khaled is passionate about working with students to identify community action and organizing strategies, and developing a sense of personal responsibility to combat bias within our communities. He earned a Masters of Science in Higher Education Administration and Policy from Northwestern University, where he served as the graduate assistant for the Offices of Social Justice Education and Multicultural Student Affairs. His research focused on the impact of participation in activist behaviors on leadership development outcomes for student activists of color. Prior to pursuing his graduate studies, Khaled served in Americorps’ National Civilian Community Corps as a disaster relief field team leader, and worked on fair labor campaigns in the City of Chicago. Khaled earned a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and Women’s Studies from Northern Illinois University.

Arturo 'Tito' Diaz

Organizational Development Specialist

Arturo ‘Tito’ Diaz serves as the Program Coordinator for the Multicultural Student Center. Previously he served as an AmeriCorps member with College Possible Milwaukee as a Senior Coach. Tito graduated from the University of Wisconsin Madison with a degree in Community and Nonprofit Leadership with a certificate in Chican@/Latin@ Studies. During his time on campus he was involved with his Scholarship Program, P.E.O.P.L.E, ran for numerous positions in the Associated Students of Madison, joined his Fraternity Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity Inc., and was the President of the Multicultural Greek Council. Tito also interned with the MSC as the Outreach and Partnership Intern, a collaboration with CommNS in the School of Human Ecology. In his final year he was able to win the Multicultural Student Center’s Campus Legacy Award. He is thrilled to be returning to Madison and work toward creating an authentic Wisconsin Experience for the students he will be serving.