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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Black Cultural Center Coordinator
Karla Foster serves as the Coordinator of the Black Cultural Center, an extension of the Multicultural Student Center. In this role, Karla oversees the day-to-day operations, programming, outreach, and community building of the Black Cultural Center, and serves as the convener of the BCC Advisory Board. Karla brings experience from her previous position with the Division of Diversity, Equity & Educational Achievement as a Campus & Community Liaison for African American students within the Pathways to Educational Achievement office, and her education. She earned her undergraduate degree from Indiana University-Bloomington with a minor in African American and African Diaspora Studies, and her Masters in Student Affairs and Higher Education at Indiana State University where she served as a Graduate Retention Counselor in the Charles E. Brown African American Cultural Center and an Academic Advisor in the School of Education. Chat with Karla if you are interested in: Black history and culture, cultural heritage month programming, student organization development, Black Greek life.
Mallory Lopez serves as the financial specialist for the MSC. She coordinates purchasing, travel, and event/speaker contracts. She oversees the MSC’s budget and works with the staff to maintain accurate financials. Mallory also oversees the Chancellor Fund grants (MSC’s MCC Grant, CfLI’s Wisconsin Experience Grant, and ISS’s Global Badger Experience Grant) where she works with the committee chairs to facilitate grant awards and distribution. She brings her experience from previously serving as ASM’s event and travel grant financial specialist to the MSC and enjoys helping students find ways to fund their events. Mallory graduated from Purdue University where she served as President of Lambda Phi Xi Multicultural Sorority, Inc. and Treasurer of the Multicultural Greek Council.