Our Staff


 Gus Pena Augusto “Gus” Peña
Director He/Him/His

Augusto possesses a record of solid contributions in the areas of college access, historically underrepresented student organization advising, domestic and international undergraduate recruitment, student mentoring, retention programming, undergraduate teaching, student conduct hearings, multicultural leadership development, cultural programming, intercultural competency training for staff, policy development, staff supervision and budget management.  He earned a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a concentration in International Relations and Comparative Politics, and a Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration both from Appalachian State University.
   Porshé Chiles
Assistant Director

Porshé Chiles, joined the OIE team in October 2014.  She has over eight years of Higher Education Experience, she brings to UNC Greensboro, and over five years of Multicultural/Intercultural experience. Her interests include, LGBTQ+ Outreach & Advocacy, Multicultural/Intercultural/Cross Cultural development,  supporting underrepresented student populations, and Global Engagement.
Ms. Chiles earned a Bachelor of Science degree from The University of Texas at Tyler, and her Master’s of Education  degree from The University of North Texas. She enjoys hiking, traveling, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.
  Carla Fullwood
Assistant Director

Carla joined the OIE team in January 2016. Her diverse experiences in higher education include roles in new student orientation, admissions, housing and residence life, campus programming, student development, and multicultural affairs. Ms. Fullwood is responsible for social justice education programming and student dialogue initiatives. Her professional interests include developing and facilitating anti-bias and social justice trainings, intercultural competency development, intergroup dialogues, supporting students of color, and supporting first-generation and low-income college students. Ms. Fullwood has a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication and media from the State University of New York at New Paltz and a Master of Arts degree in student affairs administration in higher education from Ball State University. She is pursuing a Ph.D. in the educational leadership and cultural foundations program at UNCG.

Shara Cotton

Shara Cotton is the Advocacy & Social Justice graduate assistant in the Office of Intercultural Engagement. She will assist in the supervision of the Kaleidoscope program as well as social justice centered programming. Her research interests include multiculturalism in student affairs and impacts of study abroad on domestic and international students.

Shara earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in International Business and Economics with a minor in Japanese from Appalachian State University in 2015 and is a candidate for a Master’s in Education in Student Personnel Administration in Higher Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2017.

Sarah Dumas

Sarah Dumas is the Intercultural Programming Graduate Assistant within the Office of Intercultural Engagement. One of Sarah’s responsibilities include working closely with the Cultural Programming Council, a council comprised of representatives from student led organizations that focuses on programming that promotes diversity and inclusion. As the Intercultural Programming GA, Sarah plans and  facilitates receptions for art and book talks with themes related to cultural understanding. She also organizes “Graduate Chats,” a series of informational sessions on issues relevant to graduate students. Originally from Raleigh, NC, Sarah received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from UNC Chapel Hill in 2015. Sarah is a graduate student in UNCG’s Student Personnel Administration in Higher Education M.Ed. program, and her research interests lie in studying women  of color and their co-curricular involvement on college campuses.

Elliott Kimball
Interim Assistant Director He/Him/His

Elliott Kimball (he/him/his) joined the OIE team in August 2016, brought on in the interim to work with LGBTQIA+ outreach and advocacy. Elliott joins us from UNC Asheville, bringing more than four years of work in higher education across areas such as residence life, fraternity and sorority affairs, sexual violence prevention and education, commuter student programs, and student engagement. Elliott holds a Bachelor of Science in Communication from Appalachian State University, and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of South Alabama. Elliott enjoys spending time with his dog Harvey, appreciates good food, regularly binges on Netflix, and is constantly traveling to be with friends and family.

Kate Rawson
Graduate Assistant She/Her/Hers

Kate Rawson (she/her/hers) is the graduate assistant for LGBTQ Advocacy and Outreach in the Office of Intercultural Engagement. She assists in Safe Zone training and programming centered around LGBTQ+ students. She also works closely with Queer Student Union. Kate received her Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from Appalachian State University in 2016. She is a graduate student in UNCG’s Student Personnel Administration in Higher Education M.Ed program. She is interested in all things multicultural and hopes to work full-time in this area after completing her master’s degree.