Our Staff


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

Augusto is a passionate advocate for all students and joined the staff at UNCG in 2015.   He has fifteen years of experience in the areas of college access, student organization advising, academic support, domestic and international undergraduate recruitment, student mentoring, retention initiatives, undergraduate teaching, student conduct processes, free speech policy, program assessment, multicultural leadership development, cultural programming, staff training, policy development, staff supervision and budget management.   Mr. Peña is responsible for leading a team of dedicated professionals with the goal of advancing intercultural, intracultural, and cross cultural student competence and engagement at UNCG.  He advises several student clubs and serves on the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Equity, Diversity and Inclusive Excellence and the Faculty Senate Committee on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.

Mr. Peña has taught courses on social justice theory, multicultural leadership, and international service learning. His public service includes past membership on the State Superintendent’s Graduation Taskforce of North Carolina’s Department of Public Instruction. He served as chair of the Education Committee of Governor Bev Perdue’s Advisory Council on Hispanic/Latino Affairs. He is a co-author of Appalachian State University’s Quality Enhancement Plan titled “Global Learning: A World of Opportunity for Appalachian Students”.

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.

 Daisy Santiago (she/her/hers)
Assistant Director 
djsantia@uncg.edu Daisy Santiago (she/her/hers) joined OIE in March 2018 as the Assistant Director for the Intercultural Leadership Council. Daisy holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sports & Fitness from the University of Central Florida and a Master’s Degree in Higher Education Administration from Florida International University. Daisy comes from Miami, Florida and has four years of experience advising international students, planning cultural programs, advancing diversity, facilitating dialogues, and advocating for all students. Daisy likes to spend her free time exploring new restaurants in the Triad area, going to the pool in the summer, and returning back home to Florida to spend time with her family and friends.  

Amberlina Alston (she/her/hers)
Graduate Assistant
analston@uncg.eduAmberlina is the graduate assistant for Social Justice Education and Advocacy in the Office of Intercultural Engagement. She assists in the supervision of the Kaleidoscope program alongside social justice programming. Amberlina received her Bachelor’s of Arts from NC State, majoring in Psychology. She is a graduate student in UNCG’s Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education M.Ed program and is interested in multicultural affairs and first-generation college students.

Briana Joseph (she/her/hers)
Graduate Assistant

Briana is the graduate assistant for LGBTQ+ Outreach and Advocacy in the Office of Intercultural Engagement. She works with the Assistant Director to plan, coordinate, and facilitate educational programming around gender and sexuality, in addition to supporting students and student groups one-on-one. Briana graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from UNC Asheville, and is now pursuing her Master’s in Counseling here at UNC Greensboro. She brings experience in multicultural affairs, teaching, service and volunteerism, and advocacy.

Elliott Kimball (He/Him/His)
Assistant Director

Elliott Kimball (he/him/his) joined the OIE team in August 2016 to work with LGBTQIA+ outreach and advocacy. Elliott joins us from UNC Asheville, bringing more than five 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.

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