Our Staff

 Gus Pena
Augusto “Gus” Peña

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

Daisy Santiago 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.


Elliott Kimball (he/him/his)
Assistant Director

Elliott Kimball 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.

Elliott is the 2019-2020 recipient of UNCG’s Outstanding First Year Student Advocate Award!

The Outstanding First-Year Student Advocate Award recognizes and celebrates the efforts and significant contributions of UNCG faculty and staff who provide leadership in creating a positive transition to college and a successful learning environment for first-year students.

Ashley Baynes (she/her/hers)
Administrative Support Associate

Ashley Baynes joined the Office of Intercultural Engagement as the Administrative Support Associate in November 2019 with 14 years of administrative experience in the telecommunications field. Ashley is a Greensboro native, and she is incredibly excited to work in higher education in her hometown. She especially enjoys working with the OIE undergraduate student office assistants. Ashley spends most of her free time with her partner and their daughter Harper and can often be found cooking or baking.

Amberlina Alston (she/her/hers)
Graduate Office Assistant

Amberlina 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.


Ryan McKeel (they/them/theirs)
Graduate Office Assistant

Ryan McKeel serves as the LGBTQ+ Advocacy & Outreach GA in the Office of Intercultural Engagement and is a Masters of Education candidate in the Student Affairs  in Higher Education program at UNCG. Having earned the Bachelor of Arts degree in communication from Wingate University, Ryan has experience in Housing & Residence Life and Campus Violence Response and is excited to bring their passion for diversity, equity, and inclusion to OIE through programming and student engagement. Fun fact, Ryan is a classically trained flutist and minored in music during their undergraduate years.

Jason Hamilton (he/him/his & they/them/theirs)
Graduate Office Assistant

Jason is the Graduate Assistant for Intercultural Engagement in the Office of Intercultural Engagement. He assists the Assistant Director in the supervision and advising of the Intercultural Leadership Council and other OIE programming. Jason received his Bachelor’s of Science from Towson University in Towson, Maryland where he majored in Computer Science with a minor in African/African-American Studies. He is a current 1st-Year Graduate Student in UNCG’s Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education M.Ed program and is interested in Diversity and Inclusion & Orientation

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