Our Staff


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

Augusto is a passionate advocate for all students.  He has spent the last fourteen years in higher education working with college access, minoritized student organization advising, domestic and international undergraduate recruitment, student mentoring, retention initiatives, undergraduate teaching, student conduct hearings, 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 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 and multicultural leadership and a short term service learning course in Nicaragua. He served as a member of 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.

Assistant Director

  Carla Fullwood (she/her/hers)
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.

Jessica “Twitch” Twitchell (she/her/hers)
Graduate Assistant
j_twitch@uncg.eduTwitch 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 as well as social justice programming. She also serves as a Team QUEST Facilitator, Silver Leadership Challenge Coach, and UNCG Guarantee Mentor. Twitch received her Bachelor’s of Arts from UNC Greensboro, majoring in Sociology and International and Global Studies while minoring in Spanish, Mathematics and Peace and Conflict Studies. She is a graduate student in UNCG’s Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education M.Ed program, and is interested in leadership development, experiential education, and low-income student experiences.

Aysia Evans (she/her/hers)

Aysia Evans is the graduate assistant for Intercultural Programming in the Office of Intercultural Engagement. She overseas the Intercultural Leadership Council which is an organization that provides support and assistance for campus organizations. She also creates programs that encourage engagement between diverse, cultural organizations on campus. Aysia received her Bachelor’s of Arts in Political Science and Sociology with a Criminology concentration from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2017. She is a graduate student in UNCG’s Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education M.Ed program. She is extremely interested in activism, advocacy, outreach, and education for and by marginalized groups.

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 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.