Our Staff


 Gus Pena Augusto “Gus” Peña

Mr. Peña posesses 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.Mr. Peña has co-authored a SACS COC Quality Enhancement Plan.  He has taught courses on social justice theory and multicultural leadership and a short term service learning course in Nicaragua.  He serves as a member of the Graduation Taskforce of North Carolina’s Department of Public Instruction.  He is the former chair of the Education Committee of the NC Governor’s Advisory Council on Hispanic/Latino Affairs.  Mr. Peña 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 is the Assistant Director of the Office of Intercultural Engagement. She will be overseeing Safe Zone, Office of Intercultural Engagement Welcome Weekend programming, Cultural Program Council, and other cultural program/outreach /training initiatives.
Ms. Chiles earned a Bachelor of Science in Journalism with a minor in Marketing from The University of Texas at Tyler. Ms. Chiles earned her Master’s of Education from The University of North Texas.

  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 dialogue initiatives. Her professional interests include developing and facilitating anti-bias and social justice trainings, intercultural competency development, and 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.