Our Staff

 Gus Pena Augusto “Gus” Peña (he/him/his)


Augusto is a passionate advocate for all students and joined the staff at UNCG in 2015.   He has over eighteen 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. He 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.

Augusto 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.




Wren Shealy (she/her/hers)
Assistant Director

Wren Shealy joined our team as a temporary Assistant Director through the end of July 2022. Wren will lead our cultural heritage programming, support our Intercultural Leadership Council, plan the Tunnel of Oppression, and curate our cultural calendar social media programming. She is an accomplished CELTA-certified ESL Instructor, who has personally worked with over 40 different
nationalities throughout her career in teaching, event and conference oversight, non-governmental organization (NGO)/non-profit portfolio management, supporting fundraising and outreach initiatives, and ensuring programming achieves the desired impact.

She is an active board of directors’ member for Pilgrims of Ibillin – a non-profit that supports the Mar Elias Educational Institute in Ibillin, Israel, and other peace partners committed to solidifying a just peace between Palestine and Israel.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Lenoir-Rhyne University and a master’s degree in International Relations and Cultural Diplomacy from Babeș-Bolyai University. In her spare time, Wren enjoys attending local events, exploring, or unwinding by watching international crime dramas. She is very enthusiastic to support OIE in their efforts to support an inclusive learning environment at UNCG, which has already had a deep impact on removing the international and cultural borders for higher education.

Tatiyana Ross (she/her/hers)
Graduate Assistant


Tatiyana Ross serves as the LGBTQ+ Advocacy & Outreach GA in the Office of Intercultural Engagement and is currently pursuing a Masters of Education  Student Affairs in Higher Education at UNCG. Having earned the Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from UNCG, Tatiyana has experience in Housing & Residence Life and is excited to bring her passion for diversity, equity, and inclusion to OIE and to campus as a whole.


Michaela Coleman (she/her/hers)
Administrative Support Associate


Michaela joined Intercultural Engagement in August 2021 as the Administrative Support Associate, after working for UNCG in a previous role as Administrative Support Associate for Faculty Senate. Michaela has worked in higher education for over 5 years, including working at her alma mater Guilford College as the Office Manager for Campus Life and Assistant to the Dean of Students. Michaela loves outdoor exploring, reading, yoga, and swimming in the ocean. She is thrilled to support the powerful and essential work of OIE.