Our Staff

 Gus Pena
Augusto “Gus” Peña
(he/him/his)
Director
aepenaes@uncg.edu

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 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
erkimba2@uncg.edu

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.

Victoria Walters (she/her/hers & they/them/theirs)
Assistant Director
v_walters@uncg.edu

Victoria Walters has served as the Assistant Director for Social Justice Education and Advocacy since February 2021. Victoria oversees the Kaleidoscope Peer Educator Program, Spartans in Dialogue, Community Dialogues, House of Privilege and Tunnel of Oppression.

She is deeply committed to growth through intentional revolutionary education. Victoria received their Bachelor of Arts in professional writing and literary studies from Appalachian State University. Through extracurriculars and leadership roles including residence life, civic engagement, and multicultural student development during undergrad, Victoria found her love for social justice education. After graduating from Eastern Michigan University with a Master of Arts in higher education student affairs, Victoria worked at institutions in the midwestern and southern regions of the U.S. advocating for historically excluded persons.

Since childhood Victoria has been a voracious reader, enthralled with all things literary. Victoria is passionate about social justice education and attributes it to saving her life.

Jason Hamilton (he/him/his & they/them/theirs)
Graduate Assistant
jmhamilton@uncg.edu

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

Tatiyana Ross (she/her/hers)
Graduate Assistant
ttross@uncg.edu

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.

 

Sadandre’ Jackson (he/him/his)

Graduate Assistant
stjackson@uncg.edu

Dre’ [he/him] is the Graduate Assistant for Social Justice Education and Advocacy. Dre’ graduated from the University of South Florida with study efforts in Psychology, Leadership Studies, and Entrepreneurship; and is now a current student in the M.Ed in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education program here at UNC Greensboro. As a social introvert, Dre’ is in love with all things music, food, dance, podcast, and social media. Originally from Lake Wales, FL and Warwick, Bermuda, Dre’ has always been active in his communities as a social justice facilitator and educator – currently focusing on the intersections of masculinity and sensitivity. In his spare time you can find Dre’ listening to Queen Bey, watching Grey’s Anatomy, and trying new local eateries.
Michaela Coleman (she/her/hers)
Administrative Support Associate
mrcoleman@uncg.edu

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.