Office of Multicultural Affairs
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  • Dr. Monica Nixon

    Dr. Monica Nixon

    Ed.D.
    Director

     Dr. Monica Nixon serves as Interim Assistant Vice President for Student Development and Director of Multicultural Affairs. In these roles, she helps to guide the division’s leadership of social justice and global engagement initiatives on campus and supports student learning and engagement in a variety of capacities. Dr. Nixon joined Seattle University as Director of Multicultural Affairs in 2006, after serving as Director of the ALANA Cultural Center and Assistant Director in the Center for Leadership and Student Engagement at Colgate University; as Associate Director for Student Services at the University of Puget Sound; and as Assistant to the Executive Vice President and Assistant Director of Orientation and New Student Programs at the University of Virginia. She has served in numerous leadership capacities in the American College Personnel Association and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators.

    Dr. Nixon received her Master of Education in Counselor Education in 1999 and Bachelor of Arts in English in 1995 from the University of Virginia. In 2013 she earned a Doctor of Education degree at the University of Washington in the College of Education’s Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Program, where her dissertation focused on the positionality and agency of women of color chief diversity officers in higher education institutions. She co-authored a chapter in the 2012 book Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Higher Education. Her research interests focus on agency of women of color in higher education leadership, integration of social justice initiatives into organizational structures, intersections of racial and sexual identity development, and the experiences of multiracial and Asian American/Pacific Islander college students.

    Sabina Neem

    Sabina Neem

    Interim Associate Director

     Sabina Neem has extensive experience as an administrator, supervisor, program coordinator, therapist, social worker, trainer, researcher, grant writer, and advocate for policy change. Her approach is to engage with challenging systems in order to make change and voice informed praise and criticism. She practices harm reduction and believes that we all make decisions based on our own unique experience and knowledge and that non-judgment and treating people with respect and kindness is central to creating a better world.

    She is the Interim Associate Director at the Office of Multicultural Affairs and is the proud recipient of several awards from SU students including 2012 Advancing Inclusion in Campus Life and 2012 Outstanding Group Leadership for InterSEXions. She is a proud advisor to the Diversity Equity & Education Program peer mentors who won SU's Best Program for Amplify Voices: Queer Justice Rally. She currently Co-Chairs the City of Seattle LGBT Commission and serves on the Advisory Board for Zenyu Healing and the National Advisory Board for the LGBTQ Access Project. Sabina has her B.A. in Anthropology from Barnard College, Columbia University and a dual master degree in Social Service/ Law and Social Policy from Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research.

    Ask me about:

    • Leadership and Retention Programs
    • Social Justice Trainings & Dialogues
    • Diversity and Equity Education Program (DEEP)
    • LGBTQ Student Services
    • Faculty and Staff of Color Retreat

     

      Juanita Jasso

      Juanita Jasso

      Assistant Director

      Hello Everyone! I'm very excited to be back at Seattle University. I was born in Mexico, raised in the Yakima Valley, and am an SU double alumnae (B.A. Communications Major/Spanish Minor '05, M.Ed. Student Development Administration '11). I'm very excited to work on a campus where social justice, and multicultural competence are key components. I am surrounded by strong colleagues, and students who constantly  motivate me and remind me why I love my job.

      As an undergraduate I always spent time in the OMA lounge and took advantage of all opportunities they provided. I'm very proud to be part of such a great team!  Outside of Seattle University, I'm involved in Bailadores de Bronce a Mexican Folkloric dance group, and Seattle Latino/a Networking Professionals Meetup Group. Of course, I enjoy spending time with my friends and family; I love running and plan on running my first full marathon in the summer of 2013.

      Ask me About:

      • Connections Leadership Program
      • Costco Scholars Program
      • Jesuit Outreach College Access Program
      • OMA Alliance
      Jazz Espiritu

      Jazz Espiritu

      Program Coordinator
      Phone: 206.296.6419

      Hello all! I'm ecstatic to be working as the Multicultural Affairs Program Coordinator for OMA in Seattle University!  As a military kid, I've lived in many places including Virginia, California, and Hawaii, but I consider home to be Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, where I graduated from Oak Harbor High School in 2006.  I attended Western Washington University in Bellingham where I received a BA in English Literature with a post-baccalaureate in Secondary Education in 2011. 

      I spent a lot of my years at WWU representing the Ethnic Student Center and the many diverse clubs and organizations on campus, as well as providing college access resources for first generation college students.  In my free time you'll find me on my guitar or going on extravagant adventures on the internet and Netflix.

      Come by the office and say hi!

      Victoria Benavides

      Victoria Benavides

      Program Coordinator

      Hello Seattle University! It is an honor to be working with you all on this journey toward social justice. I am a native of the Central Valley of California and proud to have my cultural and familial roots so deeply connected to a rural community. As a proud member of a Mexican American family who migrated from Texas to find sustainable work and resources, I have a passionate resilience to overcome struggle, challenge injustice, and be a dedicated ally to LGBTQ communities.

      A sister to a strong man who decided to break stereotypes and challenge conservative notions of love, I am honored to say I am a devoted advocate and ally to a gay brother. Fueled by the stories of my siblings and ancestors, I continued my passion to explore social justice issues and intersectionalities of identity in college. Committed to idea that difference should not create divisions but instead encourage difficult discussions for positive change, I pursued a double B.A. in Ethnic Studies and Chicano Studies, with an emphasis in Education and Women of Color. Currently, I am a graduate student at Seattle University pursing a master's degree in Student Development Administration.

      Empowered by my college mentors and experiences that helped me become a better scholar activist and my familia's support, I am grateful for the opportunity to work alongside SU students at the Office Multicultural Affairs as a Program Assistant. Seattle University students, faculty, and staff, I look forward to working with you all to create positive change on and off campus.

      Bobby Helton

      Bobby Helton

      Program Coordinator
      Phone: 206.296.6374

      Hello, Seattle University! I was born and raised in the Appalachian mountains of southeastern Kentucky. When I graduated high school, I moved to Lexington, Kentucky to attend college, and lived there until my move to Seattle. In December 2012, I graduated from Eastern Kentucky University, where I studied Spanish and Women & Gender Studies.

      As an undergraduate, I was involved in a variety of extracurricular activities. For a year and a half I was a peer mentor, where I worked primarily with first generation college students. Similarly, I also worked as a teaching assistant and mentor for students with developmental learning requirements and transitional challenges. Through my Spanish studies, I became involved with Latin@ organizations throughout Central Kentucky. I volunteered at a community organization called Mujeres Unidas that empowered and supported Latina women. Moreover, I worked with the Admissions and Spanish departments at my undergraduate institution by volunteering for camps and admissions fairs aimed at increasing Latin@ enrollment at Kentucky universities. My Women & Gender studies background led me to become involved with two different student-led organizations: Feminists for Change and The Alphabet Center. Through a combined effort between Feminists for Change, Women & Gender Studies, and The Alphabet Center, I helped lead a forum that addressed the housing needs of LGBTQ students. I have a passion for working in solidarity with marginalized communities, and I look forward to the opportunities I will have as a Program Coordinator with OMA.

      In my free time, I love to read, nap, find new movies and TV shows to watch on Netflix, and explore Seattle! 

      Thomas Bui

      Thomas Bui

      Undergraduate Coordinator

      Hi everyone,I am so excited to be thr Undergraduate CLP Coordinator here in the Office of Multicultural Affairs. I am pursuing a degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Pre-med. I was born and raised in Renton, twenty minutes south of here and have been a commuter student for the last 3 years.

      I try to stay very involved on campus. I am a part of many cultural organizations on campus, and am the current President for the Vietnamese Student Association. In my spare time I like to hang out with my friends, play games/sports, and eat (I love food). Come visit me in the office!

      Jennifer Cruz

      Jennifer Cruz

      Office Assistant
      Phone: 206.296.6070

      I am very excited to be working in the Office of Multicultural Affairs here at Seattle U for what I know will be another great year! I am originally from the lower Yakima Valley where I graduated from Wapato High School, so being in the big city is quite a change for me. I am majoring in Psychology and I hope to become a therapist that works with cancer patients and their families. On campus I am involved with Dance Marathon, First Colleges against Cancer, Red Zone, and Calcutta Club. I am also a member of the Women's Varsity Rowing team.

      When I'm not in class, in the OMA Office, or at practice I enjoy exploring Seattle, I never know what I might come across! I am thrilled to have the opportunity to experience all that is Seattle U and cannot wait to see what this year has in store!