Office of Multicultural Affairs
About Us

Staff

  • Tiffany M. Gray

    Tiffany M. Gray

    Director

    Tiffany Gray became the Director of OMA in July 2014. Tiffany came to Seattle University from Syracuse University where she worked as the Associate Director of the LGBT Resource Center. Prior to working at Syracuse University, she held professional positions in Residential Life at Sonoma State University in California, Quinnipiac University in Connecticut and Binghamton University in New York.

    Tiffany has developed and facilitated workshops/trainings on LGBTQ inclusion, ally development, and social justice frameworks. Tiffany has facilitated a discussion group for LGBTQ students of color, facilitated a dialogue series focused on race and ethnicity, has taught a leadership of foundations course and has a wide range of presentation and programming experience. Tiffany self identifies as a queer woman of color and enjoys conversations that center around marginalized genders and sexualities and the intersections of our multiple social identities. Additionally, Tiffany’s continued areas of interest include identity development of LGBTQ students of color, allyship and liberatory frameworks, leadership development for students of color, staff support/supervision and development and facilitating trainings and workshops that integrate a Social Justice framework.

    Tiffany received her BA in Psychology and a minor in Criminal Justice from The University of Toledo. Tiffany then received her MS in Education with an emphasis in College Student Personnel from The University of Dayton.

    When Tiffany (or TGray) is not working, she enjoys listening to music, attending theatre/shows/concerts, catching up on tv shows, spending time with friends and traveling! Please stop by and say hello!

     

    Sabina Neem

    Sabina Neem

    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

     

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      Assistant Director
      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!

      Eric Lopez

      Eric Lopez

      Program Coordinator

      Hey y'all! I'm Eric Lopez and I am absolutely thrilled to serve as a Graduate Assistant in the Office of Multicultural Affairs at Seattle University. I grew up in a small agricultural town called Kerman in California until I moved away for college. I attended University of California Santa Barbara where I received my BA in Sociology and a minor in Black Studies. During my undergraduate experience I was involved in a variety of leadership positions that ignited my passion for equity and social justice. I'm excited to be a part of this department and community during my time at Seattle University!

      When I'm not working I enjoy watching Netflix, singing karaoke, or drinking coffee!

      I would love to talk to and meet y'all! Stop by and say hello! 

       

      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! 

      Lesly Avila

      Lesly Avila

      Undergraduate Coordinator

       Hello everyone! I am very excited to be the new Undergraduate Coordinator for OMA.  I was born and raised in Los Angeles, so coming to Seattle has been and continues to be a learning experience for me. My experience as a first generation student of color has influenced and strengthened my leadership development throughout my years at Seattle U. I am currently studying Political Science with a specialization in legal studies and a minor in Philosophy. As a senior, I will remain involved in various leadership positions, including being an officer for Latin American & Caribbean Awareness Student Alliance (LA CASA).  My goal is to become a defense attorney in Los Angeles and work with communities of color in order to increase our access and knowledge of the legal system.

      In my freetime, I enjoy catching up on sleep and when I am feeling adventurous I enjoy going out and exploring Seattle with friends.

      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!