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Our Mission: The mission of the Center for Multicultural Initiatives is to provide support for underrepresented students' success and to foster an appreciation for campus wide diversity.

Omar Brown-El is the Director of the Center for Multicultural Initiatives (CMI). His work focuses on designing, implementing and evaluating university-wide student recruitment and retention support programs and services to specifically support the university's mission and goal of achieving and graduating a diverse student body. Mr. Brown-El also concentrates on advocating for systematic change within the institution and on building internal and external relationships with faculty, staff and the OU community to help all students, but particularly underrepresented students, succeed. Omar provides leadership and training to promote diversity throughout all aspects of the university. He also administers departmental programming and student employee's budgets, and provides direct training and supervision to graduate interns and to para-professional staff.

Email: brownel@oakland.edu
Nicole Lucio is the Assistant Director for the Center for Multicultural Initiatives. Her work focuses on designing, implementing and evaluating university-wide student support programs and services designed to increase retention and graduation rates of underrepresented students. She administers departmental programming and budgets as well as trains and supervises graduate interns and para-professional staff. Ms. Lucio conducts diversity training, oversees the programming for Hispanic Celebration Month and facilitates The Circle of Sisterhood. Ms. Lucio is a member of the American Counseling Association and NASPA.

Email: ndlucio@oakland.edu
Arthur L. Hampton is the CORE Program Coordinator for the Center for Multicultural Initiatives. He is originally from Birmingham, Alabama and is a graduate of Alabama A & M University and Eastern Michigan University. As the CORE Program Coordinator, he oversees: The CORE Program, which includes the Summer Bridge Initiative, which is a weeklong residential academic enrichment program for incoming first year students; The Circle of Brotherhood, which is an all male peer mentoring group that meets weekly aimed at assisting young men in reaching their full potential; The CORE Alumni group, which provides support to students beyond their first year. He is a member of Kappa Delta Pi Honor Education Honor Society, American College Personnel Association (ACPA) and Michigan College Personnel Association (MCPA).

Email: hampton2@oakland.edu

Denise Jones is the Retention Coordinator for the Center for Multicultural Initiatives. Her primary responsibilities include, monitoring scholarship requirements of over 150 students and supervision and leadership development of the CMI Peer Mentor team. Additionally, Ms. Jones develops, implements, and monitors retention strategies to ensure student success, and interacts with student organizations to develop a strong rapport between students and the CMI office. Lastly, Ms. Jones oversees the programming of African American Celebration Month and is a member of the Michigan Counseling Association. 

Email: drjones@oakland.edu
  Debbie Wenner is the Administrative Assistant for the Center for Multicultural Initiatives. Her primary responsibility is to provide clerical support to the director and his staff.  Debbie is also the first point of contact for students who are seeking to apply for loans, scholarships or to make an appointment with a CMI staff member. Additionally, she provides support by answering questions and directing students to appropriate campuse resources. Debbie comes to OU with over 20 years of experience in the administrative field.

Email: wenner@oakland.edu

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Tacora Bradley is a Student Assistant in the Center for Multicultural Initiatives. Tacora is a senior at Oakland University. Her major is Studio Art with a concentration in New Media and a minor in Graphic Design. She is a Wade H. McCree Scholar. Tacora is the Creative Director for Student Program Board (SPB) and in her spare likes to read, watch movies with friends, spend time with family and enjoys photography.

Janeela Herrington is a Student Assistant in the Center for Multicultural Initiatives. Janeela is a senior at Oakland University majoring in Health Sciences and is concentrating on attending medical school. Janeela is a former Orientation Group Leader (OGL) and Resident Assistant. In her spare time Janeela likes to read, watch tv, play softball and spend time with family and friends.

Myshia Liles-Moultrie is a Student Assistant in the Center for Multicultural Initiatives. Myshia is a sophomore at Oakland University. She is currently undecided but she is leaning towards a major in Biology. Myshia is an Oakland University Trustee Academic Success (OUTAS) Scholar. In her spare time she enjoys reading, watching movies and hanging out with family and friends.  

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2013 - 2014 CORE Ambassadors

Asia Anderson

Brenda Brown
Pre-Business Administration

Shaqela Chapman

Alaysha Horne
Health Sciences

Kiaira Kindell

Desha Phillips
Pre-Physical Therapy

Rob'Asha Robinson
Pre-Social Work

Janay Rucker
Pre-Physical Therapy

Megan VanSparrentak
Pre-Physical Therapy

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