August 10, 2009

Peggy Hampton, Coordinator of Scholarship Administration


Peggy Hampton has worked at the University of Minnesota for 10 years. Peggy is originally from Kentucky, where she completed he BA and MA degrees in Social Work - University of Kentucky.

June 9, 2009

Cathy Kipper, MCAE Assistant Director

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Catherina Kipper has worked at the University of Minnesota for 19 years. She received her B.S. in Microbiology from the College of Biological Sciences, M.A. in policy analysis from the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, and is currently pursuing her doctorate in Educational Policy and Administration.

June 1, 2009

Jillian Rowan, Coordinator of American Indian Cultural House and the Multicultural Kickoff


Jillian has been working at the University of Minnesota for ten years and is a member of the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Ojibwe. She works for both the Office of Admissions and the Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence. She coordinates the Multicultural Kickoff, the MCAE Ambassadors, the Ethel Curry American Indian Scholarship, the Gertrude Watts American Indian Scholarship, the American Indian Cultural House Living Learning Community and the American Indian Townhouse. She is originally from Grantsburg, Wisconsin.

Ah Vang-Lo is the Academic Progress Coordinator St. Paul satellite office


Ah received her Masters of Education in December 2007 and Bachelor of Science in elementary education in May of 2004 from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.

While coordinating the MCAE-St. Paul office, Ah advises students in the Multicultural Civic Engagement Program (MCEP) as well as first year students in the Multicultural Excellence Program (MEP). Ah restarted a Hmong Women’s Group (HWG) as part of MCAE’s student support group programs on campus, which have been bringing in a successful wave of Hmong college women together in forms of networking and support.

In her free time, Ah enjoys the warmth and humor from her family and friends. Ah and her husband enjoys various outdoor sports ranging from snowboarding in the winter to camping, fishing, hiking, and running during the other three seasons.

Crystal Flint, Multicultural Excellence Program- Advisor


I have been on the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities campus for all but three of the last 20 years. I am originally from Boston, Massachusetts. I came to Minnesota on a women's basketball scholarship. I received my Bachelors Degree from the University of Minnesota in 1994 in Sociology, Women's Studies, and African American Studies.

Cindy Armijo, Coordinator President's Distinguished Faculty Mentor Program


Cindy Armijo is originally from Minneapolis, but also lived in the Southwest for many years before returning to Minnesota. She coordinates the President's Distinguished Faculty Mentor Program (PDFMP) at the Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence and serves on the planning committee for the CASA SOL Living Learning Community.

May 29, 2009

Kamarrie Davis Gooding, Coordinator of Assessment and Evaluation

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Kamarrie is a new staff member at MCAE working to support the evaluation of programs. She is a former Golden Gopher, playing volleyball! While attending the University of Minnesota Kamarrie earned a bachelor of arts degree and completed a masters degree in public policy with an emphasis in advanced policy analysis methods from the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs.

Trumanue Lindsey Jr Principle Office & Administrative Specialist

I have worked for MCAE and the University for 3 years. I am originally from Joliet, Illinois but have been residing in St.Paul, MN for 16 years now.

May 16, 2009

Jody Gray, Diversity Outreach Librarian/ Academic Progress Associate


Jody has worked at the University of Minnesota for 5 years. She is originally from Ridgeview, SD.

Jody works for both the Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence (MCAE) and the University of Minnesota Libraries. She works directly with the Circle of Indigenous Nations and the American Indian Cultural House.

Lourdes Cancel, Academic Progress Coordinator / Wallin Education Partners


Lourdes Cancel has worked at the University of Minnesota for 6 years. She is originally from Mayaguez, Puerto Rico.