Meet the Staff
Ask Me About:
- African American Female Initiative
- Early Arrival Program
- Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Program (LSAMP)
- Marketing & Website Management
- Woodford R. Porter Scholarship Program (including the Porter Living-Learning Community & Program Assessment
- Student Organizations: NAACP-UofL Chapter, Society of Porter Scholars, Black Student Union, Shades of Movement & the Dazzling Cardettes
Hometown: East St. Louis, Illinois
Education: Master of Education in Counseling and Personnel Services: concentration College Student Personnel; Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, minor in Pan-African Studies
Fun fact: Leondra has 5 siblings and 18 nieces and nephews.
Leondra Says: “I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept.”
― Angela Y. Davis
Connect with Leondra for academic success coaching, campus resources, graduate school preparation, leadership development, student organization development & event brainstorming, campus and local & community involvement. She can also help with navigating UofL’s campus as a current or transfer student and preparation for life after the undergraduate experience.
Leondra’s favorite thing about the Cultural Center is that at its core it's student-centered and the staff are committed to making the University of Louisville a place where all students feel a strong of sense of belonging and are provided with the tools to thrive. "We want to want make sure that all students feel welcome and that they know if they ever need anything we are always here to help and support them."
Ask me About:
- Compas Peer Mentor Program
- Community and Campus Engagement & Fundraising
- Undocumented Student Resources
- Scholarship Award Management
Hometown: Bogota, Colombia (Place of birth); Raleigh, North Carolina; Asheville, North Carolina
Education: Master of Public Affairs
Fun fact:From 2013-2015, Sarah owned a school bus and managed a social enterprise business from the bus called Chiva, Transporting Opportunities to People (TOP). The CHIVA TOP Project was a community "tool" to help neighbors and community creatively access resources, build community, and create art.
She Says: “ We are the leaders we’ve been looking for.” -Grace Lee Boggs
Visit Sarah for success coaching and connecting to campus and community resources. She is knowledge about scholarship opportunities, campus and community resources, and has many tips for your academic and life success. She can also help you to connect your passions with your class assignments, projects, work, and leadership opportunities as well as help to guide your next steps with clarity and new ideas.
Her favorite thing about the Cultural Center is the friendly and welcoming staff and student workers who help the space to feel like “familia” and a place where you can be yourself!
Ask Me About:
- Black Male Initiative
- Black Diamond Choir
- Brothers United
- Black Student Union
Fun fact: I was pulled over on Election Day 2008 for doing 126 in a 55… And yes, I still Baracked the vote because YES WE CAN.
He Says: "I’m rooting for, um, everybody Black. I’m betting on Black". – Issa Ray
Give Brandyn a shout for academic success coaching, participating with the Black Male Initiative, Brothers United, Black Student Union, Black Diamond Choir and the BMI Living Learning Community, graduate school preparation, leadership development, and community service involvement.
Brandyn's’ favorite thing about the Cultural Center is the dopeness that radiates from the students and staff.
Ask Me About:
- Programs and Events (Casas Abiertas, Noche De Familia y Amigos, Hispanic Heritage Month)
- Latino Student Union (LSU)
- Admissions Liaison
Hometown: Louisville, Kentucky
Education: Bachelor of Science in Health and Human Performance, Concentration: Public Health Education. Minor in Wellness Coaching. Certificate: Peace, Justice, & Conflict Transformation.
Fun fact: Marcos is of Purépecha indigenous decent, loves to play chess and rides an orange bike.
They Say: “In Lak’ech: Yo Soy Tú o Tú Eres Yo, I Am You or You Are Me.”
Connect with Marcos for coaching, mentoring, event planning, and connecting to campus and community resources.
Marcos’ favorite thing about the Cultural Center is the commitment to the on-going and evolving practice of student and community solidarity.
Ask Me About:
- Administrative and budgetary services
- Cultural Center student employment opportunities
- Room Reservations
- Student Organizations
- Black Family Conference
Hometown: Hopkinsville, Kentucky
Education: Bachelor of Science in Communication
Fun fact: Daquarius is a 1st Generation Grad.
Daquarius Says: “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” – Barack Obama
Connect with Daquarius for employment opportunities, room reservations, cultural center events and daily operations within the cultural center.
Daquarius’s favorite thing about the Cultural Center is the amount of love shown daily by the staff and student workers and the commitment to student advocacy.