Meet the Staff

Monica Negron

Mónica Negrón, 

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Director, Hispanic/Latinx and Indigenous Initiaitve


Ask Me About:

  • Programs and Events (Casas Abiertas, Noche De Familia y Amigos, Hispanic Heritage Month)
  • Coaching
  • Latino Student Union (LSU)

Hometown: Bel Air, Maryland

Education: Master of Science in Sport Administration &  Bachelor of Arts in Biology with Spanish minor. 

Fun Fact: Former UofL Lacrosse All-American and current member of the Puerto Rican Senior Women’s National Team.  

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Leondra Gully, M.Ed. 
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Director, Black & Multiracial Initiatives
Advisor, Woodford R. Porter Scholarship Program

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." 

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Brandyn Bailey
(He/Him/His) What's this?
Assistant Director, Cultural Center
Coordinator, Black Male Initiative (BMI) 

Ask Me About:

  • Black Male Initiative
  • Black Diamond Choir
  • Brothers United
  • Black Student Union
  • Programming
  • Coaching 
Hometown: Louisville, Kentucky 

Education: Master of Arts in Communication & Graduate certification in Organizational Leadership

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.

Marcos G. Morales Gutierrez

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Program Coordinator, Hispanic/Latinx & Indigenous Initiatives

Ask Me About:

  • Noche de Familia y Amigxs & Conocimiento 
  • Life Coaching
  • Latinx Student Union (LSU)
  • Compa Peer Mentors & Ambassadors
  • Latinx Oral History Project 

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. Currently pursing a Master of Education in College Student Personnel as well as a certificate in Translation & Interpretation. 

Fun fact: Marcos is of Purépecha Indigenous decent, loves to play chess and rides their bike as much as possible. 

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.

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Daquarius MahoneAdministrator

Daquarius Mahone

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Administrative Associate   

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.

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