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Celebrating Our Students

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The Multicultural Student Leadership Program is a yearlong paid internship designed to develop academic, leadership, professional, critical thinking, and social change skills of diverse students.

A message from the SY Dean of Student Development: Vicky López Sánchez

Social Justice Student Leadership Program
Chau Nguyen

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Chau came to us relatively unknown, she wasn’t a student who used our space regularly the year before she joined and we really only had an application and interview to gauge her with. However, on the first day of training it was apparent that she was going to be a big force in our center. Coupled with her acceptance into the Illumination Project, Chau carries a strong voice for advocacy and stronger presences as teammate.

Highlights: Becoming on of our inaugural Environmental Justice Advocates & Program on Environmental Racism

Grace Liang

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In a room full of big personalities, Grace’s calm demeanor and work ethic was a model for excellence and leadership. Constantly looking for new ideas and ways to challenge herself, Grace was able to provide program after program. When COVID 19 closed our schools down, Grace kicked her programs into overdrive providing the blueprint for our programming online. 

Highlights:  Talk time Coffee hour with International students, Jazz History and History of Mask on Youtube channel

Jae Viles-Erdelt

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We are extremely thankful for Jae and the presence he brought to our team. Jae carries the biggest smile and personality to the team. When we lost a couple of our student workers, Jae stepped up and helped our team fill some gaps. Watching Jae operate at the Pow-Wow and his love for his indigenous community was inspiring and we wish him the best at PSU! 

Highlights: Revolutionary Film Series: Reel Injun & 2020 Pow-Wow student Coordinator

Kevin Aipopo

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Talk about someone who came in with high expectations, then exceeded them. Kevin is a powerhouse who is only growing with each passing day. Kevin helped (with Chau) kick off our environmental justice advocacy position and got the opportunity to coordinate a region wide conference (PISACON2020) for Pacific Islander Students. He holds it down for all the identities he carries and is a growing ally in the work for social justice. 

Highlights: Pacific Islander Student Conference & Intersectional Climate Justice Youtube Video. 

Men of Color Student Leadership Program

2019-2020 marked the 12th year our Men of Color Leadership Program (MoCLP) has been active at the Sylvania Campus of Portland Community College. The MoCLP is an academic and leadership program designed to build unity and community, promote academic excellence, support career exploration, and engage male students of color in social justice education at PCC. 

In an ideal academic year, the Sylvania Multicultural Center offers male students of color to participate in the MoCLP for a full academic year. However, we had to make critical adjustments to the way we traditionally operate the program due to some key transitions among staff and the coronavirus pandemic. In spite of these significant changes, our cohort adapted to the abrupt changes brought on by the pandemic. They not only excelled academically, but also exceeded the conventional societal expectations placed upon men of color. I commend them on communicating their needs during this unprecedented time as well as remaining actively engaged with their other courses and tapping into their inherent strengths to carry them through these challenges. May I present the 2019-2020 Cohort for the Men of Color Leadership Program sponsored by the Sylvania Multicultural Center of PCC:

Graduates

  • Anthony “Tony” Criado  
  • Jorge Cruz
  • Tyrone Ervin
  • Irwin Hernandez 
  • Jacob “Jake” Leonardi 
  • Jae Viles-Erdelt 

Participants

  • Ricardo Barrios Mariscal
  • Raifer Farek 
  • Bell Guidey
  • Leulseged Mequanint

Student Participants & Supporters

The following are students we would like to highlight for their participation and support of the SY MC programs and educational equity. 

Angel Ramirez

We want to thank Angel for his leadership and guidance with all the student workers. As the only returning student Angel models excellence and hard work. We are grateful for his time with us before he took on new endeavors and will always consider Angel a part of our family at the MC. Best of luck Angel!

Huifang (Jessica) Qin

Jessica was the life of the MC when she was a part of our group. She worked hard, made steady improvements and was all edger to learn & apply new skills. She hosted amazing programs, always with a smile on her face. We wish Jessica the best as she’s taking some time off to focus on her family and pathway to citizenship. Best of luck Jessica!