Cultural Resource Centers Leadership Team
The Cultural Resource Centers Leadership Team is comprised of three student-centered entities that promote professional development, leadership advancement and cultural awareness. Opportunities to get involved include employment openings from Receptionist to Public Relations & Marketing to Administrative positions. We also host a Programming Team that works in a highly co-collaborative/creative environment to develop events, activities and productions.
My name is Jenny Pham and I am studying general science and ultrasound radiology at PSU. I have been working at the Cultural Centers for several years and I have also participated in the student groups Kaibigan, the Cambodian Student Association, the Vietnamese Student Association, and the Hong Kong Student Association. Currently I am doing my pre-requisites for ultrasound radiology and then transferring to OIT.
My name is Asma Aba. This is my fourth year at Portland State University. I am double majoring with a Bachelor's in Arabic and Social Sciences with a minor in Psychology. I intend to use the experiences and skills I obtain from my degree and apply them to any career field I decide to persue in the future. I also hope to gain new experiences, leadership skills, and build friendships as a member of the Cultural Resource Centers' Leadership Team.
Hello, my name is Erick Lorenzo. I am a junior and my major is business administration: financial accounting and finance. I am active in M.E.Ch.A, IBEA, and ODPhi. I enjoy playing soccer, boxing, and writing poetry.
My name is Junqi (Jun) Li and I am from Guangzhou, China. I am expecting to graduate with a bachelor's degree in business administration: accounting in June 2015. This is my first year working at the Cultural Centers and and I am excited to meet new people. I am hoping to gain enriching experience in accounting and looking forward to improving my problem-solving skills. I am also a coordinator of the International Women’s Group. If you are looking for a safe space for women to engage in dialogue, this is the place you should check out.
PR and Marketing Coordinator
Hello, my name is Darius and I am a junior at Portland State University. I was born and raised in Denver, Colorado and was fortunate enough to come to Portland for my choice of higher education. I am majoring in Health Studies: School Health Education and minoring in Secondary Education. Aside from working at the Cultural Centers, I also work as a Peer Health Educator (WHAT) on campus. I am proud to be a part of the Cultural Centers' team to help demonstrate equity and diversity in higher education.
Kyra is a freshman here at Portland State. She is majoring in Accounting and minoring in Photography. She hopes to pursue a career as a Forensic Accountant after graduating. She is originally Southern California and graduated with Honors from Junipero Serra High School located in Gardena, CA. She is currently involved in the Access Program. She enjoys watching sports and photography in her spare time.
Hello, my name is Zaira Carranza. I am a freshman at Portland State University majoring in Health Sciences. I like coffee and being outdoors. I currently work for PSU chronicles as a photoblogger, I also work as an Office Assistant for the Office of Marketing and Communications and I work front desk at La Casa Latina and MCC.
My name is Elin Berglund and I am currently a sophomore studying pre-education/special ed here at Portland State. I chose PSU not only because of the great SPED program that is offered, but also because I was sure I wanted to get involved in the diverse and welcoming culture that surrounds campus. As I grew up in a bi-cultural Swedish/American family and have had the opportunity to experience an abundance of cultures just living in Portland, I am very eager to have gotten the oppurtunity to be a part of the Multicultural Center family this year!
Hello, my name is Michelle Harn and I am a transfer junior from Pacific University, majoring in Art History. I am a native to Portland, Oregon. I speak both Japanese and English and look to improve relationships with the international Japanese students. I grew up with an influence of different cultures, which has led to my interest in cultures other than my own. Traveling is my main inspiration, but when I've spent all my money I enjoy family time, spending time in the sun, hiking, TED Talks, and dancing hula. Looking forward to meeting new people and learning new things!
I am Melissa Bui and I am Vietnamese but I was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. I was raised in a very diverse environment and I was able to learn English and Vietnamese at the same time. I am currently a sophomore at Portland State University. When I am not in school I enjoy traveling, camping, fishing, and knitting scarves. I have been working at La Casa Latina and the Multicultural Center since October.
Hello, my name is Huong Do.This is my first year working at the Cultural Centers. I'm expecting to graduate in Spring 2016 with a major in general science and minor in premed. I love to eat and travel.
I was born in Southern California but moved to Oregon when I was five. I grew up in east Multnomah County in Gresham and graduated Sam Barlow High School in June of 2010. I have been at PSU since the fall of 2010. Aside from working at the Cultural Centers, I have been involved in several student clubs on campus and currently am on PSU’s Student Ambassador team. Within the team we recruit prospective students and interact with high level donors. I am majoring in community development with a certificate in Chicano/Latino studies with a hope to bring change to my community. Outside of the classroom I enjoy playing soccer and working out, watching movies, food and wine tasting, and relaxing at home.
My name is Lupita Velazquez and I am a freshman at PSU. I will be majoring in the Social Sciences. I was inspired to do social justice work from my internship for OPAL Environmental Justice as an organizer in training this summer.
My name is Lisa Arceneaux and I am studying Liberal Science, Pre-Teacher Special Education. I am actually an Alumnus of PSU and I am glad to be back to accomplish even more. I am a native of Portland, Oregon and have the opportunity of having all of my family here with me. I think that in a community everyone needs someone and I feel that family is essential to the progress of success in your academic adventures. The family at MCC is a wonderful and caring one. I began studying in the MCC years 2013/14 and have been a part of the center ever since. I feel at home when I come here and it is an easy, friendly and comfortable environment to be loved, encouraged as we all journey through the travel of academia. Outside of PSU, I write poetry and other stories. I also love working with children ages 2 through 5. My favorite escape when the loads gets overwhelming is home movies. They tend to relax me and take me to another space for the moment.
My name is Joe R. Soto. I am originally from the San Francisco Bay area. I am a non-traditional student majoring in music with an emphasis in voice. I love all types of music and art. I also enjoy spending time outdoors.
My name is Anton Jay Avalos I went to Century High School in Hillsboro, I am majoring in Architecture, and I like to smile. One of my passions include documenting and recording important events and situations happening in my life to Snapchat. In addition, I like to draw, hang out with friends, play sports and watch movies. Skills worth mentioning is that I can take a nap practically anywhere and I clean my room on a daily basis.
My name is Rachely Navarro and am currently in my second year of college. I am majoring in speech and hearing science, minoring in psychology, and hope to pursue a career in Audiology.
Programming Team Members
My name is Maria Bartolome and I am a junior at Portland State University. I was born in Fresno, California and raised in Portland, Oregon. I am bilingual in Spanish and English. My major is social work with a minor in international studies. This is my second year on the Programming Team where I have been improving my leadership skills and knowledge about diverse groups. I am part of Las Mujeres and MEChA and I volunteer with the Refugee Resettlement through Catholic Charities, the DMSS 425 committee, and with my church as a teacher and youth leader.
Hello, my name is Aaron Benoza and I am a 4th year student at PSU. I am working on my bachelor's degree in health studies double majoring in public health and physical activity. This will be my third year with the programming team and I am excited for what we have to offer this year. I am also heavily involved with Kaibigan (the Filipino American Student Association), Vietnamese Student Association (VSA), Cambodian Student Association (CSA) and the Honk Kong Student Association (HKSA). I am an outgoing and adventurous person and a huge Blazers Fan, GO BLAZERS! I look forward to meeting everyone this year at the Cultural Centers!
My name is Qanani Kalil and I am a 4th year student at PSU. I am studying psychology and am currently an officer for the Association of African Students. This is my first year on the programming team and I am looking forward to a great experience!
My name is Monica Reyna and I am a senior at PSU. My major is political science with a certificate in Chicano/Latino studies and a minor in law and legal studies. Aside from working on the programming team I am an officer with the student group M.E.Ch.A.
My name is Tejohanish Mulpuru and I am from India. This is my first year at PSU and I am pursuing my master's degree in mechanical engineering. This is my first job at PSU but I have experience in programming and leadership in India. I am looking forward to giving my best and gaining some new knowledge. Some of my hobbies are playing basketball and badminton.
My name is Fahima Osman. I'm a junior soon to be senior planning on graduating with a major in Speech and Hearing Sciences and a minor in Special Education. I work as a ELL/ESL teacher and mentor with refugee/immigrant families. I enjoy spending time shopping and planning events with my family and friends.
Hello! My name is Steven Chang. I was born and raised in Merced, California. I am a junior at Portland State University. My majors are applied linguistics and Spanish. It is my first year on the Programming Team and I am excited to create and plan meaningful events to enhance and improve the campus. I have a passion and desire to help the Portland State Community in any acquired aspect. I am excited to learn more about the unique settings that the PSU community offers.
Aloha, my name is Darren Acoba and I am a senior majoring in public health education with a concentration in physical activity/exercise. I was born and raised on the beautiful island of Kauai, HI. As a first year member of the Cultural Center's Programming Team, I look forward to learning about all of the different cultures, meeting new people and making new friends. I was the Cultural Chairperson for the Pacific Islanders Club and the president this past year which I will continue through for the 2014-15 school year. I am one of the two Student-At-Large representatives for the Smith Advisory Board and a Resident Ambassador for College Housing Northwest. I like to have as much involvement as I can on campus and find giving back the most rewarding part in being a member of a student group/organization. On my leisure time I enjoy hanging out with friends and exercising. I am a friendly, out-going person and I look forward to meeting everyone at the Cultural Centers!