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Leadership Team



Student Engagement Opportunities

The Cultural 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 that include everything 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. Additionally, students can join the Advisory Council where they work with community, staff and fellow students to guide the vision of the centers. All students are welcome, not just those who identify as students of color. 

Student Workers

Derek St. Mary-Tryon

Marketing and Public Relations Assistant

My name is Derek St. Mary-Tryon. I am a graphic design student here at PSU. I am an animal enthusiast and have worked for PETA for 4 years at their San Francisco facilities. Love and peace is my mantra.


Jenny Pham

Booking Agent

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. 

Jessica Rubinstein

Administrative Assistant

Hello! My name is Jessica Rubinstein and I am a graduate student studying educational leadership and policy here at PSU. I have been a student leader on campus volunteering at the Women's Resource Center as an undergraduate and working as a University Studies Peer Mentor for three years. I am passionate about learning as much as I can about promoting diversity and social justice. 


Xiaotong Wu

Administrative Coordinator

My name is Xiaotong Wu and I am from China. I am a graduate student and I expect to receive my master's degree in finance next year. I am very happy to work with and meet different people in this diverse cultural environment on campus. Besides working and going to class, I like traveling. I really enjoy tasting food from different countries and meeting nice people.  

Junqi Li

Administrative Coordinator

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. 

Elin Berglund


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! 


Dang Ha


My name is Dang Ha and I am a senior at Portland State University. I am currently studying general science. This is my 4th year living in Portland. I grew up in a diverse community in San Diego, California. I enjoy spending my spare time fishing.  


Darius Ortega


Hello! My name is Darius Ortega and I am a sophomore at Portland State University. I was born and raised in Denver, Colorado and was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to come to Portland for my choice of higher education. I am a health studies major, with a concentration in school health education and a minor in secondary education. Aside from working at the Cultural Centers, I also work as a Peer Health Educator (WHATster) on campus. I come from a Hispanic family and I am proud to be a part of the Cultural Centers' team to help demonstrate equality and diversity in education. I am looking forward to another exciting and fun-filled year at the Cultural Centers!


Melissa Bui


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. 


Wictorex Ngo


My name is Victor Ngo and I was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. I am currently pursuing a degree in organizational psychology and business human resources. In addition to working at Cultural Centers I also work for the Rose Quarter and Rise Records doing human resource work.  


Francisco Ibarra


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.  

Lupita Velasquez


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.

Erick Lorenzo


Hello, my name is Erick Lorenzo. I am a junior and my major is business administration: financial accounting and finance. I am active in Mecha, IBEA, and ODPhi. I enjoy playing soccer, boxing, and writing poetry. 

Joe Soto


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.

Programming Team Members

Maria Bartolome  

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.


Aaron Benoza

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!

Qanani Kalil

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!  


Monica Reyna

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. 

Tejohanish Mulpuru

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. 

Fahima Osman

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.

Steven Chang

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.

Darren Acoba

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! 

Emanuel Matz

Hello everyone! My name is Emanuel Matz and I am on the Cultural Centers Programming Team. I am a Junior here at Portland State double majoring in computer science and anthropology. I have been a part of various organizations outside of the PSU umbrella such as Department of Human Services, Lupus Foundation of America, and Beaverton International Sustainability Council doing volunteer work in various fields. I am excited to be able to work with everyone this year and hopefully we can make some long lasting positive impacts in terms of social change here on campus!