Multicultural Advocates (MAs)

Talented student staff who focus on helping build and navigate our diverse residential communities.

Every hall has a Multicultural Advocate (MA). MA’s promote the advancement of multiculturalism and social justice within the residence halls through community and staff development, education, celebration, and dialogue. 

Our communities bring together a wide array of individuals with diverse cultures, backgrounds, interests, perspectives and life experiences. The MAs assist students and staff in each building create and navigate the richness of this diverse community by serving as a resource person, ally, student advocate, peer advisor, role model and educator.

MAs provide opportunities for engagement that promotes:

  • Working toward a common vision and aspirations for the quality of life in our residence hall community
  • Working in partnership with others to continually improve our services and create a safe and inclusive, multicultural residence hall community
  • Celebrating our diversity without division
  • Appreciating our similarities and differences
  • Awareness, education and understanding
  • Supporting residents and colleagues in their efforts to co-create positive, inclusive and diverse communities

The Multicultural Advocates are supervised by the Social Justice and Leadership Education team. 

Learn more about each member of the MA staff. Contact us at MulticulturalAdvocate@housing.illinois.edu with questions or for more information about what we do or how you can join our team!

Meet the Multicultural Advocates (MAs)


Derrius | Wassaja Hall

I'm a graduate student getting my master’s degree in public health and I’m interested in how health disparities impact marginalized groups. As you can see from my major, I’m really passionate about social justice and equity. I hope to meet as many of you as I possibly can! When you see me in the hall please say "Hi!” If you want to talk, you can always swing by room 2113.

Agrawal

Ruo Wei | Barton-Lundgren Halls

Hello! I'm a junior majoring in political science and economics. This is my second year as a MA and I am excited to return to Barton-Lundgren My wish is to make this a more inclusive place, where it can be a home away from home. I am always excited to engage in conversations, so do not hesitate to reach out for a talk. I am also actively involved in Illinois Business Consulting and other on-campus activities. I’m looking forward to bonding, growing, and learning as one Barton-Lundgren community!

Ruo Wei

Jarell | Illinois Street Residence Halls (ISR)

My name is Jarell, and I am so excited to be back in the Townsend community this. It is so exciting to have you all a part of our UNIQUE family in Townsend. It is so life-changing to be a part of this community that encourages growth, individuality, and change. As your Multicultural Advocate, I will do my best to guide our community to grow in our understanding of social justice, identity, and inclusion. 

Jarrell Charleston

Erica | Busey-Evans Halls

I believe that social change comes from understanding combined with action. This includes having an understanding that we all come from different walks of life and have different experiences, but also pushing for change within our society to create a more inclusive place for those with marginalized identities. My goal this year is to open up dialogue about social justice and what that means so that residents can feel validated and included while having the courage to speak up for themselves and others.

Erica David-Johnson

Rowan | Nugent Hall

Hey, Nugent Hall! I'm excited to be your Multicultural Advocate and to get to know all of you. I use they/them pronouns, and I'm a sophomore studying music education. I'm here to facilitate dialogue about social justice and inclusion, and I'm passionate about education and communication. Feel free to stop by my room to talk, or send me an email at bfrantz2@illinois.edu with any questions. Let's make this a year full of learning and growth for all of us!

 

Rowen Frantz

Dunia | Scott Hall

As the MA at Scott Hall, I hope to inspire a movement where we can all work together to achieve the goals of our community through education and conversation on politics and social justice. I'm a junior majoring in neuroscience with minors in chemistry and Arabic. As a Palestinian, social justice and activism are in my soul. I hope that my experiences and knowledge foster Scott Hall into becoming an inclusive environment. Can't wait to get to know y'all!

Dunia Ghanimah

Niv | Illinois Street Residence Halls (ISR)

This year, I am excited to meet and interact with all of you, to work towards creating a community of inclusivity, and to engage in social justice dialogue. I am invested in working to make our community a safe and welcoming space for everyone!

Nivedha Gumastha 

Alex | Hopkins Hall 

Welcome to Hopkins! This is my second year as an MA and I'm glad to be back at Hopkins to meet and get to know you all. As your MA, I'm here to facilitate social justice dialogue as well as foster a welcoming and diverse community. We can all learn from one another and I'm excited to get to it. Let's have a great year!

 Alex Hardwick

Tina | Weston Hall

Hello Weston! I'm excited to spend the upcoming year EXPLORING with you! Campus can feel very big and overwhelming at times, but I'm here to help you find your place as you transition into new experiences. We all bring unique personalities to this community, but within that we also have many shared experiences. As you explore your own identity here, I'll also be your go-to person to learn about other identities and why that makes University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign a special home. 

 Tina Kim

Raghava | Lincoln Avenue Residence Halls (LAR)

I believe that no one is born perfect, and that in life we're bound to make mistakes. Being a good person is about accepting when you mess up, taking responsibility, and learning to be a better person. I want to create environments for people who want to learn more about topics they may not be familiar with to gain a greater understanding of social justice.

Raghava Kovvali

Dimitri | Unit One/Allen Hall

Wassup Allen Hall! As an MA, my responsibility is to engage in transformative conversations on social justice topics. I would love to see the residents of Allen learning from each other. Besides being an MA, I am also involved with political education and community work with Black Students for Revolution. I'm a history major with a minor in secondary education. I'm looking forward to meeting you all and hearing your stories!

Dimitri Love

Rayven|Sherman and Daniels Halls

A residence hall cannot be a home without knowing and understanding the people who live in it. We need to strive to learn about other people's identities, because if we don't we're missing a key part of who they are — and the foundations of humanity that keep us linked will eventually falter.

 

Raven Morrow

CeCe | Florida Avenue Residence Halls (FAR) 

People come from different places having had different experiences. By listening to these experiences I’ve developed empathy, and with every conversation, my perception of the world around me changes. I believe that true learning results in growth and change. My hope is that I can help each resident through that learning process.

Cece Nickerson 

Kai | Pennsylvania Avenue Residence Halls (PAR)

Your new community is filled with people of many different backgrounds, identities, and beliefs. That diversity is something to be respected and valued. Throughout the course of this year, I hope to support you in forming a community and reaching your highest potential. I'm looking forward to a fantastic year together!

Kai Oliver 

Reijhui | Taft-Van Doren Halls

As a multicultural advocate, I strive to create a safe and welcoming environment for people of all backgrounds. I want to encourage healthy dialogue in my community to foster inclusiveness and growth among individuals. Maintaining this diversity and inclusiveness allows people to learn from each other and grow closer so that we might work towards a better future. Everyone has different experiences and backgrounds, and it is imperative to use this diversity to promote social justice.

Reijhui Pagala

Nick | Snyder Hall

Hey! This year I will provide resources for you to get engaged with others on campus and gain insight into your own social identities. Everyone is welcome to attend my Community Conversations, a space to learn more about social topics on a personal, campus-wide, or worldwide level. I hope to be a friendly face for you to talk to. See you around!

Nick Sabri

Chalum | Florida Avenue Residence Halls (FAR)

Hey everyone! I'm from the northwest side of Chicago. I love playing video games, chess, and having a friendly chat. If you're ever in Trelease, come swing by if you wanna talk. Good luck this semester!

Chalum Sangsuvan 

Nidhi | Bousfield Hall

Hey everyone! I am from Hoffman Estates, Illinois. I can't wait to get to know you all throughout this upcoming year. I am a senior with a double major in political science and environmental science. I also love playing video games, watching Netflix, and having fun. Feel free to stop by and chat with me about anything from Bousfield-related things to just chatting about life. Aavjo!

Nidhi Shastri

Jenny | Pennsylvania Avenue Residence Halls (PAR)

I'm a proud Latina, born and raised in the Pilsen neighborhood located near the lower west side of Chicago. I am a kind person who enjoys spending time with her family and friends. I’m also an extrovert who enjoys helping people out and being in the company of others. My goal is to create a bond within the PAR community by reaching out to the residents through my Community Conversations to better educate myself and residents about topics and resources on campus. 

Jenny Villanueva