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Center for Multicultural Education

CME Staff

Director of the center
Jamie Butler Chidozie

Jamie brings to UNI more than 14 years of experience in the field of education with ten of those years being in higher education. Jamie started in education as a fourth grade teacher in the public school system in Indianapolis, Indiana. Upon earning her Master of Education degree in Higher Education Student Affairs from Indiana University, Jamie worked for Campus Living at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. There she served as Coordinator, where she was the Chair of the Diversity Education Team, co-authored the Graffiti/Offensive Incidents Policy, founded CultureFest, a university wide program that is in it's tenth year, and served on the Chancellor's Diversity Council.

Prior to her appointment at UNI, Jamie served as Assistant Director for the Center for Race, Ethnicity, & Diversity Education at Elon University in Elon, NC. There she created the center's Black Student Success Program, directed S.M.A.R.T. (Student Mentors Advising Rising Talent) peer-to-peer mentoring program, and organized many campus-wide events and programs around diversity and inclusion.

Jamie is excited about what is ahead for the CME and whole heartedly believes that the strength of the CME lies with the UNI student body, faculty, staff, and surrounding community. Jamie is passionate about equity and justice for all. She lives by the platinum rule, "treat others the way they want to be treated." 

When not at work Jamie enjoys spending time with her husband and a beautiful baby boy. Jamie also loves to bake and every now and then you can find Jamie on stage performing.

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Jonathan Cox
Student Services and Outreach Coordinator

Before joining the CME team in the spring of 2016, Jonathan was an academic advisor and recruiter in the College of Business Administration. He plans to expand his retention and student success expertise and communication throughout the whole campus as a part of the CME. He will assist with student support services and building community connections. His initiatives with students will include team building activities, mentoring, and guiding them through constructing career and life planning goals.

Jonathan received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology from the University of Northern Iowa in 1991. His hometown is Springfield, IL. Jonathan is married to Antonett Cox, has a son, Jonathan Cox Jr., and currently resides in Waterloo, IA. Jonathan has been associated with UNI 20+ years combining his academic career and employment. 

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Jenny Murphy

Jenny Murphy has worked as a secretary for many years, sold real estate and is a master gardener. Jen is a Black Hawk County Commissioner and sits on the Black Hawk County Conservation Board. She has two children and four grandchildren.

Working with students and assisting in implementing programming at the Center for Multicultural Education is very rewarding to Jen.

In her spare time, she enjoys family, do-it-yourself projects in remodeling her 1930's home, travel, biking, reading and exploring Iowa’s natural areas.  Jen also writes poetry and is working on her first book. 


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Abigail Agan
Student Desk Worker
Abigail has been involved with the CME since summer of 2016. She is currently a Junior majoring in Elementary and Middle School education. Abigail is very involved with the Love Your Melon crew on campus: "Love Your Melon is an apparel brand dedicated to giving a hat to every child battling cancer in America as well as supporting nonprofit organizations who lead the fight against pediatric cancer." 
Abigail is also passionate about learning more about multicultural backgrounds after the valuable experience she had working at the Meskwaki Settlement camp this summer. In her time off campus, Abigail enjoys working with children of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities through her various jobs. She also loves to take care of her dog, Dolly, who occasionally makes an appearance in the CME! 
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Carly Beisel
Graphic Design and Social Media Assistant

Carly is the CME’s primary graphic designer. She is a senior Digital Media major and hopes to pursue a career in creative marketing or production post-graduation. 

Throughout her time at UNI, Carly has been highly involved in both KULT-LP (the on campus radio station) and Pi Sigma Epsilon (PSE- a sales, marketing, and business organization). She has held the title of "DJ of the month" as well as two executive positions within PSE, Vice President of Public Relations and Vice President of Human Resources. 

In her free time, Carly can be found in the midst of friends, enjoying live music, playing golf, browsing TJ Maxx, or spoiling her beloved cat Arlo. Carly very much enjoys working at the CME and is passionate about helping bring students and communities closer to one another! 

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Roberto Estrella
Digital Media and Marketing Assistant

Roberto is currently working on a degree in Digital Media and minoring in Computer Science. He plans to pursue a job in advertising. 

While at UNI, Roberto has been involved with Kappa Sigma, Greek Week, and Cedar Rivers Production. Roberto's involvement with his fraternity includes recruitment co-chair, fraternity photographer, and designing fraternity clothing.
When he's not busy, Roberto is often found improving his video editing abilities, practicing music, and road tripping. While at the CME, he hopes to reach as many students as possible and to help solidify a sense of solidarity at UNI.
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Sang Nguyen
Programming and Intercultural Education Assistant

Sang is an international student from Vietnam. He is a junior currently majoring in Advertising and Digital Media and minoring in International Business.

His hobbies consist of photography, cooking, and traveling. He has a very strong interest and passion in learning to educate people about different cultures and languages.Therefore, he was elected to be one of a few global ambassadors of UNI.

During his time at UNI, he joined Korean Language and Culture Club and soon after that, he took his opportunity to study abroad at Soonchunhyang University in South Korea during 2015-2016 academic year. Coming back to UNI this year, he strives to use his experience, knowledge and passion to help other students understand diversity and to support other minorities such as himself to have a voice and  let their opinions be heard. 

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Jonathon Solis
Student Desk Worker

Jonathon is a Sophomore Criminology major from San Antonio, Texas. He is currently involved in the Hispanic Latino Student Union (HLSU). After college, he plans on joining The United States Marine Corps or the San Antonio Fire Department. 

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Nicole Villarreal
Student Desk Worker
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Major: Communications Minor: Public Relations
Has been working for the CME since 2013