I am a senior here at UNI, I will be graduating with my BA in Social Work this upcoming spring and I hope to attend graduate school in the fall to get my masters in Student Support Services. I am Native American from the Meskwaki Tribe located in Tama, IA. I am also apart of Alpha Sigma Tau sorority here on campus which is dedicated to women's wellness and to help women to enrich their own lives and the lives of others. I value my sorority and the Center for Multicultural Education very much as they both tie into making UNI a better campus for the student body and diverse students.
My name is Sheen Benson and I am a student program coordinator at the Center for Multicultural Education (CME). I am from Lamotte, IA, which is a small country town right outside of Dubuque. I am currently a senior here at UNI, pursuing a degree in Anthropology and Sociology. I plan to volunteer in the AmeriCorps after I graduate. I am interested in helping others and learning more about the world we live in. Essentially, I will strive to make this society a better place because people are important. In my spare time, I like to read books, eat junk food, and watch Netflix.
NeiAira Burt, also known as NeNe is a native of Waterloo, Iowa. NeiAira is a Student Program Coordinator for the CME. She is a sophomore majoring in Psychology. NeiAira is involved in many extracurricular activities and organizations which includes Psychology Club, Black Student Union (BSU) and the Movement (dance team). NeiAira enjoys meeting new people, traveling, learning about different backgrounds, and experiences; in her spare time she enjoys dancing. NeiAira uses her time here at UNI to educate people about diversity and advocating for those in need of assistance. After college NeiAira plans to become a Psychotherapist.
My name is Sashay Carroll, I am a junior here at the University of Northern Iowa. I am a student program coordinator at the CME. I was born in Chicago Illinois but spent most of my childhood in Iowa City. I was fortunate enough to go to Iowa City High school and receive an exemplary education. I am now majoring in Health Promotion in hopes to become a dietitian in the future. I enjoy writing and hanging out with friends. One of my major goals in life is to see the world while I am still youthful.
Melanie Majeed is a senior Marketing and Management Information System major from St. Louis, Missouri. She is currently a Student Program Coordinator (SPC) at UNI’s Center of Multicultural Education. During her time at UNI she has held many leadership positions such as President of UNI’s Black Student Union, Director of Diversity for the Northern Iowa Student Government, and Director of Corporate Partnership of Empowering Exquisite Culturally Enlightened Leaders (EXCEL) and more. She has also worked at United Healthcare as an Inside Sales and Direct Marketing intern. She plans to graduate in May 2018 and then pursue a master’s degree, land a job at a Fortune 500 company, and begin her own non-profit agency to help young girls build the skills and courage needed to push through and bounce back from adversity.
Dalena is a Senior Accounting and Management Information Systems double major from Davenport, Iowa. She is working towards her CPA certification.Recently, Dalena interned at Transamerica financial services company. At UNI, she is the Events Coordinator for the Korean Language & Culture Club, is involved in the UNI Accounting Club, manages marketing events for a Cedar Falls local business, and is primarily working on the Asian & Pacific Islander Heritage Month event as the Student Programming Coordinator for the CME. In her spare time, Dalena is an avid cooker and baker, a food enthusiast, loves to travel, and enjoys working on large-scale DIY projects.
Jonathon is a junior Criminology major from San Antonio, Texas. He is a Brother of Lambda Theta Phi here on campus as well as an active member of UNIDOS. During his spare time, Jonathon loves to travel as well as do anything outdoors whether it be hiking, camping, or fishing. He also loves to play sports, with football and basketball being his favorites. Jonathon’s family has a rich military background that goes all the way back to the Battle of the Alamo. During his senior year of high school, Jonathon was chosen to lay a wreath at the Tomb of The Unknown Soldier in Washington D.C., of which he took great pride in doing. Due to this profound respect he has for those who made the ultimate sacrifice, upon graduation, he plans on joining the Unites States Marine Corps in the hopes of becoming an Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting Specialist. After serving in the Marine Corps, he plans on moving back to San Antonio and join the San Antonio Fire Department or become a Texas State Trooper.