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Graduate Assistant

Brent Rice

Brent Rice is a Kinesiology Major from Jersey City, New Jersey. He graduated in May of 2012  as a student athlete (football). Brent is now a Graduate Assistant in the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs.

Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work. -VINCE LOMBARD

Graduate Assistant

Brandon McLaughlin

Brandon is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He attended the University of Maine as an undergraduate student, playing Football & studying Secondary Education. Currently Brandon is a Graduate Assistant studying Counselor Education & working as an adjunct instructor in the College of Education.

-Beats, Rhymes, & Life


Administrative Aide

Hawa Mohamud

Although Hawa was originally born in Mogadishu Somalia, she grew up in Portland, Maine. As a junior at University of Maine she is pursuing a major in Biology with aspirations to attend Dental school when she graduates in 2014. She is involved in the Black Student Union, Muslim Student Association and also the African Student Association. The Office of Multicultural Programs not only helped Hawa with her communication and leadership skills but it has introduced her to many resources and people around campus that are very beneficial.

 “Be the change you want to see in the world.” Mahatma Gandhi   

 Administrative Aide

Elie Nembambi

Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Elie migrated with his family to the United States where he grew up in the city of Decatur, in Georgia.  He attended elementary school- high school there and moved to Portland, Maine during his senior year, where he graduated with honors. Now attending the University of Maine, he is a 3rd year political science student. He is currently the Vice President of the Black Student Union, and works at the Multicultural Center.

We can’t judge the world unless we change ourselves”.  Biggie Smalls


Administrative Aide 

Yvane-Ladouce Ingabire

Yvane – Ladouce Ingabire is originally from Burundi. Three years ago she moved to Portland, Maine together with her family. Now she’s a second year student with a desire to pursue Business Management as a major. While in Portland, she spent time showing the Burundian culture through dances in festivals and other events. At the University of Maine, she is a part of the Resident on Campus (ROC) program as she is the representative of York Hall for the year of 2012-2013. Also, she is involved in the International Student Association as well as the Latin American Student Association (LASO). Working at the office of Multicultural student Affairs has helped her to be involved in different activities around the campus and also to get to meet new people from different countries and learn about different cultures. Yvane is a friendly person and she likes making a difference among people of her age.

“Personal satisfaction comes from knowing that you’re making a difference in the world around you.” – Unknown


Administrative Aide

Diana Abraham

Diana is a first year Nursing major from Brockton, Massachusetts. Her family is originally from Nigeria.  She is a secretary of the Black Student Union and a member of the Event Staff and the Orono Student Nurses’ Association. On her spare time she likes to play basketball at the Recreation Center. The Multicultural Center has helped her to meet new people and make new friends.

“A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.” Martin Luther King Jr.

Administrative Aide

Selam Runyon-Baruch

Selam Runyon-Baruch is a 1st year student originally  from Ethiopia She moved to the United States when she was 11 years old to the town of  Windham, Maine. She is a Biology, Pre-Med major. At the multicultural center she is involved in African Student Association (AFSA) and Black Student Union (BSU) She is energetic and will always greet you with a warm smile.
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” - Martin Luther King Jr.

Administrative Aide

Enyin Wu

Enyin is originally from the Southern part of China and came to the U.S at the age of 14. She is now a senior in the business school with a double major in management and marketing. She was the treasurer for the Asian Student Association(ASA) at her sophomore year and the treasurer for the International Student Association at her junior year. She is currently the president of the ASA and SHAC (Student Heritage Alliance Council).
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”Margaret Mead

  Administrative Aide

Kaleb Titherington

Kaleb Titherington is a third year political science major with a legal studies minor. He currently is the President of the Black Student Union. He is always finding new ways to get involved throughout his community. When not working hard around his campus or community, he is likely traveling, recording music or staying physically active.

“Success is not the measure of a man but a triumph over those who choose to hold him back.”

-Bill Clinton

  Administrative Aide

Tyree Jones

Tyree Jones is a Electrical Engineer major. He’s from the great city of Chicago. He is involved in the BSU club (Black Student Union). He enjoys listening to music and hanging with friends.

Some people want it to happen, Some wish it would happen, Others make it happen”-Michael Jordan.







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