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Meet the Executive Board

President: Richard Luc

Position (within either SHAC and/or your club): President, SHAC

Year in School: Fourth Year

Major(s)/Minor(s): Biology & Microbiology Double Degree, Political Science Minor, Honors Course of Study

Future plans: After graduating in May, I will be continuing my studies at the University of Maine by pursuing a Master of Science in Microbiology. My goal is to apply to an MD/PhD program somewhere in New England. My personal intention is to become a physician-scientist to help bridge the gap between clinicians and researchers. Furthermore, I would like to travel the world and utilize my knowledge and experience to teach others about why healthcare is so important.

Fun Fact: I played the clarinet and tenor saxophone in high school and I also sang in the choir. I can speak Chinese fluently, and although I am majoring in the life sciences in hopes of going to medical/graduate school, I am also minoring in political science. It’s always been a hobby of mine and I would like to run for political office one day.

Ethnicity (if you wish to share): Chinese, Cambodian, Vietnamese

How have SHAC and/or your club changed the way you view different heritages, foreign languages, and cultures around the world?

SHAC is a group where students of various backgrounds come together for one common goal and one common purpose: to become better educated about our own cultures and to help raise awareness and educate others of the benefits and advantages of diversity. This group has helped shape the way I view such backgrounds. SHAC affords the possibility for this discussion and allows its participants and members to network with others. This sort of discourse is desperately needed on this campus, in this state, in this country and in the world that we currently live in.

Why did you choose to be a part of SHAC and/or your cultural club?

I chose to be a part of SHAC because I wanted to help increase awareness of and educate others of the heritage, language, and culture of the student body here on campus. I also wanted to be more active on campus and take on a leadership role. I want to be able to leave my mark on SHAC by bettering it for the next generation and making it more efficient and sustainable.


Vice President: Lucas Rodrigues Mascia

Position (within either SHAC and/or your club): Vice President, SHAC

Year in School: Third Year

Major(s)/Minor(s): Mechanical Engineering

Future plans: Work in the technology field – nanotechnology is my main goal.

Fun Fact: I am an international student from Brazil.

Ethnicity (if you wish to share): Brazilian

How have SHAC and/or your club changed the way you view different heritages, foreign languages, and cultures around the world?

Along with SHAC, I am a member of the Latin American Student Organization and those two clubs have increased my views upon the diversity we have on campus. I believe that in the future, not just at my job but also around me, diversity will always be there and that what will make the difference. Every person is unique in their own way and each and all of them have something to add to the table.

Why did you choose to be a part of SHAC and/or your cultural club?

I chose to be a part of LASO because that is part of my heritage and I was looking for a way to meet new – what a better way than joining a club?

In addition, I have always enjoyed helping others with anything I can and taking leadership roles. The Student Heritage Alliance Council gave me both opportunities and now I am able to help others and meet the different people in their clubs.


Treasurer: Evan McDuff

Position (within either SHAC and/or your club): Treasurer, SHAC

Year in School: Third Year

Major(s)/Minor(s): Anthropology

Future plans: After finishing off my degree from the University of Maine I would like to go back to school and work for a paralegal degree. Eventually working for a lawyer, and maybe even going to law school.

Fun Fact: Though I don’t have a drivers licence and can’t drive a car, I have piloted a U.S. Navy destroyer, and a cargo train.

Ethnicity (if you wish to share): French, Native American, Scottish


Secretary: Erik Medina

Position (within either SHAC and/or your club): Secretary, SHAC & LASO

Year in School: Third Year

Major(s)/Minor(s): Mechanical Engineering

Future plans: Grad School

Fun Fact: Love Latin dancing

Ethnicity (if you wish to share): Colombian


Public Relations Officer: Nabeel Hashmi

Position (within either SHAC and/or your club):
Public Relations Officer, SHAC / President of Muslim Students Association

Year in School
: Second Year

Major(s)/Minor(s): Biochemistry / Molecular and Cellular Biology with Honors Course of Study

Future plans: Physician

Fun Fact: I am a member of the University Volunteer Ambulance.

Ethnicity (if you wish to share): Pakistani

How have SHAC and/or your club changed the way you view different heritages, foreign languages, and cultures around the world?

Being a part of SHAC has made me realize that various multi-cultural organizations are represented on campus and it is part of SHAC’s job to make sure that these clubs are well-represented. They are a crucial component of this university and are not only very informative to those who want to learn more, but an invaluable resource for students of various backgrounds.

Why did you choose to be a part of SHAC and/or your cultural club?

I chose to be involved in SHAC, not only help my club be more integral and to encourage inter-organizational communication, but also to be more informed about the various ethnicities embodied by the students on campus.