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Angela Buck

Director of Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement

Torrance, CA

Why did you choose Lewis & Clark: I was drawn to the strong sense of community that is here. I was very sick on the day of my interview, and the staff really took care of me that day, so I figured that would last throughout my time at L&C. Luckily it has! Also, I’ve had the opportunity to have some amazing, critical, and compassionate dialogues around social justice topics, which is what definitely keeps me here. 

Favorite place to eat in Portland: I have a pretty major sweet tooth, so Pip’s Original Doughnuts in NE Portland is one of my favorites. Uwajimaya is my go-to store for snacks, and they’re on Amazon Prime Now, so I’ve been enjoying the deliveries!

Three random facts about you:

1) I don’t sing, but I absolutely love belting out Whitney Houston songs while I’m driving. Seriously, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” can not get any more fun than when you’re driving down the highway with your windows rolled down and the sun shining on your face (for those 2 months out of the year…). 

2) I just adopted the cutest little puppy named Sia. Come by IME sometime to visit her!

3)  I am obsessed with planners. Obsessed. Holler at your girl for all your time management needs. 

What does diversity and inclusion mean to you:

Diversity and inclusion to me is all about creating community and centering voices that have been pushed to the fringes throughout history. 

What are you listening to/reading right now: Bruno Mars 24k Magic album on repeat, plus everything else he has ever done. I just saw his concert in Portland, and it reinvigorated my love for my #1 man, Bruno! I just finished reading The Magnolia Story about the couple on HGTV’s Fixer Upper, Chip and Joanna Gaines. It was a fun and quick read, and they are really my #couplegoals.  



Alexis Drakatos

Graduate Student Assistant

Eugene, OR & Los Angeles, CA

Graduate Program: Student Affairs Administration

Why did you choose Lewis & Clark? I absolutely loved the social justice mission, course work, and faculty in the program. I moved to Los Angeles shortly after graduating from undergrad and though I loved it there, I missed the Pacific Northwest! I also wanted to continue my education at a Liberal Arts college. 

Favorite place to eat in Portland: One of the things I miss most about Southern California are the tacos. Tienda Santa Cruz in North Portland is where I go when I’m missing LA. I love that it is both a restaurant and market so you can pick up things to take home! I also could eat a bowl of pho from Luc Lac every day, and my friends and I are super appreciative of the late hours! 

Three random facts about you: 

1) I have the ticket stub from every movie I have seen since I was 13

2) I love writing short stories 

3) My ultimate dream is to do a lip sync battle with Jimmy Fallon

What are you listening to/reading right now?: 

I go through phases with different genres so right now, I am listening to a lot of soul, hip hop, and R&B. I absolutely love Alabama Shakes, Rihanna, Childish Gambino, and Kendrick Lamar. Each year, NPR holds a contest for solo artists and bands to be discovered or receive greater recognition. This year, the winner was a group from New Orleans called Tank and The Bangas. Their energy and creativity is amazing and I love the use of spoken word throughout their music. As for books, I always seem to be reading Harry Potter. After watching Beyonce’s Lemonade, I became curious about the poetry written by Warsaw Shire. I recently began reading her collection of poems called Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth and highly recommend it! 


Elvira Ruan ’18

IME Student Life Intern


Hometowns: Lomita, CA & Wilmington, CA

Major: Psychology

Why did you choose Lewis & Clark?: I chose LC because I wanted a different learning environment from that at my high school. I went from being in classes with 40 students to having 15-20 people in a class.

Favorite place to eat in Portland: Don Pedro’s and Super King Buffet 

Three random facts about you:  

1) I have an uncle that writes Mexican telenovelas.

2) My favorite tv show is The Office.

3) I don’t like playing competitive sports but I am very competitive when it comes to board games and card games.

What does diversity and inclusion mean to you: Diversity to me means people from different backgrounds, life experiences, and ways of thinking. Diversity is important because it allows you to view the world through someone else’s experiences and can help you understand others better. 

What are you listening to/reading right now?: Luna Caliente by Mempo Giardinelli. I’m reading it for a class but it is a very good book.

Things you’re involved with on/off campus: Gente Latina Unida (GLU), Psychology Research on campus, Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) volunteer 


Marissa Marquez ’19

IME Peer Educator

La Verne, CA 

Major: Psychology

Why did you choose Lewis & Clark?: I chose LC because I wanted a school where I could get the most out of my education and also have the ability to grow as a person outside of the classroom. I saw how many different opportunities LC offered and I knew it was the place for me.

Favorite place to eat in Portland: There are so many! Little Big Burger and Ruby Jewel are my current favorites.

Three random facts about you:  

1) I love spicy food!

2) My favorite movie is Moulin Rouge and pretty much any Disney movie.

3) Makeup and fashion are two of my favorite hobbies.

 What does diversity and inclusion mean to you: 

Diversity and inclusion means that we are aware that everyone has different perspectives and experiences but at the same time be able to collectively come together and learn from those perspectives in order to grow as people.

What are you listening to/reading right now?: I am always listening to Beyonce, but Kendrick Lamar’s new album has been on repeat.

Things you’re involved with on/off campus: 

I am on the board of Gente Latina Unida (GLU) and now an IME peer educator! But when I go home I walk dogs and teach sunday school in my free time.




Emma Franco ’20

IME Peer Educator

Hometowns: ​
Born in Mexico City, raised all over the place. Nowadays, I say I come from Culiacan, Sinaloa, MX. ​

Major: Undeclared

Why did you choose Lewis & Clark?: Besides being entranced by the lovely landscapes of the Pacific Northwest, LC seemed to be one of the few American colleges with a truly open-minded community and a strive for diversity.  I was also very convinced by LC’s intellectually focused environment sans the exaggerated competitiveness of other colleges - everyone is more keen on competing with themselves rather than against others, and I believe that is something we should value more as a society.

Favorite place to eat in Portland: ​I don’t usually dine out, but I would recommend Tito’s Burritos if you are seeking an authentic Mexican cuisine experience!​

Three random facts about you:  

​1) By the age of 11, I had lived in 5 different cities. 
2) I usually find myself very near the places where recent big political happenings take place. For example I was in Paris during the UN COP 21, and also in the UK when the Brexit referendum happened, among other events.
3) I once performed as the female version of Benny for my High School’s production of RENT.

What does diversity and inclusion mean to you: ​Diversity for me refers to the many different ways in which individuals experience life. I believe that when we truly value and foster diversity is when we recognize that each way of living has the element of a strive for human fulfillment. Inclusion is to recognize that we cannot expect everyone to find fulfillment in one way of living, but that we must welcome and learn from the walks of life of others. People are messy, complicated, and ever-changing, but what matters is that we strive to put ourselves in the shoes of others and learn how valuable each way of thinking and being is.

What are you listening to/reading right now?: ​I am ecstatic about the new Gorillaz album! ​I also always have on repeat Mø, Blur, Shakira, Queen, Calle 13… and a bit of EDM here and there. 

Things you’re involved with on/off campus: As a Davis Scholar, I usually find myself involved with activities about international topics. I was co-chair for Latin America in our 2017 International Fair, as well as part of the Akin Multicultural Engagement LLC committee to plan hall events, and the college’s MUN club. You might have also seen me around setting up AV equipment for in campus events (those projections and sound systems don’t set themselves up :) ). 




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