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Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement

Meet the IME Staff

dg Dominique Gardner

 Interim Director of Inclusion and Multicultural   Engagement 

 M.Ed. College Student Affairs Administration from University of West   Florida; BS Animal Reproduction & Development from Oregon State   University

Eureka, CA

 Why did you choose Lewis & Clark: I chose Lewis & Clark because the staff were so welcoming and inviting. During my interview they were so caring about who I was as a person, not just a professional.

Favorite place to eat in Portland: Pine State Biscuit!

Three random facts about you:

  1. I am a new mom to a pretty adorable baby girl (if I do say so myself). 
  2. I played softball for thirteen years.
  3. In college I did research with dairy cows and their nutrition and reproductive development.
What does diversity and inclusion mean to you: To me, diversity is about people and their differences based on their social identities, backgrounds, and lived experiences. Inclusion is making sure that our communities, workplaces, schools, etc. have that diversity to create and develop new things and contribute to society. We each bring our own opinions and ideas because of who we are and that is powerful!
What are you listening to/reading right now: I am very in to Khalid right now and listening to his current album.


Leonardo Lopez Perez, GA

Leonardo Perez Lopez

Graduate Assistant for the Office of Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement Department 

BA in Psychology and International Studies with a minor in Spanish from the University of Oregon ’17

This will be Leonardo’s first year as a graduate student at Lewis and Clark Student Affairs Administration Program.





Three random facts about you:

  1. I love to hike, travel and dance.

  2. I am a vegetarian trying to go vegan, but cheese is so good!

  3. I had the privilege of working right out of college for Portland State University as a research assistant. I assessed children on their abilities with writing, reading, and math.

Wendy Cano ’23

 IME Peer Educator


 Hometown: Los Angeles, CA 
 Major: Undecided
 What did you choose Lewis & Clark: I chose Lewis & Clark, not  only because the campus is breathtaking but also because it provides students with an intimate, personalized education. LC offers small class sizes which has prompted me to establish close relationships with my professors and peers. Additionally, LC offers a liberal arts program, which provides students with a well-rounded education. I have explored many courses from various departments that I have found meaningful and have helped me narrow the search for my major.
Favorite place to eat: There are so many great food spots in Portland, but my favorite go-to restaurant when I’m craving Mexican cuisine is ¿Por Qué No?Taqueria. The food there is delicious and it reminds me of home.
Three random facts:
  1. I snorkeled in the Great Barrier Reef in Australia last summer.
  2. I am the proud owner of two dogs, Coco and Pebbles.
  3. I am a musical enthusiast and can recite the entire Hamilton soundtrack.
What does diversity and inclusion mean to you: I believe diversity is about embracing each other’s differences and about learning what makes us unique. Inclusion provides an equal playing field by supporting and empowering those differences. Recognizing diversity and integrating inclusion allows people and groups to feel welcomed, socially accepted and heard. .
What are you listening to/reading right now: I’m currently listening to Post Malone’s Hollywood’s Bleeding, The Weeknd’s After Hours, Bad Bunny’s YHLQMDLG, and of course musicals like Hamilton.
Things you’re involved with on/off campus: Some of the clubs and organizations I’m involved in at LC include Student Leadership & Service, Bachata Club and Gente Latina Unida. I also serve as a Spanish tutor with SAAB Tutoring.


Sabrina Murray ’21

 IME Peer Educator


 Hometown: University Place, WA

 Major: Sociology/ Anthropology Double Major, Minor in English & Ethnic Studies

Why did you choose Lewis & Clark: I chose Lewis & Clark because I love Portland and the ability to be so close to home. L&C offered the perfect balance between my passion for swimming and emphasis on academics. And I love the small community aspect.

Favorite places to eat in Portland: I love Sweetheart Pizza! It’s right by the waterfront and has high quality food for a low price.

Three random facts about you: I love the Fast & Furious Franchise, I am a master puzzler and I can needle point.

What does diversity and inclusion mean to you: Diversity and inclusion means the acceptance of all people most importantly people within marginalized communities. It is the ability to create spaces in which all people are supported from different identities.

What are you listening to/reading right now: I love Khalid, The Weeknd’s new album and Ella Mai.

Things you’re involved with on/off campus: I am on the women’s varsity swim team, I participate in the annual Lu’au, Admissions, Adoptee club, and United Front.



sax Luca Sax ’22

 IME Peer Educator


 Hometown: Munich (area), Germany

 Major: Biochemistry/Molecular Biology & International Affairs

 Why did you choose Lewis & Clark: When looking for colleges, I wanted to find a place where I could pursue both my academic and my extracurricular passions in a supportive environment with people who like to think outside of the box. I found that and so much more at Lewis & Clark and its liberal arts curriculum and international and diverse community.

 Favorite place to eat in Portland: I really enjoy getting food with my friends at Thai peacock on 9th avenue. It has almost become a tradition for us to have dinner there before we leave for break

 Three random facts about you:  

  1. I grew up in the Alps and spent some time living in the Black Forest and so I love being outdoors for hiking, kayaking or cross country skiing.

  2. As my native language is not English, my main motivation for learning this language throughout school was being able to read Harry Potter in the original version.

  3. Ever since I was little, being able to bake great French pastry has been on my bucket list.

What does diversity and inclusion mean to you: Inclusion to me means creating a space and accessibility to that space to make those voices heard that are usually overlooked.  This then allows us as a community to be aware of our diversity and the power that it holds when we as a diverse group of people unite and work together to create a future that benefits all.

What are you listening to/reading right now: Hozier’s new single “Nina cried power” in which he addresses activism and empowerment through music.

Things you’re involved with on/off campus: Queer Student Union; Gender minorities in STEM club; Co-facilitator at the Pioneer Success Institute; Ambassador for the Student Alumni Association; International Fair