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Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement


We are a collaborative team of staff and student leaders committed to your success. We know your success depends on making strong connections with the community, so we’ve designed this retreat to give you a unique opportunity to do so. 


Planning Committee


Angela Buck
Director of Inclusion & Multicultural Engagement


Hometown: Torrance, CA
Advice to Incoming Students: Take advantage of all the free stuff on campus!
You Can Talk To Me About: College life, celebrity gossip, social media, my dog Sia, understanding your identity, social justice, Bruno Mars, being biracial/mixed race, Filipino food, 2000s music, and growing up in Los Angeles



domDominique Gardner
Assistant Director of Inclusion & Multicultural Engagement and International Students & Scholars


Hometown: Eureka, CA
Advice to Incoming Students: Step out of your comfort zone once in a while. Go to that sporting event. Join that club. Smile and wave at people as you walk by them on-campus. It could change your life!
You Can Talk To Me About: Being multi-racial, school, STEM, pre-veterinary medicine, animals, coffee, Shonda Thursdays, working at a dairy, sports, karaoke, marriage, being a mom, anything you want! 



kayleighKayleigh McCauley
Associate Dean of Students, Director of Student Support Services


Hometown: Born and raised in Haverhill, Massachusetts.  Have also called North Providence, RI, East Stroudsburg, PA, Corpus Christi, TX, and Portland, OR home.
Advice to Incoming Students:  Find your resources on campus, figure out who and what will help you reach your goals.  Don’t be afraid to ask questions.  You shouldn’t know the answers to all of your questions, that’s why they are questions.  Ask your professors, ask a staff member, ask a peer, just don’t be afraid to ask the questions.  This is a learning process, not just in the classroom, but out of the classroom as well.  
You Can Talk To Me About: Cats, Gardening, Hiking, Sports, Books, Netflix, First Generation College Student, Small Business Owner, Twitter Chats, Using Internships for Career Success, Academic Support


Lainie Sowell
Graduate Assistant, Student Rights & Responsibilities


Hometown: Concord, NC
Advice to Incoming Students: Explore! Don’t lock yourself down to a major immediately! This is your time to figure out who you are and what you want your life to be. Use these years wisely.
You Can Talk To Me About: being a first-generation student, disability advocacy, and my or your pets!




Staff & Faculty Attendees


naiomiNaiomi Cameron
Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Associate Professor of Mathematics


Hometown: Providence, RI
Advice to Incoming Students: Prepare yourself for change and practice self-care. 
You Can Talk To Me About: math, books, movies, art, clothes, kicks, equity, inclusion…and anything else!



magaliMagali Rabasa
Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies, Department of World Languages & Literatures.

I am also part of the faculty in Ethnic Studies, Latin American Studies, and Gender Studies 

Hometown: Berkeley, CA
Advice to Incoming Students: It’s so key to have a solid crew of folks to support you in college, because solidarity and mutual aid are essential! Get to know your professors (go to office hours! even just to chat about life!) as well as staff members. Get to know other new students, not only in your res hall, but also in your classes, and find ways to connect with students who have been at LC for a while (join a student union group or a club!). And whenever you can, get off campus to connect with folks in the Portland community! This is an incredible city full of exciting cultural, social, and political spaces and events. Find a volunteer opportunity or an internship, or even just an off-campus hang out (PSU is just down the hill!), and connect early with community off-campus.
You Can Talk To Me About: activism & social justice, travel & study abroad, food & cooking, forests & rivers, and books & alternative media of all kinds! Come by my office and check out my poster collection! I’m the daughter of immigrants (from Mexico and France), I have five siblings, I grew up in four different states, and I’ve lived in four different countries. I’d love to chat about any of this and more!


d leonardDiana Leonard
Assistant Professor of Psychology


Hometown: New York City, NY
Advice to Incoming Students: Go to office hours and meet your professors early on so that if you have questions or concerns come up you will have already established an in-person connection.
You Can Talk To Me About: Games, archery, knitting, nerdy TV and movies



Joe-Barry Gardner
Assistant Director for Campus Living


Hometown: Tampa, FL
Advice to Incoming Students: Enjoy your time and push yourself to do things you might have never considered. Eat something you have never tried before, study abroad, talk to someone with a different background than your own, explore the greater Portland area because you do not want to look back on your time here and regret not pushing past being uncomfortable! I am always someone you can come and talk to no matter what is going on in your life!
You Can Talk To Me About: sports, Marvel movies, anime, Southern cooking, Florida, being Black in this society, ANYTHING you personal are excited about, religion, vulnerability, food, higher education, Netflix shows to binge, my baby girl, your personal life journey!




In addition to the professional staff members involved with Great Expectations, a group of current students will also be available as peer mentors. Every GE Mentor also identifies as a first generation college student or student of color. The GE Mentors are trained to work specifically with participants. They provide GE participants mentorship, guidance, and friendship! 



For more information or to register for the program, please contact Angela Buck, Director for Inclusion & Multicultural Engagement at