Meet the Staff

Professional Staff

Vacant, Senior Director
Multicultural Student Affairs

MSA Senior Celebration 2011 -118Louie Lainez, Director
Asian/Asian American Student Affairs

Phone: 847-467-7583
Fax: 847-491-3128
Email: l-lainez@northwestern.edu

Louie Lainez, a native Chicagoan, is the Director for Asian/Asian American Student Affairs. He has been a member of the Northwestern University community since 2006, when he was hired to oversee the Gateway Science Workshop (GSW) program for the Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching. Prior to joining Northwestern, Louie held a position with the Office of Racial Ethnic Student Affairs at Michigan State University. He has experience working with various student organizations and has researched the impact of peer facilitated learning programs on undergraduate students. His academic interests include intercultural group communication and student leadership development. Louie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Michigan State University and a Master of Education in Higher Education Administration from Loyola University Chicago. Outside of his work at the Northwestern, Louie spends quality time with his family, weight-training, bowling and golf.

Director of AASA Charles KellomCharles Kellom, Director
African American Student Affairs

Phone: 847-491-3610
Fax: 847-497-1675
Email: charles.kellom@northwestern.edu

Academic Year Office Hours:
1914 Sheridan Room 104
Tuesday, 3:00-5:00pm
Wednesday, 10:00am-12:00pm

Charles Kellom is the Director for African American Student Affairs. Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, he holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and a Master of Arts degree in English from the University of Dayton. After graduate school, Charles worked in Dayton’s Department of Residence Education as Area Coordinator for a first-year co-educational residence hall. He then assumed the position of Assistant Director for Black/African Heritage Student Affairs at George Mason University, where he also coordinated the Student Transition Empowerment Program (STEP), a five-week summer bridge program for first generation students. Charles has experience with student group advising, responding to crises, and leading diversity trainings. He is an avid fan of music and film, and enjoys quality time with his family.

Vacant, Director
Gender and Sexuality Resource Center


Alejandro Magana: Director of Hispanic/Latino Student AffairsAlejandro Magaña, Director
Hispanic/Latino Student Affairs

Phone: 847-467-7337
Fax: 847-491-3128
Email: alejandro.magana@northwestern.edu 

Academic Year Office Hours:
1936 Sheridan Road Tuesday, 10:00am-12:00pm
Wednesday, 1:00pm-2:00pm alternating weeks 1914 Sheridan Road and Norris University Center LGBT Resource Center

Alejandro Magaña is currently the Director of Hispanic/Latino Student Affairs. Originally from Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood, Alejandro earned a Bachelor of Arts in History and American Studies and a Master of Science in Public Service Management from DePaul University. Prior to joining Northwestern, Alejandro worked at DePaul University for eight years, where his primary role was to provide leadership and strategic direction for the Office of Mission and Values. Additionally, Alejandro delivered over 60 campus-wide programs annually, created and managed a highly competitive leadership program, served as a founding committee member of the Men of Color Initiative, assumed advisory roles for various student organizations, participated as a facilitator in the Discover Chicago first-year program, and was a member of the president’s diversity committee.  In his spare time, Alejandro enjoys biking, playing and coaching soccer, and spending time with his wife and son.

Noor Ali, Assistant Director of Multicultural Student AffairsNoor Ali, Assistant Director
Multicultural Student Affairs

Phone: 847-491-8063
Fax: 847-467-1675
Email: noor.ali@northwestern.edu

Noor Ali is the Assistant Director for Multicultural Student Affairs. Born in Jerusalem and raised in Rockford, IL, Noor joins Northwestern after serving as Student Life Program Manager for the Program on Intergroup Relations at the University of Michigan, where she oversaw CommonGround, a social justice program led and run by students. She also taught an undergraduate course that trained students to become intergroup dialogue facilitators and coached them as they peer-facilitated dialogues on race/ethnicity, socio-economic status, religion, and sexual orientation. Noor is especially interested in Arab-Jewish dialogue and has co-led a research team for the past five years that resulted in two published journal articles and three national presentations. Noor holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Loyola University in Chicago and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Michigan’s School of Social Work. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, eating (and cooking!) good food, and spending time with family and friends.

colleen keefeColleen Keefe, Program Assistant
Multicultural Student Affairs

Phone: 847-467-6200
Fax: 847-491-3128
Email: c-keefe@northwestern.edu

Colleen Keefe is the Program Assistant for Multicultural Student Affairs. She completed her bachelor's degree in Psychology and Spanish at Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa and is currently working towards her master's degree in International Studies at DePaul University. Prior to joining Northwestern, she worked with the Institutional Advancement team at Zamorano University, located in the Valle de Yeguare, Honduras. Colleen speaks Spanish fluently and has also spent time in Chiapas, Mexico teaching primary school students. She is originally from Chicago and after many years away she is excited to return home. In her free time, Colleen enjoys exploring the city, spending time with family and friends, reading, and planning cross-country road trips.

Photo of Daphne NwankpaDaphne Nwankpa, Administrative Assistant
African American Student Affairs

Phone: 847-491-3610
Fax: 847-467-1675
Email: d-nwankpa@northwestern.edu

Daphne Nwankpa was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. Daphne graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications, and a second bachelor’s degree in Management and Organizational Psychology. Having previously worked at both the Kellogg School of Management and the School of Education and Social Policy, Daphne has a wealth of information related to the Northwestern University campus. Daphne believes that to live in a community, you must contribute to the community and does this by participating in a variety of service activities. Notably, she serves as the chairperson of the parent committee for Project EXCITE, a program through the Center for Talent Development that addresses the achievement gap between minority and non-minority students. In her spare time, Daphne likes trying new recipes, exercising, and enjoying time with her family.

Graduate Student Staff

LGBT RC Graduate Assistant- Brett StachlerBrett Stachler, Graduate Assistant
Gender and Sexuality Resource Center

Email: brett.stachler@northwestern.edu

Brett, originally from Chicago, IL, is a Graduate Assistant for the LGBT Resource Center. He completed his bachelor's degree in Psychology at Roosevelt University and is currently working towards his master's degree in Higher Education at Loyola University. Brett's previous work in student affairs includes campus activities, new student orientation, admissions, peer instruction, and residence life; during which he implemented different LGBTQ initiatives. Brett's interests and readings are in college student development, Queer history and social development, and critical social theory. In his spare time, Brett enjoys creating events for friends and family, catching up on old and new music, and riding on the lakefront trail.

Anani Moy, Graduate Assistant for Hispanic/Latino Student AffairsAnani C. Moy, Graduate Assistant
Hispanic/Latino Student Affairs

Email: anani.moy@northwestern.edu

Anani, born in Tacna, Peru and raised on the north side of Chicago, is the Graduate Assistant for Hispanic/Latino Student Affairs. Her educational journey began at Southwestern College in Southern California where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Physiology, with a minor in Chemistry, from the University of Illinois at Chicago.  Her interest in improving college retention within the Hispanic/Latino community sparked her desire to obtain a master’s degree in Higher Education, which she is currently pursuing at Loyola University Chicago.  In her spare time you can find Anani mentoring college bound students, participating with her alma mater, cooking, baking, or exploring Chicago with her husband and sons.

Khaled Ismail, Graduate Assistant
African American Student Affairs

Email: khaledismail2016@u.northwestern.edu

Alice JiAlice Ji, Graduate Assistant
Asian/Asian American Student Affairs

Email: aliceji2014@u.northwestern.edu

Alice graduated from Vanderbilt University with major in Engineering Science and minors in Management of Technology and Economics.  She is a current student in the Northwestern University Higher Education Administration and Policy program.  Additionally, she serves as a Peer Advisor for the First Year Experience program.  Before making the transition to higher education, she spent seven years in management consulting, assisting clients with their organization and talent development initiatives. In her spare time, Alice enjoys traveling, eating and cooking food, participating with her alma mater, and running along the lakefront.


Undergraduate Student Staff

Name Department
Brandon Arias Multicultural Student Affairs
Angel Ayon Gender & Sexuality Resource Center
Liliana Bonilla Hispanic/Latino Student Affairs
Lauren Cervantes Asian/Asian American Student Affairs
Shatara Cleveland  African American Student Affairs
Gwen Gissendanner Multicultural Student Affairs
Hagar Gomaa Multicultural Student Affairs
Andrea Guerrero Multicultural Student Affairs
Calik Hemmings African American Student Affairs
Kathleen Nganga Multicultural Student Affairs
Shirley Ni Asian/Asian American Student Affairs
Zach Nicol Gender & Sexuality Resource Center
Gabrielle Parsons Multicultural Student Affairs
Carlos Reyes Multicultural Student Affairs
Collin Rice Gender & Sexuality Resource Center
Angellic Ross Multicultural Student Affairs
Michael Smith Multicultural Student Affairs
A.J. Vielma Multicultural Student Affairs
Kandace Webb Multicultural Student Affairs

Organizational Chart

Campus Inclusion and Community Organizational Chart