Striving for Inclusive Excellence

About Us

  • Joanna Thompson

    Director

    Joanna was born in Alexandria, Virginia and raised in Rockville, Maryland - always staying true to her East Coast roots. She is a criminologist, receiving her B.A. in Criminology & Investigations from West Virginia University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Criminology, Law, and Justice from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Before joining us here at SCU, Joanna lived in Chicago for 8 years where she taught criminology courses at UIC for 6 years and worked at Center on Halsted--an LGBTQ community center--for 1 year. Her mixed-race (half-Black/half-Latina) and queer identities make her passionate about intersectionality and social justice. As Director of the Office for Multicultural Learning, Joanna is excited to help educate and transform the SCU community when it comes to multicultural and multiracial issues.

  • Pauline Phuong Nguyen

    Office Manager

    Pauline comes to SCU after having worked in Canada and Hawaii in different administrative and office managerial positions. She completed her BSc in Biochemistry from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Pauline currently holds a dual appointment as Office Manager for both the Office for Multicultural Learning and the Ethnic Studies Department. In addition to her administrative support responsibilities, Pauline enjoys serving as the Advisor for the Vietnamese Student Association on campus since 2000.

  • Open Position

    Assistant Director

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    Gabbi Lothschutz

    OML Student Assistant

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    Year: Sophomore
    Major: Economics 
    Minor: International Business

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    Jacqui Ibarra-Garcia

    OML Student Assistant

    Pronouns: she/her/hers
    Year: Sophomore
    Major: Marketing
    Minor: International Business

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    Kara Tanaka

    OML Student Assistant

    Pronouns: she/her/hers
    Year: Senior
    Major: Philosophy and Accounting

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    Kaylyn Arima

    OML Student Assistant

    Pronouns: she/her
    Year: Junior
    Major: Marketing
    Minor: Ethnic Studies & French

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    Parisa Ayoubi

    OML Student Assistant

    Pronouns: she/her
    Year: Junior
    Major: Biology
    Minor: Women's & Gender Studies