Mona Mazzotti

Outreach & Social Justice Programs Coordinator

I graduated from Humboldt State University in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Art, Minor in Art History, and Certificate in Art Museum & Gallery Practices. I am of the Wailaki tribe and my people come from the Lost Coast of Southern Humboldt County, or, more specifically, south fork Eel River.

My role on campus is to raise awareness of social justice, systemic racism and oppression; empower underrepresented communities; promote social justice activism; and celebrate the traditions and cultures of communities. I am the advisor of our bi-annual newsletter, the Cultural Times, and am a board member of HSU’s new Native Arts "Goudi’ni" Gallery located in the BSSB.

The inspiration for my work is my students—those "ah-ha!" moments and when I get to watch them share their identities, their histories, their culture and traditions. I believe strength is found in our differences and hope someday we will live in a truly inclusive multicultural community.

I am the proud parent of an HSU student and adore my cat Maozer. Come visit me. Tell me your story.

Marylyn Paik-Nicely


Aloha! I was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii. After graduating from Hilo High School (Go Vikings!), I ventured to the Midwest of the continental USA to go to college at Ohio Wesleyan University (OWU) in Delaware, Ohio. I was very fortunate to spend my junior year at Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan, and traveled to Korea during a semester break. I returned to OWU and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Asian Studies. I am also a HSU alum with a Certificate of Study in Journalism with a Public Relations Emphasis.

I have been the Director of the HSU MultiCultural Center since the fall of 1997, and this is truly a job made in heaven! I really love working with college students because they care, they have compassion and commitment, they teach me so much, and they want to make a difference in the world. They sincerely want to initiate the process of change. Our students inspire me to be a better educator and to be a better person. Every year I say that I have the BEST staff on campus…and I do!

My family is my foundation in life. I have three amazing children - Joshua, Tyler and Malia; and I am so blessed to have a caring and compassionate daughter-in-law, Maria Fernanda (married to Josh). And my husband/life partner Tim who has been "doc" to the Indian community for over 30 years.

E komo mai…welcome to the MCC. Please stop by to share your stories, your passions, your visions for a better world. Action always begins with a story.

Amanda Staack

Office Manager

I am originally from the Ohio Valley, but have slowly made my way to the beautiful West Coast. I received a Bachelor of Science degree in History with a minor in Cultural Anthropology from Northern Arizona University. I moved to Arcata in the winter of 2004 to attend HSU’s Sociology Masters program, where I dedicated my studies in the areas of food justice and social movements. I graduated with a Master of Arts degree in Applied Sociology in the spring of 2008.

I have just recently joined the MultiCultural Center community as the Office Manager, and I couldn’t have expected a job that is so encouraging and fulfilling. Our students continue to amaze me daily through their dedication, perseverance and commitment to creating a better world. It is their openness that makes this place so special. Everyone is welcome to be who they are and to share their stories. I could say that I support my students in their endeavors on campus, but truly they support me.

Prior to finding my way to the MCC, I spent seven years getting my hands dirty farming on a local CSA farm. The farm was the perfect stepping stone to finding my way here; this is because food is at the foundation of our communities, our cultural, traditions and our stories. We are rich in stories here at the MCC. Please come in and share yours.

A photo of MCC Staff

A photo of MCC Staff