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 graduate and adore my cat Maozer. I am located at ITEPP's Berero House 105 as well as the MultiCultural Center's Balabanis House 55. Tell me your story.
Welcome to the MultiCultural Center (MCC)! I started at Humboldt State University in August 2015. I originally hail from Racine, Wisconsin, and have spent the past four and a half years living and working in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. My journey to the MCC started when I was an undergraduate student at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. As an underrepresented student at a predominately white institution, I was well aware of the lack of spaces available for building community for underrepresented students. My goal then and now is to create safe spaces for the multicultural community and to engage in mentoring and advising in an effort to support students. After receiving my Bachelor of Arts in English and Women’s Studies, I attended Pennsylvania State University and earned my Masters in Education with a focus in Higher Education Administration. Much of my professional experience has been working with students in Residence Life, and helping them navigate the higher education system. I am incredibly happy to be at HSU and specifically in the MultiCultural Center so I can utilize my knowledge, background, and experience to best support underrepresented students on this campus. My goal is not only to see diverse students come through the door, but I want to see them graduate with the skills they need to be successful in reaching their goals.
A little about me: My family is definitely the cornerstone of my life. The most cherished titles I hold are daughter, sister, and auntie. I’m definitely a Wisconsinite and have a big place in my heart for all things cheese, and I also have a hearty love for the Green Bay Packers. Traveling is one of my favorite pass times. So far I’ve been to Italy and Australia, and I’ve visited most of the states in the United States. I am also a lover of felines. My cat, Sammy Salinas Westmoreland, is simply the best.
I encourage you to stop by, get to know our space, and share your story. This is a space that encourages students to learn from each other, and the community. I encourage you to find strength in difference, and utilize your voice.
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.