Shawnboda Mead, Director
A native of Prentiss, Mississippi, Shawnboda Mead comes to the University of Mississippi after serving as associate director of diversity and multicultural education at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Shawnboda earned a bachelor’s degree in educational psychology from Mississippi State University and a master’s degree in student affairs/higher education administration from Western Kentucky University. She has also held previous positions at the University of Southern Mississippi and Texas A&M University. Throughout her career, she has become increasingly passionate about helping underrepresented student populations succeed and providing cross-cultural engagement opportunities for all students.
Alexandria White, Assistant Director
Alexandria White is a native of Chicago, Illinois and the Assistant Director for the Center of Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement. Alexandria received her bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Indiana University and her master’s degree from Ball State University in Higher Education Student Affairs. Following graduate school, Alexandria was employed at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville as a Community Director. Alexandria has presented at national conferences on topics that include Greek life, transgender students and diversity. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, jogging and spending time with her daughter.
Edwin Aguilar, Retention, Mentoring, & Student Engagement Graduate Assistant
Edwin Aguilar is the graduate assistant for Retention, Mentoring & Student Engagement. In May 2016, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication and a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health from the University of South Florida. Edwin is a second-year graduate student in the Master of Arts degree in Higher Education and Student Personnel program. Edwin works primarily with the Mississippi Outreach to Scholastic Talent (MOST) Mentoring program, UM CONNECT Mentoring Program, and the African American Males: Enrolling, Retaining and Graduating (AAMERG) Initiative. Edwin also coordinates BarberShop Talk and the Brother2Brother Leadership Retreat.
Adam Sullivan, LGBTQ Programming & Initiatives Graduate Assistant
Adam Sullivan is the graduate assistant for the LGBTQ Programming & Initiatives. In May 2016, he received his Bachelor of Science in Public Relations from Mississippi State University. Adam is a second-year graduate student in the Master of Arts degree in Higher Education and Student Personnel program. Adam is primarily responsible for coordinating LGBT History Month, UM Allies Training for Students, Pride Camp, Lavender Graduation and other initiatives. Adam also works closely with the iTeam.
Tonika Ingram, Cross-Cultural Engagement & Programming Graduate Assistant
Tonika Ingram is the Cross-Cultural Engagement & Programming graduate assistant. In May 2017, she graduated from the University of Memphis with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology & Criminal Justice. Tonika is first-year graduate student in the Master of Arts degree in Higher Education and Student Personnel program. Tonika is primarily responsible for coordinating Passport2Diversity, Native American Heritage Month, Black History Month, and co-advising the Black Student Union. She also coordinates the annual Celebration of Achievement.