Alexandria White, Interim Director
Alexandria White is a native of Chicago, Illinois and the Interim 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. She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in higher education administration at the University of Mississippi. 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.
Cadence Pentheny, Coordinator, LGBTQ+ Programming & Initiatives
Cadence Pentheny is primarily responsible for LGBTQ programing and initiatives within the CICCE. They hold a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. While attending F&M, Cadence also worked as an intern and executive board member for the campus women’s center, where they did a wide variety of work involving intersectionality, diversity, equality, and education, especially around LGBTQ+ issues and sexual and gender justice. From 2016 to 2018, Cadence returned to their home state of New Hampshire to serve two terms with the AmeriCorps organization City Year, where they supported students in an under-resourced public elementary school. Cadence is passionate about art in all its many forms, especially its roles in social justice movements. In their free time they also enjoy finding odd home decor at thrift shops, hiking, reading, and listening to podcasts.
Tonika Ingram, Coordinator, MOST (Mississippi Outreach Scholastic Talent)
Tonika is primarily responsible for the MOST Conference, Reunion, and Mentoring Program. She holds a Bachelors degree in Criminology/Criminal Justice from the University of Memphis in Memphis, Tennessee. Tonika is currently pursuing her Masters of Arts in Higher Education/Student Personnel at the University of Mississippi; she will graduate in May 2019. Her research interests focus on racial identity development in African American college students and culturally relevant leadership programs and pedagogy. She brings with her experience in orientation programming and supervision, large scale event planning, curriculum development, and student organization advising. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her energetic puppy, Bella, reading, cooking and beige watching Grey’s Anatomy (over and over again!)
Mary Jane Young, Retention, Mentoring, & Student Engagement Graduate Assistant
Mary Jane Young is the graduate assistant for Retention, Mentoring & Student Engagement. She graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Science in Commerce and Business Administration. Mary Jane is a graduate student in the Master of Arts in Accounting. Mary Jane works primarily with the Mississippi Outreach to Scholastic Talent (MOST) Mentoring program, and UM Connect Mentoring Program. Mary Jane also coordinates Hispanic Heritage Month, BarberShop Talk and the Brother2Brother Leadership Retreat.
Vacant, Cross Cultural Engagement & Programming Graduate Assistant
Vacant, Marketing & Community Engagement Graduate Assistant