Staff Contact

Shawnboda Mead

Shawnboda Mead, Director

Pronouns: she/her/hers

A native of Prentiss, Mississippi, Shawnboda Mead came to the University of Mississippi in July 2014 as the inaugural director of the Center for Inclusion & Cross Cultural Engagement.  Previously, Shawnboda served as the associate director of diversity and multicultural education at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  Shawnboda has substantial experience supporting underrepresented student populations, coordinating diversity education programming and training, responding to incidents of bias on college campuses. 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 in residence life and student activities at Western Kentucky University, the University of Southern Mississippi, and Texas A&M University.  Shawnboda is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in higher education administration at the University of Mississippi. Shawnboda recently completed the Social Justice Training Institute and is engaged professionally in NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education and the Southern Association for College Student Affairs (SACSA).

Alexandria White, Assistant Director

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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. She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in higher education administration at the University of Mississippi.vAlexandria 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.

Dr. Jaime Cantrell, Program Coordinator

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Dr. Jaime Cantrell is primarily responsible for LGBTQ initiatives within the CICCE and is a faculty affiliate at the Sarah Isom Center for Women’s and Gender Studies and the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at UMiss. She holds a M.A. degree in Women’s Studies (University of Alabama, 2009) and a Ph.D. in English Literature with an emphasis in southern sexuality studies (Louisiana State University, 2014). Her co-edited collection, Out of the Closet, Into the Archives (SUNY Queer Politics & Cultures series, 2015) is a 2016 Lambda Literary Award finalist for Best LGBT Anthology. She serves as the faculty advisor for two undergrad student organizations, UM Pride Network and Queer People of Color, and she coordinates a range of programs at the CICCE, inclusive of Heritage Month Celebrations, Allies Training, National Awareness Days, Are you Ready? Dialogue Series, and Cross Cultural Adventures. She calls New Orleans, Louisiana, home.

Edwin Aguilar, Retention, Mentoring, & Student Engagement Graduate Assistant

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Edwin Aguilar is the graduate assistant for Retention, Mentoring & Student Engagement. He graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication. 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

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Adam Sullivan is the graduate assistant for the LGBTQ Programming & Initiatives. In May 2016, he received his Bachelor of Arts 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

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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.

Student Assistants

Brittany Brown

Lamario Moore

Kiara Williams