The Catholic University of America


 

PROFESSIONAL STAFF

Ferentz Lafargue

Director, Center for Cultural Engagement

Director, Center for Cultural Engagement Ferentz Lafargue joined CUA in 2016, and prior to arriving at Catholic, he was Director of the Davis Center at Williams College and prior to that, a professor in the Literary Studies Program at Eugene Lang College, The New School for Liberal Arts.  He has also served as a faculty member in the History and Social Sciences Department at Georgetown Day School,Prior to completing his PhD in African American and American Studies at Yale University, Ferentz earned a B.A. in Africana Studies and English at Queens College, CUNY. The list of colleges and universities where he has given presentations include, Dartmouth College, Williams College, University of California, Riverside and University of California, Irvine. Ferentz is also a memoirist (author of 2007’s Songs in the Key of My Life) and an essayist often exploring New York and national politics and culture, Haiti’s diaspora, social media, and community outreach. Ferentz lives in Bowie, MD with his wife and their four children and in his free time enjoys playing basketball, reading and being outdoors.

 

Daphne Mezier
Graduate Assistant

Daphne is a graduate of the State University of New York (SUNY), Old Westbury where she received her B.A. in English and was a member of the Honors College.  While at SUNY Old Westbury, Daphne was Vice President of Programming for the Student Government Association and was responsible for planning large and small-scale events. Daphne is currently the Vice President for Finance and Development for the Higher Education Student Association at The George Washington University where she will be completing her final year in the Master’s in Higher Education administration program.

 

As the CCE graduate assistant, Daphne is responsible for developing and executing programs and events that promote student development and community building. She assists in the advising of student organizations and managing of the undergraduate student staff. Her programming portfolio includes the Cultural Leadership Retreat,  Intercultural Leadership Council and The Woman of Color Happy Hour. 

 

 

 

2017 - 18 STUDENT STAFF

 

 

Hezekias (Hez) Kassa '18
Intercultural Programs Student Coordinator

Hezekias (a.k.a. Hez) is a lifelong DC native and junior politics major with a minor in management. He has been involved in politics at the state and federal levels for almost a decade and is currently involved in CUA's Cardinal Red Cross, Students for DC Statehood and Black Student Alliance. He currently works in the Office of Campus Activities in addition to his role in the Center for Cultural Engagement. 

As the Intercultural Student Coordinator Hez helps with promoting  CCE programs and events, serves as a resource for E-boards and prospective leaders of Intercultural Student Organizations, helps plan and co-facilitate Intercultural Leadership Council meetings, assists with the planning and execution of relevant recruitment efforts targeted toward students of color and other historically underrepresented student organizations.


Alyssa Aguirre '20
Assistant Student Coordinator for Intercultural Programs & Campus Ministry Liaison

 
As an Assistant Student Coordinator for Intercultural Programs Alyssa serves as a resource for E-Boards and prospective leaders of Intercultural Student Organizations; works with the Intercultural Student Coordinator to effectively plan and execute recruitment efforts targeted toward students of color and other historically underrepresented student groups;  and serves as a resource for students interested in learning more about Intercultural Programs on campus and opportunities for students from underrepresented backgrounds.  She also occasionally represents CCE at relevant fairs/open-houses/and or forums. Alyssa is also a trained Cardinal Equity Facilitator.  
 
 
Abigail (Abby) Harnois '19
Assistant Student Coordinator for Intercultural Programs

 
As an Assistant Student Coordinator for Intercultural Programs Abby serves as a resource for E-Boards and prospective leaders of Intercultural Student Organizations; works with the Intercultural Student Coordinator to effectively plan and execute recruitment efforts targeted toward students of color and other historically underrepresented student groups;  and serves as a resource for students interested in learning more about Intercultural Programs on campus and opportunities for students from underrepresented backgrounds.  She also occasionally represents CCE at relevant fairs/open-houses/and or forums. Abby is also a trained Cardinal Equity Facilitator. 
 
Zaria Jackson '20
Assistant Student Coordinator for Intercultural Programs

 
As an Assistant Student Coordinator for Intercultural Programs Zaria serves as a resource for E-Boards and prospective leaders of Intercultural Student Organizations; works with the Intercultural Student Coordinator to effectively plan and execute recruitment efforts targeted toward students of color and other historically underrepresented student groups;  and serves as a resource for students interested in learning more about Intercultural Programs on campus and opportunities for students from underrepresented backgrounds.  Zaria also occasionally represents CCE at relevant fairs/open-houses/and or forums. Yasmine is also a trained Cardinal Equity Facilitator. 
 
 
Clifton Kasyonki '19
Assistant Student Coordinator for Intercultural Programs & Visual Media Architect

 
As an Assistant Student Coordinator for Intercultural Programs Cliff serves as a resource for E-Boards and prospective leaders of Intercultural Student Organizations; works with the Intercultural Student Coordinator to effectively plan and execute recruitment efforts targeted toward students of color and other historically underrepresented student groups;  and serves as a resource for students interested in learning more about Intercultural Programs on campus and opportunities for students from underrepresented backgrounds.  He also occasionally represents CCE at relevant fairs/open-houses/and or forums. Cliff is also a trained Cardinal Equity Facilitator. 
 
 
Caitlyn Manalo '18
Assistant Student Coordinator for Career and Professional Development

Caitlyn currently lives and was raised in Silver Spring, Maryland. She is a senior accounting major with a minor in finance. Caitlyn has previously interned at the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, and she spent this past summer interning with KPMG under their Business Tax Services Practice. Along with serving as teaching assistant in the The Busch School of Business, Caitlyn is also actively involved with the Black Student Alliance and the Student Organization of Latinos.

 

As an Assistant Student Coordinator for Career and Professional Development Caitlyn works to help develop and promote career and professional development opportunities within the Center for Cultural Engagement.  This includes outreach to the institutions listed on our summer programs page, collaborating with partners in various offices on campus who also work on career related issues, and helping facilitate creation of study groups and other peer academic support. She also occasionally represents CCE at relevant fairs/open-houses/and or forums. Caitlyn is also a trained Cardinal Equity Facilitator. 


 
 
Duane Paul Murphy '19
Assistant Student Coordinator for Intercultural Programs

Paul, a southern California native, is a junior politics major and media & communications studies minor. His previous employment and internship experiences include working bingo games at his high school, writing for the San Clemente Times, registering young people to vote on campus, and front desk reception as well as informational and research organization. In addition to working at the CCE, Paul is also currently an executive board member of several student organizations on campus such as the International Affairs Association, and also serves as the op-ed editor for The Tower, CUA's independent student newspaper.

 

As an Assistant Student Coordinator for Intercultural Programs Duane serves as a resource for E-Boards and prospective leaders of Intercultural Student Organizations; works with the Intercultural Student Coordinator to effectively plan and execute recruitment efforts targeted toward students of color and other historically underrepresented student groups; and serves as a resource for students interested in learning more about Intercultural Programs on campus and opportunities for students from underrepresented backgrounds.  He also occasionally represents CCE at relevant fairs/open-houses/and or forums. Duane is also a trained Cardinal Equity Facilitator.