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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 joined CUA in 2016 after earning her B.A. in English, specializing in Multicultural US/British Literature, from SUNY Old Westbury.  She is currently part of the Higher Education Administration graduate program at The George Washington University and is expected to graduate in 2018.  Daphne enjoys reading and loves exploring the D.C. area.

 

 

 

STUDENT STAFF

 

 

Jenai Bell '17
Intercultural Programs Student Coordinator
Jenai is a senior Psychology major with a Philosophy minor from Maryland. She currently works in a research lab on campus and is a member of the Black Student Alliance, the Student Organization of Latinos, and Program Board. 

 

As the Intercultural Student Coordinator, Jenai plays a leading role in promoting CCE Programs and events to the Intercultural student organizations; helps co-facilitate and plan Intercultural Leadership Council meetings; serves as a resource for students interested in learning more about Intercultural Programs on campus and opportunities for students from underrepresented backgrounds, and occasionally represents CCE at relevant fairs/open-houses/and or forums.  Jenai is also a trained Cardinal Equity Facilitator.  

 
 
 
Yasmine Batiz '17
Assistant Student Coordinator for Intercultural Programs
Yasmine is a senior from Paterson, N.J. majoring in Spanish for International Service and minoring in Education Studies. She has served two, part-time terms with AmeriCorps and currently volunteers as a Team Leader for D.C. Reads. She has also been heavily involved in and held various executive board positions for the Black Student Alliance, Alpha Phi Omega, the Student Organization of Latinos, among others. 
 
As an Assistant Student Coordinator for Intercultural Programs Yasmine 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. Yasmine is also a trained Cardinal Equity Facilitator.  

 
 
 
Isaiah Foust
Isaiah Foust '19
Student Athlete Programs Liaison

Isaiah is a Chemistry major from Queens, New York. He is is a guard on the CUA Men's Basketball Team and an active member of Black Student Alliance, His favorite thing at CUA is the small and tight knit community on campus.


 As the Student Athlete Programs Liaison, Isaiah helps advance The Center for Cultural Engagement’s work by serve as a resource for Student Athletes interested in learning more about Intercultural Programs on campus, and representing CCE at relevant fairs/open-houses/and forums. Isaiah  is also a trained Cardinal Equity Facilitator.  

 
 
 
 
 
 
Hezekias (Hez) Kassa '18
Assistant 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 an Assistant Student Coordinator for Intercultural Programs Hez 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. Hez is also a trained Cardinal Equity Facilitator.  

  

Chelsi Marcellana, Assistant Student Coordinator Intercultural Programs
Chelsi is a Junior double major in International Business and Spanish for International Services, with a certificate in European Studies from Maryland. Chelsi is the Public Relations Chair for the Student Organization of Latinos and an active member of the Filipino Organization of Catholic University Students. Chelsi is also a member of the DREAM Team, as well as Redline A Capella.

 As an Assistant Student Coordinator for Intercultural Programs Chelsi 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. Chelsi is also a trained Cardinal Equity Facilitator.