Multicultural Programs Staff
Director of Multicultural Programs
Tatiana Diaz was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia, graduated from Penn State University (PSU) with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Minor in Women Studies. Ms Diaz also received a master's in Community Psychology and Social Change and a diversity certificate from the same institution. Her area of study has been coping strategies to counteract the toll of victims service work on advocates especially those working with marginalized populations. She has volunteered with displaced communities in the outskirts of Bogotá. And was a board member for Pennsylvania Immigrant and Refugee Women’s Network.
While in Colombia and now here in the states, Ms. Diaz has been an active member of her community, volunteering and working in domestic violence, sexual violence advocacy organizations & immigrant right organizations. Since 2009 Ms Diaz, has been the Director of Multicultural Programs at Messiah College. Where among other things she advocates for underrepresented students, and provides trainings to the college community on anti-racism, Anti-oppression. Tatiana, is also the Mother of one little girl and owner of two rescued dogs.
Multicultural Programs Administrative Assistant
Is the Administrative Assistant to the Office of Student Involvement & Leadership Programs and Multicultural Programs and she is also the Programming Coordinator for Larsen Student Union. Sheryl has been with Messiah College in several roles since 2004 and has an undergraduate degree in Communications from Shippensburg University. She's a proud mom to 2 girls.
Multicultural Programs Programming Assistant
Kerrie is originally from Indianapolis, Indiana (the crossroads of America). She attended Taylor University where she served in leadership roles in Residence Life, Women’s Ministries and World Christian Fellowship, and graduated in 2007 with a BA in Christian Educational Ministries. After arriving at Messiah College in 2010, Kerrie began work at the Agape Center for Service & Learning, supervising students leading their peers in service opportunities and social justice awareness. During this time, she had the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of social justice issues related to racial, economic, religious and gender inequality, especially after attending a Whites Confronting Racism workshop in spring 2011. In the fall of 2012, Kerrie began work with the Multicultural Programs office. She feels blessed to be a part of the MP office and to have the opportunity to work with the first year Martin Scholar Program!
Kerrie hopes to promote advocacy for and awareness of underrepresented students on Messiah’s campus. In her free time, Kerrie enjoys traveling (nationally & internationally), good coffee with good conversation and trying new food! She lives on campus with her husband Ben, who is Director of Student Involvement & Leadership Programs.
Multicultural Programs Workstudy
Bethmarie Lugo is a Junior business administration major with a human resources concentration. She is from Lancaster Pennsylvania. Bethmarie is a very proud Puerto Rican and enjoys sharing her culture through the LAL organization. At Messiah, she is involved in several extracurricular activities. She is part of the College Ministries Worship Team, VP of La Alianza Latina, an amigo program mentor, work study for the multicultural office and is also involved with the philanthropy council. She enjoys being involved around campus, hanging out with friends, and traveling. She says, “I truly enjoy my experience here at Messiah College because of the impact the multicultural office has made in my life, I wouldn’t want to have it any other way.”
Multicultural Programs Workstudy
Amie Bantz is a sophomore Art Education major here at Messiah College and is from Brookline, New Hampshire. She is very involved in the multicultural programs, through her work study as well as being an AMIGO mentor. She is half Korean and half American and enjoys being able to explore both cultures and incorporate them both into her life. She also has a passion for cultural reconciliation because of this mix in cultures and wishes to bring that same awareness to Messiah College.