Staff

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Laura Hill Rao

Laura Hill Rao is the director of the Civic and Community Engagement Office.  She has led the office since 2003.

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Alice Villaseñor, PhD

Alice Villaseñor is the Associate Director for the Civic and Community Engagement Office and head of the Community-Engaged Learning Unit. She hails from southern California with a PhD in English and has worked at USC’s Joint Educational Project and as an English professor at Medaille College.

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Talia Rodriguez, JD

Talia Rodriguez is the Associate Director for the West Side Promise Neighborhood.  She has a master's degree in Public Administration from SUNY Empire State and a JD from SUNY at Buffalo Law School.

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Jennifer Serniuk

Jennifer Serniuk is the Program Coordinator for the Community Academic Center. 

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Lisa Kragbé

Lisa Kragbé has a long career working in higher education.  She is the leader of the Civic Engagement Unit in our office.

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Tonya Ackley

Tonya Ackley coordinates community-engaged learning for the School of Arts & Sciences.

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Mark Brumby

Mark Brumby is an Administrative Assistant and supports the various units within the Civic and Community Engagement Office.

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Cynthia Beverly

Cynthia Beverly works as the Senior Office Assistant for the Civic and Community Engagement Office.

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Naomi Hall

Naomi Hall works part time as the Office Assistant for the Civic and Community Engagement Office.

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Ava LaBella

Ava LaBella is the AmeriCorps VISTA for this year. 

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Desiray Slaughter

Desiray Slaughter is our Graduate Assistant at the Civic and Community Engagement Office for this year. She coordinates the Student Civic Leadership Board and the President’s Certificate. 

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Saharatu Munkaila

Saharatu Munkaila is a Work Study student for the Civic and Community Engagement Office. She is also a member of the Student Civic Leadership Board.

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Sarah Sancho-Persad

Sarah Sancho-Persad is a Work Study student for the Civic and Community Engagement Office.