Jimmy McCarty, PhD, is the Interim Director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs. In this role, Jimmy works to promote an inclusive learning environment for all students - specifically for those from underrepresented populations - and provide resources to enhance intercultural awareness and skills focused on multiculturalism and civic leadership across the university.
Prior, Jimmy served as Campus Minister for Social Justice at SU. In addition to his work in the OMA office, Jimmy teaches courses in religion, ethics, and social justice across the university. He earned a BA in Religion from Pepperdine University, an MA in Ethics from Claremont School of Theology, and a PhD in Religion, Ethics, and Society from Emory University.
Jimmy was born in Daegu, South Korea, and raised in Tacoma, WA. A multiracial Asian American who was a nontraditional and first-generation college student, Jimmy is proud to work with and for students as they journey through college. In his free time, Jimmy enjoys cooking, running, and hiking with his partner, Desiree, and walking his Alaskan Malamute, Kima.
Michelle Kim has been serving in the Assistant Director of OMA role since July 2016. Michelle was previously a Resident Director in Bellarmine and Campion Hall, a role that allowed her to create meaningful relationships and safe spaces for many students living on campus.
As an Assistant Director in OMA, Michelle continues in her mission work of creating space (systemically, spatially, and emotionally) for all voices to be shared, heard, and valued on this campus. She believes in the work of reconciliation and the power of narratives; that in sharing stories, we can complicate our understanding of the ‘other’, undo assumptions, and build new and healing perspectives. Her passion for the work of student affairs is rooted in empowering students and providing direction and accountability for their growth.
Michelle is a 1.5 generation Korean immigrant. Though born in Korea, she calls California home. Michelle is an alumna of University of California, Irvine where she earned her B.A. in Criminology, Law and Society, as well as The Ohio State University where she received her M.A. in Higher Education and Student Affairs. In her free time, Michelle enjoys cooking and eating good food with her husband and friends. Michelle loves dogs, coffee, and watching youtube videos. She’s recently rediscovered a passion for reading and writing. You can check out some of her reflections on michellekimbeasley.com/blog.
Tyrone Brown is an assistant director in the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) at Seattle University. As an Assistant Director, Tyrone is responsible for the Diversity, Equity, and Education Program (DEEP), advising OMA Alliance (student clubs and organizations), focusing on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and Queer students (LGTBQ), military veterans, and social justice development.
Previously, Tyrone spent five plus years as the administrative coordinator for the Office of the President, Vice President for Student Development, and Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). He is a Seattle University alumni, having received his MFA in Arts Leadership. Tyrone is the founder of MORAL MONDAYS at SU, the #BlackLivesMatter initiative on campus. He received the Spirit of Community Award (Staff) for exceptional commitment to service with a nonprofit agency or to coordinating or sustaining projects that make a positive difference in the community.
Tyrone is a Seattle native, First Gulf War veteran, and a theatre director / producer. In his free time, he can be found dancing (everyday), singing the music of jazz legend Billy Strayhorn, and aspiring to be a modern-day Dandy.
Michelle Barreto is a graduate coordinator in the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) at Seattle University. In her role, Michelle strives to create and facilitate programming and events that support historically marginalized students. She co-coordinates the Connections Leadership Program (CLP), advises the Costco Scholars Programming Board, and co-coordinates various OMA events on campus.
Prior to OMA, Michelle worked at DigiPen Institute of Technology as the Student Life & International Student Advisor. She is currently in the Student Development Administration (SDA) graduate program at Seattle University. She hopes to continue working with underrepresented student populations in her current and future roles.
Michelle is a Boricua-German military brat who was born in Augsburg, Germany. While she's lived in a variety of places, she considers Tacoma, Washington her home. In her free time, Michelle enjoys knitting, cooking, and drinking a hot cup of tea.
Nayeli Cervantes is a third year criminal justice major and Spanish minor from Pasco, WA. She is the fourth out of five daughters and is surrounded by love from her family, including her twelve nieces and nephews. As a first generation student, Nayeli has found support through OMA and the Seattle U community. Nayeli currently works as the office assistant for the office of multicultural affairs as well as a 2016 orientation advisor. She enjoys participating in events around campus such as the Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta celebration, 90s dance and raising funds for Seattle Children’s hospital through dance marathon. In her spare time you can find her dancing around and traveling around the city finding new restaurants to try.
She is currently a part of M.E.Ch.A and LA CASA, two clubs on campus that have helped her with her transition. She also serves on the Costco Leadership Advisory Board helping plan events for Costco Scholars and programming for the students. After a summer studying abroad in Nicaragua and working in orientation she is thrilled to be back in classes. She is excited to continue to remain involved with the Office of Multicultural Affairs and cannot wait for all the events planned for the upcoming year.