Current Co-Chair: Michael Dixon (He/him/his)
Michael Dixon is in the midst of his seventh year serving as the Chief Diversity Officer and Director of Intercultural Services at Manchester University. He has worked in higher education since 2004 in a variety of departments (intramurals, residential life, multicultural affairs, student activities, admissions, career development & international student support services) at 10 different institutions. He is currently a doctoral candidate (ABD) in Educational Leadership, Higher Education Administration at Indiana State University. His father is from Jamaica and his mother hails from the collection of islands in southeast Asia (The Philippines).
Incoming Co-Chair & Awards Coordinator: Rob Kunicki (He/him/his)
Rob Kunicki was born and raised in New York City to a native New Yorker and an Ecuadorian immigrant. A first-generation college student, Rob holds a BSEd in Adolescence Education with a concentration in Mathematics and a MSEd in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from St. John’s University as well as a MA in Higher Education Administration from Stony Brook University. He has experience working in New Student Orientation, First Year Seminar Peer Mentoring, and Fraternity and Sorority Life. Currently, Rob serves as the Assistant Director for Student Success, Assessment, & Enrollment Initiatives at Baruch College of the City University of New York where he has been able to translate his experience in student life to his work with retention and graduation initiatives in Enrollment Management. Rob is driven by his passions for education, exploring cultural identities, leadership development, and equal opportunity and access. He is a self-proclaimed data nerd who works diligently to support his Division to improve the student experience and meet strategic priorities. His interests include traveling, exercising, and binge-watching Netflix.
Outgoing Co-Chair: Victoria Malaney (She/her/hers)
Victoria K. Malaney is Ph.D. Candidate in the department of Educational Policy, Research and Administration focusing on Higher Education in the College of Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Victoria’s research interests focus on multiracial college students, intergroup dialogue, race, and student activism. Prior to graduate school, Victoria was an AmeriCorps VISTA and VISTA Leader for two years. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Skidmore College and her Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from UMass Amherst. Victoria is the Current Chair of the American College Personnel Association’s Multiracial Network (MRN). She was formerly the Scholarship and Resources Coordinator and has been in involved with MRN since July 2012.
Social Media Coordinator: Kelli Campa (She/her/hers)
Kelli Campa is excited to be part of MRN again this year! She works at SUNY Binghamton as a Resident Director. Originally a California native, she received her Bachelors in Communications from California Lutheran University and her Masters in Higher Education from Iowa State University. In her free time, she loves to travel (both domestically and internationally), is an avid Netflixer, and enjoys hanging out with friends.
Secretary: Laura Carroll (She/her/hers)
Laura Carroll is an Academic Advisor for the College of Business Administration at the University of Pittsburgh. She received her Master of Education in College Student Personnel Administration from James Madison University and her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Slippery Rock University. She has been an active member of ACPA for the past 5 years, and is excited to return to the MRN Leadership Team. Initially, her interest in MRN derived from personal experiences as a multiracial individual. After learning several theories in graduate school, she became fascinated with multiracial identity development. She began intentionally reflecting on and exchanging stories with fellow multiracial students, staff, and faculty. She quickly noticed the varied struggles and successes they had in common and those that differed. Through her involvement with MRN, she has enhanced her knowledge of multiracial research and issues within higher education. She has had opportunities to coordinate and execute social and cultural events with some amazing individuals and thoughtful artists. She believes that MRN provides a safe space for multiracial educators and allies to engage in critical dialogue, which she truly values.
“It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.” -Audre Lorde
Historian: Nicole Belisle (She/her/hers)
Nicole has a BA in Sociology with a minor in Education from UC Santa Cruz. After taking some time to work with elementary youth in the Bay Area she went on to pursue her MA from Teachers College, Columbia University in Sociology and Education with an emphasis in Education Policy. Nicole identifies as Multiracial and Multiethnic and has dedicated much of her higher education studies to supporting Multiracial identity development and promoting diversity through multicultural education. She is Ph.D. student in the joint program at San Diego State University and Claremont Graduate University in Education with an emphasis in Student Affairs and Higher Education. She is extremely excited to join the MRN leadership team as Historian this year, especially with MRN’s 15th Anniversary fast approaching!
Scholarship & Resources Coordinator: Annette Girion (She/her/hers)
Annette is currently a Student Services Advisor at Keck School of Medicine of USC, where she advises medical students on their paths to residency. She recently received her MA in Higher Education/Student Affairs from Claremont Graduate University. She has background and interests in undergraduate and graduate career advising, student wellness, and multiracial student experiences.
Publications Coordinator: Daniella Abdin (She/her/hers)
Daniella is a second-year graduate student pursuing a Master of Education in Student Personnel in Higher Education from the University of Florida. She serves as a Graduate Hall Director in the “International House” living learning community. She joined MRN in 2017 at her first Convention, fell in love, and is now serving as publications coordinator.
Daniella’s work focuses on supporting students with disabilities and she plans to pursue a future as an occupational therapist.
Lead Team Member: Rachel Luna (She/her/hers)
Rachel Luna has been connected to MRN since 2010 and is currently on the Leadership Team. She joined MRN as a graduate student and immediately found a professional and personal home. She has stayed involved with this community of scholars because she continues to learn with and from our members. Through her involvement with MRN, she has presented at conferences, hosted webinars, enjoyed socials, read articles, and chatted on social media with some really great folks. She spends her days as Student Services Coordinator at Samuel Merritt University in the San Francisco Bay Area. Most nights and weekends, she is wearing her other hat as a second year doctoral student in Higher Ed Leadership at Colorado State University.
Lead Team Member: Beth John (She/her/hers)
Beth John has been working in higher education for 16 years. She is currently the Director of First Year Experience and adjunct faculty member in the Higher Education Leadership Graduate program at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Beth also serves as a Dissertation Advisor for the Edgewood College Doctoral program in Educational Leadership. Beth received her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Higher Education from Edgewood College and her M.S. in College Student Personnel from Western Illinois University. Beth’s primary areas of interest and research include multiracial identity development, diversity and inclusion, first year students, and students in transition. Beth has been actively involved with ACPA for many years and has held several leadership positions within the Commission for Student Involvement, Standing Committee for Multicultural Affairs: MultiRacial Network (MRN), and the Mid-Level Community of Practice. She has been involved with MRN since 2009 and is a past chair. Beth serves a co-advisor to the first Mixed Race Student Union (mXd) at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, which was established in 2015.