E. Andre Thorn - Director
Andre has served as the Director of the Multicultural Center since 2011 after 13 years of serving in a variety of capacities at the University of Missouri. Andre has over 20 years in higher education (from the University of Missouri and the University of Nevada, Reno respectively) and has focused his efforts on developing collaborative ways to increase the retention, persistence and engagement among all of our talented multicultural students in a variety of academic, cultural, honors, research and leadership opportunities. While at UAA, he has endeavored "building a better Multicultural Center" with some major enhancements to the Multicultural Center and the programs within it such as AHAINA Student Programs and the Seawolf Success Program. On a personal note, Andre has completed his PhD. from the University of Missouri in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in May of 2014.
Leo Medal - Student Success Coordinator
Leo comes to the Multicultural Center from UAA's TRiO Educational Talent Search (ETS) program, where he served as the middle school advisor. He is responsible for coordination of the AHAINA programs, assisting students at all levels and retention and graduation of students. Leo is passionate about encouraging, motivating and empowering all students to succeed, not only at UAA but in their future endeavors. He received his Masters Degree in 2006 from Wayne State College in Science in Education (MSE) with an emphasis in Communications.
Tamika Dowdy - Seawolf Success Program Transition Advisor
Tamika Dowdy is the new Student Transition Advisor for the Seawolf Success program, who comes to the Multicultural Center with several years of experience working with students from diverse backgrounds. As a former Trio Program advisor, Tamika's love for transition advising began many years ago and continues to foster each day when meeting with students. Tamika prides herself on being an educator of life and is excited to help minority students experience success here at the University of Alaska Anchorage.