MCISA Professional Staff

Colette CummingsColette Cummings 2015, Associate Dean of Students & Director

Colette has been with Webster for 15 years. She has multiple roles within Student Affairs. In addition to being the director of the MCISA, she has oversight of Student Activities and is also the Judicial Officer for the campus. Colette is also an adjunct professor in the College of Arts and Science and the School of Communications. Colette also serves as a mentor to young professionals working in the areas of cultural diversity and judicial affairs.
Colette’s responsibilities within the office include:

  • Supervising staff
  • Providing support and direction for the department in accomplishing its goals and objectives
  • Counseling Students
  • Representing and promoting the department to campus and community constituents
  • Providing ombudsman services to students, faculty. and staff

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Bethany Keller, Assistant Director

Bethany has worked with international students at Webster University for fifteen years, in student services, recruitment and admission, and in academic advising. A native of St. Louis, Bethany welcomes students from all over the world to her hometown with advice and support on adjusting to a new life in the States. Bethany earned her MA in International Relations at Webster University and studied abroad at Regents College London during her BA International Relations. She also teaches first-year experience courses on culture and identity at Webster University.

Bethany’s responsibilities include:

  • Counsel and advise international and American minority students on a wide range of issues including university policies and procedures; career, educational, and personal matters; cultural adjustment; and academic advising
  • Assist international students with various needs to support their success – cultural adjustment, orientation, taxes, immigration regulations and other services such as obtaining a driver’s license or social security card
  • Coordinate, implement and evaluate a wide variety of cultural, educational and social programs to promote cultural understanding
  • Provide guidance and advice to international student organizations and groups
  • Chair the International Student Success Committee
  • Represent international student issues and concerns on divisional and university-wide committees including International Programs, International Student Services, and Student Programming

Corey Hawkins, Coordinator- Minority Students

Corey joined the MCISA staff in June of 2015. He previously served as an Admission Counselor at Webster for North St. Louis County, St. Louis City and Chicago area high schools. He received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with a Marketing Management emphasis, from Southeast Missouri State University and is currently pursuing a Masters of Arts degree in Management and Leadership from Webster.

Corey’s responsibilities include:

  • Coordinate, implement, and evaluate a wide variety of cultural, educational, and social programs to promote cultural understanding
  • Advise and counsel students on both academic and social issues
  • Provide guidance and advice to student organizations and groups
  • Assist in the recruitment and retention of underrepresented students
  • Represent the Multicultural Center on divisional and university-wide committees including Multicultural Studies and Programming committees

Rene Murph, Department Associate

Rene has been with the MCISA department for more than years.  She is a mother away from home to many students, a biological parent, a foster parent, and an advocate for children with mental illness or behavior disorders.  She loves working directly with students at Webster University and preparing them for the diverse workforce that they will encounter when they graduate.

Rene’s responsibilities include:

  • Train, Supervise and monitor student employees
  • Manage information and general office administration
  • Manage departmental budgets
  • Monitor activities of the MCISA Lounge



Graduate Assistant

Roberto was born in Managua, Nicaragua. Growing up, he and his family moved several times from one country to another because of his dad’s job. This gave him the opportunity to meet people from different cultural backgrounds since an early age, and made him more flexible and accepting towards other people’s traditions. He has lived in Mexico, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Ecuador, and has also visited Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica, and Panama. Roberto completed high school in his home country Nicaragua and graduated in May 2009 from the American Nicaraguan School. He then came to the United States to study at Webster University. In 2012, Roberto studied abroad in Thailand for the fall semester. He once again was able to learn about a new culture firsthand and he made great memories during this time. He completed his B.A. in Media Communications in May 2014 and has been living and working in Saint Louis since then. Roberto is now pursuing a Masters degree in New Media Production and is expected to graduate in 2017.

  • Counsel and advise international and American minority students on a wide range of issues including university policies and procedures; career, educational, and personal matters; cultural adjustment; and academic advising
  • Assist in coordinating cultural, recreational, educational, and social programs for the general student populations
  • Plan and coordinate international student orientation for new international students
  • Provide a supportive welcome for all new international students, with services such as airport pick-up and trips to local resources, agencies, and cultural institutions

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