Meet the Staff

Colette Cummings

Associate Dean of Students, Director, MCISA

Colette has been with Webster for 15 years. She has a multiple roles within Student Affairs. In addition to being the director of the MCISA, she has oversight for the University and 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  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

Niki Parres

 

Assistant Director, Multicultural Center and International Student Affairs

Niki joined the MCISA staff in July of 2007, from Loyola University in Chicago.  She received her Masters of Arts degree in Marketing and Advertising from Webster University in 2005 and her Bachelor of Arts in Media Communication in 2002.

Niki’s responsibilities with the MCISA 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 under represented students
  • Represent the Multicultural Center on divisional and university-wide committees including Multicultural Studies, Women’s Studies, Leadership, and Programming committees

Bethany Keller

Assistant Director, Multicultural Center and International Student Affairs

Bethany has worked with international students at Webster University for over ten 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 Studies, and Student Leadership Development

Rene Murph

Department Associate

Rene has been with the MCISA department for 20 plus 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 work force that they will encounter when they graduate.

Rene’s responsibilities with the MCISA include:

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

 

Carlos Sanchez

Graduate Assistant, Multicultural Center and International Student Affairs

Carlos is from Comitan, a city located in southern Mexico, in the state of Chiapas.  He finished his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and also has a Masters in Business Administration from Lindenwood University in Belleville, IL.  Carlos joined the MCISA in December 2012 and will be working towards a sequential degree in Finance in the George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology at Webster University.   Outside of Webster, Carlos has interests in missionary work, photography, tennis, and music from all over the world.

Carlos’ 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 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