Meet the Staff: Team OMA
Sofia Bautista Pertuz, Assistant Dean and Director
Sofia is the Assistant Dean and Director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs at Fordham University. She is a higher education professional with a wide breadth of experience in strategic planning, assessment and management in Student Affairs. She has held various positions in private, public, secular and religiously affiliated institutions coordinating areas of Residence Life, Student Activities, Leadership Development, Judicial Affairs, Academic Advising, Orientation, and teaching and training in the area of Diversity and Inclusion. Sofia utilizes her holistic knowledge of Student Affairs, strong collaboration skills and interdisciplinary expertise in her current role. She has embraced the Jesuit tradition at Fordham and uses a mission centered approach in her work with students.
Sofia holds a Master's degree in Educational Administration and Supervision from Seton Hall University where she is also currently completing a Ph.D. in Higher Education Management, Leadership and Policy. Sofia grew up in the South Bronx and earned a bachelor's degree in Organizational Communication from S.U.N.Y New Paltz. She is committed to creating a socially just world and has dedicated her career and life to that purpose. Her e-mail address is: email@example.com.
Juan Carlos Matos, Assistant Director, Lincoln Center
Juan Carlos is the Assistant Director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs and works out of the Lincoln Center office. He feels that the Jesuit tenet of Cura Personalis, care for the whole person, is integral in diversity and inclusive work and is a core reason for him wanting to join OMA at Fordham University. Before coming to Fordham, he attended New York University where he received a M.A. in Higher Education and Student Personnel Administration.
Juan Carlos attended the University of Miami for his undergraduate career where he earned a B.A. in Public Relations and Sociology. Juan Carlos is very passionate about multiculturalism and how we, as a society, can move towards looking at intersections of identity and how each of us can play a role in making the world a better place for everyone. He works directly with the Diversity Peer Leader program and oversees the day to day OMA operations at Lincoln Center. His e-mail address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tamar Brown, Graduate Intern, Lincoln Center
Tamar Brown is the Graduate Intern of the Office of Multicultural Affairs at Lincoln Center. She graduated from Brandeis University (Waltham, MA) with a B.A. in Philosophy and a minor in Legal Studies, and recently earned her Master's of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.) from St. John's University (Queens, NY). For the past two (2) years, Tamar served as a Special Educator and school leader at Brooklyn High School for Law and Technology (Brooklyn, NY) where she demonstrated a commitment to improving student learning and academic achievement among Students with Disabilities (SWD). In her new role, Tamar hopes to develop a greater understanding of issues affecting underrepresented communities, equity, and multiculturalism in higher education institutions and use her research to strengthen dialogues around language, equity and culture.
Tamar is currently a Ph.D. student in the Contemporary Learning and Interdisciplinary Research (CLAIR) program at Fordham University. She is passionate about issues dealing with educational equity, access and opportunity. Her ultimate goal is to make significant contributions to key policy issues affecting inner city schools. Tamar works primarily at Lincoln Center. Her email address is: email@example.com
Leigh Weber, Graduate Intern, Rose Hill
LeighMarie is the Graduate Intern of the Office of Multicultural Affairs at Rose Hill. Having numerous leadership positions at her past college during undergrad, Leigh can't wait to begin her experience at Fordham University and expand her horizons. She is most excited that she is going to learn something new everyday. Leigh has always been a strong leader and she believes communication is the key to success. She also believes that diversity, team building and unity are what college campuses should focus on to help make a difference for our future leaders. Leigh is very easy to approach and can guarantee to make you laugh. She hopes not only to develop herself in this intern position but to also help students because helping others is her main passion in life.
Leigh graduated from S.U.N.Y. Cortland in May 2014 where she earned a Bachelors in Science of Speech and Hearing Science. After spending much time in student affairs in her undergrad, Leigh realized that her future belonged to helping students in the area of Higher Education and Student Affairs. She is currently attending New York University where she will pursue her masters. Leigh is very passionate about diversity programming and helping students develop into the best leaders they can be. Her ultimate goal in life is to pursue a doctoral degree and one day be the President of a College/University. She is committed to helping others and making a difference in this world. Her email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Juan Rodriguez, Graduate Intern, Rose Hill
Juan is the graduate intern of the Office of Multicultural Affairs at Rose Hill. Juan strongly believes that diversity functions as an intellectual, cultural, and social
enhancement to a scholarly community. He is very motivated to join such an important department like OMA, which provides a comfortable space for the different clubs and
organizations so they can be celebrated and explored at Fordham. Juan graduated from Southern Connecticut State University with a B.S. in Social work.
With a strong interest for student involvement, he was a Resident Advisor, Orientation Ambassador, a representative for his Senior Class Executive Board, and a member of the
Social Justice Committee. He is currently working on his Masters in Social Work in the Graduate School of Social Service. He plans to obtain a career in a school setting where
he could help those students: academically, socially, and clinically. His email address is: email@example.com
Elizabeth Saballos, Student Coordinator, Lincoln Center
More information coming soon.
LC Office email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hayai Ali, Student Coordinator, Rose Hill
More information coming soon.
RH Office email address is: email@example.com