Meet Our Staff

Mr.Gerald Spates, MSC Director: Mr. Spates has over 15 years of experience in higher education working at various institutions providing leadership in a broad range of administrative and faculty positions directly impacting campus-wide curriculum and programming related to cultural and diversity training, community building, leadership development, race relations and recruitment, and retention. Email:

Ms. Jennifer M. Kennedy MBA, MSC Office Manager: Ms. Kennedy graduated from UMUC in 2013 with her MBA in Business Management and a concentration in International Marketing. She has 9 years of event planning experience and has worked with the University both as a student and staff before coming to the MSC in 2008. Ms. Kennedy is the liaison for student workers.  She also answers the incoming calls to the office, and greets visitors and students who are in need of assistance.  Her other duties include managing the office budget, purchases, office equipment, and supplies. Ms. Kennedy also coordinates programs for the MSC which includes recruitment of volunteers, and management of resources, and working with vendors and catering staff. She also serves on several committees that support the Division of Student Affairs.Email:

Ms. Manuela Sanchez, Scholar’s Latino Initiative Coordinator (SLI): Ms. Sanchez has been with the Multicultural Student Center since April 2012 serving as the coordinator of the Scholar’s Latino Initiative (SLI) Program. She is a graduate of University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a B.S. in International Business. Past and current professional experiences have included working with the Randolph County Family Crisis Center as a Victim Advocate and Client Services Coordinator and currently with Guildford County Schools - Pre-K Department. She is responsible for coordinating this mentoring program that serves talented Latino high school students from Ben L. Smith High with college preparation, cultural enrichment, and public service activities. Email:

Graduate Intern/ Assistantship: Assist the MSC Center staff with diversity and cultural related programs, training and advising services.