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MSC Staff

Gerald Spates, MSC Director has nearly 20 years of experience in higher education. As director, Spates provide leadership to support campus diversity curriculum, diversity training, and student-centered program and services to ensure that all diverse student communities are included.  Prior to arriving at North Carolina A&T State University in 2011, Spates have led institutional departments and initiatives in Student Services; Minority and International Recruitment, Retention and Programming, Student Activities, Veterans Affairs, Tutorial Services, Supplemental Instruction, Student Academic Assessment, Academic Bridge Programs, TRIO Programs (SSS and Upward Bound), Multicultural Affairs, International Students and Scholars Programs, Mentoring Programs and Disability Services of other leading institutions.

Spates holds an undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Florida and a graduate degree in counseling education from South Carolina State, studies at Western Kentucky University, and is a current Ph.D. student in Leadership Studies at N.C. A&T. State University.


Manuela Sanchez-Talavera, MSC Assistant Director, and Scholar’s Latino Initiative (SLI) Coordinator. Ms. Sanchez has professional experience includes working as a victim’s advocate and client services coordinator. Sanchez provides outreach and support to SLI student parents, High School students and administration.  Her responsibility also includes providing leadership to the SLI Student Mentors, developing services and academic opportunities for participating SLI high school students from Ben L. Smith High with college preparation, cultural enrichment, college campus tours and public service activities. She has a B.S. degree in International Business from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.


Scholars Latino Initiative (SLI) High School Coordinator (Part-time/Temporary).The SLI High School Coordinator serves as the liaison between the participating school and the SLI Coordinator. The Coordinator is the first line of contact with the SLI serving school administrators, and assists in coordinating activities with SLI students and parents.


MSC Graduate Assistantship Works under the direction and supervision of the director of the Multicultural Student Center to assist in the facilitation of cultural/diversity planning and provide supervision to the MSC Ambassador Program.   


Multicultural Student Ambassadors: MSC Student Ambassadors are student volunteers who assist the MSC to implement student-centered programs and services designed to support broad issues of diversity campus-wide. 


Work-Study Opportunity: Assist MSC staff with daily support needs. This is a 20 hour per work week opportunity.