Patricia joined the UF MCDA Family in Spring 2020 but has worked professionally at UF since 2012. She has experience in crisis management, conduct and community development. She is hoping to bring her skills and her background in working with families, international students, students of color, LGBTQ+ students and leading social justice work with intersecting identities in a university setting to the UF MCDA Team. In her spare time, Patricia enjoys hammocking and flow down Ginni Springs.
A native of Detroit, Michigan, she obtained her bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Bowling Green State University in 2010 and her master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Western Michigan University in 2012. She became a part of the Gator Nation in September 2015 and currently serves as the Assistant Director for Multicultural and Diversity Affairs at the University of Florida, where she promotes diversity, equity and inclusion through educational workshops. PJ enjoys hiking and competing in obstacle course races. She is also a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and fulfills her commitment to service through volunteering with Habitat for Humanity’s Alachua Women Build and mentoring youth through the Take Stock in Children program.
Lindsey leads the administrative services team in day-to-day operations for the Dean of Students office and Multicultural and Diversity Affairs. She provides expertise and guidance in the areas of finance, accounting, purchasing, personnel, facilities operations and acts as a liaison for information technology needs. Outside of work, Lindsey is a wife and mother of four, a doctoral student, and a health and wellness enthusiast.
While at the University of Florida, I studied Psychology and Health Disparities in Society. I graduated with my B.S. in the Spring of 2018.
In my role at MCDA, I serve as the administrative assistant to the department. I get to work with HR, our finance team, and our various directors to ensure that internally we are functioning smoothly, so that students get the programming and guidance that they need to succeed and thrive at the University. I also manage our clerical team of student ambassadors who help welcome in all of our new and returning guests and visitors.
Outside of work, I love a good game night with friends, a night out in the stars, and intentional time with my family.
It’s been 7 years in the Swamp and I couldn’t have imagined spending these past years anywhere else. I’m currently pursuing my Masters in Student Personnel in Higher Education and serve as the graduate assistant for MCDA. I have the honor of coordinating the University Multicultural Mentor Program (UMMP) where I pair first year students with faculty and staff members across campus. I thrive on all things development, mentorship, and JOY! When I’m not at work, you can find me baking, coffee-shop-hopping, and channeling my inner Joanna Gaines.
Jack joined the UF family in summer of 2017 full of hope and excitement. He hopes to assist the creation of equitable resources and opportunities at the university and to promote a critical understanding of the historical and contemporary issues that affect the Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) and to dive deep into the complex intersectional identities of our communities. Aside from conversations around equity and justice, he enjoys boxing, eating, and napping.
Graduate Assistant, Asian Pacific Islander American Affairs
I am a first-year Master’s student in the Student Personnel in Higher Education program at UF. Prior to UF, I graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a degree in Neuroscience and spent two years teaching English in Taiwan through the Fulbright Program. In my current role as the APIA Affairs GA, I guide four student ambassadors with program development and event planning, as well as provide support for their personal and professional growth. In my down time, I enjoy traveling, finding new coffee shops, and learning new languages.
Carl Simien is the Director for Black Affairs. He is a graduate of Valparaiso University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in communication and a Master of Arts in liberal studies with a theology concentration. Carl is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Philosophy degree in Leadership Development at the University of Florida. A couple of things he loves about UF are the amazing students and colleagues he interacts with and Gator Football!
I did my undergrad at Oregon State University (Go Beavs!) and my Masters at Texas A&M University. I am responsible for managing two spaces known as La Salita and La Casita and creating and maintaining a healthy, positive, empowered environment and community within both spaces. Outside of work I enjoy binging Netflix shows, traveling to new places, the grocery store, the gym and the beach!!
I graduated from UF with a Bachelor of Science in Family, Youth, and Community Sciences. I am currently enrolled in the UF Student Personnel in Higher Education master’s program within the College of Education. As the graduate assistant for Hispanic-Latinx Affairs, I supervise our area’s student ambassadors, work on programming/events within the department, and work to continue to serve and engage our students. When I’m not working, I love to check out new food spots, jam out to music, and hang out with friends.
Program Director, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, And Queer Affairs
Tiffany Richards is an educator and advocate with almost a decade of training and advocacy experience in the US and abroad, including coordinating and facilitating programs and workshops on issues of equity, diversity and inclusion and organizational change. They serve as the Program Director for LGBTQ+ Affairs in MCDA. Tiffany loves to travel, having spent most of the last decade living abroad, and is conversational in French and Russian.