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Director,
Michael Tapscott

Michael Tapscott, Director of the Multi Cultural Student Services Center at the George Washington University is a native Washingtonian with a deep family history in DC. Thanks to Affirmative Action programs in the 60’s , Mike graduated from the Sidwell Friends School in 1973, earned a B.A. in History from Tufts University, and attended graduate school at Tufts and American, studying higher education administration, and communications. He has just completed his 29th year in higher education administration with stops at Gallaudet University, Tufts University, The American University, George Mason University, Regent University Graduate School and now at GW.  He has seventeen years experience in Admissions, both undergraduate and graduate, nine years in student affairs, seven years in athletics, teaching and coaching, five years in university housing and residence life, and a number of years of cross training that includes financial aid, and NCAA compliance.

 

This former VACRAO President and party guy, has received a number of  recognitions throughout his career including: a Citizen of the Year Award from the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated,  First Runner-Up Administrator of the Year at GMU, Employee of the Year at Regent University,  and  Father of the Year at First Baptist Church of Chesterbrook.  Mike is the former of Host of “Timeout” and Co-Host of “Mason Sidelines” two sports talk shows on Cable television in the DC region.

 

His hobbies include basketball, golf, remodeling, travel, public speaking, music and anything that can be labeled as fun!  Mike is happily married to another DC native, his wife Pamela, and is an extremely proud father to his 12 year old son Michael Franklin.  He has presented to local, regional, and national organizations, whose members work in Admissions, Financial Aid, Student Development and Athletics, and specializes in issues related to Diversity, Cross Cultural Communication, Leadership, and Minority Student Recruitment, Development and Retention.  He lives nearby in Mclean Virginia.




     

  Associate Director,
  George Rice, III

  A native of Toledo, Ohio, George Rice, III is a curator of energy who has spent his professional career pushing the envelope for accountability in education. He is an alumnus of both Morehouse College in Atlanta Georgia and Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Master’s Degree in Counseling respectively. With professional experience working in the public school system, higher education and non-profit sectors, George has carved out a niche that has allowed him to increase his sphere of influence in student services.

Prior to coming to the MSSC, George served as the Academic Advisor with the GW Medical Center Upward Bound Program from June 2006 until December of 2007. He truly believes that his success, thus far, can attributed to his ability to cultivate meaningful relationships with students and colleagues, develop realistic strategies to help students achieve their goals, patience and good sense of humor. Having coached basketball for over 12 years, he utilizes similar philosophies and tactics to advise, motivate and direct students toward their passion and purpose. "Coach Rice", as he is affectionately known, believes that student success is about students assembling the right team (a solid support system), along with right coaches (mentors) to help carve out a winning game plan.

A health aficionado and sports fanatic, Coach's favorite pastimes are working out, sports, martial arts, traveling, reading, music and poetry. He and his wife Morrisa have two children Taylor and George, IV.







Associate Director:
Timothy Kane

I am the Associate Director for Inclusion Initiatives, directing the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Resource Center and overseeing Religious Life.  In these roles, Timothy upholds GW’s commitment to recognize, celebrate and support diversity and inclusion regarding sexual orientation, gender identity/expression and religious communities.  Timothy has also directed GW’s Office of Community Service where he developed programs for students, staff, faculty and alumni focused on civic engagement and public service. Most noted, Timothy led the now successful year-long service campaign where students committed to achieving 100,000 hours of volunteer time in exchange for the First Lady, Michelle Obama, to speak at the University’s commencement in May, 2010.

 

Timothy has over 20 years international and cross-cultural teaching and travel experiences, including positions throughout the Middle East and Latin America.  He received his Bachelors of Arts Degree from Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, his Masters Degree of Divinity from Harvard University, and his Masters Degree of Theology from Maryknoll School of Theology in Ossining, New York (with a concentration in Justice and Peace Studies).  More recently, Timothy has completed a Certificate in International Development at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, a Graduate Certificate in HIV/AIDS Studies at the GW School of Public Health and Health Services and is a Certified Instructor of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. 

 

Timothy celebrates and embraces the abundance of life as a Smithsonian volunteer, speaker of Spanish and avid tennis player.  As one of nine children, Timothy recognizes the importance of family, as well as the many creative configurations which bring people together.  He strives to lead a balanced life informed by a personal commitment to spirituality, the Earth and the Common Good.  Timothy seeks to be a Servant-Leader and believes in the words of Mother Teresa when she says, “If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”





Student Services Coordinator,
Eric Gutierrez

Eric was born and raised in Astoria, Queens, NY and is half Peruvian and Puerto Rican. He obtained a Bachelor in Business Administration with a concentration in Tourism and Hospitality Management and a minor in Spanish. (May 2006) Eric was a former member of the 2004 Colonial Cabinet and former e-board member of OLAS. He loves to travel and learn about different cultures which are some of the reasons why Eric studied abroad in Madrid, Spain (Spring 2005). Eric’s background or experience varies from running a chapter of La Unidad Latina, Lambda Upsilon Lambda, Fraternity, Inc. to interning through HACU at the United States Department of Agriculture. Overall, he likes to chill and just have fun.



Harbinder Sohi







AFRICAN AMERICAN PROGRAM COORDINATOR:
Nikki Lane

 Nikki Lane is the African American Program Coordinator.  Serving as a mentor, a resource on Black and African American culture, a programmatic tactician, Nikki aides various student groups in the planning and implementation of their events.  She also works directly with students to help in their leadership development.

Fun Fact:  An anthropologist in training her academic work focuses on race, gender, class, and sexuality in American popular culture. 

--"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." -Maya Angelou

 





LATINO PROGRAM COORDINATOR:
Krystal Warner






EAST ASIAN PROGRAM COORDINATOR:
Song Nguyen

As a native Vermonter, Song Nguyen holds her Bachelors of Science in Human Development and Family Studies, and minor in Psychology from the University of Vermont. She is currently pursuing her Masters of Public Health in Maternal and Child Health at The George Washington University. Song is always eager to learn about communities and people around her as she strives to appreciate all backgrounds, particularly working with under-resourced populations. Her professional experiences have involved engagement with low-crime offenders through Restorative Justice Panels, as well as curriculum building and parent engagement initiatives with families across the DC Public School system.   Her professional interests fall within the maternal and child community, and access to health-promoting resources as these relate to development across the lifespan. 

 

During her free time Song's involvements are broadening internationally, as a promising entrepreneur.  She also enjoys drawing, painting, comedy clubs, indulging in cultural foods,  and spending time with chill people.





SOUTH ASIAN PROGRAM COORDINATOR:
Moinak Chakravorty







Program Coordinator, LGBT Resource Center
Jessica Kelly

Before coming to GW, Jessie attended the University of Connecticut and Southern Connecticut State University. She is now getting a Master's degree in Higher Education Administration at GW. She loves working with college students and believes a life spent helping others is a life to be proud of. This is Jessie's second year working in the LGBT Resource Center, and fourth working in a university setting, having worked in a Women's Studies department before coming to DC. She hails from Milford, CT. Some of her favorite things include: musicals, The Daily Show, arts and crafts, karaoke, and pictures of cute animals.

 



 







Calendar

18 Mighty Mountain Warriors
Fri 04.23 // 07:00pm // Marvin Center Continental Ballroom
As artists and activists, this hilarious, critically acclaimed Asian American sketch comedy group seeks to explore and articulate images of Asian Pacific Islander Americans different to that perpetuated in the mainstream media. This group pushes the envelope to break down prevailing stereotypes and promote more positive images.

Celebrating Us: Asian Women of Excellence
Tue 04.27 // 07:30pm // Marvin Center Amphitheater
Recognizing the many roles of Asian American women. Panelists will address their roles in their respective careers and share their experiences as Asian American women.

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