Robin L. Maxile
Graduate Coordinator for C.A.R.E. Programs
Robin Maxile is a Ph.D. student in the School of Education’s Cultural Foundation program at Syracuse University and serves as the Academic Consultant for C.A.R.E.. She also works as a Graduate Assistant in the Higher Education Department and is the Events Coordinator for the Black Graduate Student Association. Robin is originally from Louisiana where she completed her Bachelor’s degree at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches and later went on to obtain her Master’s in General Counseling Psychology from Mount Saint Mary’s University, Los Angeles. She served two years in AmeriCorps, a national service program dedicated to addressing and improving the critical needs of residents in underprivileged communities. During her time in AmeriCorps, Robin worked as a college and career advisor, advocating for resources that address student needs both emotionally and academically.
As Robin continued to work with her students, she began to notice a disconnect between school policies and student needs. Using her own background as a low-income, first-generation student, along with her AmeriCorps experience, Robin’s interest in the matter peaked and led to her current research into chronic absenteeism among students in underserved communities. Through the Cultural Foundations program, Robin is exploring the connections between chronic absenteeism, marginalized communities, and school policies.
From Natchitoches to Los Angeles to Syracuse, Robin is passionate about empowering students of color, encouraging them to think outside the box and exhaust all their resources. Rejections are only redirections to something greater.
Sharon D Cole
Talent Acquisition Manager
Sharon Cole, Talent Acquisition Manager – Syracuse University
Sharon Cole celebrated her 20th anniversary in 2020 as a member of the Office of Human Resources team at Syracuse University. She currently serves as a talent acquisition manager where she provides, recruiting, coaching, and support to hiring managers on all aspects of employment recruitment. While Sharon is masterful in her recruitment strategies, it is how she recruits and for whom that have earned her the reputation for being a diversity champion in her role.
Throughout her tenure, Sharon has remained steadily focused on her commitment to assist members of the Syracuse community in obtaining employment at Syracuse University. One of her key achievements is the Temporary Job Placement Program which has resulted in hundreds of local community members being hired into temporary roles that usually turn into permanent positions. This pipeline of diverse employees is a direct result of her long-standing partnership with community job placement agencies such as Women’s Opportunity Center, Syracuse Educational Opportunity Center and the Syracuse Northeast Community Center. Sharon’s consistent outreach with these organizations resulted in near immediate placement for roles across campus. Her newest initiative, Building Local, partners her with the university’s Office of Community Engagement to develop university-wide processes around hiring locally hiring and procurement initiatives.
Fifteen years ago, Sharon collaborated with CNY Works Inc. to implement the SU/CNY Works Summer Youth Program at the University. The program employs youths 15-20-year-olds and according to their career interest they are placed in a variety of campus wide departments. This opportunity has given inner-city youth the chance to grow through hands on work experience, earn money and most of all build professional relationships with University staff.
Sharon uses her multitude of connections from her personal community service endeavors to foster many of the professional relationships she currently relies upon to bring new talent to the university. Her hard-work and vivacious personality have made her popular on campus, however, her dedication and commitment to the city she was raised in has resulted in life-changing opportunities for hundreds of community members.
Coordinator for Academic Initiatives and Assessment
Manager, Bias Response and Education
STOP Bias/Dean of Student’s Office
Karess N Gillespie
Timothy M Johnson
Associate Director of Student Activities
Native of Baltimore, MD by way of Charlotte, NC, Tim Johnson is a graduated of North Carolina Central University where he obtained his BA in Psychology. From there he received his master’s degree from UNC Wilmington in Higher Education Administration Student Engagement is his life passion and he knows that this field is his life purpose and working with young people fuel him to be better each and every day. He is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated, has a deep appreciate for GOOD music and is an avid shoe shopper.
Jessica C. Newsom
Serves as the coordinator in the Office of Learning Communities. In this role, Jessica oversees the learning community peer mentoring program, coordinates LLC Resident Assistant selection and training, coordinates the large LLC program initiatives and assists in the development and implementation of over 25 different living learning communities. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in communication from University of Tennessee Knoxville and a Master of Education in counseling and personnel services from University of Louisville.
Jimmy William Luckman
New Student and Family Programs
Hi I am Jimmy Luckman (he/him/his) and I am from a small rural town in Western New York specifically Lyndonville, NY! I earned my bachelors degree in Sociology with a double minor in Women & Gender Studies as well as African & African American Studies from SUNY Brockport. Upon completing my bachelor’s degree, I continued my educational journey at Northern Arizona University where I studied Counseling and Student Affairs. While working on college campuses I have worked in primarily orientation offices, as I help welcome new students onto campus. I have been working at Syracuse for almost two years. I specifically work within the Office of First-Year and Transfer Programs (FYTP) but I also work as a Pod Leader, a SEM 100 Lead Facilitator, and Dome Concessions. I also am an active member NODA, the Association for Orientation, Transition, and Retention in Higher Education where I have been the regional Co-Chair for Social Justice Institute. Outside of work I love to read, watch RuPaul’s Drag Race, and play with my new puppy Zoey!
Cateatra D Mallard
Cateatra D. Mallard, M.A. is a native, born and raised from the Washington D.C./ Metropolitan area. Cateatra is a proud graduate of a Historical Black College & University where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from her “Home by the Sea,” Hampton University. Shortly after, she returned to her alma mater to obtain a Master of Arts in Counseling with a concentration in College Student Development. Cateatra is a Higher Education Professional specializing in the functional area of Student Activities where she is currently the Assistant Director of Student Activities at Syracuse University in Syracuse, NY. Cateatra is a champion for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility work within her community and professional associations. She is an overwhelmingly active member with the progressive National Association for Campus Activities, where she serves on the Diversity Advisory Group for the association, Professional Staff Educational Coordinator for the Mid-Atlantic Region, and Leadership Fellow Mentor for the 2020-2021 Cohort. Fun Facts: Cateatra loves to dance (she is a trained dancer), cook, binge watch a great Netflix Series and is an avid sneaker collector! Cateatra leads her life from the (3) three P's and (2) I's: Purpose, Passion, and Progression, and Impart to Impact! Her professional commitment to the field of Higher Education and Student Affairs is to identify new strategies to be intuitive, while utilizing the best practices and evolving trends to engage students and support their success academically through co-curricular endeavors.
Nicholas T Martin
Residence Director, Day and Flint Halls
ShawnMarie (pronouns: She/Her/Hers) grew up in the gorges city of Ithaca, NY. She is a Residence Director in DellPlain hall and has worked at SU for the past 3 years. After experiencing CARE as a participant she wanted to continue to have these difficult and important conversations regarding race and ethnicity and applied to be a CARE facilitator. Currently in her second year as a CARE facilitator she sees how it is more important than ever for both students and staff to participate this dialogue series. She received a Bachelors in Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations from Susquehanna University and a Masters in Higher Education Administration from Syracuse University. Outside of work ShawnMarie enjoys traveling, playing with her dog Jace, and using her brand new Peloton bike.
Natalie Danielle Weathers
Communication and Rhetorical Studies
As a young woman born and raised in Chicago, college-educated in Iowa, and currently residing in Syracuse, I’ve developed a fascination for experiences and the influence they have on our identities. Thus, identity and liberation are integral to my professional and personal aspirations. I'm currently completing my second (and final!) year at SU while constructing the final chapters of my thesis. My research centers Afrofuturism and Black Utopian rhetoric. I've been facilitating CARE since fall of 2018 and have appreciated every experience I've had, so I look forward to spring 2021 and the conversations to come.
Marissa L Willingham
Program Associate for Budgets and Operations
Marissa Willingham is the Program Associate for Budgets and Operations in the Office of Multicultural Affairs and served as a C.A.R.E. facilitator. A native of Syracuse NY with close connections in the Syracuse community. Marissa plays an active role in student leadership, professional and personal development. Over the years, Marissa have developed phenomenal relationships with people across campus. Marissa strive to have an impact on campus culture and to create a place that believes in equity, celebration of differences, and dialogue as a way of bringing about inclusivity.