Meet the Staff
The Multicultural Center is staffed by a Director, Noha Elmohands, and a Program Coordinator, Erika Monfort. Under their direction, the center seeks to shape a strong community among students of color while promoting an understanding of cultural multiplicity, humility, and intersectionality for the Simmons community as a whole.
The work they do and the mission they hold is supported by Simmons administration, faculty, and staff from the Office of Student Affairs, the Office of the Provost, and the Office of Organizational Culture, Inclusion, and Equity (OCIE) as well as various academic departments. The Multicultural Center is part of OCIE whose mission is to make Simmons the most inclusive campus in New England.
At the center of Noha’s passion is the application of intersectional equity. She understands that the multiplicity of identities we hold are crucial to our experiences. Noha works to create a knowledge of the inner workings of these intersections specifically in the context of institutional oppression. She knows that to transform the future we have to take a multi-faceted approach to the social issues we face. She understands that students, in the formal and informal sense, are the innovators of tomorrow.
Noha works with faculty, staff, and students to merge the personal self with their academic and professional careers. She aims to assist them in creating a multifaceted social and psychological tool for educational, professional, and personal success.
After working in Residence Life for the past six years, Erika has recently transitioned out to pursue her passion in diversity, inclusion and equity work. Much like Student Affairs, Erika’s working philosophy is student centered, focusing on the personal development of students in relation to their peers, environment, and their intellectual growth.
Erika understands the importance of allowing space for students to be autonomous while holding them accountable and instilling confidence in their ability to not only sustain but to elevate and amplify their purpose.