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Multicultural Center and

Non-Traditonal Student Services Staff


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Tirrany Thurmond

Director of The Multicultural Center & Non-Traditional Student Services

Tirrany Thurmond earned her B.S. in behavior analysis from Savannah State University in 2009. It was there at SSU, that her love blossomed for a career in higher education. Her strengths as a leader, activist and advocate were cultivated. Ms. Thurmond later journeyed to Georgia Southern University and earned her master’s degree in counselor education with an emphasis in clinical mental health. While enrolled, she continued with your career passions and led minority recruitment efforts, advisement and retention programs.

Ms. Thurmond is a certified Safe Zone facilitator and proud diversity and inclusion ambassador. She’s a member of the American Counseling Association, Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, and National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education.

Ms. Thurmond hopes to create spaces on campus that encourages students to be their most authentic selves, evaluate and comprehend privilege and oppression, and work to make the world a more equitable place.


Victoria Morgan

Victoria Morgan

Graduate Assistant

Victoria is a graduate assistant with the Multicultural Center and Non-Traditional Student Services. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts, Art Education degree from Arkansas State. Ms. Morgan is currently pursuing a Masters of Special Education, Educational Specialist degree through the Academic Partnership program. She is proud to continue the A-State family tradition as it is the college that her mother, father, and stepmother attended.

"It always seems impossible until it's done." - Nelson Mandela


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Payshia Jones

Graduate Assistant

Payshia Jones is a native of Charleston, MS. She received her BA from Mississippi State University in History with a minor in African American Studies. She also has a special interest in Women and Gender Studies and anime. She is currently a Graduate Assistant for the Multicultural Center.

"You don't make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering and complaining. You make progress by implementing ideas." - Shirley Chisholm



A-State Multicultural Center Student Workers


Kaitlin Soderlund

Kaitlin Soderlund is one of our student workers in the Multicultural Center. Kaitlin was born in Little Rock AR, however earned her high school diploma from Cabot High School.  She is a junior at Arkansas State, where she is pursuing a degree in Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She is also earning a Minor in Emergency Management and Disaster Preparedness. 

Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.”  -Marilyn Monroe


A-State Multicultural Center Interns

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Kevin Bontempo

Public Relations Intern

Kevin Bontempo is a current senior at Arkansas State University and is working on his Bachelors degree in Communications and Business. As a part of the multicultural team, he will be interning as the Public Relations intern this fall. 
Born and raised in Cabot, Arkansas, He has excelled at many extra curricular activities on campus such as being a part of A-State's College of Media & Communication's student ambassador program as well as A-State's band program. 
"It's too big a world to be in competition with everyone. The only person who I have to be better than is myself".   - Colonel Potter from M*A*S*H


Ashley Holder

Social Media Intern


A-State Multicultural Center Ambassadors

The MC Ambassador program is a group of students selected to represent the Multicultural Center by informing the ASU and Jonesboro community about the Center’s services, programs, and initiatives. The ambassadors also help plan and execute events sponsored by the MC.



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LaQuinta Tynes

LaQuinta Tynes is an International Student from the exquisite islands of the Bahamas, specifically New Providence. She is currently a Sophomore Finance & Economics major. This is her first year serving as a MC Ambassador.
"Don't make a permanent decision based on a temporary emotion." Prince Ea


Rachel Washam

Rachel Washam is a Multicultural Ambassador. She is in her sophomore year at A-State and is majoring in biotechnology. Rachel was born and raised in Jonesboro, AR and graduated from Jonesboro High School. Her mother and father are alumni from Arkansas State University and her brother is currently attending A-State as a music major.

You must find the place inside yourself where nothing is impossible.”   Deepak Chopra

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Elizabeth Daniels

Elizabeth Daniels is a senior interdisciplinary studies major with emphasis on Psychology, Social Work, and Communications from Little Rock, AR. Elizabeth will be a first year Multicultural Center Ambassador and is very excited about the experience and the year to come. 
She is clothed with strength and dignity; she laughs without fear of the future. -Proverbs 31:25

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Jasmine Williams

Jasmine Williams is one of our Multicultural Ambassadors. She is a junior from Marion, Arkansas. She is pursuing a Bachelor's of Science in Marketing. After graduation Jasmine plans on attending law school.

I can be changed by what happens to me, but I refuse to be reduced by it.” Maya Angelou 

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Diana Smith

Diana Smith is a Multicultural Ambassador in the Multicultural Center and Non-Traditional Services. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Biological Sciences in Science and Mathematics. Diana plans to continue her educations after graduating to one day become an Physician Assistant. Diana is a born and raised Arkansan from Dumas, AR.

"I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples." -Mother Teresa

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Darius Bonds

Darius Bonds is Senior at Arkansas State studying Finance.  Originally from Sherwood AR, Darius intends to complete his bachelors and run his own financial services practice catering to minorities. 
"Father, If you are willing, take this cup from me, yet not my will but yours be done."  -Luke 22:42

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Myah Thompson

Myah Thompson is an ambassador for the Multicultural Center. She is a junior from Benton, AR pursing a degree in Strategic Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations.

"Sell your strengths and buy your weaknesses." Shannon Boodram 

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Abrie'l Williams


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