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Embracing Diversity

Advocate. Empower. Affirm.

The Office of Multicultural Affairs serves as a cultural resource for students, faculty, and staff. We provide direction and services for current and prospective students from underrepresented populations. Through creative and innovative programs, the office enhances cultural knowledge and produces a deeper appreciation for diversity and inclusion throughout the campus community.

In addition, we offer diversity education programs that foster inclusive learning environments for all students. Students are encouraged to discover their unique identities as they develop their own mechanisms of support and endeavor to deepen their knowledge and appreciation of themselves and others. 

Diversity is not minority groups coming together, but something larger. It is all people coming together and sharing their own life experiences and beliefs for the benefit of the entire community. For example, I am Trinidadian and Puerto Rican. I am a student and a worker. I have lived in Springfield, Massachusetts, and in the south. And I am the daughter of ministers. My perspective is different from the person sitting beside or across from me, but our views are equally important. In my mind, inclusion is finding a common space where we can all respectfully discuss those differences and how they relate to issues in our world.” - Victoria, Biology Major (Chemistry & Small Business Development Minor)

Meet our Multicultural Affairs Team: 

Elizabeth Cardona, MPA
Executive Director of Multicultural Affairs & International Student Life; Assistant to the Provost for Diversity & Inclusion
Elizabeth Cardona, is a proud Puerto Rican woman and champion in progressive grassroots movements with over twenty-five years of community engagement, mentoring and leadership development expertise. Her educational and professional experience and personal growth have been shaped by her faith, heritage and vision for social justice as a tool to access education, housing, healthcare, equality and economic opportunity. Elizabeth is a graduate of the Women’s Pipeline for Change, an initiative that supports women of color as they enter leadership roles and public life. Elizabeth possess a drive and determination to see others succeed. She is very passionate towards outreach and making a meaningful impact. She served as a board member for the Women’s Fund of Western, and a founding board member for CHICA Project, a Massachusetts statewide Latina youth leadership, mentoring and coaching program. Most recently she was honored as the 2017 Cultural Ambassador by the Springfield Puerto Rican Parade and recognized at the 2017 Lift Every Voice Lecture Series as an award recipient. Elizabeth holds an MPA and a Certificate in Conflict Resolution from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University and a B.S. in American Studies with a concentration in Social Issues from Springfield College. 

Nadia Mujahid
Graduate Assistant  
Nadia came to the United States and began her journey at Bay Path as an international student. She is in the graduate Special Education program. In the Office of Multicultural Affairs, she strives to help create a more diverse Bay Path community.

Morgan Lyall
Work Study Student
Morgan is an undergraduate student studying Neurobiology. She believes that society currently doesn't always allow everyone to be open and upfront about what they believe in, or even show who they really are. This is why she is a big advocate for diversity and inclusion. She knows first hand what it’s like not to fit in. This is why she loves working at the Office of Multicultural Affairs. It is a place where she feels safe to have her beliefs and be able to share them out loud. She enjoys being able to spread awareness and knowledge to those that do not always understand or have access to information.