Multicultural Affairs staff sitting in front of the WMU seal.

Our Team

(All photos on this page taken by Daniela De La Cruz.)

Melissa Holman

Melissa Holman (she/her/hers)

Director

Connectedness, Restorative, Activator, Communication, Individualization

Melissa Holman

What I do at WMU: 
I make sure students have what they need to develop, discover, and thrive during their time at WMU. Through working with a wonderful team who provides services to students through a number of grants and programs, I support student's holistic success.

Why I love working here: 
I love seeing students win!

My alma mater, degrees, and certifications: 

  • Ferris State University, communication with a concentration in multicultural relations in the United States
  • Western Michigan University, educational leadership: higher education student affairs
  • Certifications: Gallup CliftonStrengths, life coaching with guidelines that follow the International Federation of Coaches protocol

When I'm not at work, you'll find me...
Hanging out with friends. I love movies. I love laughing.

A few things about me:
I'm left handed. :) I love having natural hair. Summer is my favorite season.

Ashley Bravo

Ashley Bravo (she/her/hers)

Associate Director, CAMP

Empathy, Relator, Developer, Learner, Responsibility

Ashley Bravo

What I do at WMU: 
At WMU, I ensure that students are well-prepared academically and personally to build a strong foundation for themselves. I do this by connecting students to resources on campus and serving as an advocate for them when they are unsure how to navigate all that comes with transitioning into university life. I also help students set goals for themselves as leaders and professionals. In addition, I prepare reports and monitor student retention and persistence towards degree attainment. I am here for students to know that they have someone who understands their challenges and that they are not alone at the university. I am here to help eliminate any barriers that may stand in the way of graduation.

Why I love working here: 
I love working here because I know what I do makes a difference in the lives of the students. Oftentimes students see higher education as something far from their reach, but I love knowing that what I do helps them get an education and makes their time here a little bit easier because they have someone to turn to when in need.

My favorite thing about living in Kalamazoo or Southwest Michigan: 
My favorite thing about living in Kalamazoo is that there are a lot of things to do and many places are open late. I also like that Kalamazoo has options in the surrounding areas, such as the beach. It also reminds me of my hometown in Illinois, so I feel at home.

My alma mater, degrees, and certifications: 
My alma mater is Western Michigan University. Here I earned a bachelor's degree in science and majored in biomedical sciences with a minor in chemistry. I am currently working on obtaining my Master of Public Health.

When I'm not at work, you'll find me...
At the gym, outside, at a cafe/bookstore or the library working on homework, or at the beach/pool with a good book.

A few things about me:
I am Mexican-American and my family is from Michoacan, Mexico. I enjoy watching movies and crafting! I have been to Mexico, Ireland, and Portugal.

Vun Doubblestein

Vun Doubblestein 邱文欣 (she/her/hers)

Associate Director, Mentoring for Success Program

Input, Connectedness, Intellection, Learner, Relator

Vun Doubblestein

What I do at WMU: 
I oversee a state grant-funded peer mentoring program in Multicultural Affairs for Students. As the director of the Mentoring for Success Program, I develop, plan, and implement programs and services for students in our target populations. I also recruit, select, train, and supervise a staff that includes program assistants, budget analyst, academic mentors, office assistants, and graduate interns. In addition to my role as program director, I manage our department's websites and social media accounts. I am the advisor of the Asian Pacific American Student Association at WMU, and have been since 2007, when it was known as the Asian Pacific Islander Network and later Asian Pacific Student Association.

Why I love working here: 
The small but tight-knit Asian American student population on campus. My student employees.

My favorite thing about living in Kalamazoo or Southwest Michigan: 
Kalamazoo gives off small-town vibes but is close enough to big cities like Chicago and Detroit when you're looking for more things to do. There is a small but growing list of local restaurants here with vegan options.

My alma mater, degrees, and certifications: 
I am a three-time WMU graduate! I earned the following degrees from WMU:

  • Ph.D. in educational leadership: higher education
  • M.A. in counselor education: administration of college student affairs
  • B.A. in communication, cum laude

When I'm not at work, you'll find me...
At home, spending time alone to recharge.

My community connections:
I serve on the board of directors of the Kalamazoo Chinese Academy and I am a team member of KCA's STARTALK federal grant program funded by the National Security Agency and administered by the National Foreign Language Center. I am also a member of the Asian American Affinity Group, which is a part of Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT) Kalamazoo, hosted by the Kalamazoo Community Foundation.

A few things about me:
I am an introvert and I do not enjoy crowds, but I do love traveling and connecting with people on my own terms. I am vegan for the animals. I love reading, particularly legal thrillers and books about the Asian American experience. I enjoy music in any language, from any era, and in any genre or style. If you stumble upon my playlist, you might be very confused. I speak conversational Chinese (Cantonese, Hakka, and Mandarin) but am only semi-literate in written Chinese. I also speak rudimentary Malay. I am a first-generation college student and a first-generation immigrant. I am a walking encyclopedia of random facts but am not good at playing trivia.

Jose Alexis Mejia

Jose Alexis Mejia (he/him/his)

Coordinator of Outreach and Recruitment, CAMP

Restorative, Individualization, Connectedness, Ideation, Arranger

Jose Alexis Mejia

What I do at WMU: 
I currently work with the CAMP program serving our scholars.

Why I love working here: 
I love getting to meet new students and hearing their stories! As a first-generation college student, I share so many similarities to the responsibility we carry. I am a WMU alum and I also recently started grad school.

My favorite thing about living in Kalamazoo or Southwest Michigan: 
The different towns you can see and culture from each town! I was raised in Hartford, Mich.

My alma mater, degrees, and certifications: 
Bachelor of Science in public health from Western Michigan University. Currently pursuing my Master of Arts in youth and community development.

When I'm not at work, you'll find me...
With the Guille Records Family! And with my nephews and family.

My community connections:
El Concilio, Migrant Resource Council, and Guille Records.

A few things about me:
I love music; I love playing the piano and song writing. They call me the King of FIFA and I love to watch sports!

Sue Murray

Sue Murray (she/her/hers)

Associate Director, MLK Academy

Intellection, Input, Restorative, Achiever, Learner

Sue Murray

What I do at WMU: 
I work with students who receive the MLK G.O.L.D. Scholarship and facilitate their transition from high school to college, and I help them matriculate to graduation through services and support.

Why I love working here: 
I love working with students.

My favorite thing about living in Kalamazoo or Southwest Michigan: 
I love living in a small town. Kalamazoo is just the right size for me.

My alma mater, degrees, and certifications: 
Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice and Master of Arts in family and consumer sciences from WMU.

When I'm not at work, you'll find me...
At home enjoying my house. I love to read (I am very active with my book club), watch movies (the more eclectic the better), and listen to rmusic. I am obsessed with snowmen and bumble bees!

My community connections:
I am affiliated with a few organizations throughout Kalamazoo.

A few things about me:
I love reading, music, and movies. I love the stories that come from all of these experiences. I also have so many books that I have a checkout system and a stamp to mark my books when people want to borrow them.

Jessica Rocha-Garcia

Jessica Rocha-Garcia (she/her/hers)

Administrative Assistant, CAMP

Harmony, Empathy, Restorative, Responsibility, Discipline

Jessica Rocha-Garcia

What I do at WMU: 
I provide clerical support to the College Assistance Migrant Program, as well as to Multicultural Affairs for Students.

Why I love working here: 
I love working here because I am part of a team with which I am comfortable and compatible. Another reason I love working here is because I am encouraged to succeed by being given the tools, mentorship, and resources to grow professionally and personally. I also love being able to help students who come from migrant farmworker backgrounds and being able to lend a helping hand to those who were once in my shoes. There is no greater feeling than being able to help out your community.

My favorite thing about living in Kalamazoo or Southwest Michigan: 
My favorite thing about Kalamazoo is how diverse the restaurants are. There are many kinds of restaurants from different cultures, so there is always something new to try.

My alma mater, degrees, and certifications: 
Western Michigan University, Bachelor of Social Work. Currently pursuing my Master in Social Work.

When I'm not at work, you'll find me...
You will find me at TJMaxx, Target, or Starbucks, and if not there, then I am at home binge watching a Netflix show.

A few things about me:
I was raised in Zeeland, Mich. but I was born in South Haven, Mich. I recently obtained my B.S.W. from WMU and am starting graduate school in hopes to graduate with my M.S.W. in spring of 2024.