Staff Directory

Cecil Chik

Director of Diversity and Inclusion

cchik@stetson.edu | 386-822-7402

Cecil has her M.A. in Counseling with specialization in LGBTQ+ topics. She has experience in student programming, management of multicultural student spaces, and significant experience in developing and facilitating training around multicultural topics. She has served as the Residential Life Coordinator at Stetson University for the past year where she has trained and supervised 24 Resident Assistants. She has also served on the Stetson University Gender and Sexuality Committee where she created and implemented the new Safe Zone training program, facilitated Safe Zone training, and serves on the planning committee for the Florida Collegiate Pride Coalition Conference. Prior to coming to Stetson she worked professionally at the University of Central Florida LGBTQ+ Services and Multicultural Student Center where she advised the multicultural student programming board and helped implement education and awareness programs on race/ethnicity, culture, spirituality, abilities and LGBTQ topics. She also volunteers with the Zebra Coalition and serves as the Director of Collective Cares, the LGBTQ+ Community Center for DeLand.

Cecil Chik

Lindsey Graves

Assistant Director of Interfaith Initiatives

lgraves@stetson.edu | 386-822-7403

Lindsey Graves is the university's assistant director for interfaith initiatives. She is primarily responsible for creating and implementing a comprehensive interfaith program to include guidance and support for the university's religious and non-religious student organizations. Lindsey holds a Master of Theological Studies degree from Brite Divinity School in Fort Worth, Tex. and a B.A. in Religious Studies from The University of Oklahoma, Norman, Okla.

Conference Presentations:

  • "Connecting and Building Peaceful Communities Through Meditation," The Parliament of the World's Religions (Salt Lake City, UT, 2015)
  • "Transformation From Within: A Model for Weaving Inclusive Excellence Into the Fabric of a University," National Conference On Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education (Washington D.C., 2015)
Lindsey Graves

Athena Jeane Hale

AmeriCorps Member/MSC Programming Coordinator

ahale@stetson.edu | 386-822-7401

Athena Jeanne Hale grew up in Imperial Beach, CA. She is a Stetson alumna, with a B.A. in History and a passion for human rights history and gender studies. She is a spirited human rights activist and proud trans woman who will bring her unique perspectives, both historical and personal, to the Multicultural Student Council and the Cross Cultural Center in fostering a greater atmosphere of diversity and inclusion on campus. Athena sees her position as that of a bridge-builder. She actively works to build bridges between the MSC Executive Board and the MSC student Organizations, between the Organizations themselves with a strong emphasis on intercultural connection, between the Organizations and faculty members, and between the active students of the MSC and the upper administration.

Athena’s historical expertise is on the life, activism, and diplomatic career of Eleanor Roosevelt, the early formative years of the United Nations, and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948).

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Haley Acra

Graduate Assistant/Peer Mentor Coordinator

hacra@stetson.edu | 386-822-7401

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Vanessa Petion

Multicultural Student Council Chair

vpetion@stetson.edu

Born and raised in Orlando, Florida, Vanessa is a Communication and Media Studies sophomore with an Africana Studies minor. She serves as the Multicultural Student Council Chair. In this position, she seeks to spread diversity awareness throughout the University, while ensuring that all fourteen Multicultural Student Council organizations are known and recognized across campus. She is an active member of several organizations and serves as a Peer Tutor at the Writing Center. Her passions range from cultural awareness of all kinds, literacy, and eating.

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