Director, Center for Multicultural Equity & Access
Executive Director, Institute for College Preparation
As a student at Georgetown, Ms. Brown-McKenzie was deeply engaged in several service programs such as CMEA's Peer Mentors and the Center for Social Justice's After School Kids program. A Sociology major, she went on to earn an M.S.W. degree at Columbia University before returning to the Hilltop to work in CMEA's pre-college programs. In 2004, she became Executive Director of the Institute for College Preparation (ICP) and since 2007 has also been Associate Director of CMEA, sharing in all key decisions about Center programs. She now assumes full responsibility for day-to-day operations of the Center. And as an alumna, she also has a keen interest in expanding CMEA's connections with generations of Hoyas. In addition to focusing on the access and success of our students in post secondary and graduate education, her goal is to also foster their growth as responsible world citizens. Charlene has developed and lead numerous students and staff to Latin America and Africa.
Assistant Director of Academic & Student Support Services
Director, Community Scholars Program
Devita joined the Georgetown community in July 2015 as the Assistant Director of Academic & Student Support Services in CMEA. In this capacity, she also serves as the Community Scholars Program Director and advisor to the Patrick Healy Fellows. Much of her past professional experiences have focused on increasing the educational equity, access and success for historically marginalized communities within higher education, as well as supporting youth leadership development initiatives for middle and high school students.Devita developed a passion for issues of social justice and educational equity as a result of her own experiences navigating post-secondary education as a first-generation college student. Devita worked and completed her M.Ed. in Higher Education at Loyola University Chicago, and received her undergraduate degree in International & Intercultural Studies from Goucher College. Outside of work, Devita enjoys salsa dancing, cheering on Washington DC sport teams, cooking, and playing fantasy football.
Daviree L. Velázquez
Assistant Director of Diversity Programs
Director, A Different Dialogue
Daviree joined the Georgetown University community as the Assistant Director of Diversity Programs for CMEA. For the last 5 years, Daviree has worked in Jesuit higher education, primarily supporting residential communities and training student staff with an emphasis in social justice, multiculturalism and identity formation. Daviree worked and completed her M.Ed. in Higher Education at Loyola University Chicago, and received her undergraduate degree from DePaul University. Her research interests include leadership development, social identity formation, and critical race theory. In her role at CMEA, Daviree supports diversity education and programming such as A Different Dialogue (ADD), Young Leaders in Education About Diversity (YLEAD), Leaders in Education About Diversity (LEAD) and the Student of Color Alliance (SOCA). Outside of work, Daviree enjoys spoken word performances, farmers markets, and watching documentaries.
Assistant Director of Pre-College Programs
Program Manager, Institute for College Preparation
Millissa joined the Georgetown community as the Assistant Director of Pre-College Programs and the Program Manager of the Institute for College Preparation. For the last 10 years, Millissa has committed to working with youth and supporting learning communities that foster social justice and academic success. Millissa completed her M.S.S. from Bryn Mawr College Graduate School for Social Work and Social Research and her B.A. from Rutgers University in New Jersey in Psychology, Criminal Justice & Africana Studies. When’s she’s not reflecting on her next "aha" moment to share with youth or asking the questions “why” and “how” for the millionth time, you can find her trying a new outdoor adventure with her family, trying to find a bargain or whipping up brownies.
Christian joined CMEA in October 2014 and serves as the Program Coordinator. He facilitates the planning and coordination of special events as well as leads the communication, marketing and outreach efforts for CMEA. He also supervises the student interns, acts as the advisor to both the Hoya Saxa Weekend and Multicultural Graduation planning committees, and provides technical support for the Georgetown Bias Reporting System. He became passionate about education while serving as a full-time volunteer in Seattle Public Schools with City Year, an AmeriCorps program that aims to lower the high school dropout rate in major U.S. cities. Christian graduated from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio with his B.A. in Public Relations. Some of his favorite things include watching The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, country line dancing, shopping at Target, and creating Spotify playlists.
Assistant Program Manager for High School & College Transitions, Institute for College Preparation
Janol joined CMEA in July 2015 and serves as the Assistant Program Manager for High School & College Transitions. He oversees the programming and academic support for the current high school students to ensure they will move on to college. He also supports ICP alums with their transition to college. Janol developed a passion to help young people after working for the Children's Defense Fund Freedom Schools Program in 2009. The program was and still is dedicated to advocating for the rights of children and inspiring children to develop a passion for literacy. Since 2009, Janol has dedicated his time to continue to serve underrepresented young people. Janol received his Master of Science degree in Higher Education Administration from Florida International University. Janol enjoys cooking, listening to live bands, watching Netflix documentaries, and having a "good ol' time" as they would say in his home state of Kentucky!
Program Coordinator for School Partnership & Community Engagement, Institute for College Preparation
Nikki joined CMEA in June 2008 and serves as the Program Coordinator for School Partnership & Community Engagement. She oversees the recruitment, programming and academic support for the middle school students to ensure they will move on to high school and college. She is a true Washingtonian, attending elementary, middle and high school in the area. Nikki graduated from the Catholic University of America with a BA in History. Being, from the DC area has made Nikki very passionate about giving back to her community and the work she does for ICP. She has spoken with residents at the local House of Ruth and lead discussion session with teenage moms. Outside of work, Nikki is very compensative and loves cheering on her favorite football and basketball team.
Senior Academic Advisor, Community Scholars Program
John C. Wright
Dr. Wright is a licensed psychologist who is originally from New Jersey. He received his bachelor's degree from Rutgers University and doctorate from Florida State University. He has an interest in developing culturally sensitive, community-based interventions and providing multicultural outreach services. He has a particular interest in issues effecting men of color on campus. He provides private counseling and consultative services to students at CMEA on Thursdays.