MRC Staff

Meet the MRC Staff

Professional Staff

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Dr. Nicole Sirju-Johnson
Nicole Sirju-Johnson, Ph.D
Assistant Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion & MRC Director

Phone: 607-777-4775
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Dr. Nicole Sirju-Johnson serves as the Assistant Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Director of the Multicultural Resource Center at Binghamton University. She is originally from Brooklyn NY where she graduated Valedictorian from George Westinghouse High School in 1993. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from SUNY College at Brockport in 1997 before attending Binghamton University for graduate school. She holds a Masters in Public Administration (1999) and a PhD in Political Science (2011). She has served the university as an Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions and as an Instructor of Record for Political Science. She currently teaches in the Student Affairs Administration Program in addition to her MRC responsibilities. Within the MRC, Dr. Sirju-Johnson currently serves as the primary cultural competency trainer. She is also the founding advisor for the Binghamton University chapter of the NAACP and supports development of broad-based faculty, staff and student diversity recruitment and retention initiatives on campus. 

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Tanyah Barnes
Tanyah Barnes, M.Ed
Associate Director

Phone: 607-777-3654
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Tanyah Barnes is a native Floridian and member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Computer and Information Science from University of Florida (2005) and a Master's of Education from University of South Florida (2009). Prior to coming to the MRC, Tanyah worked as graduate assistant in Fraternity and Sorority Life and Dean for Students Office at University of South Florida, and as resident director, Educational Opportunity Program residential counselor, web developer, graduate recruitment assistant and diversity fellow at Binghamton University. 

Tanyah currently serves as Associate Director of the Multicultural Resource Center where she oversees the day-to-day operations of the center including its resources, programs and initiatives and support of the multicultural student organization community.  Tanyah supervises the MRC Office Manager and Student Managers, serves as advisor of the National Society of Leadership and Success and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Binghamton Chapters and supports communications and marketing initiatives for the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Her passions are body positivity, inclusive access, student activities, advising, leadership & student development, technology (social media, web, marketing and branding) and transition programs. In her spare time, she freelances as a graphic designer for Noelle Ivey Designs and serves in a number of volunteer roles which include:

  • Board of Directors, YWCA of Binghamton & Broome County
  • Communications Committee and Board of Directors, Black Millennial Convention 

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Nuray Seyidzade
Nuray Seyidzade, MS
Assistant Director & TIP Coordinator

Phone: 607-777-4781
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Nuray Seyidzade was born in Baku, Azerbaijan and immigrated to Brooklyn, NY at the age of six. Nuray is proficient in a number of languages including, Russian and Azerbaijani. She received a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and a Master of Science in Student Affairs Administration, both from Binghamton university. During her time on campus, Nuray served in leadership positions for student organizations such as the Binghamton Association of Mixed Students (BAMS), and the Student Affairs Graduate Association (SAGA). Likewise, she worked as a graduate assistant for the Udiversity Educational Institute and as a Program Coordinator for the MRC before moving into her current position as Assistant Director. In the MRC, she provides support for the Asian and Asian American, and International student populations on campus, oversees the MRC undergraduate internship program, and serves as the primary instructor for the MRC CDCI seminar. She also oversees the MRC Culture Squad and student staff hiring process. In addition, Nuray serves as the Translation and Interpretation Program (TIP) Coordinator, a volunteer translation program for the Binghamton University campus and surrounding areas. 

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Richie Sebuharara
Richie Sebuharara, MS
Assistant Director

Phone: 607-777-6071
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In the MRC, Richie Sebuharara oversees programming and collaborations with student organizations, on campus partners and off campus community programs.  Richie provides support to the Black and Latinx student populations on campus.  Richie also supervises the MRC Culture Connector Volunteer Program and advises the Binghamton University chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS). Prior to coming to the MRC, Richie served as a Resident Director in Binghamton’s Residential Life Department. While in Residential Life, Richie served on the Residential Life Training (RLT) committee where he chaired the diversity sub-committee for summer training and was also a member of the Resident Director Selection (RDS) committee. Originally from the Broome County area, Richie graduated from Vestal Senior High School in 2009. Richie went on to complete his Bachelor's degree in 2013 at the University at Buffalo (UB), where he majored in Communication. Upon returning home, Richie worked in the Binghamton community for several years before enrolling in Binghamton University’s Student Affairs Administration Graduate Program in 2017. Richie received his Masters degree in May 2019.

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Ejiro Amata
Ejiro Amata
Office Manager

Phone: 607-777-4472

Ejiro Amata is currently the Office Manager at the Multicultural Resource Center at Binghamton University. He began working at Binghamton University in march 2019. He worked briefly as Office Assistant 2 in the office of External Scholarships and Undergraduate Research Center before joining the Multicultural Resource Center team as Office Manager in September 2019. Prior to working at Binghamton University, Ejiro worked at the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Greater Suffolk(UCP) as Midlevel Supervisor from 2004 - 2007, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn from 2007 - 2015, NYS Office of Children and Family Services(OCFS) from 2015 - 2019.

As Office Manager, Ejiro is responsible for the overall administrative tasks, management of the center's physical space, equipment and work closely with other staff of the center under the supervision of the Associate Director. He assists the Assistant Directors and other staff with planning various office events, projects, and programs. He works collaboratively with other staff within the Division, providing assistance and support for the center's programs. 

Ejiro enjoys traveling, meeting people, learning about diversity and cultures. He belongs to various national and international organizations.

Graduate Assistant Staff

Aaron Schwartz

Graduate Assistant for
Educational Development  

Princess Odus

Graduate Assistant for

Md. Shahriar Islam

Graduate Assistant for

Student Staff

Student Manager

Kassandra Moran

Lillian Carr

Jeffrey Wong

Sophia Wen

Nicolle Tenezaca

Sheyla Santana Escoto

Adebola Abbey-Peter

Interns and Volunteers

Fall 2020 Interns

Alexxis Ector

Elizabeth Wagner

Da Vontae (DJ) Heath

Franco Lidzki

Ye Lin

Cindy Wong

Spring 2021 Interns

Beatrice Arana

Kayla Cartier

Carly Arenson

Monica-Grace Mukendi

Kaitlynn Liriano

Ye Lin