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nicoleDr. Nicole Sirju-Johnson
MRC Director

Dr. Nicole Sirju-Johnson has serve as the Associate Chief Diversity Officer and Director of the Multicultural Resource Center at Binghamton University.  She has been director since November 2008. 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 BU chapter of the NAACP and supports development of broad-based faculty, staff and student diversity recruitment and retention initiatives on campus. 


Tanyah BarnesTanyah Barnes
MRC Assistant Director

Tanyah is a native Floridian, some would say a Southern Gal, 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 works at Binghamton University as Assistant 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 serves as the instructor of record for the MRC CDCI internship course, supervises the MRC Culture Squad, which includes its graduate and undergraduate interns and culture connect volunteers, serves as advisor of the National Society of Leadership and Success and 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:

  • Secretary, YWCA of Binghamton & Broome County Board of Directors
  • 2nd Vice President, Binghamton Faculty and Staff of Color Association
  • Communications and Marketing Chair, Broome County Urban League Young Professionals 
  • Listserv Coordinator, NASPA Socioeconomic and Class Issues in Higher Education Knowledge Community
  • Chair of First Time Attendees and Case Studies, 2017 NASPA Region II Conference
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Mariama CoulibalyBecky Lee
TIP Coordinator

Becky Lee is the Multicultural Resource Center Translation and Interpretation Program (TIP) Coordinator. Hailing from Chicago, Illinois, this is her first year at Binghamton University and she is excited to meet new people and fellow bearcats. She is pursuing her Masters of Arts in Linguistics. She acquired her Bachelors of Arts in English at Southern Illinois University. During her spare time she enjoys traveling and watching Ice Hockey. Her favorite team is of course, the Chicago Blackhawks. Her role as TIP Coordinator has her overseeing the direction of the program, managing translation and interpretation requests, and marketing TIP services. Becky is fluent in both Mandarin and English. She also has the pleasure of having a graduate intern Taoran Li to assist her with the day to day program operations. 


Mariama CoulibalyMariama Coulibaly
MRC Program Assistant

Mariama Coulibaly is currently a graduate student in the Public Administration program here at Binghamton University. Originally from Queens, New York, she is the daughter of two west African parents. Mariama completed her undergraduate degree at SUNY Oneonta where she majored in both Political Science and Africana Latino Studies. For the future, she plans on starting her own non-profit organization based in West Africa.  Currently, she works at the Multicultural Resource Center as a Program Assistant. In this position, she oversees the undergraduate interns and volunteers under the direction of Tanyah Barnes and also helps plan cultural events. During her spare time she enjoys politics, blogging, listening to music and watching Netflix Original shows. She is excited to be working at the MRC this semester and is looking forward to what next semester has in store.

Last Updated: 5/7/19