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James François, M.A.
Director of the Office of Multicultural Programs & Services
Cultural Background: Haitian
Hometown: Long Island, NY
-B.A., Psychology, Northeastern University
-M.A., Public Administration, Northeastern University
James S. Francois succeeded Donna Wong as Director of Multicultural Programs and Services on 9/1/12. Francois, hales from Oxford College, formerly the Assistant Director in Residential Education and Services was hired as the Assistant Director of OMPS in September, 2010, succeeding Marc Cordon. His first initiative was Crossroads III, the upper-class version of the freshman retreat with new developmental and leadership goals, and cross-cultural and multicultural competencies to assist upperclassmen with their launch and transition from college into their careers.
Francois is currently focusing on building viable departmental partnerships across campus, including the Oxford campus, to develop a unified service delivery and support system for students, and more shared university programs as opposed to individual departmental efforts and events. This concerted effort will provide a more inclusive campus for the holistic development and success of each member of the Emory community, a key element in the Office’s mission statement.
M. DeLa Sweeney, M.S., NCC
Assistant Director of the Office of Multicultural Programs & Services
-B.A., Dance and Religion, with Sociology Minor, Emory University
-M.S., Community Counseling, Mercer University, Atlanta, GA
M. DeLa Sweeney is the Assistant Director of Multicultural Programs & Services. He was born in S. Korea and raised in Memphis, TN. Sweeney obtained his Bachelors degree from Emory, C'06 in dance, religion, and sociology. He served as the New Student Orientation Intern in Campus Life and later as the Program Development Specialist at OMPS. He completed his master's in counseling at Mercer University. He's worked at a youth development non-profit organization that utilizes dance as a vehicle to transform the lives of at-risk Atlanta youth. He entered the Counselor Education & Supervision doctoral program of Mercer University in the fall of 2011 with a focus in higher education administration. Rejoining the Staff at OMPS, Sweeney hopes to further blend the fields of student affairs and mental health while infusing it with his passion for creativity and the arts.
Jessica Morrison, M.P.A.
Interim Assistant Director of the Office of Multicultural Programs & Services
Cultural Background: Latina, Black/African-American, & Native American: Sioux
Hometown: Atlanta, GA & New York, NY
- B.B.A., Marketing, Valdosta State University
- M.P.A., Human Resources, Valdosta State University
Jessica Morrison is the Interim Assistant Director of Multicultural Programs and Services. Prior to this position, she was a Residence Life Coordinator and Diversity Liason at Oxford College of Emory University. Now, she is responsible for the administration and coordination of the MORE (Multicultural Outreach and Resources at Emory) peer mentoring program. Ms. Morrison also assists with program assessment and contributes to the development of other office programs such as Crossroads and Unity Month. She enjoys any opportunity where she can foster positive relationships with students and looks forward to establishing these relationships here in the Office of Multicultural Programs & Services.
Cultural Background: Black/African-American
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA & Los Angeles, CA
-Attended Emporia Kansas State College
Patricia Taylor is the Administrative Assistant of Multicultural Programs and Services. She is responsible for the majority of office operations, and logistics for office events.She is responsible for the hiring, training, and supervision of OMPS student interns and the first line of contact for vendors. Ms. Taylor alsocoordinates student volunteers to assist with OMPS functions and initiatives.
Ms. Taylor served as an Account Executive servicing self-insured accounts in the southern region for Alexis Risk Management, a subsidiary of Alexander and Alexander in Atlanta. She subsequently served as a Liability Claims Representative for Kemper Insurance, Atlanta, GA handling primarily auto liability and general liability claims prior to starting her career at Emory in December, 1998.
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