Director, Multicultural Student Services; Coordinator, Intercultural LEAD
I’m originally from Omaha, Nebraska though I spent part of my childhood in the Black Hills of South Dakota. I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Dakota Wesleyan University and a master’s degree in counseling & psychology from University of South Dakota. I returned to my alma mater to work until 2014 when I moved to Minnesota. Since joining the CSB/SJU community I have enjoyed working with dedicated faculty and staff and serving the bright and talented students on our campuses. You will see me all over campus, at fine art events, cheering on our athletic teams, or grabbing lunch at McGlynn’s. Please feel free to stop by and chat, vent, or just hang out. Our team of student mentors and advocates are here to welcome you to our space and our campus community.
Assistant Director, Multicultural Student Services
I grew up in China and earned my bachelor’s degree in English literature in 2007 from Ginling College (Ginling Women’s College of Nanjing Normal University). I worked as English interpreter and editor in China for a non-profit organization, and then I came to the US for graduate school in 2009. After I earned my Master’s degree in higher education from Grand Valley State University (Michigan, USA), I moved to Eau Claire, Wisconsin with my spouse, and we were there until 2015. Between 2011 and 2017, I worked as a culture advisor and voice talent coordinator for Brightworks, Inc. In 2017, I started my doctoral program in Higher Education Administration at Saint Cloud State University, and worked as graduate assistant (student success advisor and tutoring center coordinator) until December, 2019. As I am still working through my doctoral degree, I feel that I am close in my heart to college students. I’m a first-gen in a lot of ways, and I have to figure out a lot of things by myself. Exploration takes courage, but sometimes it also feels like an isolated journey—but remember the first-gen student support service is here to listen, to support, and celebrate you. As you are like many of us, we are the first in our family to make college happen.
Sydney E. Robinson
Diversity and Inclusion Program Manager, Multicultural Center; Advisor, Advocates for Inclusive Mentoring
I was born and raised in sunny Las Vegas before adventuring to Minnesota for my undergraduate. I graduated from the College of Saint Benedict in 2019 and majored in English with a concentration in Creative Writing and am currently pursuing a Master’s in Higher Education Administration at Saint Cloud State University. During my time at CSB, notably I was Vice President of the Student Senate, an Orientation Coordinator, RHA Hall Director, the Director of AIM, as well as having my creative works selected for our campus’s literary publication Studio One. I am passionate about working with underserved communities, talking about colorism and texturism, and intersectional identity development. In my free time you can find me watching comic books movies, talking about zodiac signs, writing poetry, or at our various dining centers looking for chicken soup. I encourage you all to stop by our offices, meet our team, and exist.