Office of Multicultural Programs Staff


   La-Tarri Canty, Assistant Dean - Multicultural Programs

   (
617) 253-6189
 | lcanty@mit.edu


 La-Tarri serves as the Assistant Dean of Multicultural Programs and was the inaugural    Director of Multicultural Programs. She oversees the  Black Student Union and Latin    Cultural Center. Additionally, she advises the multicultural  student clubs and      organizations at MIT. She coordinates the Multicultural Conference  and Diversity  Orientation. She also facilitates trainings and workshops on diversity and  inclusion, effective communication, conflict  resolution, and leadership development. La-Tarri received her Masters in Student Affairs Personnel and Diversity from the State University of New York at Binghamton. She is currently completing her  dissertation in her doctoral program at Northeastern University. In her spare time she enjoys reading, singing, and shopping.

  Alyssa Joseph, Assistant Director - Office of Multicultural Programs

 (
617) 715-5860
 | alyssajo@mit.edu


 Alyssa Joseph serves as the Assistant Directpr in the Office of Multicultual  Programs. Assisting the Director with the day to day tasks that the office calls for,  she  also develops and implements  programs that help support the development of  students around issues  of diversity and inclusion. Alyssa graduated from Boston College  with a  degree inSociology and minors in Philosophy and African And African Diaspora  studies. She also holds a Masters in Public Administration from the  Sawyer Business School at Suffolk University. Alyssa is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and a native of  Boston, MA.

2017 - 2018 Graduate Assistants

 Rahje Branch, Graduate Assistant for Black Student Clubs and  Organizations rahjeb@mit.edu

 

 Rahje Branch is pursuing an Ed.M. in Education Policy and Management at The Harvard  Graduate School of Education. Originally from Los Angeles, CA, Rahje graduated from  Pepperdine University cum laude with a B.A in Political Science and a minor in Rhetoric  and Leadership. For two years, she led Pepperdine’s Black Student Association as the  Vice President of Membership (2015-2016) and President (2016-2017). With fierce precision and tenacity, Rahje worked with others in a grassroots collective action movement, charging Pepperdine to strengthen its commitment to diversity and inclusion. In addition to her work at Pepperdine, Rahje’s commitment to serving others is evidenced in her previous work at Hope4Families: A Special Education Law Firm. While interning in Washington, D.C. at the U.S. Department of Education and the White House, Rahje further developed her passion for social justice and education. She is committed to ensuring that all students regardless of race and income receive a quality education. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling, reading, and spending time with friends and family.

 

 Jessica Estariz, Graduate Assistant for Asian American and Pacific Islander Student  Clubs and  Organizations   jestariz@mit.edu

 

 Jessica was born and raised in Virginia Beach, VA and is an alumna of Virginia Tech,  where she was very involved as a student leader in cultural organizations and the  university governance structure. She will earn her master’s degree in higher education  from the University of Pennsylvania in 2018. Outside of her academics and work in  higher education, Jessica enjoys warm weather, traveling with family, cheering on Boston sports teams, and late night TV.

 

 Crystal Lopez Haynes, Graduate Assistant for the Latino Cultural  Center lopezhay@mit.edu

 

 Crystal received her BS degree in sociology with a minor in psychology and is  currently pursuing her Master's Degree in Social Work at Boston College. Crystal is  committed to creating a positive community climate and has worked at various  campus organizations while pursuing her degree. She served as a Resident Assistant, supervising and mentoring students as well as having worked at the Women’s Center, where she helped to organize a variety of campus events. Beyond the campus, Crystal has long been involved in community-building organizations including HARC, which provides assistance for Hartford residents with disabilities. Crystal also has a diversified skill set working in various positions across the health, education, and social sectors.

Her commitments are geared toward building and maintaining community and believes in peaceful conflict resolution, where she can employ a process that promotes understanding and a sense of well-being for all.