The Multicultural Engagement Center (MEC) is dedicated to creating positive change and providing educational opportunities on the UT campus. Our six student agencies are supported by a dedicated team of full-time staff members, whose job is to develop leadership skills, cultural competency, and social awareness among their students and their programs. Full-time staff work closely with their agencies to create culturally relevant programs that enrich the student experience here at UT.
Brandelyn Franks Flunder
Brandelyn graduated from UT in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts in History and again in 2013 with a Master of Education from the Program in Higher Education Leadership with a focus in College and University Student Personnel Administration. Specific interests within higher education and student affairs includes college access, drop-out prevention, pre-college youth growth and development, and the funding of higher education. In her limited spare time, she enjoys spending lazy Saturday mornings with her favorite three guys: her husband Travis and sons Tashun (12) and Trenton (almost 3), planning parties for relatives, reading for pleasure, and dreaming of ways to make her mark on the world. “Above all, be true to yourself, and if you cannot put your heart in it, take yourself out of it.”
Malik serves as a Program Coordinator for the Multicultural Engagement Center. He first arrived at UT-Austin in 2003 as a supervisor for Jester West Residence Hall, and later supervised Jester East Hall working with students and student athletes. He was the first academic advisor for the new African and African Diaspora Studies Department in the College of Liberal Arts. He also served as a mentor to the Longhorn football team. As the Senior Academic Advisor in UGS, he helped launch an Academic Success Program, Discovery Scholars, that helps undeclared UT-Austin students navigate the campus and to find their college and major. He received his Master of Science degree from Abilene Christian University in Human Development. Malik is married to Sharon Crowder, a teacher in the Austin Independent School District.
Tony is the program advisor for Asian Desi Pacific Islander American Collective (APAC) and Students for Equity and Diversity (SED) here at the MEC. He earned his Masters in Social Work from UT in 2011 with an emphasis in grief & loss counseling and social justice advocacy. As an advisor, he teaches and learns from his students everyday and is thankful for that opportunity.
Krysta is is the program advisor for Queer People of Color and Allies (QPOCA) and Latino Community Affairs (LCA) here at the MEC. Before joining the MEC, she worked at the McCombs School of Business, where she launched and coordinated a scholarship/mentoring program for underrepresented accounting students. She also coordinated research workshops, multi-day conferences and advisory council meetings. She then worked as a Senior Administrative Associate for the Vice President for Diversity and Community Engagement and the Communications and External Relations team within DDCE. Her interests are higher education attainment and retention, college access and affordability and student engagement/support. She and her husband Chris have two children, Chris Jr. and Maya. In her spare time, she enjoys being with her family, eating ice cream at Sandy’s, crocheting, and dancing. Krysta received her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Colorado State University and is currently working towards her Master’s degree.
SR. ADMINISTRATIVE ASSOCIATE
Cristy joined the MEC team in November 2015 and provides administrative support throughout the office as well as to the Gender & Sexuality Center (GSC). She is a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional and spent more than 15 years with University Compliance Services here on campus prior to coming to DDCE. She is passionate about service to others and loves to volunteer her time and talents to help others.