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 Queer People of Color and Allies (QPOCA) 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.
Rocío is the advisor for the Native American and Indigenous Collective (NAIC) and Students for Equity and Diversity (SED). She obtained a B.S. in Applied Learning & Development from UT Austin in 2006 and recently graduated with an M.A. in Curriculum & Instruction with a specialization in Cultural Studies in Education from UT in May 2011. Rocío is a strong believer in the importance and power of community engagement as a tool for personal and collective empowerment and liberation. She currently volunteers with several groups that focus on immigrant rights, women’s rights, education, and mental health issues. During her free time, Rocío enjoys reading, writing, live music, spending time outdoors, and spending time with family and friends. As an advisor, Rocío hopes to support the students she will work with in their pursuit of goals for their personal well-being, academic success, and social justice.