P: (512) 232-2958
Multicultural Engagement Center
The University of Texas at Austin
2201 Speedway, SAC 1.102 Stop A5600
Austin, TX, 78712
Brandelyn Franks Flunder, Director
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 Crowder, Assistant Director
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.
Krysta Chacon, Coordinator/Advisor
Krysta is the program advisor and outreach coordinator for the MEC. Before joining the team, 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. Krysta received her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Colorado State University and is currently working towards her Master’s degree in Higher Education Leadership and Policy.