Meet Our Team

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Sarah Shiver

Director

Sarah Shiver currently serves as the Director of the Cross-Cultural Academic Advancement Center at Texas Tech University. Through her office she is responsible for providing and managing programs and activities for students, faculty, staff and members of the community which promote the discussion and awareness of diversity and inclusive excellence. Sarah comes to Texas Tech from Cypress Fairbanks ISD where she served in an administrative capacity as a College and Career Specialist. Sarah holds a Master's Degree in Education, a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration, and Principal's and Teacher's Certifications.

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Nina Ham

Senior Administrative Assistant

Nina Follis works as the Senior Administrative Assistant to the Associate Vice President of the Division of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement. She also performs similar duties for the Cross-Cultural Academic Advancement Center as the budget preparer where she provides administrative, clerical and accounting support. She has been working for Texas Tech University for 4 years, and is actively pursuing her degree in Early Childhood Education.

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Jeremy Sedeno

Unit Coordinator

Jeremy Sedeno is a Unit Coordinator with the Cross Cultural Academic Advancement Center. Jeremy comes from the Military and Veterans Programs office where he served the campus Veterans in helping them with their education benefits as a state certifying official. In his current role of unit coordinator, Jeremy is responsible for outreach and engagement for the Center as well as coordinating diverse cultural events that facilitate the academic and personal growth of the campus community as a whole. Before coming to Texas Tech Jeremy served seven years in the United States Army as a Combat Medic (91W). He Served in Iraq from 2005-2006 in Operation Iraqi Freedom lll, where he was awarded the Bronze Star and Combat Medical Badge for providing treatment under fire. Upon being medically discharged in 2007, Jeremy enrolled at Texas Tech where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in History and Ethnic Studies as well as a Masters in Secondary education. Jeremy’s dedication to education has led him to Texas Tech University, where he now serves the greater student population and encouraging them to pursue a greater path. Jeremy enjoys spending time with his kids and fiancé Leesa. Texas Tech football is a Saturday must watch. He is very honored and humbled to be serving his fellow Texas Tech Students.

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Ruben Lopez

Unit Coordinator (Student Engagement)

Ruben A. Lopez currently serves as a Unit Coordinator for the Cross-Cultural Academic Advancement Center at Texas Tech University. In his current role, Ruben is responsible with establishing programs and expositions that engage students in multicultural customs and practices. Ruben is also responsible for developing marketing techniques that appeal to the ever-growing student body at Texas Tech University. In 2013, Ruben graduated from Arizona State University with a B.A. in Filmmaking. In a family with 8 siblings, Ruben is a first generation college graduate. Prior to joining Texas Tech University, Ruben lived in Los Angeles, California where he worked for an education based start-up company named Zip Ed Tech. Prior to that, Ruben worked for the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences where he served as an Events Assistant for the 2013 Award Year. Ruben enjoys football, baseball, camping, traveling, and spending quality time with friends and family.

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Keanu Ramos

Coordinator

Keanu Ramos serves as the Coordinator for the Cross-Cultural Academic Advancement Center. In his role, Keanu is responsible for developing and overseeing implementations of strategies to recruit and yield initiatives in support of campus diversity, multiculturalism, social justice and student learning outcomes. In addition, Keanu collaborates with campus and community units to develop, plan and implement on and off campus diversity programming. Keanu, born and raised in Lubbock, is a graduate from Estacado High School. In May 2016, he received his B.A. in Organizational Communications from Marshall University of Huntington and became the first college graduate in his family. Keanu enjoys spending time with his fiancé and newborn son, being an advocate for young local athletes, and traveling with his family to watch professional baseball games around the country.

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Benedict Iloanya

Student Assistant

Benedict Iloanya joined the CCAAC staff in September 2015 and is a native of Arlington, Texas. He is currently in his senior year, pursuing a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering with a minor in Geology. In his current role as a student assistant he is responsible for the contribution of social awareness through event planning. These events help diversify and bring Texas Tech students, faculty, and staff together to learn about differences that make every culture unique. Benedict also servers as the treasurer of Alpha Phi Alpha chapter. In his spare time he enjoys playing basketball, cooking, watching anime, or meditating on his next move. Benedict believes in helping in the development of his peers and does so by offering his help and experience in resume development, mathematics tutoring, and instilling leadership skills to students.

Arvadio Ferguson

Student Assistant

Arvadio Ferguson joined the CCAAC staff in September 2016 and is an International Student from the Bahamas. Arvadio is currently in his junior year, pursuing a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry with a minor in Mathematics. In his current role as a Student Assistant, Arvadio is responsible for promoting student programs, engaging students, and various other administrative duties. Arvadio also serves as the President of the Caribbean Student Association as well as the interim President for the Multicultural Student Coordinating Committee. In his spare time Arvadio loves lifting weights and looking for ways to make the world a better place. Arvadio tries to uplift all of those around him and is constantly making new connections.

Eleana Rodriguez

Student Assistant

Eleana Rodriguez joined the CCAAC staff in January 2017. Eleana is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science with a minor in Environmental Studies. Eleana is from Cypress, Texas and graduated from Cypress Springs High School in 2016. Eleana is an devoted member of Alpha Omega Epsilon sorority and is currently the assistant to the New Membership Educator. Eleana enjoys playing video games, programming, and playing tennis during her free time. Eleana is highly passionate about taking care of the environment and the importance of women pursuing careers in engineering and technical sciences.