Department of Multicultural Affairs

Through the language, food, clothing and customs Chrisel Martinez was able to experience diversity within her community in a number of ways at an early age. Being born and raised in Harlem, New York, allowed for her passion of multiculturalism to stem from viewing the cultural differences within the community. She is currently a junior pursuing a Bachelors of Science in Economics, with a minor in Business Administration, in hopes of becoming a financial analyst. Throughout her time at the University, she has been involved in countless organizations that have given her boundless opportunities to prosper, making her an asset to the campus community. Whether it was assisting in the coordination of Fuerza Latina's 'National Latino Collegiate Conference,' building her professional skills in The Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting, coordinating charity events such as the annual Children's Fashion Show, and collaborating with different organization to bring the first annual Unity week as a part of The E.O.P Student Administrative Council, or simply being inviting, inclusive and intellectual within the Department of Residential Life, she has had a monumental impact at the University. Being an E.O.P. (Educational Opportunity Program) student has broadened her horizons and has allowed her to achieve more by overcoming stereotypes geared towards her racially and in terms of her gender. With this position she hopes to have every University student, faculty and employee alike conceptualize the beauty and strength that diversity can bring once it is truly recognized and accepted.

"Strength lies in differences, not in similarities"

Chrisel Martinez
Director of Multicultural Affairs
cmartinez@ualbanysa.org