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Jessica Guzman-Rea

Jessica Guzman-Rea

Director

Dr. Jessica Guzmán-Rea, Director of the Paul J. Burgett Intercultural Center at the University of Rochester is a native Rochesterian. Dr. Guzmán-Rea obtained her Doctorate of Education in Higher Education from the Warner School of Education at the University of Rochester and is a Licensed Master Social Worker. Dr. Guzmán-Rea received her Masters of Science in Social Work from Columbia University and her Bachelors of Arts in Sociology and Spanish from Case Western Reserve University. 

Dr. Guzmán-Rea is proud to have had amazing international study abroad, fellowships, and internships surrounding the field of Social Work; speaking both Spanish and Portuguese. She is most excited about her position because she gets to watch undergraduate students explore how they self-identify and learn new ways to express themselves authentically. She believes that in order to cultivate global citizens, we need to have open and honest dialogues with each other and with folks that differ from us. 

For more information, please visit: www.linkedin.com/in/drjessicaguzmanrea 

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Carlotta Gambato

Administrative Assistant

Carlotta Gambato is no stranger to the University of Rochester campus and has previously worked for the International Theatre Program. Most recently she worked for the Italian Honorary Vice Consulate as a Consul Associate/Administrator. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Asian Studies (Chinese Language and Art) from the University of Venice Ca' Foscari (Venice, Italy) and a Master’s Degree in Cultural Events Management from the Universita' del Sacro Cuore (Milan, Italy). Carlotta is multilingual with fluency in English and Italian and some understanding of Chinese and French. As the Administrative Assistant, she supports the staff and manages the work-study students. Carlotta feels blessed to work in such an inclusive environment and enjoys learning from each and every individual who passes through the doors. She appreciates the opportunity to be a part of the University of Rochester community and to promote the mission of the Paul J. Burgett Intercultural Center.


Shasha Cui

Communal Principles Graduate Assistant

Shasha Cui is a Doctoral student in the Higher Education program at the University of Rochester, Warner School of Education and Human Development. She has an MA in International and Comparative Education concentration in International Higher Education from George Washington University. She brings years of experience in working in both the nonprofit organizations and for-profit sectors in the areas of education and human development. 

   As the communal principles graduate assistant, she hopes to encourage students from diverse backgrounds to improve their intercultural competence and communication skills. She believes that respect is at the heart of intercultural campus leadership. 

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Diana Deoki

Graduate Student Intern

  • Office Location:
    305A Douglass Commons
  • Phone:
    (585) 275-5678

Diana Deoki is currently working towards her MS in Higher Education, Student Affairs. Her focus is on human diversity, leadership, and retention. She is currently co-chair for the Higher Education Student Assosication. She believes that on the topic of education there is strength in community and in teamwork.

Diana earned her BA in English, at Kenyon College and served an AmeriCorps year, upon graduating, where she worked with underrepresented youths in NYC public high schools - on social issues and volunteerism. 

Pronouns: She/her/hers


Emerson Finkle

Program Assistant

  • Office Location:
    305 Douglass Commons
  • Phone:
    (585) 275-5678

Emerson Finkle is currently a B.A. candidate in Religion and Anthropology with a minor in Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies. The junior hails from Allentown, PA and is passionate about the intersection of religious and LGBTQ+ communities.

In addition to his position as a Program Assistant for the Paul J. Burgett Intercultural Center, he serves as an Interfaith Intern at the Interfaith Chapel where he works to bring people together across lines of religious difference. 

Pronouns: He/him/his


Maria Hackett

Program Assistant

  • Office Location:
    305 Douglass Commons
  • Phone:
    (585) 275-5678

Born of Barbadian parents, Maria Hackett is a junior at the University of Rochester who is pursuing a B.A. in Russian Language. The Brooklyn native takes pride in her Caribbean heritage and works to raise awareness for Caribbean students through her position of Prime Minister of the Student Organization of Caribbean Awareness (SOCA) on campus. Her passion for diversity and inclusion will be highlighted through her work as a Program Assistant at the Paul J. Burgett Intercultural Center, advocating for equality on behalf of the campus community and beyond.

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Samekh Harris Reed

Program Assistant

  • Office Location:
    305A Douglass Commons
  • Phone:
    (585) 275-5678

Hello everyone! My name is Samekh (pronounced: Say-meeka) though if you want, you can call me Sam! I’m from Buffalo, NY and I am a senior here at UR. I major in Psychology with a double minor in East Asian Studies & International Relations. On campus I’m part of Black Student’s Association, Japanese Students Association, and PRIDE network. In my off time I really enjoy doing Zumba and practicing Japanese. My weaknesses are cats, Tim Horton’s Ice Cappuccinos, and seafood. I’m so excited to meet and work with you all! If you ever have any questions or see me around, feel free to start a conversation with me!

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Ian Manzi

Program Assistant

  • Office Location:
    305 Douglass Commons
  • Phone:
    (585) 275-5678

A son born to Rwanda in Kenya, Ian Manzi is a senior pursuing a B.A in Economics and Data Science. Having been raised in a cultural junction, and by a variety of sounds, smells and tastes, Ian is passionate about creating an environment that recognizing and celebrates diversity by uplifting each member of the community. As a student leader on campus, and a member of the Pan African Student Association & PASApella, he has been gradually moving towards that goal, through various initiatives and programs. As a Program Assistant for the BIC, he wants to scale up these efforts with hopes to see this acknowledgement and celebration of diversity incorporated in all day-to-day activities and services across the College. 

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Nathan Tosh

Burgett Intercultural Center Graduate Assistant

  • Office Location:
    305A Douglass Commons
  • Phone:
    (585) 275-5678

Nathan Tosh is enrolled in the graduate English program at the University of Rochester, College of Arts, Sciences and Engineering. Nathan hails from the University of North Florida, where she earned a BA in English with a minor in Gender Studies. Nathan has spent her undergraduate career advocating for LGBTQ+ students, and she will continue to do so in the Paul J. Burgett Intercultural Center. Nathan also hopes to assist students in research on LGBTQ+ topics.

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Tong Yu

Program Assistant

  • Office Location:
    305 Douglass Commons
  • Phone:
    (585) 275-5678

Tong Yu is from Shen Zhen, China and is currently a sophomore pursuing a double major in Business and Digital Media Studies and a minor in Developmental Psychology here at the University of Rochester. As a Program Assistant at the Paul J. Burgett Intercultural Center, she hopes to apply her passion for the idea of inclusion and help promote cross-cultural communication between international students and domestic students. 

Pronouns: She/her/hers