Staff Members

Dr. Kyra Shahid

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Dr. Kyra Shahid
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Kyra Shahid, Ph.D. is a visionary JEDI practitioner and educator. She has established groundbreaking social change and healing initiatives in response to racial trauma in higher education and has a wealth of knowledge regarding strategic planning, supporting historically disenfranchised groups, and managing culturally restorative projects.

Dr. Shahid earned her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Miami University at age 26. In 2018, she published Anti-Black Racism and Epistemic Violence, expanding her dissertation research on culturally-restorative responses to the intersections of race and spirituality in higher education. She also earned a master’s degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Miami University. Dr. Shahid is a Detroit native and proud first generation graduate of Central State University, where she received her B.A. in Broadcast Communication and became a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. 

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Director

Kellyn Mackerl-Cooper

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Kellyn Mackerl-Cooper
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Kellyn serves as the Associate Director at the Trotter Multicultural Center. Previously Kellyn served as an Assistant Director/Area Coordinator, as well as a Hall Director in Residence Education in University Housing at the University of Michigan. Prior to Michigan, she served as an Area Coordinator at Oberlin College and Conservatory. Before working in higher education, Kellyn worked in both corporate and non-profit sectors in corporate communications. She most enjoyed her work with Gift of Life – Minority Organ Tissue Transplant Education Program (MOTTEP), working to decrease the number and rate of people in need of organ and tissue transplants through prevention education, and to increase the number of organ and tissue donors in the Greater Detroit multicultural community. Kellyn earned her Bachelor’s degree in Interpersonal and Public Communication from Central Michigan University - Go Fire Up, Chips! She also earned her Master’s degree in Communication Studies from Wayne State University.

Job Title
Associate Director
Email
kmackerl@umich.edu

Adrian T. Parker

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Adrian serves as the Senior Manager for Hope, Healing, and Heritage in the Trotter Multicultural Center.  He is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Educational Leadership at Miami University. His research and praxis draws on Black critical theories, organizational theory, and theories of racial healing and reconciliation to advance research on institutionalizing healing in higher education. 

Previously, he served as the Special Assistant to the Stained Glass Initiative (SGI) at Xavier University. SGI being the umbrella for all projects, research, and hires related to Xavier reconciling their historical connections to slavery. Born and raised in St. Louis, MO, he received an Hon.B.A. from Xavier University in Philosophy, Politica, and the Public and a minor in Theology. He earned an M.Ed. from Miami University in Transformative Education. 

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Senior Manager for Hope, Healing, & Heritage
Email
atparker@umich.edu

Maricella Reyes

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Maricella Reyes
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Maricella serves as a Program Manager for the Trotter Multicultural Center. She earned her Bachelor of Applied Arts in Recreation and Event Management, and her Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration both from Central Michigan University. Prior to Michigan, she served as a Program Coordinator at Maryville University in St. Louis. In her role Maricella supports the Trotter Distinguished Leadership Series, Flourish, and Renew, Replenish, and Restore programming and is committed to creating an equitable and validating space for historically marginalized students.

Job Title
Program Manager
Email
reyesmdr@umich.edu

Charles Simonson

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Charles serves as the Operations and Engagement Manager for Trotter Multicultural Center. Charles is a New Jersey native and proud first-generation graduate of Montclair State University, where he earned both a B.A. in Theatre Studies and a Master's degree in Educational Leadership. In his recent position, he served as an admissions counselor for Rutgers University. Charles is committed to assisting students in gaining self-awareness, confidence, and the ability to improve their professional and personal development. 

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Operations and Engagement Manager
Email
scharlie@umich.edu

Evelyn Metric

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Evelyn is the Communications Specialist for the Trotter Multicultural Center. She earned a B.S. in Journalism from Northwestern University and has worked at the University of Michigan for over three years serving in communications roles. She leans into the power of storytelling and uses these stories to further Trotter Multicultural Center's mission and vision. Her work aims to amplify the voices of historically marginalized students and cultivate a community for these students on Michigan's campus. 

Job Title
Communication Specialist
Email
eveme@umich.edu

Charolette Buck

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Charolette serves as the administrative coordinator. Her background includes a bachelor's degree in psychology and sociology from Concordia University. After a bachelor's degree, Charolette obtained a certificate in English and speech in grades 6-12. She has been in education for 20-plus years. Charolette taught middle and high school English. Charolette also has a master's degree in literacy and learning in the content areas. Realizing that educational leadership is her passion, Charolette obtained a certificate in education administration. Charolette's dedication, determination, and enthusiasm along with her talents, contribute to the mission and vision of the Trotter Multicultural Center.  

Job Title
Administrative Coordinator
Email
cybuck@umich.edu

Student Staff

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The Trotter Multicultural Center has a diverse staff of over 30 graduate and undergraduate students from a variety of academic programs and majors across campus. Student staff serve in roles including Programming Assistants, Building Managers, and Graduate Assistants. Our student staff make the Trotter Multicultural Center feel like a home away from home, and are always happy to answer questions, support with events, and develop and host programs.