Meet the Staff

Dr. Tara Jabbaar-Gyambrah, Director

In September of 2009, Dr. Tara Jabbaar-Gyambrah began working as the Director of Multicultural Affairs at Hilbert College. She has been working in higher education for over 10 years and holds a doctoral degree in American Studies specializing in Women’s Studies from the University at Buffalo. In addition to this, she has a background in Sociology and African American Studies and has taught several courses in women studies, popular culture, family and media studies. 
 
In her current role, Dr. Jabbaar-Gyambrah manages the day-to-day office operations, serves as a diversity consultant for the campus community, advises the Common Ground Club, and provides academic, cultural, and social support to students. She believes in the concept “it takes a whole village” to ensure the holistic (e.g., academic, social, cultural, etc.) success of students.
 
Kara Oliver, Research Assistant and Social Justice Education Coordinator (Intern)

Kara Oliver earned her Bachelor's of Arts in Communications at Niagara University and a Master's of Arts concentrated in Creative Studies and Public Relations from Buffalo State College. Kara is very passionate about assisting communities with finding solutions as it relates to social justice education. Her research topics include: diversity and inclusion, microaggressions, equality issues, race, culture, gender, and sexual politics. In her spare time, Kara volunteers with various organizations such as: Citizen's Action, MOCHA, and Big Brother's Big Sister's of WNY to help make a difference in local communities. In her role at Hilbert, Kara design and coordinate social justice programs in the evenings and weekends.

Christopher Spence, Graduate Assistant

Christopher Spence is an alumnus of Hilbert College and graduated with a Bachelor's of Arts in English in 2011.  Currently, he is pursuing a doctorate degree at the University at Buffalo’s (UB), Educational Culture, Policy and Society department. Christopher is primarily concerned with multicultural education and educational policy. Moreover, he holds a Master’s degree in English Education from UB and a Bachelor’s degree in English from Hilbert College. He is a New York State certified English Language Arts teacher and has taught at the Harlem Children’s Zone, Promise Academy as well as in the Buffalo Public School district.  In addition to assisting with advising the Common Ground Club, Christopher will coordinate the fashion show, serve as editor the OMA Spotlight, and facilitate diversity workshops. Christopher wholeheartedly believes in the potential for a rich pluralistic and inclusive community.

Tiffany Burrows, Program Assistant (Work Study)

Tiffany Burrows is majoring in Forensic Science major and aspires to graduate within 3 years with her Bachelor’s degree. She is also active member of the Honors program and has been working for the office since the fall of 2012. Tiffany serves as a program assistant to the director. In this role, she assists with carrying out the administrative and programming activities. Tiffany’s favorite program is cultural awareness week because there are so many different opportunities to learn about diversity. 

Alexis Carey, Program Assistant (Work Study)

Alexis Carey is majoring in Forensic Science and plans to graduate within 4 years with her Bachelors and Master’s degree through Hilbert’s four plus one program. She loves to learn about the various levels of cultural diversity as it relates to identity. Alexis serves as a program assistant to the director. In this role, she assists with carrying out administrative and programming activities