Our Staff

 Gus Pena Augusto “Gus” Peña
Director
aepenaes@uncg.eduMr. Peña posesses a record of solid contributions in the areas of college access, historically underrepresented student organization advising, domestic and international undergraduate recruitment, student mentoring, retention programming, undergraduate teaching, student conduct hearings, multicultural leadership development, cultural programming, intercultural competency training for staff, policy development, staff supervision and budget management.

Mr. Peña has co-authored a SACS COC Quality Enhancement Plan.  He has taught courses on social justice theory and multicultural leadership and a short term service learning course in Nicaragua.  He serves as a member of the Graduation Taskforce of North Carolina’s Department of Public Instruction.  He is the former chair of the Education Committee of the NC Governor’s Advisory Council on Hispanic/Latino Affairs.  Mr. Peña earned a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a concentration in International Relations and Comparative Politics, and a Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration both from Appalachian State University.

Mark Villacorta, Ph.D.
Associate Director
Mark_Villacorta@uncg.edu
Dr. Villacorta is passionate about supporting the development of globally minded leaders of all backgrounds and fostering a strong sense of community at UNCG. He earned a doctorate degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan and has taught courses in intergroup dialogue, service-learning and psychology. His work in multicultural affairs combines an intercultural development approach with a strong foundation in social justice. He employs intergroup dialogue as a major tool for cultural exchange and understanding with the goal of sustained action through engaged citizenship. He is grateful for the opportunity to work with the UNCG community and looks forward to meeting you!
Porshe Chiles
Assistant Director
plchiles@uncg.eduPorshe Chiles is the Assistant Director of the Office of Intercultural Engagement. She will be overseeing Safe Zone, Office of Intercultural Engagement Welcome Weekend programming, Cultural Program Council, and other cultural program/outreach /training initiatives.
Ms. Chiles earned a Bachelor of Science in Journalism with a minor in Marketing from The University of Texas at Tyler. Ms. Chiles earned her Master’s of Education from The University of North Texas.