About Us


Alfonso Miranda, M.Ed., he/him/his

Program Coordinator for Mentoring

Phone: 509-313-4105

Alfonso, also known as Fonsi, comes from the Biggest Little City in the world -- Reno, NV.  After some travel during the first part of his college career, Fonsi graduated from Whitworth University where he earned his degree in Psychology with a minor in Leadership Studies.  He then later earned his Master’s in Administrative-Educational Leadership from Whitworth University.  A former college football player, Fonsi hung up his cleats and found another passion in developing an inclusive community that helps all students from different backgrounds reach their goals.  Fonsi hopes to mentor and assist students from marginalized communities and identities in developing the skills they need to succeed in college, as well as, after they graduate.  He enjoys reading, watching a good movie (especially on $5 Tuesdays at the AMC), spending quality time with good people, and trying new restaurants because he loves food. 

Deb Ellis, she/her/hers

Program Manager for Social Justice Programs

Social Justice Program Series 

Phone: 509-313-6368

Deb has been with UMEC for the past nine years building relationships with students and the campus community. After graduating from Eastern Washington University with a BA in Business Administration (Organizational Development) and graduate studies in Communication, Deb worked in the field of Human Resources. Prior to coming to Gonzaga, Deb worked as an artist and instructor in metalsmithing. Throughout her professional and life experiences, Deb has been passionate about social justice issues. Her interests include reading, hiking, spending time in nature, food, travel, creating, and art—especially social justice art!

SR, M.A., they/them/theirs

Program Manager for Intercultural Development

Intergroup Dialogue

Phone: 509-313-5835

Sasha is Appalachia born, Flint, MI raised and earned their bachelor’s in English Lit and Gender Studies from Pace University in NYC. Sasha completed graduate work in Adult and Higher Education at the University of South Dakota, interning with TRiO programs, Multicultural Student support, and other areas of student affairs including Housing and Residence Life. Sasha spent time working in Residence Life and teaching at Western Kentucky University supporting first-generation students, low-income students, and students of color in their work prior to joining the Gonzaga Community. Sasha is passionate about the issues that impact all peoples experiencing marginalization and is actively involved in their community as well as leading a home life full of books, baking, and cat adoration.

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Unity Multicultural Education Center
702 E Desmet,
Hemmingson Center, Suite 317
Spokane, WA 99258
Phone: (509) 313-5836
Email: umec@gonzaga.edu

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Hemmingson Center, Suite 215
502 E. Boone
Spokane, WA 99258
(509) 313-5836