ALANA Staff Thomas A. Cruz-Soto, Jr.
Associate Dean of Multicultural Affairs
In his role as the assistant dean of multicultural affairs, Dean Cruz-Soto serves the institution’s student body as an administrative adviser annually assisting 500 student advisees. He works to supplement the faculty advising system while assisting students with decisions related to their academic careers and personal concerns. As the director of the ALANA Cultural Center, Dean Cruz-Soto provides cultural programs and social alternative initiatives for the entire student body. The center serves as a hub for diversity programming and provides great gathering spaces that include a multi-purpose room, lounge, seminar room, computer lab, full kitchen, and an outdoor patio area.
Dean Cruz-Soto earned his bachelor's degree in secondary education with a minor in Latin American studies in 1998 from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania. In 2004, he secured his master's degree in higher education administration from Rowan University, in Glassboro, New Jersey. He chose to pursue a degree in higher education because he loves working with youth and impacting the lives of young people. Born in an inner-city, Dean Cruz-Soto has benefited greatly from pre-college programs that pushed him towards higher education.
Dean Cruz-Soto served 10 years as academic counselor, coordinator, and executive director of pre-college GEAR UP programs in New Jersey. He also served as vice president of the College Bound Association of New Jersey from 2003-2006. In 2006 he was awarded “The Distinguished Community Service Award” from his home town of Camden, New Jersey for over 10 years of outreach to local youth. In 2008, he received “The Building Bridges Award” for his work as a first-year employee in the Dean of the College division. Reach out to Dean Cruz-Soto any time at firstname.lastname@example.org
I am a big fan of books, arts, and sports. I am originally from Jakarta, Indonesia where I earned a bachelor's degree in Economics with concentrations in Management and Marketing from University of Indonesia (UI). Before I started working for Colgate University, I worked as Senior Public Relations, Executive Secretary, Customer Service Manager, and Office Manager for different international institutions. I also worked at BOCES for two years as a computer instructor. For me, the ALANA Cultural Center feels like one big happy family, a warm place where everybody can support each other in many ways. I am very honored to be part of ALANA Cultural Center. Please visit ALANA Cultural Center and join our events!
Sarah Ellis '12
Programming Outreach Coordinator
Hello! I'm originally a California girl from Chico, CA. I recently graduated from Colgate in the class of 2012 and was a double major in Environmental Studies and English Literature. During my time at Colgate I was on Linkstaff for two years and loved being a part of the First-Year Experience. Through my job on Linkstaff, I was able to experience the many different sides of Colgate and what goes into making it such a great place. I was also on the track team for three years and it further instilled in me the importance of being part of a team. I am extremely excited to be joining the ALANA family and hope to help students find a home away from home in the center itself as well as the events it provides. I love the outdoors, books, music and photography. I look forward to expanding my relationships with the many different students, faculty, and staff of Colgate and sharing in the cultural wealth of our community. Don't hesitate to stop in and get to know the ALANA family!
Evening Event Planner
Hello, my name is Alamgir Khan, but everyone calls me Khan. I am originally from Dhaka, Bangladesh, and moved to the United States in 2010. I enjoy computers, volunteering, and walking or biking around town. In my spare time, I am the caretaker of a farm just outside of Hamilton, have a calling card business, and repair computers for people in the community. My goal in life is to do humanitarian work to improve the lives of people in my home country. I am very friendly and love meeting new people and learning about different cultures. I am very excited to be part of ALANA, and look forward to assisting with different ALANA events.
Our student groups and programs benefit from receiving additional attention and input from a group of student interns who are dedicated to supporting ALANA's goals for multiculturalism and inclusivity on campus.
To find information about the ambassadors programs and their information please click here to visit the ALANA ambassadors website.