Since 1982, the Office of Multicultural Advancement has supported and advocated for African American and Latino alumni and students. It raises funds for over 50 scholarships and hosts Coming Back Together, the triennial reunion for African American and Latino alumni.

Meet Our Staff

Photo: Rachel Vassel '91, Assistant Vice President

Rachel Vassel ’91
Assistant Vice President
Rachel provides leadership of the office, with a focus on strategy, programs, and marketing efforts that increase black and Latino alumni engagement and philanthropic support.

Contact Rachel at 315.385.9988 or revassel@syr.edu.


Angela Morales-Patterson
Director of Operations and Partnerships
Angela is responsible for overall unit operations, as well as corporate and foundation partnerships for the Our Time Has Come (OTHC) Scholarship and Leadership program.

Contact Angela at 315.708.6474 or aamorale@syr.edu.


Photo: Adrian Prieto

Adrian Prieto
Director of Development

Adrian is a major gift officer responsible for building and cultivating relationships with prospective donors and growing the Our Time Has Come endowment.

Contact Adrian at 315.420.5334 or ajprieto@syr.edu.

Miko Horn portraitMiko Horn ’95
Director of Alumni Events
Miko develops regional alumni events to ensure continuous, year-round engagement in our top diverse alumni markets. She also leads the planning for CBT reunions, both on campus and regionally, as well as alumni fundraisers and trips.

Contact Miko at 315.443.9406 or fmhorn@syr.edu


Maria J. Lopez ’05, G’12
Assistant Director of Scholarship Programs

Maria administers all facets of the Our Time Has Come (OTHC) scholarship program, plans and executes all Multicultural Advancement student events.

Contact Maria at 315.247.7667 or mjlopez@syr.edu



Ariel Maciulewicz portraitAriel Maciulewicz
Administrative Specialist

Ariel work supports many areas, including overall operations, group fundraising, events, and gift processing.

Contact Ariel at 315.443.4556 or mamaciul@syr.edu