About SUMA

Since 1982, the Syracuse University Office of Multicultural Advancement (SUMA) has supported and advocated for underrepresented alumni and students. It raises funds for over 50 scholarships and hosts Coming Back Together, the triennial reunion for Black and Latino/a alumni.

Meet Our Staff

Rachel Vassel ’91, G’21
Associate Vice President
Rachel provides leadership of the office, with a focus on strategy, programs, and marketing efforts that increase underrepresented 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. She is also the editor and chief of Syracuse Manuscript Magazine. In addition, she oversees the distribution of the OTHC scholarship funds.

Contact Angela at 315.708.6474 or aamorale@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 315.416.2151 or fmhorn@syr.edu.



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

Maria administers students experience portion of the Our Time Has Come (OTHC) scholarship  and Leadership program, plans and executes all Multicultural Advancement student events. She is also oversees the department’s social media platforms.

Contact Maria at 315.247.7667 or mjlopez@syr.edu.


Monique Frost 
Administrative Specialist
Monique work supports many areas, including overall operations, group fundraising, events and gift processing.

Contact Monique at 315.443.4556 or mvfrost@syr.edu