Meet our Staff

You've always heard about our family, yet never really knew who we were?  Meet the MASS and CID family.

Professional Staff
Dr. Traci L. Guinn Buckley     Exec. Dir. Center for Inclusion and Diversity, Director MASS
Mr. D'Wayne Jenkins             Assistant Director (Cultural Programming, Mentoring)
Ms. Amber Johnson               Assistant Director (Scholarships, Mentoring)
Mrs. Kyra L. Williams             Executive Secretary, CID
Ms. Bernie Cesena                 Administrative Assistant, MASS

Graduate Assistant
Ms. Whitney Thomas            Scholarships, Programming, Retention, Outreach, Mentoring

Student Staff Assistants and Peer Advisors

Mr. Christian Bankston       Peer Advisor, MAC Scholars Program
Ms. Sarah Brisbin                 Student Staff Assistant
Mr. Julius Cantuba                Student Staff Assistant
Mr. Kerry Davis                     Peer Advisor, MAC Scholars Program
Ms. Alexia Delossantos       Student Staff Assistant
Ms. Amarriah Valentine       Peer Advisor, MAC Scholars Program
Ms. Tiara Woods                   Peer Advisor, MAC Scholars Program

​​Staff Bio's

Dr. Traci L. Guinn Buckley
Executive Director, Center for Inclusion & Diversity
Director, Multicultural Academic Student Services
San Antonio, Texas​
Dr. Traci L. Guinn Buckley has been employed at Central Michigan University since 1998. As the child of a retired Air Force officer, Dr. Guinn Buckley has lived many places during her life. Born in Shreveport, Louisiana; she then went to high school in Honolulu, Hawaii and college in Memphis, Tennessee. She holds a Doctorate in Higher Education Administration from Central Michigan University, a Master of Arts in Educational Administration and Community Leadership from CMU, and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from the University of Memphis. Dr. Guinn Buckley recently served as the Interim Associate Vice President for Institutional Diversity for 2.5 years before returning to the CID and MASS offices, where she has been for over 15 years.  When she first arrived to CMU, Dr. Guinn Buckley  worked in the Admissions office as associate director of admissions for minority enrollment.  Dr. Guinn Buckley enjoys working with students from recruitment to graduation and all the way to graduate school. She welcomes all students to stop by and visit the MASS family.

D'Wayne Jenkins
Assistant Director, Mentoring, Cultural Programming, Retention and Outreach
East St. Louis, Illinois
D’Wayne Jenkins is a two-time graduate of Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC), with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences and a Master of Science in Workforce Education Development. While attending SIUC, D’Wayne had the privilege of working as a graduate assistant with several programs that emphasized support and access of education, specifically for first-generation, low-income students. After leaving SIUC, D’Wayne became the Principal Counselor/Advisor for TRiO Student Support Services program at Eastern Illinois (EIU). At EIU, D’Wayne advised several student organizations and coordinated a mentoring program for minority male students called the S.T.R.O.N.G. MENtoring Program. He hopes to bring both positivity and creativity to CMU and looks forward to building great relationships.


Amber Johnson

Assistant Director, Mentoring, MAC Scolars, Retention and Outreach
Detroit, Michigan

Amber Johnson holds a Master of Science in Human Development and Family Studies and a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Child Development from Central Michigan University.  Prior to joining the Multicultural Academic Student Services professional staff, Amber served as a Graduate Assistant, Senior Multicultural Advancement and Lloyd M. Cofer Residential College Peer Advisor, First Year Experience Mentor, and Resident Assistant.  Amber is involved in various organizations that promote academic empowerment, community service, mentoring, equity, and cultural awareness. She enjoys working with students, faculty, and staff and hopes to build relationships and provide assistance to anyone who stops by our office. 

Kyra L. Williams

Executive Secretary, Center for Inclusion and Diversity
Mt. Pleasant, Michigan
Born and raised in Detroit, Kyra has worked for the university for almost 15 years, serving one year in the Admissions Office, two years in the Charter Schools Office and ten years with University Recreation before joining our staff in February 2014. Kyra is married with two grown children and enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She also enjoys spending time with our CMU students and has been known to put together care packages/gift boxes, along with her husband, for those who are extremely far from home. Kyra is looking forward to serving many wonderful years in the diversity unit.

Bernadette "Bernie" Cesena
Administrative Secretary, MASS
Mt. Pleasant, Michigan
Bernie is the Administrative Secretary of the Multicultural Academic Student Services office and the Program Assistant for the KCP Future Faculty Fellows scholarship program.  Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Bernie graduated from Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations.  Before joining our staff, Bernie spent 12 years working in the Mt. Pleasant Public School system.  An avid volunteer and sports enthusiast, Bernie has been involved with organizations including business Professionals of America, Junior Achievement, and Mt. Pleasant Sports Boosters.  Her free time is spent supporting the activities of her three sons, volunteering, and time with friends. 

Whitney Thomas
Graduate Assistant
Detroit, Michigan
Whitney S. Thomas is new to the Multicultural Academic Student Services office. Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Whitney obtained a bachelor's degree in early childhood development from Central Michigan University. Before joining the Multicultural Academic Student Services office, Whitney served as a summer administrative assistant and mentor for the Central
Michigan University’s Upward Bound Program. Whitney enjoys

conversing with peers about higher education and what is happening in the world. Her
free time is spent in the company of friends and family. She hopes to be a positive
resource for the students.