Location and Office Hours
Benson University Center, Suite 346
P.O. Box 7352 Reynolda Station
Winston-Salem, NC 27109-7352
Hours of Operation:
Monday-Friday 9:00a.m. - 5:00p.m.
Alta Mauro is the director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs at Wake Forest University. Alta earned both her bachelors in English Education and masters in Higher Education/Student Affairs from Indiana University. Her student affairs experience includes residence life, fraternity/sorority engagement, pre-college transition programming, and multicultural affairs. Alta's professional interests include: intercultural communication and cultural competence, social justice education, curricular innovation, peer education, retention and strategic planning.
In her current role, Alta works as a part of the Office of Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Team to influence the university's policy and strategy which ensures that Wake is a welcoming and affirming community. She also guides office programming and outreach to support multicultural students and members of other historically marginalized groups. Alta collaborates with faculty and staff colleagues to create and implement cultural competence trainings, and with students in the development of diversity-related programming.
L. Wesley Harris, Jr.
L. Wesley Harris, Jr. is the assistant director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs at Wake Forest University. He was born and raised in Albemarle, North Carolina. Wesley is a "Double Deacon," having earned both a Bachelor of Arts in History and a Master of Arts in Counseling from Wake Forest University. His professional experience includes coaching and school counseling at the K-12 level and volunteer/mentor recruitment, student organization advisorship, and community engagement at the university level. Wesley's professional interests include: student engagement, mentorship and peer education, cultural competence, access and retention of underrepresented students, leadership development, career development, and identity development. He is a National Certified Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate, and Licensed School Counselor in the state of North Carolina. Wesley is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. In his personal time, Wesley enjoys spending time with his family and friends, listening to music, and supporting Demon Deacon sports teams.
Celina Alexander is the program coordinator of the Office of Multicultural Affairs at Wake Forest University. She was born and raised in New York City. Philadelphia became Celina's next home when she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Arcadia University and her Masters of Business Administration from Philadelphia University. Celina has always worked in higher education and her experience ranges from Financial Aid to Academic Advising to Workshop Planning to Career Counseling to Advising Student Organizations. Her professional interests include understanding the Latino culture and its influence on student’s college attendance and retention, event planning for underrepresented students, and assisting campus organizations to become better campus leaders. In her spare time, Celina lives for Latin dancing and performing and is an avid Zumba instructor.
In her current role, she oversees OMA programming, advises multicultural student organizations, and co-leads the WE3: Women Encouraging Empowerment through Exploration initiative designed to affirm students’ innate worth as women, validate students’ value as members of the Wake Forest University community, and propel students toward becoming successful, well-informed and well-adjusted members of society.
Darlene D. Starnes
Darlene D. Starnes is the administrative coordinator of the Office of Multicultural Affairs at Wake Forest University. She was born in Agana on the island of Guam and raised in Junction City, Kansas from the age of three until her graduation from Junction City High School. Darlene has a wide variety of administrative experience ranging from her time managing student loan accounts at Wachovia currently Wells Fargo to serving as the business manager at the Winston Lake branch of the YMCA. Her main interests include supporting her children at their multiple football, basketball and dance functions, being a proud grandparent, as well as spending time with family and friends. Darlene would like all students and visitors to know that she has a heart for college-aged students and their parents (especially since she is one) and looks forward to watching and aiding in their growth and development during their time at Wake Forest.
In her current role, she manages the day to day operations of the OMA, serves as a liaison for students and other campus departments and advises the University's Gospel Choir.