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The Butler Center Staff engages CC's diverse student body through intercultural exchange and multicultural student development models. Our expertise invites expansive sharing across perceived differences, rather than narrow restrictions to perceived sameness.

Rosalie Rodriguez

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Senior Associate Dean of Students and Director of the Butler Center
Worner Campus Center Office 233A
(719) 389-6169 | rrodriguez@coloradocollege.edu

Rosalie comes to CC from Bucknell University, where she was most recently the director of multicultural student services. In that role she worked closely with students of color, advising, mentoring, and connecting students to resources. In addition she developed and facilitated campus-wide programs to increase cultural awareness, understanding, and competence, and promoted the understanding of diverse cultures and perspectives including privilege and power relationships. She advised and supported multicultural student organizations.

Noble Gough

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Gender and Identity Development Specialist
Worner Campus Center Office 205A
(719) 389-6198 | ngough@coloradocollege.edu

A Southern native, Noble earned both their B.A. in Writing and their M.S. in College Student Personnel and Administration at the University of Central Arkansas. While an employee as well as a student at UCA, Noble had the chance to work in a wide variety of functional areas, including the Office of Diversity of Community, the Office of Student Success, and the Office of Leadership Studies. It was also during this time that they were involved in the foundation of UCA's first LGBTQIA+ Mentorship Program, were a facilitator of the transgender/gender nonconforming support group, Gender Expansive, and served as the staff advisor to the on-campus LGBTQIA+ student organization, PRISM.

Noble has also served on the Arkansas Transgender Equality Coalition (ArTEC)'s Board of Directors and Research Working Group, where they assisted with grant funded research focused on the disparities experienced by transgender Arkansans, contributed to the development and facilitation of transgender competency seminars and trainings for state employees, and aided with the formation and conduction of various name and gender change clinics throughout the state. Additionally, they actively participated in, contributed to, and collaborated with other central Arkansas non-profits and organizations providing support and resources to underserved and marginalized populations.

Noble is passionate about recognizing and acknowledging all parts of students' intersecting identities and providing a brave space where they can feel seen, heard, supported, and encouraged on their journey of growth and development at Colorado College. They are both honored and excited to join The Butler Center, as well as the Colorado College community as a whole, and to meaningfully contribute to the essential and ever-evolving services that they provide to students.

Programmatic Initiatives: The Masculinity Project, LGBTQIA+ Initiatives, and the First Generation Collegiate Program

Mateen Zafer

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Coordinator of Mentorship and Diversity Initiatives
Worner Campus Center Office 232
(719) 389-6849 | mzafer@coloradocollege.edu

Mateen Zafer joined the Butler Center staff in August 2019. Mateen previously served as Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions at New York University in New York City. In this role, he worked with students, counselors, and organizations around the world and worked closely with the Center for Multicultural Education and Programs, the Islamic Center, and NYU's Prison Education Program.

Mateen is passionate about improving access to higher education and supporting students in their exploration and understanding of intersectional identities. He has facilitated intergroup dialogue classes, provided individual and group counseling to young adults, and partnered with organizations including AmeriCorps' City Year, Big Brothers Big Sisters, the National Hispanic Institute, and the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation.

Mateen was born in Bombay, India and immigrated to Chicago, where he developed a deep love for Chicago sports and pizza. Mateen holds a BA in Communications from Western Illinois University and an MSW from New York University.

Programmatic Initiative: The Enclave Living Learning Community

Advisor: The Quest Scholars Network

Amairani Alamillo

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Administrative Assistant
Worner Campus Center Office 234
(719) 389-6338 | aalamillo@coloradocollege.edu

Amairani Alamillo is the Administrative Assistant in The Butler Center. She supports the rest of the staff, supervises Program Assistants, coordinates logistics for all campus events, and serves as the point-person for external and internal communications.

Amairani graduated from Colorado College in 2016 with a Spanish major and Dance minor. She participated in the Community Engaged Leadership (CEL) Certificate Program and was a Women's Educational Society (WES) scholar. During her time at CC, Amairani had leadership roles in SOMOS and CCSGA. She worked at CC for two years before joining our office. She currently serves on the Diversity and Equity Advisory Board (DEAB) and is a mentor in the First Generation Collegiate Program.

Amairani is passionate about intersectionality in student growth and development. She is currently working on her Master's in Counseling and Human Services with an emphasis in Clinical Mental Health and Addiction. She is an aspiring Licensed Professional Counselor and is committed to working with queer Latinx youth.

Shiyanke Andrew Goonetilleke

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Coordinator of Global Education
Armstrong Hall 213B
(719) 227-8284 | sg@coloradocollege.edu

As Coordinator of Global Education at the Center for Global Education, Shiyanke's primary responsibility is to support faculty and students engage in Blocks Off-Campus study abroad programs through Pre-Departure orientation, financial aid for trip participation as well as program logistics abroad. He is also charged with supporting all International Students through programming in collaboration with the staff of Butler Center and International Student Scholar Services at Colorado College.

Shiyanke's journey at Colorado College began in January 2015, when he was hired by the Butler Center to serve as the Diversity and Inclusion Programs Coordinator. During his two years of service at The Butler Center, he managed the Internship program as well as oversaw program and event logistics while advising student leaders of five student organizations.

Prior to his arrival at CC, He completed his Master of Science degree in College Counseling and Student Development from St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. During his time at Graduate school, Shiyanke worked as a Student Organization Advising and Programming Graduate Assistant at the LGBT Resource Center. He facilitated over 400 LGBTQIA training workshops for faculty, staff and students while providing individual advising to student leaders within the LGBTQIA community. He completed a 1000-hour graduate Internship at Element Mental Health Service in St. Cloud Minnesota, where worked as Therapist in-training supporting LGBTQIA individuals through Individual and group therapy sessions.

Shiyanke holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications with emphasis in Electronic Media and Public Relations from the University of Wisconsin- Green Bay. He was born and raised in Colombo, Sri Lanka and relocated to the United States as an F-1 International student in 2006. In his leisure time, he enjoys hiking, traveling across the U.S. and the globe to visit his family and friends. He also creates time each day to meditate and practice Vinyasa yoga.

Last updated: 12/17/2020