Staff

Catherine Wong

Catherine Wong

Director of Urban Outreach Initiatives

Origins of My Name

My Chinese name Wai Ying was bestowed on me by my great grandmother, my tai-tai, who lived to a 102 years old. I was so very fortunate to grow up with her through my teenage years. It was only years later when I had started my cross cultural education work, and had begun traveling to the Middle East, North Africa, Northern Ireland and Ireland to work with courageous educators as well as lead national school counseling delegations to China, New Zealand and Australia did I discover that my Chinese name meant onward journeyer. I will be forever grateful to my ancestors and their dreams for me.

Why I Joined Urban Outreach Initiatives?

Urban Outreach allows me to continue my life's work alongside the college's mission of educating for social justice across the curricula, such that young people's voices are included in the very matters that mean the most to them-their education. At Urban Outreach we build 'pipelines of possibility' for young people to be built up rather than torn down by long held prejudices and stereotypes. We focus on them being heard rather than silenced, and we advocate for cultural bridge building rather than complicity in the face of ongoing injustice.

Favorite Social Justice Quote

"A' ohe pau ka 'ike i ka halau ho' okahi, All knowledge is not taught in the same school. One can learn from many sources." - Source: Olelo No’eau, Hawaiian Proverbs and Poetical Sayings

Contact

Phone: (617) 552-3284
Email: catherine.wong.2@bc.edu

Francisco Hernandez Delgado

Francisco Hernandez Delgado

Donovan Scholars Coordinator

Origins of My Name

I was named after my grandfathers brother as well as St. Francis of Assisi. It basically means that I'm supposed to love animals...and I do!

Why I Joined Urban Outreach Initiatives?

I am involved with UOI because it is an office that not only talks about social justice, but also implements the idea in the work they do through equity and inclusion. I also work with UOI because it validates and values my and the experiences of other People of Color.

Favorite Social Justice Quote

“Este mundo no va a cambiar a menos que estemos dispuestos a cambiar nosotros mismos.” - RIGOBERTA MENCHÚ

Contact

Phone: (617) 552-0695
Email: francis.hernandezsalgado@bc.edu

Nicole Rodriguez-Rowe

Nicole Rodriguez-Rowe

College Bound Coordinator

Origins of My Name

Greek origin, meaning "victor of the people." My mother was close with a French woman named Nicole whom she described as being inspiring, kind, and warm, so that is where my name comes from. My middle name is Melissa, and that is after my mom's "favorite" niece.

Why I Joined Urban Outreach Initiatives?

Young people are the future of society. They are bright, creative, innovative, abstract, unorthodox, and exist without the confines and conformity that society boxes us into. There is so much merit in learning from children and also nurturing our inner child as. Urban Youth of Color are resilient in the face of multiple risk-factors, and as someone who is passionate about education and psychology, it is valuable to me to be able to establish buffers and intervention programs to provide our students with opportunities, resources, and experiences that promote positive development. I believe Boston College has the social responsibility to engage with the greater Boston area and provide an accessible and context-driven pipeline for Boston Public School students to see BC as a viable higher education option for them.

Favorite Social Justice Quote

“I tell my students, 'When you get these jobs that you have been so brilliantly trained for, just remember that your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else.'" - Toni Morrison

Contact

Phone: (617) 552-0695
Email: nicole.rodriguez-rowe@bc.edu

Neda Ghaffarian

Neda Ghaffarian

Collaborative Partnerships Coordinator

Origins of My Name

My name is of Farsi origins. It means the voice, the call.

Why I Joined Urban Outreach Initiatives?

With a passion for access in education and serving historically marginalized/minoritized communities, I am drawn to the social justice and cultural wealth framework that UOI holds at its center. Putting into practice theories on critical consciousness to our programs has been an invaluable experience, and I will take the lessons learned to other organizations and institutions after I graduate. UOI is a community and family that I am ever grateful to be a part of.

Favorite Social Justice Quote

"If there is a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, you must be the one to write it." - Toni Morrison

Contact

Phone: (617) 552-0695
Email: neda.ghaffarian@bc.edu

Nanayaw Appiah-Kubi

Nanayaw Appiah-Kubi

Alumni Engangement Coordinator

Origins of My Name

My name comes from Ghana and means "a boy born on Thursday."

Why I Joined Urban Outreach Initiatives?

I am involved with Urban Outreach Initiatives, because I am an advocate for the program's mission. I believe that a substantial education is an opportunity that all should have the choice to partake in, especially those from underrepresented backgrounds. Moreover, it is equally important to train transformational educators who represent, align and connect with their students. This ideology is plausible through Urban Outreach Initiatives, and I hope to further its goal in any capacity possible.

Favorite Social Justice Quote

"I am a black man dedicated to expression; expression of the joy and pride of blackness. I consider myself neither poet, composer, or musician. These are merely tools used by sensitive men to carve out a piece of beauty or truth that they hope may lead to peace and salvation." - Gil Scott-Heron

Contact

Phone: (617) 552-0695
Email: nanayaw.appiah-kubi@bc.edu

Mohammed Diallo

Mohammed Diallo

College Bound Mentorship Coordinator

Origins of My Name

My grandfather and I have the same exact name as a way to pay homage to Prophet Muhammed. 

Why I Joined Urban Outreach Initiatives?

I love the mission of giving college access to urban youth of color and helping them see a future for themselves, especially one that they may not have believed is possible.

Favorite Social Justice Quote

"If you give a [wo]man a fish, he/she is hungry again in an hour. If you teach him/her to catch a fish, you do him/her a good turn." - Anne Isabella Thackeray Ritchie

Contact

Phone: (617) 552-0695
Email: mohamed.diallo.2@bc.edu

Zong Yu Liu (Chris)

Zong Yu Liu (Chris)

Media and Communications Coordinator

Origins of My Name

The origins of my name is Han Chinese. My last name, also known as the family name, is the first character of my Chinese name, "Liu". My first name, which are the second and third characters of my Chinese name, "Zong Yu," mean ancestors and universe, respectively. My parents wanted me to always remember my roots, my ancestors, and where I came from. Additionally, they wished for me to develop a heart as wide, accepting, and loving as the universe. 

Why I Joined Urban Outreach Initiatives?

My life mission statement is "To participate in equitable educational policy and engage authentically with young people from all walks of life." As an aspiring educator, I have come to understand the numerous inequities and inequalities students, teachers, and administrators face on a on day-to-day basis. Furthermore, given experiences working with students with disabilities, with at youth risks for dropping out of high school, and students from marginalized communities, I am humbled and inspired by their resiliency. Through my involvement with UOI, it is my hope that through research, effective policy implementation, and storytelling, I can empower and cultivate agents of change. Too often than not, educational equities are not given, but rather, they need to be fought for, and that is what I aspire to doing. 

Favorite Social Justice Quote

"Leaders who do not act dialogically, but insist on imposing their decisions, do not organize the people--they manipulate them." - Paulo Friere

Contact

Phone: (617) 552-0695
Email: chungyu.liu@bc.edu

Ashley Yung

Ashley Yung

Undergraduate Program Assistant

Origins of My Name

The origin of my last name, Yung, is Chinese. Both of my parents immigrated from the Guangdong Province, which is located in the southeastern part of China.

Why I Joined Urban Outreach Initiatives?

I am involved with Urban Outreach Initiatives because I want to contribute to the programs focused on social justice, equity and change. These programs are inspiring students to be change agents, along with uplifting them. As a first generation, and low-income student, I am interested in helping to fight the achievement gap, and finding ways to provide more academic opportunities for students. Working with UOI is my opportunity to help make a change.

Favorite Social Justice Quote

"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, What are you doing for others" - Martin Luther King Jr.

Contact

Phone: (617) 552-0695
Email: ashley.yung@bc.edu

Zachary Patterson

Zachary Patterson

Undergraduate Program Assistant

Origins of My Name

Zachary comes from the Hebrew "Zekharyahu" which means "God has remembered."

Why I Joined Urban Outreach Initiatives?

I am passionate about education. It has enriched my life and allowed me to learn and experience things I never thought possible and opened a world of opportunities for my family and me. Working with UOI allows me to work with people who value education just as much as I do and work with students that don't have the same opportunities as their privileged peers.

Favorite Social Justice Quote

"We gon' be alright" -Kendrick Lamar

Contact

Phone: (617) 552-0695
Email: zachary.patterson.2@bc.edu

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For any general questions about Urban Outreach Initiatives, please contact urbanoutreach@bc.edu