MSU Executive Board 2014-2015

Maria Vargas Activities Director

Social Science with a focus in Criminal Justice, Spanish

Maria Vargas is a Senior at Western Oregon University. She is a strong and perserverant Latina with big dreams. Her ultimate goal in life is to make a difference in the life of others. She believes it is never to early to start achieving your dreams. Maria is involved in Kappa Delta Chi Sorority Inc, service trips, National Student Exchange, Multicultural Representatives Program, and PLUS Team. Her bucket list includes traveling to different places and helping out where needed. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, hiking, running, and cooking.

"Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world."

Maria Vargas


Laura Miranda Social Membership Director


My name is Laura Miranda and I am from Salem, OR. I went to North Salem High School, and am now a Junior this year at Western Oregon University. Apart from being on the MSU Executive Board, I am a Multicultural Representative, work for the Latino Advisory Board and am involved with service trips and Alternative Break. Many people do not know this about me, but I enjoy taking pictures and being outdoors. I am a traveler at heart and my dream is to be able to travel all over the world one day while at the same time helping people, but specifically children.

"Everything happens for a reason."

"It's the journey that matters, not the destination."

Laura Miranda


Briana Navarette Secretary

Bio coming soon!

Michelle Garibay


Samantha Valdez Freshmen Advocate

Social Science with a focus in Criminal Justice

Hi my name is Samantha Valdez, I go by Sam or Sammi, either one works. I am from Portland, OR and graduated from Reynolds High School, which is known as one of the biggest high schools in Oregon. I am currently a sophomore here at Western Oregon University and am involved with the Multicultural Representatives as a mentor. This is my first year on the MSU Executive Board and I am super excited for the events that we have planned for this year. A fun fact about me is that I LOVE hiking and exploring new things #Exploregon


Samantha Valdez


Berenice VargasHistorian

Exercise Science

My name is Berenice Vargas. I am a Sophomore trying to reach my dreams, one day at a time. I am from Silverton, OR. Some things I like to do on my free time are to cook, hike, have YOLO adventures, and other things to keep myself busy. Along with being a part of the MSU Executive Board, I am also in the sorority on campus Kappa Delta Chi and I LOVE IT!!!! I am also involved in intramurals such as soccer and volleyball.

Berenice Vargas



Maria Babiker Campus Advocate

Community Health Education

My family and I moved to Oregon when I was 3 years old, since then we lived in Beaverton. I went to a really small high school, Merlo Station Community School. The school was so small we only had one hallway. I have an older brother and sister and out of the three of us, I am the only one to move away and go to a 4-year university. This is my second year at Western Oregon University and I LOVE it here!!!! After I graduate from WOU, I want to go into radiology. Apart from being on the MSU Executive Board, I love to read and am trying to teach myself how to create music. I love country and EDM music. One interesting fact about myself is that I had 3 pet goats named Abigale, Dash, and Goat.

"If you don't ask, the answer is always no. If you don't go after what you want, you'll never have it. If you don't step forward, you're always in the same spot."

Maria Babiker



Jovany Romero Fundraising Coordinator

Business with a focus in Entrepreneurship

Hi my name is Jovany Romero but a lot of people like to call me Jovis, Jo, or Jeo. I have a lot of nicknames. I was born in Portland, OR (Keep Portland Weird), but have lived in many other states like Michigan, Texas, and Georgia. I am currently a Junior as Western Oregon University. I graduated from good ol' Roosevelt High School, LET'S GO RIDERS!!!! I like to paint landscapes/scenery or do portrait drawings. I love lasagne, but I would eat any type of food, I love food.

"In the end we only regret the chances we didn't take"

Jovany Romero


Ivan Acosta Public Relations

Social Science

My name is Ivan Acosta and I am from a small town called Estacada, OR. Estacada is known for Christmas trees and fishing. I am currently a sophomore here at Western Oregon University. I would love to work in immigration law and help keep families together. I love community service and helping those in need. Apart from being an MSU Executive Member, I am involved with the Multicultural Representatives Program as a mentor and work with the Upward Bound program as a tutor for high school students. My favorite color changes with my mood. I love all types of food from all over the world.

"Never a failure, always a lesson."

Ivan Acosta




Anna Hernandez-Hunter Advisor

I grew up in Raisin City, California. My younger siblings were born when I was between the ages of 7-9, and it became my responsibility to care for them when the rest of my family went to work, so I never had much time for hobbies. However, I have always loved to read and growing up read anything I could get my hands on! My favorite author when I was in grade school was Judy Blume. I attend Western Oregon University from 91-95 and graduated with a BA in Secondary Education (my focus area: Spanish). I started working in the Multicultural Student Services & Programs Office during finals week of my last term as a student. I was initially hired as the MSSP Advisor and a year later had the opportunity to apply for the Director position. The rest, as they say, is history!

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