Martin Luther King Center Staff

Ja'Mahl McDaniel

 

Ja'Mahl McDaniel, M.A. | Director

In his role as Director, Ja'Mahl collaborates with the  King Center team in creating programs and campus-wide initiatives for the UK community. Ja’Mahl brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to King Center having facilitated dialogues, diversity trainings and possesses a plethora of other skills. As a proud of alum of UK, Ja’Mahl is determined to be an advocate and change agent for students as they pursue their education.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jasmine Prince M.Ed. |  Associate Director

Jasmine is a native of Birmingham, Alabama and is a proud alum of the University of Alabama at Birmingham where she earned her bachelors in Psychology. Jasmine also holds a Masters in College Student Affairs from the University of South Florida. Throughout her career in higher education Jasmine has led programs and initiatives centered on student success, diversity education, social justice, student organization development,  and leadership development. In her role as Associate Director, she supports the Director with strategic planning, supervises the King Center interns, and leads programs with a variety of campus partners. She is dedicated to helping students find space to thrive as they navigate their collegiate journey. 

Ruth Gonzalez

 

Ruth González Jiménez | Latino Community Specialist

Ruth  is from Jalisco, México, but grew up in Louisville, Kentucky. She earned her Bachelor’s degree at UK in History in the College of Arts & Sciences, with a focus in Latin American and African American histories in May, 2017. During her time as a student, she was a founding member the Latino Student Union and a founding sister of UK’s Colony of Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Incorporated. Ruth was also actively involved in serving the greater Lexington Latino/immigrant community, and held a position at Lexington’s only bilingual library (Village Branch). Upon graduating, Ruth was hired as the first Latino Student Community Specialist at the University of Kentucky. Through this role, she continues to serve as a resource to students, while advising the Latino Student Union, Collegiate Curls, & Leading Latinas: A Mentorship Program, and initiates programmatic efforts aimed at improving the sense of belonging and retention of Latino students through the seeAzul: Latino Student Programming Series.

Melody Hall

 

Melody Hall | Administrative Support Associate

Melody is an integral part of the MLK Center. She supports the Director and both professional staff team members as an office manager. Melody has worked for UK for 15 years and earned her bachelor’s degree from the College of Environmental Sciences now the College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment. Also, She completed the three UK business certifications in 2016. She is located in the Gatton Student Center. Furthermore, one of her greatest achievements was being commissioned to be a Kentucky Colonel in 2016. This is very important to her because making a difference in the community is one of her top priorities. Lastly, she loves working with students and making a difference in their lives.

 

2021-2022 MLK Interns

 

Payton Anderson | Graphic Design Intern

Classification: Senior

Major: Digital Media & Design

"I’m passionate sports, fashion, culture, shoes, and integrating all of  those passions into design and cretaivity."

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jordan Brown | My Brother's Keeper Intern

Classification: Junior

Major:  Media Arts & Studies

Outside Involvement:  Membership chair for National Society of Black Engineers, Photographer/Historian for Underground Perspective, Activity Coordinator for Black Student Union, Male representative for Collegiate Curls, K-Week leader, Social Media Intern for Diversity Career Series. 

"I am passionate about bringing my people together in a positive setting and making everyone feel included because at one point in my life, I felt like I didn't really have a place or belong. So I try to create an environment where people don't have to go through what I wet through growing up." 

 

 

 

 

Christine "CJ" Capalar | Signature Programs Intern

Classification: Senior

Major:  Psychology

Outside Involvement: United Greek Council President, Vice President of Programming & marketing Chair of the PrestigiOuZ Omicron Zeta chapter of Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc., (former) Founding Wildcat Model United Nations President, (former) Resident Advisor. 

"I'm passionate about helping myself and others achieve the best versions of ourselves emotionally, intellectually, and professionally. I also love movies, creating my podcasts, collecting vintage jackets, and expanding my food palate!"

 

 

 

 

 

Claudia Fernandez Home | Graphic Design Intern

Classification: Sophomore

Major:  Art Education

Outside Involvement: Diversity Career Series Student Board

"I'm passionate about art."

 

 

 

 

Cindy Sossa | Sister Circle Intern

Classification: Junior

Major:  Animal Science pre-vet

Outside Involvement: I am the historian for Theta Nu Xi Multicultural Sorority Inc. and an active member of Underground Perspective. I also work for an animal hospital near campus.

"I am passionate about providing and using resources for the betterment of underrepresented groups to propel them towards their full potential I am also passionate about protecting & saving the ecosystem that includes wildlife being close to extinction. I also love anything artistic because it gives the left side of my brain a break!"

 

 

 

 

 

Noah Waters | Signature Programs Intern

Classification: Senior

Major:  Secondary Education in Social Studies with a minor in Political Science

Outside Involvement: Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc., Social media chair for African Student Association, and Ambassador for Underground Perspective

"I'm passionate about giving kids like me an opportunity to do better. I grew up in Los Angeles and this has led me to want more for my community and for kids like me."

 

 

 

 

 

Josh Wooldridge | Multimedia Intern

Classification: Senior

Major:  Integrated Strategic Communications

Outside Involvement: I started JO Studios which is a videography and photography business

One thing you are passionate about: I am passionate about uplifting and surrounding myself with minded people