The Multicultural Engagement Center (MEC) is dedicated to creating positive change and providing educational opportunities on the UT campus.  Our six student agencies are supported by a dedicated team of full-time staff members, whose job is to develop leadership skills, cultural competency, and social awareness among their students and their programs.  Full-time staff work closely with their agencies to create culturally relevant programs that enrich the student experience here at UT.


Brandelyn Franks Flunder is Director of the Multicultural Engagement Center and advises Afrikan American Affairs and Native American and Indigenous Council. She graduated from UT in 2007 with a BA in History and is currently a Masters Candidate in the Higher Education Administration program with an expected completion date of Fall 2013. Besides leading wonderful students towards programmatic and personal success, she enjoys reading, traveling, spoiling her younger  brothers, and spending quality time with her husband and two sons. “Above all, be true to yourself, and if you cannot put your heart in it, take yourself out of it.”


Tony is the program advisor for Asian Desi Pacific Islander American Collective (APAC) and Queer People of Color and Allies (QPOCA) here at the MEC. He earned his Masters in Social Work from UT in 2011 with an emphasis in grief & loss counseling and social justice advocacy. As an advisor, he teaches and learns from his students everyday and is thankful for that opportunity.


Rocío is the advisor for the Latina/o Leadership Council and Students for Equity and Diversity. She obtained a B.S. in Applied Learning & Development from UT Austin in 2006 and recently graduated with an M.A. in Curriculum & Instruction with a specialization in Cultural Studies in Education from UT in May 2011. Rocío is a strong believer in the importance and power of community engagement as a tool for personal and collective empowerment and liberation. She currently volunteers with several groups that focus on immigrant rights, women’s rights, education, and mental health issues. During her free time, Rocío enjoys reading, writing, live music, spending time outdoors, and spending time with family and friends. As an advisor, Rocío hopes to support the students she will work with in their pursuit of goals for their personal well-being, academic success, and social justice.