Multicultural Student Services Staff

Contact Us

Office Location: LA 114

Phone: (801) 863-8357

Fax: (801) 863-7271

Barney Nye - Director

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Phone: (801) 863-7194

Barney Nye is currently pursuing a Masters in Public Administration and Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy from the University of Utah with research interests regarding higher education policy and discourse as it relates to students who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ). A true Wolverine, Barney completed his undergraduate degree in Integrated Studies at UVU (then UVSC) and arrived in Multicultural Student Services after working for three different Federal TRIO programs (Upward Bound, Educational Talent Search, and Educational Opportunity Centers) at UVU. Within Multicultural Student Services he has served as Coordinator and now Assistant Director. He is among the first generation of his family to graduate from college and is dedicated to spreading the word that higher education is a possibility regardless of one's background or identity, but that deeply understanding background and identity are integral parts of finding true success, both academically and personally. He also serves at the advisor to UVU's Spectrum Club (Gay Straight Alliance) and is so proud of the LGBTQ students at UVU. Barney believes he has learned far more from students than he has ever been able to teach and is always trying to pay forward the tremendous wisdom they have shared. His responsibilities include oversight of Multicultural Student Services as well as coordination of the department's operations.


Darah Snow - Assistant Director

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Phone: (801) 863-7349

Originally from Mililani, Hawaii, Darah Snow graduated from Utah Valley University in 2009 with a Bachelor's in Criminal Justice/Criminal Law Emphasis and has worked at UVU since 2008.  She is currently pursuing an M.Ed from the University of Utah in Education, Culture, and Society. Darah's responsibilities include oversight of the advising provided by Multicultural Student Services as well as coordination of the department's operations; She is also the co-advisor of the Multicultural Student Council and assists in promoting student leadership and development within each of her student leaders.  Darah also serves as the co-chair of the Pacific Islander Initiative and aids in the establishment of relationships between community partners and UVU.  


Ana Fisher - Administrative Support III/Office Manager

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Phone: (801) 863-7626

Hi, my name is Ana Fisher. I was born and raised in Guayaquil, Ecuador. I attended and graduated high school in Guayaquil and completed three years at the FACSO Faculty where I studied Journalism. When I was twenty- two years old I married my husband, Shane Fisher, and six month later I moved to the United States and Orem, Utah. When I arrived in Orem, I froze all my school projects because I had started a new life which required all my dedication. I needed to adapt myself to my new life. A big part of the new challenge was to learn and understand this language and culture, as well as become accustomed to the weather—especially the snow! All this transition was a dramatic experience for me but it wasn’t the only change I experienced—my family started to grow. My first child came and then I decided to dedicate my life to the role of mother; however I never lost the desire to pursue my education.

After my fourth child, I returned to school and enrolled at Utah Valley University. I decided to begin by taking ESL courses. After graduating from that program, I decided to pursue a degree in Accounting. As a foreign student, I had to face many challenges along the way but it culminated in success. In December of 2011, I graduated from Utah Valley University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. I currently work for Utah Valley as the Administrative Support III/Office Manager in Multicultural Student Services. I love UVU!


Ken Sekaquaptewa - Program Director - Native American Initiative

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Phone: (801) 863-7276

Ken was born in Arizona and is of Hopi Indian and Chinese ancestry. He earned a BA in English/Secondary Education and also did graduate work in Communications. He has 33 years of administrative staff experience in university Native American and Multicultural student programs and services. He was also editor of a weekly tribal newspaper and has experience in TV news production. His responsibilities in Multicultural Student Services have included academic advisement, tribal scholarship assistance, recruiting, multicultural programming, and he is co-advisor for the Native Sun Club. He is currently the program director for UVU's Native American Initiative.


Yudi Lewis - Program Director - Latino Initiative

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Phone: (801) 863-7297

Yudi has been working at Utah Valley University since 1997. She is currently working as the Program Director over the Latino Initiative. Yudi Lewis has two Bachelor of Science degrees in the areas of Business and Psychology. She holds a Master in Business Administration (MBA) and is currently working on her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership & Policy at the University of Utah. Yudi oversees the Latino Initiative budget and the UVU Latino Outreach events. She enjoys helping student achieve their academic goals.


Victor Narsimulu - Program Director - Cultural Envoy

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Phone: (801) 863-6059

Victor Narsimulu is the Program Director for Cultural Envoys. Victor got his Bachelor of Arts degree from Brigham Young University Hawaii, a Master’s degree from Brigham Young University Provo in Organizational Behavior and a second Master’s degree in Education from the University of Utah. He is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Utah in the Anthropology program. Victor is married to Melinda Narsimulu and they have two beautiful children, Sione and Aiere Narsimulu. Victors’ work has been around the Pacific Islander communities in Utah in different capacities.  He has also taught classes at the University of Utah in the Ethnic Studies, Utah Valley University in College Success and BYU in the Anthropology department.  Victor’s inspiration comes from his mother Rosarine Valesi Narsimulu who reinforced the importance of remembering his culture while growing up in Fiji.  Victor’s research has been around Pacific Islander epistemology and Pacific Islander ways of knowing, doing and being.


Karen Deysher - Program Manager - LGBT Student Services


Phone: 801-863-8885


Glenny Riley - Coordinator - CGIE Events/Projects

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Phone: (801) 863-5595


Katty Perez - Academic Advisor - Latino Specialist

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Phone: (801) 863-5384

Katty has been working at Utah Valley University since 2007. She is currently working as an Academic Advisor-Latino Specialist in Multicultural Student Services. Katty has a Bachelor degree in Business Management, and a Master's of Education from UVU. She enjoys working with students, and is the club advisor over the USALO and Latino Drama clubs.


Kumen Louis - Academic Advisor - Native American Specialist

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Phone: (801) 863-5382

Kumen was raised on the Navajo reservation in Crystal, New Mexico. He graduated from Utah Valley University with a B.S. in English/Creative Writing and is currently pursuing a Master's of Education degree at UVU. He has administrative experience in tribal programs and non-profit organizations. He comes to UVU as an Academic Advisor in Multicultural Student Services. His responsibilities include: recruiting, academic advisement, tribal scholarship assistance, and Native Sun Club advisement. He is a great advocate for our students and we are happy to have him advance our programs and mission. 


Lucy Owens - Academic Advisor

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Phone: (801) 863-7128

Lucy Owens is from Samoa and has worked here at Utah Valley University (UVU) for over ten years. She has earned her Bachelor's degree in Paralegal Studies and has an Associates of Applied Science degrees in Legal Assistant, Legal Secretary, and Executive Assistant, all from UVU. Lucy is one of the academic advisors for Multicultural Student Services. Her responsibilities encompass assisting prospective, new, transfer, undecided, continuing, and returning students with admissions, registration, financial aid, scholarships, academic and educational programs, degrees, and other supportive resources. She has an open door policy to all students who need assistance academically and/or for those who wish to come in to her office and visit.


David Ssejinja - Academic Advisor

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Phone: (801) 863-6751