Enriching the cultural experience for all students

Meet the Staff

N'dia Battle (She/They)

 Programming Intern

N'dia is a Junior studying Theatre Arts. Growing up being a part of multiple marginalized communities herself, she has learned the importance of safe spaces and allyship. She is excited to be a part of an organization that is dedicated to helping people in the community who look like her. After graduation, N'dia hopes to inspire others by promoting inclusivity in various art forms like music and acting. She hopes to provide more opportunities for Black and Brown women of color in Hollywood. N’dia’s hobbies consist of screenwriting, reading, songwriting and bingeing her favorite horror shows/movies. 
Ashlyn Bryson-Beane (she/her/hers)

 Lead Programming Intern

Ashlyn is a second year majoring in Psychology with a minor in Legal Studies. She is very excited to be working in the CCEI for another year. She is so grateful for this opportunity to learn and grow as well as teach and lead. Ashlyn is committed to listening to CLU students by providing a safe space for each person the campus serves. 

From a young age she has been passionate about providing safe welcoming spaces for all people. This passion stems from her and her family's personal involvement with the foster care system and her experiences with the various injustices and disparities that are present in the system. Post-graduation she hopes to apply her psychological knowledge to change policy within the foster care system.

She is constantly learning about how she can uplift individuals within the LGBTQ+ community, and educate about allyship in both LGBTQ+ as well as BIPOC Communities. For fun, Ashlyn enjoys listening to music, reading, hanging out with her roommates, calling her family (she is one of 8 kids!), and attending concerts. 


CCEI Programming Intern 24-25

Sarah Garcia (she/her)

 Associate Director of Student Life

Sarah is an educator, innovator, and change agent dedicated to creating and sustaining environments that allow all to thrive. As the Associate Director of Student Life, Sarah directs both the Center for Cultural Engagement & Inclusion and Student Life's Civic Engagement & Leadership area. She also leads the hiring, training and development efforts for all Student Life's student employees, and supports the division of student affairs with its DEIJ efforts broadly, including the development and delivery of DEIJ training for Resident Assistants and Peer Advisors as well as the development of the DEIJ components for the mandatory training of all student employees at Cal Lutheran.

With over 5 years of experience leading diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts within higher education institutions, she supports the advancement of Cal Lutheran's institutional DEIJ efforts by serving on the President's Equity Council, Student Retention Working Group, Wellness Distinction Committee, and the Chief Diversity Officer's (CDO) Advisory Council while also leading several initiatives within the University Strategic Plan and University DEIJ strategic plan. In her short time at Cal Lutheran, Sarah has also been tapped to help launch the Incident Reporting system, co-chair one of three working groups for the University Strategic Planning process, serve on the inaugural Incident Response Team and the DEIJ Core Team, which led CLU's institutional DEI efforts and initiatives previous to the creation of the President's Equity Council.

Passion Areas
Leading and supporting systems change efforts, social justice education and advocacy, leadership development, civic engagement, and equity in student success

M.S. College Student Services Administration, Oregon State University
B.A. Communication and Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara
A.A. Communication Science and Liberal Arts: Science & Mathematics, Santa Barbara City College
Jonathan Leon (He/Him)

 Coordinator for Cultural Engagement and Inclusion
 (805) 493-3277

As a recent alum from Cal Lutheran, Jonathan joins the CCEI team with excitement and enthusiasm to continue his journey here at CLU. As a student he has been very involved in many areas within Student Life. In fact, Jonathan served as Peer Advisor for two years and Peer Advisor Lead, before becoming Lead Programming Intern for the CCEI his final semester as an undergraduate student. He hopes to extend his skills that he developed as a student intern as he embarks on this new role as Coordinator where he will focus on developing a sense of belonging for our diverse community.  

Passion Areas:

First generation college students, LGBTQIA+ justice work, Allyship and inclusion of historically marginalized communities 


B.A. Sociology, California Lutheran University
B.A. Spanish, California Lutheran University