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Tianna Cervantez



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Intercultural Life Staff

Tianna Cervantez

Tianna Cervantez

Associate Dean/Director of Intercultural Life

Tianna received her B.A. in anthropology/sociology from Knox College and her A.M. in policy planning, analysis and advocacy, with a concentration in violence prevention, from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. As Associate Dean, Tianna plans and implements programming that supports the College's mission of inclusivity. She provides various diversity workshops for members of the campus community throughout the year. Tianna, along with the Multicultural Student Advisory Council, is responsible for the planning and implementation of the campus' annual Day of Dialogue.  

Tianna also serves as a lecturer in the anthropology/sociology department. She teaches the Social Service Internship course annually. She is also a member of the Student Leadership instruction team.

Tianna is a member of the Illinois State Board of Education's Professional Review Panel. She has been a member of the Knox County Child Advocacy Center's Advisory Board since 2011. She is a former CUSD #205 school board member and volunteered as assistant coach for the GHS Gadets for 10 years. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family. She has one son, Tavian, who currently lives in Arizona.


Yasmine Davila ’19


Assistant Director of Intercultural Life

Yasmine is 3rd generation Puerto Rican-American. She received her B.A. in anthropology and sociology and G.W.S.T. from Knox College, proud Class of 2019 and her M.S.W. in leadership and social change from University of Illinois (Champaign-Urbana). At Knox College, Yasmine was involved in Lo Nuestro and A.B.L.E., lived in Casa Latina, collaborated and co-founded M.S.A.C. and Day of Dialogue, was a McNair Scholar, and worked as a student worker and CIL Peer Educator through Intercultural Life.

As a licensed social worker, Yasmine has a non-profit case management background providing psycho-social support services to refugees and immigrants in Chicago, trauma-informed care and program coordination, and culturally-responsive care. As an assistant director of intercultural life, Yasmine advises and supports student cultural organizations and the 6 cultural houses and develops and implements programming fostering cross-cultural interaction and promoting learning about social justice, equity, and cultural celebration.

Yasmine is a passionate reader of BIPOC and Queer science fiction, fantasy, and romance. (She worked at a bookstore for three years, and is open to any book conversations.) She loves to go hiking, test vegan and nutritional cultural food recipes, spend time with her loved ones, and listen to any and all Reggaeton and/or R&B music on repeat.

Jordan Hurst


Assistant Director of Intercultural Life and LGBTQ+ Advisor

Jordan is a first-generation college graduate with a B.A. in theater from Knox College and an M.A. in theatre from Bowling Green State University. As a Black and Queer individual, their experiences have fueled a passion for intercultural understanding and social justice. During their time at Knox, Jordan was involved in Pi Beta Phi, served as the Diversity and Inclusion Chair on the student senate, was a McNair Scholar, and actively participated in various theatre productions and the Theatre Advisory Board. 

As the Assistant Director of Intercultural Life and LGBTQ+ Advisor, Jordan advises Queer student organizations at Knox College and oversees the Gender and Sexuality Center and the Queer and Ally House.  In their role, Jordan is dedicated to ensuring LGBTQ+ students not only feel acknowledged but actively supported in their academic and personal journeys. 

Beyond work, Jordan enjoys a variety of movies and television, particularly sci-fi, fantasy, documentaries, and stories with QTPOC representation. A theatre kid at heart, they are always ready to discuss performances, from concerts to the latest Broadway plays and musicals. In their spare time you can find Jordan playing video games, crafting, or putting together furniture for friends and family.

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Printed on Wednesday, April 24, 2024