New staff member to promote diversity

Sandya Klein is a familiar face to Intercultural Services, but this time around, she’s helping to promote diversity through her position as program coordinator.Monday was the first day on the job for Klein in the newly renamed and restructured office of Intercultural Services.

“I think it will be a wonderful opportunity to implement all the things I thought TCU needed to work on when I was there,” Klein said.

Klein first came to TCU in 2001 as an international student from Colombia. She graduated in 2004 with a degree in radio-TV-film and a minor in communication studies.

“I think (Klein) is a great asset,” said Director of International Student Services John Singleton. “She brings a perspective that is outside the traditional.”

Singleton said he remembered Klein as a hardworking student. He said her academic dedication, combined with her previous work experience will aid her in communicating the department goals effectively.

“She will enable us to make sure the message is delivered,” Singleton said. “Her experience will ensure the message delivered is a message of integrity.”

Klein will be working under Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Darron Turner.

The duties included in her job are communicating programs to students on campus and working with student organizations, Turner said. She will be attending student meetings and helping to organize the programs these organizations will be sponsoring.

Turner said her main responsibility will be providing direct contact with students.

“She will have no faculty or staff responsibilities, so she can dedicate all attention to what (the students) are needing,” Turner said.

Turner said his office received between 85 and 100 applications for the position. He said Klein’s friendly demeanor, organizational skills and previous experience made her an excellent choice for the job.

“The people she has worked with in the past have all raved about her,” Turner said.

Klein’s experience as a former student at TCU will be beneficial to her job, he said.

“The benefit is there are people here she knows, so they will give her some immediate resources,” Turner said. “There is a benefit of knowing the system and where to go for certain things.”

Klein will be located in Student Development Services, Suite 220 of the Brown-Lupton Student Center, until her office relocates to Suite 111 at the end of the month.