About Us



Monday - Friday

9:00am - 3:30pm                       


Come enjoy free coffee, tea and snacks, a space to eat, study, relax and rest, and two computers with 10 pages of free printing daily!


Professional Staff: 



Image of Interim Director, Samantha Alberto
Image Credit
Francis Tatem


Interim Director

Samantha Alberto
Pronouns: she, her, hers
E-mail: sja5@stmarys-ca.edu
Office Location: De La Salle, 1st Floor
Phone: 925-631-8158

Samantha Alberto (she/her), also known as Sam, was born in Daly City, CA and raised all over the Bay Area. She graduated from Saint Mary's College (SMC) with a Bachelor's in Liberal & Civics Studies and her career in higher education started with her heavy involvement in co-curricular activities. As a product of SMC, curiosity and social justice lead the way she supports, trains and works with college students in the Division of Student Life. Sam is grateful for the sense of community at SMC and continues to build community as she believes everyone and everything is interconnected. Sam is pursuing a M.A. in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis on Marriage Family Therapy at SMC and lives on campus as a Resident Director. In her free time, Sam loves to spend time with her family, go on food-ie adventures, deepen her practice in yoga and binge TV shows to relax. 




Picture of IC Assistant Director, Kimiya Shokri
Image Credit
Francis Tatem


Assistant Director

Kimiya Shokri
Pronouns: she, her, hers
E-mail: kss5@stmarys-ca.edu
Office Location: 2nd Floor, Delphine Lounge
Phone: 925-631-8545

Kimiya Shokri (she/her) is a Bay Area born and raised Iranian American educator and creator, committed to creating equitable spaces for and centering the voices of her students. She is an alumna of Saint Mary’s College, where she graduated summa cum laude with a double major BA in English and Theatre. She has been teaching acting courses at Saint Mary's, and has developed and taught curriculum rooted in social justice work and social emotional learning with students from kindergarten to college age at American Conservatory Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, California Shakespeare Theater, and more. Kimiya is passionate about building community through the lens of ensemble - the idea that we are all in this together, and can build trust and respect for one another through acknowledgement of what unites us and celebration of what makes us different.  In her free time, Kimiya loves to cook improvisationally, read new books, and enjoy a cup of ginger tea while geeking out over her favorite shows and movies. 



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Image Credit
Francis Tatem



Melanie Salas
Pronouns: she, her, hers
E-mail: mjs27@stmarys-ca.edu
Office Location: 2nd Floor, Delphine Lounge
Phone: 925-631-8545

Melanie Salas ‘23 is a recent graduate of Saint Mary’s and earned her BA degree in Justice, Community, and Leadership and a minor in Ethnic Studies. Melanie is a Chammorro and Latina first-generation college graduate born and raised in the Bay Area. During her time at Saint Mary’s had the ability to explore different pedagogies, theories, ideas, and practices that pushed her forward to think about social justice advocacy and administration. She also gained so many new passions for learning about the educational inequalities in extracted communities, the school to prison pipeline, minority populations exclusion in academia, accessibility in the classroom, and environmental inequality. In addition to her studies, she flourished in her role as social justice advocate at the Intercultural Center, creating programs and events that center intersectional identities. Now in the position of pro-staff, she looks forward to providing support and guidance to the student staff at the Intercultural Center. In her free time, Melanie enjoys watching sunsets, spending time with her friends and family, going to concerts, and watching Disney movies.





Contact Us

Saint Mary’s College of California
Intercultural Center
PMB 4617
Moraga, CA 94575-4617
(925) 631-8545


The IC is located in Delphine Lounge along the perimeter of Ferroggiaro Quad between the bookstore and Cafe Louis.


***CLICK HERE for delivery directions to the Intercultural Center***

Three Year Strategic Plan - adopted July 2020

  • Goal #1 - Rearrange physical layout and resources of downstairs lounge

  • Goal #2 - Host monthly affinity-based Collective Hours

  • Goal #3 - Host monthly lunch conversations with collaborative partners

  • Goal #4 - Build intentional collaboration and IC orientation for grad students (and hire grad intern if possible)


  • Goal #1 - Create monthly IC newsletter showcasing our resources and programs

  • Goal #2 - Create dynamic, visually graphic EOY report

  • Goal #3 - Survey campus about awareness of IC mission, programming and overall purpose

  • Goal #4 - Co-create/host mini social justice conference facilitated by students

  • Goal #1 - Host annual DOC org & DOC org advisor welcome/orientation

  • Goal #2 - Enhance Fac Chat collaboration & add hybrid format option

  • Goal #3 - Utilize regional cultural center and professional organization networks

  • Goal #4 - Collaborate with CCIE sub-committees and student life partners on collective action initiatives