Staff

Wintlett Taylor-Browne

Director

In Jamaica, my entire career was in Education. I was a Social Studies teacher/professor at the secondary and tertiary levels then, a curriculum consultant, and author of textbooks. My sojourn in the US has continued my path in the Education field but this time in Student Affairs. Education found me while I was looking elsewhere for a career. I had no idea that my degrees in International Relations and Public Administration would take me on this exciting journey. Looking back over the life of my career, I am very satisfied with my choices and feel very blessed to have had the opportunities that came my way. Being a first generation student, I am keenly aware of the importance of education and I am passionate about helping students grow into their potential. When I am not helping students, I'm enjoying my four adorable grandchildren.

Felecia DeJong

Asst Dir, CIES and Coord of Multicultural Student Program

Felecia is a 2011 Luther graduate, originally from the Chicago area, currently living in Postville. Prior to taking on her role in the Center for Intercultural Engagement and Support, Felecia spent a decade of her professional career working in the K-12 education field serving diverse populations both in Postville and Des Moines.

While working for Des Moines Public Schools, Felecia completed two Master’s programs at Drake University. The first was in Culturally Responsive Leadership and Instruction, and her second in Education Leadership. Working on these two programs gave Felecia the opportunity to dig deeper into power, privilege and identity in relation to how these things impact equity and access in the education system.

Felecia is very passionate about advocating for marginalized groups in society and actively showing up as an ally. Felecia has worked hard to help students and colleagues alike feel safe coming to her for resources and understanding. Felecia believes in amplifying the voices of those not being heard and utilizing our own power and privilege to help others who may be feeling invisible or unsafe.

Alejandra Cruz

International Student Coordinator

Alejandra was born in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, and immigrated to the United States as a child. She lived most of her life in Miami and received an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Florida International University. Between Spring 2020 and Spring 2022, she worked at Luther College’s Center for Academic Enrichment and assisted the Associated Dean of Student Success and Coordinator of Disability Services.

Alejandra is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Student Academic Administration at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. At the CIES Office, her work focuses on assisting international students in their adjustment to college life in the United States. She serves as the Designated School Official (DSO) and maintains the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVIS) records of nonimmigrant students in F visa categories.

 Alejandra is passionate about increasing the representation of Black, Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC), and particularly Latina women in higher education.