Latinx and Immigrant Outreach Staff | BCTC

Latinx and Immigrant Outreach Staff

Erin Howard

photo collage of Erin HowardErin Howard is the Latinx and Immigrant Outreach and Services Director. She earned a Master's of Arts in Spanish from the University of Tennessee. Erin was a board member for United We Dream Network and currently serves on the United We Dream action board. She teaches Latino Studies and Humanities at BCTC and taught Immigration and Social Justice in Costa Rica with the Kentucky Institute for International Study. Erin is most passionate about the Latinx Leadership and College Experience Camp, a program she co-created with faculty and students in 2006, that provides college preparation, leadership development and social justice education for Latinx, immigrant and refugee youth. Erin is an artist and life-long gymnast integrating her passions for creativity and movement into all she does.

"I can help you with creating a path for success however you define it through college coaching, academic advising, connecting to service or leadership opportunities or by simply listening and helping you map out your goals!"

Milton Noe Meza de Los Santos

photo collage of Milton Noe Meza de Los SantosMilton Noe Meza de los Santos is a man with a passion for the immigrant community. He graduated from BCTC in 2015 and is continuing his Bachelor's in Psychology at EKU. Milton is currently the Latino Outreach Coordinator at BCTC, where he aids in the effort to push the Latinx community towards higher education and reaching their goals. He is from Veracruz, Mexico and radio show host for Sobre la Meza. His hobbies include soccer, rock climbing, and playing video games. He loves to eat different kinds of food, trying new things, and encouraging others to push their limits.

"I can help you with admissions, ESL, goal searching, scholarship applications, networking and volunteering the Latinx community, etc."

Yamukumba Mbayo

photo of Yamukumba Mbayo

"Yamukumba has been working with immigrants and refugee communities since 2011. Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, he has worked in several roles at Bluegrass Community & Technical College in various efforts to improve access to education. He currently supports enrollment and retention of immigrant and refugee students at Bluegrass in the Latino Outreach & Immigrant Services. He feels honored to be in the position to influence the future of Fayette county and beyond by supporting students to achieve their ambitions. Yamukumba resettled to Lexington Kentucky in 2006 from Zimbabwe. Among other roles, Yamukumba is the co-founder of the Lexington Congolese Futball Group, a local grass-root organization that addresses mental, physical, & social wellbeing through physical activity in the immigrant community."