Interim Director Named to Office of Multicultural Affairs
Haverford welcomed Frederic MacDonald-Dennis this September as the College’s Interim Director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA). MacDonald-Dennis takes over the position that had been held for a decade by Dean Sunni Tolbert, who retired in March.
MacDonald-Dennis brings considerable experience to the job. He has worked in administration at several colleges and served as Director of LGBT Affairs at the University of Michigan. More recently, he was Director of Life Residence at the Art Institute of Philadelphia. In his role as interim director, he has been charged with the task of working with the Haverford community to reexamine and restructure the role of the OMA and to help the College find a new Dean of Multicultural Affairs.
“The charge is really to talk with various constituencies, folks who have already indicated an interest, as well as folks who have not come forward, about what they would like to see in the OMA,” says Dean of the College Martha Denney. “The idea is to cast a wide net.”
“My kind of multiculturalism is very, very inclusive of many groups,” says MacDonald Dennis, who is the partner of Bryn Mawr’s Dean of Intercultural Affairs, Chris MacDonald-Dennis. “I will be interested to speak to individuals in the community about who they feel is left out. I hope to hear from everyone about what needs to be done.”
Reporting by Will Stone