B.A., Haverford College
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
As the Dean of Multicultural Affairs and the Director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA), I work in collaboration with members of the Haverford community to foster the interrelations between diversity, academic excellence, and community engagement. The OMA supports individuals and organizations working to foster cultural and intellectual diversity at Haverford through initiatives that expand and extend our collective understanding of the challenges and opportunities of creating a truly diverse community. The OMA also helps to fund students and staff members invested in social justice and institutional transformation to attend conferences that are focused on issues of diversity in education and related public policy issues.
The OMA supports the work of Haverford programs such as the Ambassadors of Multicultural Awareness, the Chesick Scholars program, and the Rufus Jones Leadership Institute. Aided by the creative insight, vision, and dedication of a truly extraordinary set of student interns, the OMA develops programming for the Ira Reid House/Black Cultural Center, and works actively with offices such as The Women's Center and 8th Dimension as well as with a wide range of affinity groups such as the Asian Students Association (ASA), the Association of Latin American Students (ALAS), the Black Students League (BSL), Haverford Christian Fellowship (HCF), the International Students Association (ISA), the Jewish Students Union (JSU), the Muslim Students Association (MSA), the Sons of Africa (SOA), and the Sexuality and Gender Alliance (SAGA).
As Dean of Multicultural Affairs, I work on committees ranging from the Educational Policy Committee to the Sexual Misconduct Policy Advisory Committee, co-direct the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship program, and help support the work of the Multicultural Scholars Project. As a teacher and scholar, I focus on the interrelation between aesthetic formulations of subjectivity and practices of social transformation in the arenas of autobiography, visual culture studies, and critical discourses concerning gender and race. I forge my work in conversation with disability rights activists and art historians as well as with literary theorists and visual artists.