VICE PRESIDENT FOR INSTITUTIONAL INCLUSION, EQUITY, AND LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT
Delia Saenz is a nationally-recognized expert in the area of understanding diversity in groups and has been a leader in conversations about diversity and inclusion, women and people of color in STEM fields, and sustainability. Read full bio here.
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR FOR INSTITUTIONAL INCLUSION, EQUITY, AND LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT
Charlene Holmes joined our office in the Spring term of 2020. Charlene’s full bio is coming soon!
Deja’ Haley ‘20
Will be this year’s senior class speaker. Haley is a student of Black Studies, Literature and Psychology. Her academic path at Bennington has been driven by a desire to understand how we create belonging and community through our differences. Formative to Haley’s time at Bennington was an Usdan curation course about the African American students and faculty who helped shape the College’s past, which inspired in her a commitment to continue that legacy for future generations. Deja’ Haley is admired among her peers for her unwavering efforts to create a more just and kind world.
Ahmad Yassir ‘20
Ahmad Yassir is an 8th term senior. My plan focuses on educational development through creativity, culture, and community values. Whereas my artwork draws lines between identity, memory, and spaces. My senior-year advanced work focuses on multidisciplinary social practice programming for underrepresented groups. Read full bio here!
Santiago Torres olmos ‘21
Santiago Torres is a 6th term junior. My plan is to develop the skills necessary to be a political conflict documentarist, combining literary journalism, political theory, and videography. My time at Bennington College showed me the obstacles for international and low-income students, and I strive to leave having something to change them for the better.
Kaiya Kirk is a senior studying theater and black studies. Through her work in acting, dramaturgy, and directing she has dedicated herself to creating more equitable, diverse, and inclusive theater spaces on campus. She hopes to use the skills developed through work on campus to make an impact on American Theater and its accessibility.
My name is Rojay Bryan a current sophomore at Bennington College. My plan focuses on Economics and Entrepreneurship and trying to discover ways to imbue people with a sense of well-being through food and their environment. My plan not only focuses on this but also on how to create new policies that will reduce inequalities in access to healthy food, clean water, education, and healthcare.
India Rose is a current freshman. When I arrived in Bennington, there were no safe spaces for students of color other than BSU, so my hope is to start by creating the first affinity space for fellow multicultural and multiracial students. I would love to continue working on how to make Bennington home for all students of color throughout my next four years here.
Suzie Rejali is a current junior. I’m an SCT student studying immigration and race theory between the Middle East and the United States. The main question driving my plan is how can people from different racial/cultural backgrounds exist within a space without there being any forms of structurally harmful prejudice or racism.
My name is Marley-Rose and I am a fourth term studying Directing, Black Studies, and French. I am particularly interested in how theatre is used as a social and political tool, as well as how we explore minoritarian narratives through representation and visibility. I have done quite a bit of work in the past with creating collaborative and informative spaces for healthy communication within small communities similar to our own here at Bennington.
Claire Webb is a senior at Bennington College. She studies restorative justice through the lenses of public action and psychology and focuses specifically on restorative practices in higher education. She is passionate about community building and growing campus-wide awareness of the pervasive effects of sexual misconduct and how to address sexual harm restoratively.
Alex Briseño is in her senior year and studies film at Bennington. Her plan focuses on the ways people of color are represented in media (Film, TV, Social Media) and how that representation affects the way POC are viewed in society by peers, people of the same ethnicity, and strangers. She has worked to foster visibility and inclusion of POC in films by starting the People of Color Film Club where films made by people of color from all over the world are screened.
I’m Andreea Coscai is a sophomore at Bennington. I dedicate my time to finding ways to pursue people of different cultures towards public action with the use of media (radio, video). Coming from Romania and having experienced being an international student since UWC, I make it my mission to try and give a voice to other people regarding their individuality as well as their struggles.
Jullian Androkae is a current freshman. I hope to build more understanding of International Students’ needs at Bennington through a platform for the voices of this very diverse group. Since I arrived at Bennington, I have witnessed the college’s relationship with international students and want to figure out how we can better face issues that has been a reoccurring discussion amongst students.