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Aeriel comes to Dartmouth after spending the past year consulting internationally on issues of identity and diversity in higher education. Prior to her time abroad, Aeriel supported students of color at Georgetown University through her work in the Center for Multicultural Equity and Access. Deeply committed to the advancement of and advocacy for Pan Asian communities, Aeriel has taught, facilitated, and presented nationally on issues facing Asian Pacific Islander American populations. Additionally, Aeriel is currently serving a fourth term on the Asian Pacific American Network Leadership Team for the American College Personnel Association. Aeriel's research interests include: Pan Asian college students' leadership development, intersections of race/gender identity, and social change outcomes associated with international service-learning. Aeriel earned a B.A. in Strategic Communication from the University of Minnesota and a M.Ed. in Counseling and Personnel Services with a focus on College Student Development from the University of Maryland.
Geoff Kaufman is a postdoctoral researcher in psychology at Tiltfactor Laboratory at Dartmouth College (www.tiltfactor.org). He holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in psychology from Ohio State University, and a B.A. in psychology from Carnegie Mellon University. His research focuses on how the mental simulation of characters' experiences in fictional narratives, virtual worlds, and games can change individuals' self-concepts, attitudes, behaviors, and emotions. He is particularly interested in how such experiences can build interpersonal understanding and empathy, reduce stereotypes and prejudice, inspire higher levels of social consciousness, and encourage beliefs and actions that are beneficial to both self and society.
Joselyn McDonald hails from Eastern North Carolina. She graduated with a B.A. in Film Studies with a concentration in Experimental, Animation, and Documentary Arts from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. While at UNCW, she founded a non-profit organization that used music, art, fashion, and film events as ways to promote philanthropic initiatives in alternative ways. After graduating, she moved to Chicago, Illinois and attended The Second City where she studied Improvisation and Comedy Writing. She joined the OPAL staff as an AmeriCorps VISTA in 2011, where she assisted in developing a Native American college access and film mentorship program titled College Knowledge. In the summer of 2012, she joined OPAL as the Program Coordinator of the Native American Program.
Dr. Reese C. Kelly joined the Office of Pluralism and Leadership (OPAL) team as the LGBTQIA Assistant Dean and Advisor after working as a faculty member in Sociology and Women's and Gender Studies at Middlebury College, the University of Vermont, and the University at Albany, SUNY. A queer-identified transgender man, Reese holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University at Albany, SUNY and was a recipient of the Woodrow Wilson Foundation's Women's and Gender Studies Dissertation Fellowship and the Middlebury College Dissertation Fellowship for his research on transgender identity management. During his 7 years of teaching in higher education, he developed and taught courses on sex and gender, identity and inequality, trans/gender variance, sexuality and culture, sociological theory, feminist and queer theory, and feminist research methods, while also serving as resource on transgender inclusion and LGBTQ issues for his local community and various non-profit organizations. Reese is excited to be working with students, faculty, staff, and alumni to enhance the Dartmouth experience for individuals of all sexualities, gender identities, and gender expressions.
T.M. Mosley joined the staff as OPAL's Advisor to Black Students after working as a graduate school instructor in the Mental Health Counseling program at Georgia State University and as a Resident Therapist in Counseling and Psychological Services at Agnes Scott College. She has varied experiences within the field of higher education and diversity training, including positions within athletics, student affairs, undergraduate and graduate school instruction, research, and assessment. Her research and teaching interests include the experiences and perceptions of Black students at predominantly White institutions, intersections of identity, career development, social advocacy, and college mental health. Mosley has a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Psychology from the University of Alabama, and a M.A. in Community Mental Health Counseling from Louisiana State University. She will complete her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Practice from Georgia State University in 2013 and was awarded the Emerging Leader Fellowship by a division of the American Counseling Association. She is excited about working with the students, faculty, staff, and alumni of Dartmouth to support under-represented student groups while promoting ownership of the student experience and academic success of all students.
Rodrigo graduated from Dartmouth in 2006 with a double-major in Psychological & Brain Sciences and Asian and Middle Eastern Languages & Literatures (Japanese). He became interested in higher education due to his desire to work with students. After graduation, he first worked at the Collis Center & Student Activities, where he focused on assessment, outreach, and programming. In 2007, he joined Dartmouth Career Services as the Outreach and Program Coordinator, and was later promoted to Assistant Director. While at Career Services, he developed a new marketing and branding strategy for the office, coordinated outreach, programming and assessment, and advised students on their career and educational development. Rodrigo is passionate about working with students, faculty, and staff to strengthen the Latina/o community at Dartmouth and to support the academic success and leadership development of all students.
O'siyo. My name is Cheyenne Reynoso. I am Cherokee, Chactaw, and Shawnee on my mother's side from Oklahoma; originally removed from the Tennessee area and am Apache and Aztec (from Aguas Caliente, Mexico) on my father's side. I am from Garden Grove, California and just graduated with my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Anthropology with a minor in African American Studies from the University of California, Irvine. While at UCI, I was chair of the American Indian Student Association for 3 1/2 years, was the Youth and Pow wow Coordinator for 3 years (establishing our annual youth conference and mentorship program at Sherman Indian High School in Riverside, California), was a regional representative for the Intertribal Collegiate Alliance, was a Lead Student Ambassador, Outreach, Retention, and Yield Specialist for UCI's Office Of Admissions, interned/ worked/ organized with local tribes, programs, and community members and youth as well as with Native communities across the nation to make sure that we represented the native community in a good way. I am excited and looking forward to working with and learning from amazing Native undergraduates, community members, and programs this year at Dartmouth.
Karlos served students at California State University, Sacramento for seven years prior to joining the OPAL team at Dartmouth. While in Sacramento, he established a campus-wide student leadership certificate program, conducted leadership courses, and coordinated leadership conferences, workshops and speakers as well as leadership awards receptions. Additionally, he advised hundreds of student clubs including cultural, academic, and religious clubs, as well as social Greek letter sororities and fraternities including 17 culturally-based Greek letter organizations. He also served the campus community as a member of the Multi-Cultural Center Advisory Board, Committee Chair for the CSU System-wide Graduation Initiative to increase retention and graduation rates of under-represented minorities, and as the Chair of several campus-wide committees on building campus unity. As a first generation college graduate with a B.A. in Social Science and Interdisciplinary Studies, he is particularly interested in issues related to student engagement and success. Karlos coordinates OPAL leadership programs, diversity initiatives and programs and facilitates the First Gen Network.
Alysson arrived at Dartmouth College in 2012 as the Director of OPAL after working both with, and on behalf of, under-represented and under-served students at CSU, Sacramento, San Francisco State, City College of San Francisco and Duke University. Her research and teaching interests include organizational identification and commitment, family communication and civic engagement. Alysson earned her Ph.D. from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Interpersonal and Organizational Communication in 2004 and was a recipient of the Woodrow Wilson Foundation's Humanities at Work grant award. Working in both administrative and teaching capacities since 1996, she continues to be inspired by education and its essential role in social change.
Having worked at the College since 1991, Steve Silver joined the staff as OPAL’s International Student Programs Director in 2008. Steve came to Dartmouth with an undergraduate degree from Colgate University, a Masters degree in Education (field of College Student Development) from George Washington University, and nine years of experience in admissions at Lafayette College and Clarkson University. At Dartmouth, Steve worked in the Admissions Office, managing the international student recruitment and application review processes, and served for nine years as the Director of the International Office (now Office of Visa and Immigration Services). In his current position, Steve works with international undergraduates and graduate students, assisting them in their adjustment to the College and helping them maximize their Dartmouth experiences.
Minnie Slater joined the OPAL team as an Administrative Assistant in 2006. She currently supports the OPAL Director, the Native American Program, and the Advisor to Latina/o Students. In addition, she maintains office websites and supports the Leadership Discovery Program. Having earned her Associates Degree in Human Services at the Community College of Vermont in 2007, she is currently working on obtaining her Bachelors degree thru Johnson State College's External Degree Program. Prior to her work in OPAL, Minnie spent many years as a legal secretary.
Cody Uddenberg was raised on the Nez Perce Reservation in Lapwai, ID. She graduated from Dartmouth College with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Anthropology. While at Dartmouth, she was involved with the Native Americans at Dartmouth organization and Epsilon Kappa Theta Sorority. She worked as both a full and part-time intern with the Admissions Office and as a part-time intern with the Native American Program. She also worked as a peer mentor while assisting the Dean's Office as a DOSC. Following Dartmouth, Cody spent a year servicing the Marshall Islands through the Dartmouth Volunteer Teaching Program. She currently resides in Hanover and works as a part-time waitress at Molly's Restaurant and Bar. This spring, she recently joined the Native American Program as a support intern for the Spring term of 2013.
Last Updated: 4/30/13