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Renata D. Baptista, Acting Assistant Dean and Advisor to Latinx Students, Office of Pluralism and  Leadership


shiella bio picRenata joined the OPAL team in June 2015, hailing most recently from Columbus, Ohio. Previously, she worked as an Assistant Hall Director at The Ohio State University with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion Scholars Living Learning Community and the Mount Leadership Society Living Learning Program. While at Ohio State, Renata was an instructor in the Leadership Studies minor program teaching two courses: Introduction to Leadership Development in Learning Organizations and Crossing Identity Boundaries: A Journey Toward Intercultural Leadership. During her time at Ohio State, Renata served as an advisor and facilitator for the Student Leadership and Engagement Committee, the Black Student Association, Women's Circle, and Leadership Initiatives for Women of Color.

Renata holds a Bachelor's degree in Sociology and Studio Art from the University of Miami, a Master of Arts degree in Educational Studies from Ohio State's Higher Education and Student Affairs program, and a Master of Human Resource Management degree from the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University.

At Dartmouth, Renata works with the various communities in OPAL to commemorate and celebrate the following Heritage and History Months: LatinX Heritage Month, LGBTQIA+ History Month, International Education Week, V-February, Black Legacy Month, PRIDE, Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and Voices of Summer (VOX).

Renata likes handwritten notes, anything related to cats, pen and ink illustrations, and bellydancing.


Shiella M. Cervantes, Assistant Dean and Advisor to Pan Asian Students, Office of Pluralism and  Leadership


shiella bio picShiella Cervantes joined the OPAL team as the Assistant Dean and Advisor to Pan Asian Students in the summer of 2014. Previously, Shiella worked at the University of Pennsylvania as Associate Director of the Pan-Asian American Community House. She is an alumna of Penn, earning her degree in Cultural Anthropology with a minor in Asian American Studies. Her interests include intersectionality, social media, new media, and the arts.


Michelle N. Hector, Assistant Dean and Advisor for Sexuality, Women, and Gender, Office of Pluralism and Leadership


michelle bio picMichelle joined the Center for Gender and Student Engagement in July 2013. Through her work for the CGSE, Michelle has overseen large-scale campus campaigns including the White Ribbon Campaign, V-Day Dartmouth, Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and PRIDE. She provides individual student support, identity-based co-curricular education, and advises gender-related student organizations. Prior to joining the CGSE, Michelle served as the Community Director of the Russell Sage Cluster within the Office of Residential Life. During that time, she worked closely with the CGSE as co-advisor to the Gender Neutral Programming Floor. Michelle has been part of the Dartmouth community since 2011. Michelle holds a B.A. in Mass Communication and English with a concentration in Journalism and a M.A. in Communication from the University of Delaware. Her graduate work is in interpersonal communication with a research focus on mindfulness, appraisal, and attribution of responsibility within the comforting process.


Sebastian X. Muñoz-Medina, Program Coordinator for Gender & Sexuality and Multicultural Education, Office of Pluralism and Leadership


seb Sebastian joined the OPAL team in November 2014 from Miami, Florida. As a program coordinator for the Office of Pluralism and Leadership, Sebastian supports student education, exploration, and empowerment on issues of gender and sexuality, race, culture, and social location. Sebastian works closely with the assistant deans and advisors to create space, programming, and workshops to implement strategies to maximize student potential while at Dartmouth College. Sebastian X. Muñoz-Medina is a graduate of the Student Personnel in Higher Education Graduate Program at the University of Florida (UF), obtaining a Master's in Education. At UF, Sebastian worked as the Community Engagement Graduate Assistant for the Center for Leadership and Service and graduate advisor for Florida Alternative Breaks. Sebastian served as a Machen Florida Opportunity Scholars Life Coach and a University Minority Mentor. Sebastian collaborated as co-facilitator for Trans at UF, a social, support, and discussion group for trans* identified students and community members. Within the Gainesville community, Sebastian is the treasurer for Spectrum, a trans*-community outreach and awareness group, and is one of the founders of Heavyweights, a queer, fat boxing club, promoting body image empowerment.

Last Updated: 7/7/17