Office of Diversity & Inclusion

Norm J. Jones

Norm J. Jones

Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer

106A Converse Hall

Pronouns: he/him

Norm Jones serves as Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at Amherst College. In this role, he works with campus partners to advance practices and programs that foster diversity, inclusivity, and accessibility. He oversees the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, which includes: Faculty Diversity and Inclusion Officers, Office of Inclusive Leadership, Queer Resource Center,  Women’s and Gender Center, Multicultural Resource Center, Center for International Student Engagement, and Office of Campus Diversity & Student Leadership. Working with the dean of the faculty and the chief human resources officer, he plays a key role in recruiting and retaining diverse faculty and staff. He ensures that the college is an active participant in national and international conversations around inclusive excellence.

Heather A. Ruggeri

Heather A. Ruggeri

Assistant to the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer

106 Converse Hall
Dina R. Levi

Dina R. Levi

Director of Inclusive Leadership

105-B Converse Hall

Pronouns: she/her

Dina Levi serves as the Director of Inclusive Leadership. Dina brings a passion for issues of diversity, inclusion, equity and justice, and for helping organizations create a culture shift towards one of intentional inclusion. Dina works collaboratively to bring strategic alignment that supports Amherst’s overall D&I mission and vision through development of personal cultural competency, inclusive leadership, and community engagement. Dina provides overall leadership and management of the Amherst Fellows Program and general assistant and support of diversity and inclusion training and development. Dina works to create infrastructure around diversity and inclusive leadership development across all segments of the employee community.

Rosemary Effiom

Rosemary Effiom

Director, MMUF Program & Student Academic Development

208 Fayerweather Hall

Pronouns: she/her  

As the program coordinator of Amherst’s Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship [MMUF] Program, Rosemary Effiom serves as advisor to the College’s MMUF fellows and directs various academic opportunities and activities of the MMUF fellowship, including summer research program. In collaboration with colleagues in the Office of Diversity & Inclusion, Rosemary Effiom actively advises students from diverse backgrounds on a wide range of topics pertaining to graduate studies and other post-graduate opportunities.

Saren Deardorff

Saren Deardorff

Administrative Assistant

Pronouns: he/him

Saren, a recent alumnus of Amherst, is now a second year in the Social Justice Education program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, pursuing his M.Ed. While at Amherst, he studied Sexuality, Women’s and Gender Studies, in addition to Black Studies. Saren is currently assisting Rosemary Effiom with the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship [MMUF] Program. He is excited to be back at Amherst, and is dedicated to making higher education accessible, equitable, and inclusive.

Allen J. Hart

Allen J. Hart

James E. Ostendarp Professor of Psychology; Faculty Diversity and Inclusion Officer

D214 Science Center

Pronouns: he/him

The FDIO serves as an advocate for diversity and inclusion in the overall academic program, partnering with the Dean of the Faculty supporting individual faculty members and academic departments.  The Officer advances principles of inclusive excellence in three significant domains (1) recruitment and retention of top-rate scholar-teachers (2) ongoing professional development that allows faculty members to thrive throughout their careers (3) confidential consultations with faculty members as needed.

In his role as faculty diversity and Inclusion officer, Allen helps facilitate faculty search processes, assists with faculty workshops on topics of diversity and inclusion, and works to develop insights into demographic data across academic departments.

He also helps faculty and instructional staff navigate concerns around profession, climate, and community.  In his research, Allen explores the role of interpersonal expectations in guiding human behavior. To that end, an important theme has been to understand the basic processes of interpersonal expectations informed by how real people make decisions and judgments about real people.  His research investigates issues related to judicial behavior, jury decision-making, and the social and neural foundations of stereotyping and prejudice. Allen was a senior administrator in student affairs for more than ten years.

Marisa Parham

Marisa Parham

Professor of English; Faculty Diversity and Inclusion Officer

108 Johnson Chapel

Pronouns: she/her

The FDIO serves as an advocate for diversity and inclusion in the overall academic program, partnering with the Dean of the Faculty supporting individual faculty members and academic departments.  The Officer advances principles of inclusive excellence in three significant domains (1) recruitment and retention of top-rate scholar-teachers (2) ongoing professional development that allows faculty members to thrive throughout their careers (3) confidential consultations with faculty members as needed.

In her role as faculty diversity and Inclusion officer, Professor Parham assists with faculty search processes, helps develop faculty workshops on topics of diversity and inclusion, and seeks creative ways to assure that Amherst is an active participant in national and international conversations around inclusive academic excellence.  Like Allen Hart, she is also available for individual conversations regarding profession, climate, and community.  Professor Parham's current teaching and research projects focus on texts and technologies that problematize assumptions about time, space, and bodily materiality.  She is particularly interested in how such terms share a history of increasing complexity in texts produced by African Americans, and how they also offer ways of thinking about intersectional approaches to digital humanities and technology studies.  

Ryan A. Murray

Ryan A. Murray

Office Assistant

Pronouns: he/him

As assistant to the Faculty Diversity & Inclusion Officers, Ryan is responsible for aiding the search processes for new, diverse faculty, and fostering lasting connections between the office and faculty across campus. He supports a diverse workforce and participates in Amherst College’s efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment. Ryan is also a visual artist whose body of work explores and promotes the discussion of mental health in communities of color.

Angie Tissi-Gassoway

Angie Tissi-Gassoway

Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion

Pronouns: she/her

The Associate Dean for Diversity & Inclusion works directly with the Chief Diversity & Inclusion Office to affirm and celebrate the multiple identities of the Amherst College community. Angie works collaboratively with campus partners to examine and address issues related to diversity, inclusion and equity. She is responsible for creating and supporting initiatives that cultivate community and foster meaningful interactions across difference. Additionally, the Associate Dean oversees the various student facing offices and bridges the Multicultural Resource Center, Women’s & Gender Center, Queer Resource Center, Center for International Student Engagement, and the Office of Campus Diversity & Student Leadership into the overall division’s strategic goals.

Paola A. Gallego

Paola A. Gallego

Administrative Assistant

Pronouns: she/her

Paola Gallego is the Administrative Assistant for the Associate Dean for Diversity & Inclusion and the directors of the Multicultural Resource Center, Queer Resource Center, and Women’s and Gender Center. The Administrative Assistant supports the operations of the three resource centers and their student staff. Contact her to schedule appointments with the associate dean and/or the directors. Paola is excited to be a part of the OD&I team! On her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her pit bulls, Lola and Blu and cats, Blacky and Tigger.

Zachary L. King

Zachary L. King

Administrative Assistant

Pronouns: he/him

Zak King is the Administrative Assistant to the Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion. He supports the Associate Dean through budget and project management. In addition to his role in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Amherst College, he is also pursuing an MFA in Fiction from the MFA for Poets and Writers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Nayah N. Mullings

Nayah N. Mullings

Director, Women's and Gender Center

Pronouns: she/her  

Karibuni wote (“Welcome, all” in Swahili)! My name is Nayah Mullings, and I am the Director of the Women’s and Gender Center. I graduated from Amherst College in 2017 and shortly after began pursuing a Masters of Social Work before returning to my alma mater for this position. Over the past year, I took intensive courses in clinical theory and practice and did a full-time practical internship at a therapeutic, Special Education High School in Northampton, MA. As a student at Amherst, I worked in the Queer Resource Center for my four years, first in an Office Coordinator role and later in the Education & Advocacy Coordinator position. The Resource Centers were at the heart of my Amherst experience, and am so grateful to continue to work in this community and the WGC. I am passionate about understanding and improving the experiences of women, femmes and trans folks of color at Amherst, and about creating space for individual and collective learning, growth and healing through the lens of intersectional feminism. Please contact me if you have any questions or want to learn more about the resources and services the WGC provides.

Jxhn T. Martin

Jxhn T. Martin

Director of the Queer Resource Center

Pronouns: they/them/theirs

Jxhn serves as the director of the Queer Resource Center (QRC), whose primary role on campus is to support queer* and trans students throughout their journey at Amherst (*queer is used here as an umbrella term for the LGBTQ+ community). Jxhn works to bring change to campus through community building, stemming from programming, queer/trans inclusivity trainings, to policy implementation and beyond. Reach out to them regarding how to navigate resources on campus, to schedule a training, ask questions concerning collaborative programming with the QRC, and/or booking the QRC space. In their free time, you can find them talking about desirability politics, affects/effects of student debt, and/or some combination of netflixing, eating, cooking, or attempting to bake.

Tenzin L. Kunor

Tenzin L. Kunor

Associate Director of Diversity & Leadership

Pronouns: he/him              

As the Associate Director of Diversity & Leadership in the Office of Campus Diversity & Student Leadership, Tenzin provides education, support, and advocacy to and on behalf of first generation, low-income, transfer, veteran, and undocumented/DACA students. Tenzin cultivates leadership development opportunities for students and is deeply committed to nurturing compassionate, imaginative, and reflective leaders seeking to create a better world for all of us. He is passionate about social justice, deconstructing classism, racial identity development, and advising student organizations. When Tenzin is away from work, he can be found cheering for Everton FC, spending time with his three-year-old shepherd/lab mix named Mars, relearning Tibetan, and doing tuberculosis advocacy work.

Bulaong M. Ramiz-Hall

Bulaong M. Ramiz-Hall

Director, Multicultural Resource Center

Pronouns: she/her

As the Director of the Multicultural Resource Center (MRC), Bulaong Ramiz-Hall oversees the daily operation and programming of the MRC and serves as a support and resource for individual students, student organizations, and programming initiatives around diversity and multiculturalism. In addition, Bulaong Ramiz-Hall serves on the Presidential Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion, the Title IX Committee, the Subcommittee on Belonging, and the Working Group on Student Activism. Contact Bulaong at bramiz@amherst.edu for collaboration opportunities, program inquiries, or to book MRC space.

Ramona B. East

Ramona B. East

Specialist for Race Education and Programs

Keefe Campus Center

Pronouns: she/her             

As the Race Education and Programs Specialist, Ramona works directly with the Multicultural Resource Center (MRC) to co-create and support its educational and social programs around topics of diversity, ethnicity, and race. Through programming, Ramona works directly with the Resource Centers’ Directors and the MRC student staff to increase student involvement in the center and to enhance students’ understanding of ethnic and racial identities. Contact Ramona at reast@amherst.edu for collaboration opportunities, program inquiries, or to book the MRC space.

Hanna Bliss

Hanna Bliss

Director of International Student Engagement

Pronouns: she/her             

Hanna serves as the Director of International Student Engagement. The Center for International Student Engagement (CISE) is designed to be a hub through which international students engage with Amherst College and with each other in fun, intersectional, and holistic ways. While Hanna enjoys helping F-1 and J-1 students and language assistants navigate daunting US immigration regulations, it is CISE’s emphasis on community building and identity exploration that she finds most exciting. Anyone on campus is encouraged to reach out to Hanna if interested in learning more about the international student experience at Amherst, building up programs that center a global perspective, or collaborating to internationalize and decolonize existing events and spaces.

Gabriel Andres P. Hall

Gabriel Andres P. Hall

Assistant Director of International Student Engagement

Pronouns: he/him or they/them             

As Assistant Director of International Student Engagement, Gabe’s work involves supporting international students holistically. They enjoy helping with everything from F-1 visa advising to creating programs that make Amherst feel like home for students from near and far. Gabe is interested in cultivating practices of empathy, creating spaces for community, and facilitating dialogues for learning about ourselves, others, and the places we call home. His approach to student support is rooted in social justice, global perspectives, and liberatory practices. If you are interested in putting on an internationally-focused program or just chatting, feel free to reach out to him at any time.

Amari L. Boyd

Amari L. Boyd

Dialogue Coordinator

Pronouns: she/her

As the Dialogue Coordinator, Amari works closely with the Associate Dean of Diversity & Inclusion to develop and facilitate dialogues for Amherst student participants throughout the academic year. She is one of the dialogue facilitators of the #AmherstChatBack: Unpacking Misconceptions dialogue series. These dialogues are designed to foster strong dialogic skills where student participants examine power, privilege, oppression, and joy in their everyday lives. In addition to her role as Dialogue Coordinator, Amari is also pursuing a PhD in Social Justice Education from the College of Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Eun Lee Staff Photo Eun Y. Lee

Dialogue Facilitator (Consultant)
Call 413-542-5114
203 Keefe Campus Center




Pronouns: she/her

E.Y. (Eun) is one of the dialogue facilitators of the #AmherstChatBack: Unpacking Misconceptions dialogue series. She is currently a graduate student with an M.Ed. in Social Justice Education and a Graduate Certificate in Advanced Feminist Studies and the Graduate Coordinator for Diversity Education in Advocacy, Inclusion & Support at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her professional background includes facilitation, training, coaching, and coordination of intergroup dialogue courses on topics relates to social justice on college campuses. Her academic interests include feminist pedagogy, and she is teaching a first-year seminar course at UMass, Amherst, "Learning and Teaching with Feminism in Mind."