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.

Laura V. Gomez

Laura V. Gomez

Assistant to the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer

106 Converse Hall

Pronouns: she/her

As the assistant to the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Laura Gomez provides support to Norm Jones, and Dina Levi, Director of Inclusive Leadership, to increase the capacity and function of the division of Diversity and Inclusion. Through her work, Laura supports the overall mission of the Office of Diversity & Inclusion at Amherst College. Contact Laura should you have any questions regarding the division, or for opportunities to connect with the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer.

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.

Allen J. Hart

Allen J. Hart

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

329 Merrill Science

Pronouns: he/him

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

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.  

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.

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.

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.

Babyface Card

Babyface Card

Program Coordinator

Pronouns: she/her

As the Race, Gender & Sexuality Education Specialist, Babyface works directly with the Queer Resource Center (QRC) and the Multicultural Resource Center (MRC) to co-create and support the QRC & MRC’s educational and social programs and to coordinate the facilitation of topics centering the intersections of race, gender, and sexuality. Through programming Babyface works directly with the Directors and student staffs of the QRC and MRC to increase student involvement in the center and to enhance students’ understanding of race, gender, and sexual identity.

Jesse Beal

Jesse Beal

Director, Women's and Gender Center

Pronouns: they, them, theirs

Jesse serves as the Director of the Women’s and Gender Center (WGC), a student resource center dedicating to supporting the needs of all students with a particular emphasis gender, gender identity, and intersectional feminism. The WGC centers women, femmes, and nonbinary students. In addition to being a part of the Resource Centers Team, Jesse is a member of the Title IX Review Committee, the Orientation Planning Group, the Mammoth Week Committee, and the Sexual Respect Task Force, and is the lead for the Social Justice and Leadership LEAP Program. You should contact Jesse if you are interested in collaborating on events or programs related to gender and feminism, if you want to reserve the WGC, if you would like to schedule a training on sexism, power, privilege, or intersectionality, or if you would like someone to guest lecture on feminist theory and history, visual/pop culture, Trans and Nonbinary identities, whiteness, or social justice. Jesse is dedicated to supporting students of all genders to deepen their understanding of gender and gender equity.

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.

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.

Rebecca S. Counter

Rebecca S. Counter

International Student Engagement Specialist

Pronouns: she/her

Rebecca serves as the International Student Engagement Specialist for the Center for International Student Engagement (CISE). She works closely with the Director of International Student Engagement, Hanna Bliss, as well as other campus partners to support international students and initiatives across the institution. Rebecca’s work focuses in particular on international student outreach and advising, immigration support, and program development. She is also deeply committed to advocating for international student needs, building community across campus, and raising awareness around global issues. If you have questions or would like more information, please feel free to reach out to her and other CISE staff via email at internationalstudents@amherst.edu.

Ismaris K. Ocasio

Ismaris K. Ocasio

Dialogue Coordinator

Pronouns: she/her/ella

Ismaris is a second-year masters student at University of Massachusetts Amherst studying Social Justice Education, and current intern at Amherst College as the Dialogue Coordinator. She works closely with the Associate Dean for Diversity & Inclusion to develop curriculum that will be used to facilitate sustained dialogues throughout the year. Our facilitations are designed to foster strong dialogic skills for undergraduate students at Amherst College that explore social group identity, conflict, and community with hopes that they can transfer these skills into their involvements and every day encounters. She looks forward to her time at Amherst College.

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.