Multicultural Resource Center Staff

Nicholas Cream 

Nicholas Cream

Coordinator of MRC

I grew up and spend the first 18 years of my life in Princeton, NJ.  After graduating high school, I attended Hobart and William Smith Colleges and studied history and philosophy.  I studied abroad for one semester in the beautiful city of Barcelona, Spain.  From college, I spent 18 months in various different parts of Japan, teaching skiing and English.  From there, I moved to Cambridge, MA and worked with EF Foundation for Foreign Study as a recruitment and placement manager.  After leaving EF, I completed my master's degree at the School for International Training (SIT) in Brattleboro, Vermont studying Sustainable Development with a concentration in Community Development and Social Action.  For the last year I worked at Guilford College in Greensboro, NC in their Multicultural Education Department.  In August 2013, I joined the Amherst College staff.  My passions within multiculturalism include understanding the ways in which privilege (in particular white male privilege) is created and reproduced in our lives, while at the same time hiding itself from the majority of people who benefit from it.  Another interest of mine is creating radical social change through understanding the ways in which privilege and oppression affect every aspect of our lives.

Adrianna Turner '14

Diversity and Equity Coordinator

I am a senior from Wichita, Kansas, aka The Air Capitol of the World! Here at Amherst I am pre-med and majoring in Neuroscience. Although I am a science major, I love the diversity of majors at Amherst. All of my friends are humanities majors and interacting with them as well as the wealth of other diversities at Amherst has done a lot to spark my interests in areas such as sociology, psychology, law, etc. I am also passionate about acting and theatre, I just don’t have as much time for it as I would like. Growing up, one of the biggest values instilled in me was a responsibility to love others and to love my community. As corny as it may sound, that value has been at the core of everything I found myself participating the past four years. In addition to working in the MRC, I have been a tour guide, an octagon manager, a researcher in the biology department, a tutor for Girls Inc. and I have sat on a couple of the college's administrative committees. As a senior, I’m not sure what the future will hold, but I believe it will be good, and I hope to avow the same commitments to diversity and community that my work at the MRC has allowed me to over the years.

Ajanae Bennett '16

Peer Diversity Educator

Hi everyone! My name is Ajanae Bennett and I am a current junior from Brooklyn, NY. I am double majoring in Mathematics and Statistics and after college I hope to be an actuary. If I am not working as a Peer Diversity Educator in the MRC, you will see me dancing in the Friedman Room with DASAC, coordinating events for the BSU, providing help as a Stats Fellow and peer tutor in Merrill or hanging in Charles Drew House. I am really excited to be working at the MRC and I look forward to having meaningful discussions around multiculturalism this year.

Rashaa Fletcher '15

Peer Diversity Educator

Hello, everyone! My name is Rashaa Fletcher, and I am a senior at Amherst College double majoring in Psychology and Anthropology. On campus, I work as a Peer Diversity Educator in the Multicultural Resource Center, a Peer Career Advisor at the Career Center, and within my time at Amherst I have participated in Amherst Women’s Rugby, been an Athletic Team Engagement Leader, and a mentor within the Quest Scholars Network.

Since my freshman year, I have actively sought internships dedicated to social justice. Following my semester abroad in Nagoya, Japan, I worked as a research intern at UCLA’s Psychology of Social Justice Lab and have also been engaged in non-profit organizations within the Amherst community, such as Youth Action Coalition of which I was both a summer and academic year intern. I look forward to working with Amherst College students in developing programs addressing multiculturalism and intersectionality and seeing old and new faces at the MRC!

Dakota Foster '18

Peer Diversity Educator

I am a first year here at Amherst, and I am really excited to become part of the MRC.  I'm from Brunswick, Maine, which is about three and a half hours northeast of Amherst.  I wish that I could try out every department here at Amherst, but as of now I'm thinking about being either a political science or LJST major.  Beyond the classroom, I enjoy playing on the women's lacrosse team, participating in the Amherst Political Union, being in nature with the Outing Club, and arguing a lot in Mock Trial.

Lucas Rénique-Poole '15

Peer Diversity Educator

My name is Lucas Rénique-Poole. I am a senior from Brooklyn, NY, but also spent a lot of time in Oaxaca, Mexico while growing up. I am majoring in Environmental Studies and also pursuing the Five College Latin@, Latin American & Caribbean Studies Certificate. My junior year I spent a semester in Cochabamba, Bolivia. While in Bolivia, I did research on indigenous traditional government and migration. At Amherst, besides academics and the MRC I am also involved with El Arco Iris, a grassroots after school program in Holyoke which and La Causa, the Latin@ affinity group, and specifically La Causa’s largest event, VOICES, the region’s largest spoken word event. I am looking forward to becoming involved with the MRC this semester!

Jessi Wilcox '15

Peer Diversity Educator

Hi! My name is Jessi Wilcox and I'm a senior from Indianapolis, Indiana. I'm majoring in Mathematics but I have an interest in technology and social justice. On campus, I currently work as a Peer Diversity Educator for the MRC, a Media Specialist and Computer Specialist for the IT Department, and the Octagon supervisor. Over my time at Amherst, I've served as the Black Students Union Treasurer, Jr. Chair and Sr. Chair, co-captain for Amherst Women's Rugby, and a youth mentor at El Arco Iris. I'm excited to be working at the MRC this year and look forward to addressing multiculturalism and diversity through conversation and programming with other students!