Bulaong Ramiz-Hall | Director | she/her/hers
Major: BA in American Studies: Race and Ethnic Studies; MS in Counseling
Hometown: Hartford, CT
Hobbies: Shondaland, listening to podcasts, playing with my pups Charli and Capone
I am honored to serve the Amherst community as the Director of the Multicultural Resource Center. I joined the Amherst in August 2016 with a vision toward creating a more expansive conversation about racial idenity, equity, justice, and more. I believe in connection and accountability as the key to true community building and encourage students, faculty, staff, and community members to bring their full selves to the MRC.
Our Student Staff
Irisdelia Garcia '18 | Special Topics Coordinator | she/her/hers
Major: English concentrating in Digital Humanities and Multicultural Theater Certificate
Hometown: Bronx, NY
On-campus activities: Resident Counselor, on the Board of ACSU, La Causa, Five College Theater and Dance Department
Hobbies: Writing poetry, playing video games, reading, DRAMA
I have been part of the MRC since my first-year and I love providing for a community that has given so much to me since the beginning of my time at Amherst.
Olivia Zheng '20 | Education Coordinator | she/her/hers
Major: Prospective English and Political Science
Hometown: Fremont, CA
On-campus activities: Asian Students Association, Dance and Step at Amherst College (DASAC), Intersections Dance Company, Amherst Mock Trial
Hobbies: Dancing, writing short stories, listening to Hamilton
For me, the MRC has been an amazing space in terms of creating community. I have met people I never would have met otherwise, engaged with communities different from my own, and interrogated concepts of institutional racism. Working at the MRC has made me want to further explore social justice work and continue serving the community.
Sade Green '20 | Program Coordinator | she/her/hers
Major: Prosepctive English and Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought
Hometown: Long Island, NY
On-campus activities: AAS Senator, Black Student Union (BSU), African and Caribbean Students' Union (ACSU), Amherst Christian Fellowship (ACF)
Hobbies: Writing, working out at the gym, catching up on TV shows
I love the MRC because it is a place where cultural differences are celebrated and people can be themselves, always and in all ways.
Tacia Diaz '19 | Program Coordinator | she/her/hers
Major: Sociology and Studio Art
Hometown: Miami, FL
On-campus activities: Conversation partner for English learners at the Jones Library
Hobbies: Val-stting, working on art pieces in the studio, reading poetry, looking at images of other people's art, watching shows
The MRC is a place where people are actively working to support and celebrate each other, and I loving contributing to that. The MRC is a space to grow as a person and as a member of the community.
Amal Buford '19 | Program Coordinator | he/him/his
Major: Film and Computer Science
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
On-campus activities: Senior chair of BMG (black men's group, subset of BSU), Vice President of Hip Hop Club, Art & Performance
Hobbies: Music, Film production, writing, watching good tv shows
The MRC is a place that has at different points been a home, a place of learning, and a place of community for me. I feel that in my time working here, I've grown to better understand the ways in which systemic oppression manifests itself in our lives, and have found a passion in challenging it. I aim to continue to learn about the relationship between identity and power, and interrogate my own place in the structure of white supremacy.
Eva Cordero '18 | Program Coordinator | she/her/hers
Major: Political Science
Hometown: Berkeley, CA
On-campus activities: Currently abroad in Cuba!
Hobbies: Reading, napping, music, being outdoors in the sun
Hi all! The MRC has introduced me not only to a strong support system but a family. It is an affirming space that has always encouraged me to challenge myself as a staff member, a student, and as a person. My work in the center has given me the knowledge and support to advocate for myself and my peers. I can't wait to be back next semester and hope to see you there!
Julia Pfatteicher '19 | Outreach Coordinator | she/her/hers
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
On-campus activities: Design Thinking Challenge Fellow, Amherst Dance, Team Mead
Hobbies: Drawing, dancing, sewing
The MRC is certainly the most unique environment on campus. Although I can go to my room to relax or go to the library to read, at the MRC I can do this and more. The MRC values learning, self-care, and radical compassion, which are three of the most important ways in which I hope to live my life. One of the best parts of my week is Wednesday afternoon when the MRC is filled with lots of students and their laughter and I can hear all their stories. I hope that the influence of the MRC across campus may continue to grow and foster new friendships and bonds across all identities.
Chris Lewis '19 | Office Coordinator | he/him/his
Major: Economics and Psychology
Hometown: Kingston, Jamaica
On-campus activities: Men’s Soccer, BELONG campaign member
Hobbies: Playing the recorder, Skyping family, and remembering the MRC frog (RIP Meek)
My name is Chris Lewis and I’m the Office Coordinator here at the MRC. I’m from Kingston, Jamaica (just a bit warmer than Amherst) and I’m an Economics and Psychology double-major. I enjoy playing soccer, listening to Drake and talking to my family back home. I enjoy working at the MRC because I get to meet new people every single day and engage in conversations with people from different backgrounds while learning about there experiences. Everyday in the MRC is an opportunity to educate and to become more educated and I am grateful to be a part of this center!
Kevin Zhangxu '20 | Summer Intern | he/him/his
Hometown: Fremont, California
On-campus activities: ACEMS, Asian Students Association (ASA), Amherst College Public Health Collaborative, Resident Counselor
Hobbies: Watching movies @ Amherst Cinema, Listening to Podcasts, Radio DJ-ing for WAMH 89.3!
Learning to navigate oppressive institutional structures both within the college and beyond the campus, I hope my time and experience working in the MRC advances my ability to explore my own identity. Meanwhile, the knowledge I aspire to acquire will strengthen and bolster my resolve to support other marginalized communities. The MRC provides me a spark of hope and purpose.