Engaging Many Cultures: a Conversation with Mariana Cruz

August 20, 2015

By William Sweet


Mariana Cruz, formerly assistant to the provost for diversity initiatives and director of the multicultural resource center, was appointed interim chief diversity officer in the spring.

We spoke with her about what she sees as the role of a multicultural perspective on campus, and the continuing benefits of last year's Day of Dialogue, which brought together students, faculty and staff for a campus-wide discussion about racism.

Q: Tell me about your new position.

A: I'm part of the senior staff, reporting to president Biddy Martin, and I work closely with the Dean of the Faculty Catherine Epstein, among other members of the leadership of the college.

As director of the multicultural center, I was running and managing the Multicultural Resource Center. I will no longer be doing that, but I will oversee and supervise the incoming director of the center. I will also supervise the director of the Queer Resource Center, and the director of the Women and Gender Center as well.

Professor, Students Creating Comprehensive LGBT Rights Resource

August 12, 2015

By Office of Communications Intern Nate Gordon


A screenshot of the LGBT rights in the Americas timeline prototype

In 2010, Javier Corrales co-edited The Politics of Sexuality in Latin America. Since then, LGBT rights have become a focus for Amherst’s Dwight W. Morrow 1895 Professor of Political Science. Soon after he released the book, while talking to colleagues and others around campus about his studies, Corrales realized he was missing a resource: a comprehensive chronological record of the events that have influenced LGBT rights in the Americas.