Learning Outcomes

  • Deepen their understanding of social justice, identity, and intersectionality.
    Develop leadership skills and strengthen their ability to practice allyship and interrupt bias.
  • Create meaningful relationships across difference forging bonds of friendship with other participants and connections with Amherst College Resource Center staff.
  • Focus on race, gender, sexuality, class, and the intersections of these identities.
  • Be empowered to become change agents in their lives around the issues most important to them.

What to Expect

This LEAP program includes several hours each day of facilitated dialogue and activities and also some physical activity such as high-ropes course, swimming, canoeing, etc. although everything is challenge by choice and we will work to provide accommodations when necessary.


Email cdsl@amherst.edu if you have any questions about this LEAP program!

Meet Our Staff

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Olivia Zheng ‘20

Pronouns: she/her/hers


Hey! My name is Olivia and I'm a senior American Studies major from the Bay Area in California. When I was a first year, I went on the first ever SJL trip, where I met some of my really close friends, had a lot of fun, and was set on a trajectory to get more involved with social justice on campus. Now, I work for the Multicultural Resource Center and as a Diversity Intern for the Office of Admissions. I'm also involved with the Asian Students Association, Asian American Studies Working Group, Asian Women's Collective (which I'll be co-chairing in the fall) and DASAC (Dance and Step at Amherst College)! I've been an SJL leader/coordinator for the past two years and am super excited to begin my last year at Amherst with SJL as well!

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Tejia Pavao ‘21

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Hey everyone! My name is Tejia Pavao. I’m a rising junior from Providence, Rhode Island but I live in Virginia (I quietly rep Yankee and Yeehaw agenda, deal with it). I'm majoring in History, and Asian Languages and Civilizations, focusing on Arabic.  When I'm not studying diligently, you can find me working in the Queer Resource Center as the Outreach Coordinator. As part of that role, I facilitate programs focused on being a queer/trans person of color and holding non-binary identity. I'm always open to talk about the experience of, and joy in holding these identities on campus with incoming students (or anyone, ever). When I'm not working, I enjoy binge-watching literally any show (I procrastinate a lot; therefore, I have watched many, many shows), buying a book I'm never going to read, or planning my next tattoo. 

FYI: I love this trip so much, this will be my third time doing it!


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Harinh Lee ‘21

Pronouns: she/her/hers


Hello! My name is Harinh Lee and I am a rising junior from Lincoln, Nebraska majoring in Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought. On campus, I’m involved in the Reproductive Justice Alliance, the Sabrinas, and am a Peer Advocate for Sexual Respect. I also work as a Program Coordinator for the Women’s and Gender Center. In my free time, you can probably find me at one of the various coffee shops around town, napping, or valsitting. I’m excited to be a part of SJL this year and am looking forward to meeting all of you!

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Jenny Jung ‘22

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Hello everyone! My name is Jenny and I’m a rising sophomore from Gyeonggi-do, South Korea. I am a prospective neuroscience (or interdisciplinary) and music double major, but who knows what I will end up doing? :) In school, I sing in the DQ, the oldest (yes, actually the oldest) a cappella group on campus, am involved in miscellaneous musical activities, and will be on the E-board of the Korean Students Association (KSA)  next year as Secretary. When I’m not buried in work in the science center or Frost, I can be found either in the basement of Jearns trying to belt notes beyond my range and composing songs, or in my dorm room trying to catch up on sleep. I like coffee, coloring my hair in random shades of the rainbow, and spontaneous deep conversations about life. I’m so excited to meet all of you!

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Telmo Gonzalez ‘22

Pronouns: He/him/his


Hey! My name is Telmo Gonzalez, and I’m a rising sophomore from Queens, NY. I declared Economics last semester, and I’m planning to double major in Political Science. On campus, I work in the Queer Resource Center, so definitely stop by to say hi! I’m also on the eboard of La Causa, the LatinX student organization on campus. When I’m free I like to play video games, watch Youtube videos (food videos are addicting!), and spend time with my friends doing absolutely nothing.

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Cas Meade ‘22

Pronouns: they/them/theirs 

Heya! My name is Cas Meade and I'm a rising sophomore from Virginia and Florida. I haven't declared a major yet, but I'll probably double major in psychology and sociology. I also work as one of the Program Coordinators at Amherst's Queer Resource Center. I'd love to talk about the programs and resources we offer, and hear any new ideas on what programs we could add to better serve our community! I'm also part of the Amherst Outing Club, and I go rock climbing at a local crag weekly. When I have time, I love to get a bike from the bike share and go biking on the bike path that runs through campus. I also love hiking, backpacking, reading, listening to music, writing poetry and making art, and hanging out with friends. I’m really excited to meet the incoming class! I’m always happy to answer questions, offer support, or just lend a sympathetic ear. I know adjusting to life at Amherst can be hard at times, so please don’t hesitate to reach out to me, or any of the other resources available to you!

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Amy Nguyen ‘22

Pronouns: she/her/hers


Hello everyone! My name is Amy. I am currently a sophomore hoping to get a better sense of her major by the end of fall semester. Maybe biology, biochem, or compsci, alongside the premed track. I’m from Des Moines, Iowa, and if anyone knows about the chef…Iowa is the chef’s head! On campus, I work as a Diversity Intern for the Office of Admissions. I am the current outreach chair for the Asian Students Association aka ASA aka my family that helped me through my first year! I am also a member of the Questbridge/ Low-income community! In my free time, if it exists…I enjoy painting, meme-ing around with friends, cooking/baking, and long naps. Fun fact! I love expressing myself through my image. I have two self-designed tattoos, my eyebrow scar is very real and unfortunately does not have a cool back story, and you can catch me wearing glitter or gold leaf on my face. 

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Nayah Mullings

Pronouns: she/her/hers


Hey everyone, my name is Nayah Mullings and I am the Director of the Women’s and Gender Center. I grew up in Tanzania and DMV (PG County, Maryland to be specific, Piscataway land to be accurate) and am the child of Jamaican and Tanzanian immigrants. I am an Amherst alum (I worked in the Queer Resource Center as a student!) and have been working in this role for one year in August. In the WGC we work to interrogate and dismantle structural patriarchal oppression, and center the wisdom and needs of women, femmes and nonbinary individuals. We do this by providing social, support and educational programming and resources, and building community, all through an intersectional feminist lens. At work and in my personal life I love to sing, dance, craft, joke, listen to and tell stories. I am also passionate about personal and collective growth and healing in all forms, and can’t wait to meet you all!




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Tenzin Kunor

Pronouns: he/him/his 

As the Director of the Center for Diversity & Leadership (CDSL), I primarily work to provide education, support, and advocacy to and on behalf of first generation, low-income, transfer, veteran, and undocumented/DACA students. I am passionate about social justice, deconstructing classism, racial identity development, and advising student organizations. SJL LEAP is one of my favorite programs that we coordinate and I'm grateful and excited to have the opportunity to meet and to work with the incoming class year. When I'm away from work, I spend my time watching and playing basketball, relearning Tibetan, and doing tuberculosis advocacy work. See you in the fall!


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Jxhn Martin 

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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. 

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Amari Boyd

Pronouns: she/her/hers


As the Dialogue Coordinator, Amari works closely with the Associate Dean of Diversity & Inclusion to develop and facilitate dialogues for Amherst College faculty, staff and student participants throughout the academic year. In addition to her role as Dialogue Coordinator, Amari is a third-year PhD student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst studying Social Justice Education and has facilitated workshops on race, microaggressions, gender, and sexuality at NYU, UMass Amherst, Smith College and several non-profits in the Pioneer Valley. Her research interests include: autoethnography, post-qualitative research methodologies and antiblackness towards and among faculty and staff of color. Amari is also a proud cat mom and enjoys culinary experiences that bring her tears of joy.

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I'm Alex Kim and I'm one of the therapists at the Counseling Center. I grew up in the Seattle area as the kid of two immigrant parents from Korea, and I (unbelievably) have been living in Massachusetts for the last nine years with my partner Travis (and now our chihuahua, too). My professional training is as a social worker - to me, this means that I strive to believe in peoples' own expertise about themselves and their experiences, to honor the ways they adapt and resist oppressive situations, and to try to keep all things in context. I like: games of all kinds (board and video), reading fiction (especially sci-fi), karaoke, and cooking. I dislike: tree nuts, humidity, and living so far away from an H-Mart. Looking forward to meeting you!

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