As the Chief Student Affairs Officer, Hikaru Kozuma leads a team of student affairs professionals who are committed to providing an exemplary student experience. In his role, he works with an array of departments that deliver programs and services to support students in their transition and growth at Amherst College. He is responsible for creating and implementing a college-wide vision for the engagement of students with each other, the institution, and their overall college experience by leading the following departments: the Office of Student Affairs, Residential Life, the Counseling Center, the Health Center, Health Education, Student Activities, Accessibility Services, Religious Life, Community Standards, and Case Management.
Dean Boykin-East has special responsibilities for the Peer Tutoring Program. She is also available for general and academic counseling for the Class of 2022. Dean Boykin-East is also a member of several of the College’s committees.
Professor of History and Environmental Studies; Dean of New Students; Chair of Latinx and Latin Amer Studies
Dean Lopez has special responsibilities for the personal and academic counseling of students in the Class of 2023 and new transfer scholars. He may be consulted on matters relating to the general and academic counseling of first-year students, college regulations and requirements, the Orientation Program, and the First-Year Seminar courses.
Michelle provides all aspects of administrative support for the 2021 Class Dean David Schneider and for the 2023 Class Dean Jess Caldwell-O'Keefe. Michelle also facilitates all budgetary processing for both Student Affairs and Residential Life offices.
Paul is responsible for managing student facilities that include the Keefe Campus Center and the PowerHouse. Additionally he directs and manages the Student Activities Office, developing distinctive, high quality student programs and activities. Paul also provides advisement, direction, and leadership training to the Campus Activities Board (CAB), Association of Amherst Students, Budgetary Committee, WAMH Radio Station, Olio Yearbook, and more than 100 recognized student organizations.
Andrea is responsible for effectively and efficiently managing, coordinating, and assessing residential programs and services, and working with students, Residence Counselors, and Assistant Directors of Residential Life to ensure that residential life at Amherst advances academic priorities, encourages both socialization and community-building, and supports students’ well-being and safety. Residence life staff are here to assist you. Both professional and student staff are available to answer any of your questions and point you in the right direction.
The Counseling Center staff provides assessment, counseling, brief psychotherapy, and referral to Amherst College students on a voluntary and confidential basis. Stop by the Counseling Center located in Scott House (directly across the street from Orr Rink), or call us at 413-542-2354 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Dean Gendron is responsible for assisting the Amherst College community with informal and formal conflict resolution. He collaborates closely with students, faculty, and staff to examine community standards and to provide opportunities for the redress of alleged violations of those standards in conjunction with the Committee on Discipline. Dean works closely with several groups and committees, including the Title IX Team, the Case Management Team, and the Alcohol and Other Drugs Task Force.
The Associate Dean for Diversity & Inclusion works directly within the Office of Student Affairs 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 various student facing offices and bridges the Multicultural Resource Center, Women’s & Gender Center, Queer Resource Center, Center for International Student Engagement, and Center for Diversity & Student Leadership into the division’s strategic goals and priorities.
Paola Gallego is the Administrative Coordinator to the Associate Dean for Diversity & Inclusion and the directors of the Women’s and Gender Center, Queer Resource Center and Multicultural Resource Center. Paola supports the operations of the three resource centers and their student staff. In addition, she provides overall support of the Resource Centers Leadership Team which includes the five directors from each Center. Contact Paola to schedule appointments with the associate dean and/or the directors. She is a proud caregiver/mom to her nephew, Yesuan and to three fur babies - amstaff/pit bull mixes, Lola and Blue and cat, Tigger. Paola loves espresso, sudoku, reading, softball, summer, nature and staying active!
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 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.
Nayah Mullings is the director of the Women’s and Gender Center (WGC), a space that furthers conversations about gender, gender oppression and intersectional feminism on campus. Through community building, social and educational programming, the work of the WGC centers the needs, experiences and wisdom of women, femmes and nonbinary individuals. Nayah is passionate about understanding the vast and varied experiences of womxn, femmes and trans folks at Amherst, and about creating space for individual and collective learning, growth and healing. Contact Nayah to learn more about the WGC, programming, and gender-related resources on campus. Karibuni wote (“Welcome, all” in Swahili)!
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.
As the Director of Diversity & Student Leadership in the Center for Diversity & Student Leadership (CDSL), Tenzin provides education, support, and advocacy to and on behalf of first generation, low-income, undocumented/DACA, veteran, and transfer students. He supports students in a multitude of ways to foster personal, social, and academic success while at Amherst and beyond. Tenzin seeks to cultivate leadership development opportunities for students and is deeply committed to help develop compassionate and reflective leaders. Connect with him if you’re seeking out support in navigating Amherst/higher education, accessing resources, or leadership development opportunities. Please also reach out if you’re interested in collaborating to strengthen our support for the students’ populations the CDSL centers. When Tenzin is away from work, he can be found cheering for Everton FC, eating spicy food, relearning Tibetan, and engaging in advocacy work related to tuberculosis research and awareness.
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 existing events and spaces.
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As Assistant Director of International Student Engagement, Gabe’s work involves holistically supporting students of international experience. They enjoy helping with everything from F-1 visa advising to creating programs that make Amherst feel like home for students from near and far. Gabe is interested in creating spaces for community and facilitating dialogues for learning about ourselves, others, and the places we call home. If you are interested in putting on a program or event informed by global frameworks, feel free to reach out to him at any time.
Zachary King is the Administrative Assistant to directors of the Center for International Student Engagement and the Center for Diversity and Student Leadership. In addition to his role at Amherst College, he is also pursuing an MFA in Fiction from the MFA for Poets and Writers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.