Melissa Camba-Kelsay, Athina Chartelain, Margarida R. Da Graça, Lizzy Gomez, Melisa Jaquez, Tyrene Jones, Michelle Rosa and Anna Takahama

Sister Circle: Creating Space for our Stories

Melissa Camba-Kelsay, Athina Chartelain, Margarida R. Da Graça, Lizzy Gomez, Melisa Jaquez, Tyrene Jones, Michelle Rosa and Anna Takahama

Sister Circle: Creating Space for our Stories

Biography

Melissa Camba-Kelsay, Coordinator, Center for Student Leadership Development, URI Melissa J. Camba-Kelsay is a coordinator in the Center for Student Leadership Development at the University of Rhode Island. Prior to that she served as assistant director in the Marshall Center for Intercultural Learning at Wheaton College in Massachusetts. She received her Master of Science degree in student affairs in higher education at Colorado State University, and her bachelor of arts in English, with a minor in human development from the State University of New York College at Geneseo. Melissa’s professional expertise includes leadership development, inclusion and social justice.

Athina Chartelain, Student Success Coach, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Athina Chartelain is a Student Success coach at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, where she provides academic counseling support for domestic and international students and works with students on academic probation. Athina has a passion for community development, social justice, making personal connections, and increasing access to educational opportunities for women. Slowly but surely, Athina is realizing that, in the words of Audre Lorde, “when we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak.” So challenges herself, her students, and everyone she encounters to speak…share your stories…share WHO you are and WHAT makes you YOU.

Margarida R. Da Graca, Assistant Director of Multicultural Affairs, Lehigh University Margarida R. Da Graça is a lifelong learner who currently works at Lehigh University as the Assistant Director of Multicultural Affairs. An alumni of University of Rhode Island class of 2009 and 2013, in her current role she assists students of marginalized identities as they navigate their understanding of self, discover their true passions, and work towards living an authentic life. Her passion as a educator is grounded in providing both challenge and support to college students as they navigate and develop their consciousness of self and strive to live and lead authentic lives.

Lizzy Gomez is a Community Development Coordinator in the Office of Residence Life & Housing at the College of the Holy Cross. She received her Master in Education in Higher Education and Student Affairs from University of Vermont and her Bachelor of Arts in Ethnic Studies and Critical Gender Studies from University of California – San Diego. Lizzy has a passion for social justice, inclusion, and student activism.

Melisa Jaquez, Assistant Director of Career Development, College of the Holy Cross Melisa Jaquez is an Assistant Director in the Center for Career Development at the College of the Holy Cross. Prior to that she served as the Assistant Director of Multicultural Education at the College of the Holy Cross. She received her Master of Education degree in Student Personnel Administration at Springfield College and her Bachelor of Arts at the College of the Holy Cross. Melisa has made it her mission to help shape the experiences of Latinx students through her involvement in the NASPA Knowledge Community and the New England Latino/a Student Leadership Conference. Melisa’s passions include career development, leadership development, and social justice education.

Tyrene Jones, Career Development Specialist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Tyrene Jones is a South Providence, RI native and first-generation college graduate. She holds an MPA and BA in English and Political Science, both from the University of Rhode Island and is a Talent Development alum. Her experience includes five years in higher education advising and coordinating student leadership development, especially with students of diverse backgrounds. Currently, she is a Career Development Specialist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA. Overall, Tyrene shares that it is her passion to serve and help combat issues related to economic inequality and injustice.

Michelle Rosa, Assistant Director of Multicultural Education, College of the Holy Cross Michelle T. Rosa was born and raised in Pawtucket, RI. She currently resides in Pawtucket and works to give back to her community through her involvement with the Shea Alumni Association. As a graduate of the Talent Development program at the University of Rhode Island, Michelle understands firsthand what great mentors, accessible resources, and continued support can provide for historically marginalized students like herself. Currently she is the Assistant Director of Multicultural Education at the College of the Holy Cross where she puts her lived experience and graduate degree to work daily.

Anna Takahama, Assistant Director of Campus Engagement, Bryant University Anna Takahama is a first generation Japanese American who is born and raised in Raynham, Massachusetts. She currently serves as the Assistant Director for Campus Engagement at Bryant University working with student organizations, senior class engagement, late night programming, and Orientation. Anna attended Japanese Language School in Greater Boston growing up and continues to focus on create spaces to empower students of color to find and share their authentic self.

Workshop Title: Sister Circle: Creating Space for our Stories

Workshop Description: We invite all Women of Color to join us in creating a safe space that invites generational experiences, honors our stories and supports collective healing. In this circle, we will share how to develop deeper sisterhoods, seek knowledge and share strategies for self care.

Workshop Time: Session II in Memorial Union Atrium 1