OSDP Program Coordinator
Silvena is fresh off a stint at the University of Michigan getting her Master’s degree
in Higher Education, working as a facilitator for the Summer Youth Dialogues (dialogues
on race/ethnicity for Detroit high school youth), and developing social justice programming
as a CommonGround graduate intern at UM’s Program on Intergroup Relations (IGR).
She is also a proud graduate of Bryn Mawr College with a B.A. in Sociology. During
college, she spent three years working with Chinatown Youth Initiatives, a New York
City based youth leadership organization where she gained a deep appreciation for
sitting in circles. Her academic interests include the role that institutions of
higher education play in reproducing or contesting inequalities in surrounding communities
and in society, queer of color theory as a basis for research in higher education,
and the experiences of students of color in understanding the construction of race/ethnicity
in colleges and universities. But most importantly, Silvena loves transformative
crying and karaoke (especially to Taylor Swift).
Phone: (518) 580-8213