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 (Intergroup
Relations). 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