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Office of Student Diversity Programs

Meet our staff

Mariel Martin
Director of Student Diversity Programs/Title IX Deputy Coordinator

Mariel received her B.A. in Sociology from Shippensburg University and her Master's Degree in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago. She is excited to embark on her eighth year at Skidmore as Director of Student Diversity Programs/Title IX Deputy Coordinator. Over the past eight years, Mariel has worked in Residential Life, taught classes about oppression in the U.S. and a First-Year Seminar Course about the history of diversity at Skidmore and within higher education, served on the Bias Response Group, the Committee on Intercultural and Global Understanding, and the Integrity Board. Her research and academic background focus on educational experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer youth and motherhood, role negotiation and kinship formation in lesbian-parented families. Most recently, Mariel's interests include anti-racism strategies, exploring whiteness and privilege, and the intersections of identity. Mariel also serves as the Title IX Deputy Coordinator for student affairs. As the Title IX Deputy Coordinator, Mariel is responsible for Title IX compliance for matters involving students, including training, education, communication, and the administration of grievance procedures for students. Stop by Case Center 224 and meet her!

Silvena Chan
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).

Student Assistants

Sarah Arndt '14
Sarah is a senior Environmental Studies major and French minor. Over her time at Skidmore she has worked on various initiatives through the Sustainability Office, EAC, and with the national organization Real Food Challenge. She spent her junior year abroad on a comparative urban studies program in the fall (in Brazil, South Africa, and Vietnam) and in Paris studying French in the spring.  She is most interested in the connection between environmental justice and sustainability, a concept called “just sustainability,” and particularly, the potential to facilitate this concept through food and urban/spatial justice. She is excited to draw from and apply these ideas while working in the OSDP office!

Kiara Boone '15
Kiara is an Education Studies major and Sociology minor with specific interests in multicultural and urban education. Kiara finds that she is most passionate about issues that affect people of color, women, public education, and the poor/working class. Kiara joined the OSDP team because she believes in their mission of creating a truly diverse community here on Skidmore's campus. Not diverse in the sense that there is a large amount of students from different backgrounds living on campus together, but in the sense that these students will engage and interact with each other in respectful and meaningful ways. It is Kiara's hope that one day Skidmore will truly be an accepting and welcoming campus for all students despite their race, gender, class, or sexual orientation.

Jonny Lynn '16

Sofia Naqvi '14