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Office of Student Diversity Programs

Meet our staff

Latisha J. Barnett  Latisha Barnett Photo
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Latisha received her B.A. In Sociology from the State University of New York at Fredonia and her M.S. Ed. from The College of Saint Rose with a focus on College Student Services Administration. She previously worked at The College of Saint Rose for 12 years where she served as the Assistant Director of Multicultural Affairs for 2 years and then as the Director of Student Life for 10 years. She also has experience teaching as an adjunct professor for the core course, Social and Cultural Foundations, in the College Student Services Administration Master's program at Saint Rose. Latisha has also worked in non-profit as a Service Coordinator advocating for the needs of individuals with disabilities.



Candace Hairston
Assistant DirectorCandace
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Candace Hairston earned a B.A. in Communication from the State University of New York at Geneseo and an M.Ed. from Loyola

University Chicago. Candace became passionate about higher education and social justice while attending SUNY Geneseo. Candace is dedicated to building an inclusive and equitable Skidmore College. Prior to her appointment at Skidmore College, Candace interned at the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom for 6 months. In her free time, Candace loves to chat about all things Beyoncé, curl up with a good book and travel. Make sure you stop in and say hello!


Student Assistants

Tsering Choden '17
Student Assistant
My name is Tsering Choden and I’m currently a Junior at Skidmore College. Drawn by the close interrelationship between the environment and humans, I am studying Environmental Studies as my major.  Likewise, learning to build a sense of universal responsibility has always been a point of interest. Among other things, I like being outdoors, the smell of old books and small acts of kindness especially, by random strangers.

Rula Issa '17
Student Assistant
My name is Rula Issa. I am from Bosnia, but have been living in Ohio for a number of years. I am a Sociology + International Affairs major and am interested in social justice and activism. 

Ashley Polanco '18
Student Assistant
Hi my name is Ashley Polanco! I am a sociology major, and a potential IGR and Latin American studies Minor. I was born and raised in Harlem, NYC. I am a proud Latina and activist who values storytelling. I am passionate about issues concerning education, self-image, and the ways in which they each intersect with race, class and gender. In my free time you can probably find me watching videos on Spoken word poetry or just simply surfing the internet!

Isabel Rojas '17
Student Assistant
My name is Isabel, born and raised on a small beautiful island off the coast of South New York called Manhattan. I am a Junior here at Skidmore, with Sociology as a major and IGR as a minor. Not only am I devoted to social justice work and activism, I’m also a big believer and supporter of self care, self love and mediation. I have been vegetarian all my life, but please do not offer me salad for a meal. I fully enjoy any meal that includes: strong flavors, potatoes, pasta, broccoli and cheese.

DyAnna Washington '18
Student Assistant
Name: DyAnna Katherine Washington (no middle name; I have a double first name) 
I am from Cleveland, Ohio and I went to Cleveland School of the Arts high school. I am a Sociology Major and a possible IGR and Dance double minor. I am the president of QLIC (Queer Lives in Color) which is a club on campus that is dedicated to highlighting the intersectional identities of queer people of color. My favorite food is Mac and Cheese. In my spare time I enjoy sleeping, reading, browsing YouTube, journaling, and channeling my inner child by coloring. 


2015-2016 Staff

Hulwa Khaleel '16
I am a senior Economics major at Skidmore College with double minors in Education Studies and Government. Hailing from the Maldives (South West of the tip of India), I have been studying abroad in North America for six years now. On campus, I am the co-president of the International Student Union, and am involved in environmental sustainability issues. My future academic, professional, and personal interests lie in policy work related to education and climate change issues. The way to my heart is through food, especially anything involving tuna.

Marjoram (MJ) Lynn '16
MJ is a senior majoring in Anthropology and focusing in Archaeology and Biological Anthropology.  MJ is entering their third year with OSDP and is driven by all aspects of diversity, but is particularly close to issues related to gender and race relations.