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Office of Student Diversity Programs

Meet our staff

Mariel L. 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 tenth year at Skidmore as Director of Student Diversity Programs/Title IX Deputy Coordinator. Over the past nine 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. Mariel also serves on the Bias Response Group, co-chairs the Committee on Intercultural and Global Understanding, and chairs of the Advisory Council on Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct. 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 

Prior to her adventures at Skidmore, Silvena worked as a facilitator for the Summer Youth Dialogues (dialogues on race/ethnicity for Detroit high school youth), and developed social justice programming as a CommonGround graduate intern at the University of Michigan's Program on Intergroup Relations (IGR). She is also a proud graduate of Bryn Mawr College with a B.A. in Sociology and has a Master's Degree in Higher Education from the University of Michigan. 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

Kiara Boone '15
I am an Education Studies major and Sociology minor with specific interests in multicultural and urban education. I find that I am most passionate about issues that affect people of color, women, public education, and the poor/working class. I joined the OSDP team because I believe 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 my hope that one day Skidmore will truly be an accepting and welcoming campus for all students despite their race, gender, class, or sexual orientation.

Tobi Ewing '15
Hello! My name is Tobi Ewing. I am a Senior Gender Studies Major and Arts Administration minor. I am a proud product of Dayton, OH and love connecting with my midwesterners. I started getting involved with OSDP my sophomore year and always admired their presence and work on campus, so I'm super excited to be an official member of the team! OSDP has helped me grow as a Black queer woman. I'm really attracted to content with themes of race politics, gender, sexuality and class (you know, the typical deep stuff lol). I am also a huge lover of fashion and costume design/history. In my spare time I enjoy planning events at school, designing, hanging with friends and laughing! If you have any questions, definitley feel free to reach out!

Timothy Kim '15
Timothy is a Psychology and International Affairs double major and an Economics minor. He has been involved with Asian Cultural Awareness (ACA) and Christian Fellowship on campus. Along with the two clubs, Timothy has been working as one of the coordinators of Social Justice Month, which provided him the opportunity to deepen his interests in immigration/refugee policies, education inequality, and urban poverty. Timothy has a great passion for food, especially heavy southern food and Korean cuisine, so feel free to come talk to him about food (and definitely about anything else as well).

Gerolly Lorenzo '15
Gerolly is a senior, sociology major and a minor in Intergroup Relations. She is most interested in issues that impact people of color and low-income communities. In her time at Skidmore, Gerolly has been involved with the Raices club and the IGR program, which has also spurred her interests in diversity issues in higher education and the importance of social justice education. She loves facilitating dialogues surrounding important issues and hopes to continue using dialogue facilitations as a form of education in her future career. She hopes to one-day work in higher education in a diversity department where she can assist to promote diversity and a comfortable space for students of color to thrive and succeed. OSDP upholds this value of an inclusive community for students of color and she is excited to join their team!