Office of Student Diversity Programs

Meet our staff

Silvena Chan

Assistant Director

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

Tsering Choden '17

Rula Issa '17

Jonni Lynn '16

DyAnna Washington '18