Meet our staff
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).
Tsering Choden '17
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
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.
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.
DyAnna Washington '18
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.