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Activism & Identity in our [CC] Home

In celebration of “Our Legacy of Home” and its themes—Home, Identity and Activism—the Inside newsmagazine launched a photo campaign. The purpose of the campaign was to allow members of the Hampshire community to share their Activism, home (ranging from definition/characteristics/location) and aspects of their identity that make them the individual they are.   

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Activism & Identity in our [CC] Home

In celebration of “Our Legacy of Home” and its themes—Home, Identity and Activism—the Inside newsmagazine launched a photo campaign. The purpose of the campaign was to allow members of the Hampshire community to share their Activism, home (ranging from definition/characteristics/location) and aspects of their identity that make them the individual they are.   

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Name/ Pronouns/ Title of your position at the CC:
Gabby. She/her. Source Group Coordinator.Your Div (level) and Academic interests
Div II. Economics, ethnic studies.How do you identify yourself?
Black and Puerto Rican, New Yorker.
Where is home(s) for you?
Lower East Side in New York City.In 1 sentence, say what you do at the CC. Or under what circumstances would somebody contact you?
I support Source groups on campus.Tell us what you loved the most about your childhood. Or what you remember the most? Maybe a memory?
I was a weird kid but I liked playing Mario party on Nintendo 64. Hobbies?
Tumbling, Reading things, watching The Boondocks.What’s your favorite color(s)?
Brown, Pink.Favorite song?
Golden, Jill Scott.Favorite movie? 300
Favorite artist?Glenn Ligon.
Favorite book/author?Toni Morrison.
Most embarrassing moment?Middle School.
What’s your favorite smell?Lavender Laundry Detergent.
Favorite food?Lamb over rice.
Food you hate the most?Okra (or however you spell that nasty slimey shit).
Something on your bucket list. 
Chill with Jay-Z.
Crazy fact we don’t know about you:

I really, really, like penguins.

CC STAFF BIO

Name/ Pronouns/ Title of your position at the CC:

Gabby. She/her. Source Group Coordinator.
Your Div (level) and Academic interests

Div II. Economics, ethnic studies.
How do you identify yourself?

Black and Puerto Rican, New Yorker.

Where is home(s) for you?

Lower East Side in New York City.
In 1 sentence, say what you do at the CC. Or under what circumstances would somebody contact you?

I support Source groups on campus.
Tell us what you loved the most about your childhood. Or what you remember the most? Maybe a memory?

I was a weird kid but I liked playing Mario party on Nintendo 64.
Hobbies?

Tumbling, Reading things, watching The Boondocks.
What’s your favorite color(s)?

Brown, Pink.
Favorite song?

Golden, Jill Scott.
Favorite movie? 
300

Favorite artist?
Glenn Ligon.

Favorite book/author?
Toni Morrison.

Most embarrassing moment?
Middle School.

What’s your favorite smell?
Lavender Laundry Detergent.

Favorite food?
Lamb over rice.

Food you hate the most?
Okra (or however you spell that nasty slimey shit).

Something on your bucket list. 

Chill with Jay-Z.

Crazy fact we don’t know about you:

I really, really, like penguins.

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Name/ Pronouns/ Title of your position at the CC:
Kameesha (Kam) Tate. She/Her. Source groups Coordinator.Your Div (level) and Academic interests
Div II: African American Studies, Prison Studies: Education, Urban Policy.How do you identify yourself?
 Black; African-American; Queer; Woman
Where is home(s) for you?
New York City, Jamaica QueensIn 1 sentence, say what you do at the CC. Or under what circumstances would somebody contact you?
I am one of three SOURCE Group coordinators and I am the liaison between SOURCE Groups and other offices on campus.Tell us what you loved the most about your childhood. Or what you remember the most? Maybe a memory?
My trip to Disney World when I was 8. My birthday parties at Chuck E. Cheese. Hobbies?
Watching movies and T.V. series on Netflix; Blogging on Tumblr.What’s your favorite color(s)?
Burgandy.Favorite song?
J. Cole – Crooked Smile.Favorite movie? Drumline.
Favorite artist?Jill Scott, Janelle Monae, J. Cole, Zora Howard, India Arie.
Favorite book/author?To Kill a Mockingbird and Corregidora.
Most embarrassing moment?I lit my cigarette backwards/ Upside down.
I got hit in the face with a basketball.
What’s your favorite smell?Cucumber/ Melon bath and body works.
Favorite food?Cheeseburgers!!!
Food you hate the most?Any type of pea/bean, ginger, chocolate flavored things.
Something on your bucket list. Travel to Africa/ France/ Italy.
Crazy fact we don’t know about you:
I’ve eaten escargot.

 

CC STAFF BIO

Name/ Pronouns/ Title of your position at the CC:

Kameesha (Kam) Tate. She/Her. Source groups Coordinator.
Your Div (level) and Academic interests

Div II: African American Studies, Prison Studies: Education, Urban Policy.
How do you identify yourself?

 Black; African-American; Queer; Woman

Where is home(s) for you?

New York City, Jamaica Queens
In 1 sentence, say what you do at the CC. Or under what circumstances would somebody contact you?

I am one of three SOURCE Group coordinators and I am the liaison between SOURCE Groups and other offices on campus.
Tell us what you loved the most about your childhood. Or what you remember the most? Maybe a memory?

My trip to Disney World when I was 8. My birthday parties at Chuck E. Cheese.
Hobbies?

Watching movies and T.V. series on Netflix; Blogging on Tumblr.
What’s your favorite color(s)?

Burgandy.
Favorite song?

J. Cole – Crooked Smile.
Favorite movie? 
Drumline.

Favorite artist?
Jill Scott, Janelle Monae, J. Cole, Zora Howard, India Arie.

Favorite book/author?
To Kill a Mockingbird and Corregidora.

Most embarrassing moment?
I lit my cigarette backwards/ Upside down.

I got hit in the face with a basketball.

What’s your favorite smell?
Cucumber/ Melon bath and body works.

Favorite food?
Cheeseburgers!!!

Food you hate the most?
Any type of pea/bean, ginger, chocolate flavored things.

Something on your bucket list. 
Travel to Africa/ France/ Italy.

Crazy fact we don’t know about you:

I’ve eaten escargot.

 

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Name/ Pronouns/ Title of your position at the CC:
Danielle Jefferson. She/Her. Education and Div III Outreach Coordinator.Your Div (level) and Academic interests
Div III. Africana Studies, Caribbean Literature, Spoken Word.How do you identify yourself?
Indo-Afro-Caribbean-Womynist-Warrior-Poet-Cat enthusiast. 
Where is home(s) for you?
Jamaica. NY.In 1 sentence, say what you do at the CC. Or under what circumstances would somebody contact you?
I am in charge of education (Khalo gallery) and coordinating events and matters that pertain to Div III’s.Tell us what you loved the most about your childhood. Or what you remember the most? Maybe a memory?
Saturdays with my dad in Jamaica. He would pick me up and we’d go up into the mountains where he lives – we’d make banana bread and pretend it was my birthday. We’d go for walks and then catch peenie wallies (are flies). Hobbies?
Watching Scandal and Vampire Diaries. Spoken Word, Dancing, Singing.What’s your favorite color(s)?
Green, Burgandy, Brown, Teal (Earth Tones)Favorite song?
“Turn your Lights Down Low” – Bob Marley & Lauryn HillFavorite movie? Slumdog Millionaire.
Favorite artist?Frida Khalo. 
Andy Jefferson – My Dad.
Favorite book/author?Book: Anthem, Ayn Rand.
Author: Lorna Goodison.
Most embarrassing moment?Peeing myself on my way home from school (in front of people).
What’s your favorite smell?How the earth smells after it rains.
Favorite food?Cheesecake.
Food you hate the most?Okra.
Something on your bucket list. 
Write and publish a children’s book.
Crazy fact we don’t know about you:

I built an animal grave yard in my backyard when I was young. It was mostly insects and lizards (that I killed) that were burned in them.

CC STAFF BIO

Name/ Pronouns/ Title of your position at the CC:

Danielle Jefferson. She/Her. Education and Div III Outreach Coordinator.
Your Div (level) and Academic interests

Div III. Africana Studies, Caribbean Literature, Spoken Word.
How do you identify yourself?

Indo-Afro-Caribbean-Womynist-Warrior-Poet-Cat enthusiast.

Where is home(s) for you?

Jamaica. NY.
In 1 sentence, say what you do at the CC. Or under what circumstances would somebody contact you?

I am in charge of education (Khalo gallery) and coordinating events and matters that pertain to Div III’s.
Tell us what you loved the most about your childhood. Or what you remember the most? Maybe a memory?

Saturdays with my dad in Jamaica. He would pick me up and we’d go up into the mountains where he lives – we’d make banana bread and pretend it was my birthday. We’d go for walks and then catch peenie wallies (are flies).
Hobbies?

Watching Scandal and Vampire Diaries. Spoken Word, Dancing, Singing.
What’s your favorite color(s)?

Green, Burgandy, Brown, Teal (Earth Tones)
Favorite song?

“Turn your Lights Down Low” – Bob Marley & Lauryn Hill
Favorite movie? 
Slumdog Millionaire.

Favorite artist?
Frida Khalo.

Andy Jefferson – My Dad.

Favorite book/author?
Book: Anthem, Ayn Rand.

Author: Lorna Goodison.

Most embarrassing moment?
Peeing myself on my way home from school (in front of people).

What’s your favorite smell?
How the earth smells after it rains.

Favorite food?
Cheesecake.

Food you hate the most?
Okra.

Something on your bucket list. 

Write and publish a children’s book.

Crazy fact we don’t know about you:

I built an animal grave yard in my backyard when I was young. It was mostly insects and lizards (that I killed) that were burned in them.

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CC STAFF BIO
Name/ Pronouns/ Title of your position at the CC:
Xavier A. Torres de Janon. He/Him. International Students Services and Intersections Coordinator.Your Div (level) and Academic interests
Div II. Interests: International relations, focusing on Latin American and Middle Eastern regionalism and political identity.How do you identify yourself?
Ecuatorian mestizo. Latin@ man. 
Where is home(s) for you?
Ecuador, with my mom and family.In 1 sentence, say what you do at the CC. Or under what circumstances would somebody contact you?
I work to support international students at Hampshire and identify and work with intersections in the SOURCE community.Tell us what you loved the most about your childhood. Or what you remember the most? Maybe a memory?
I loved my high school years. My class was fantastic, I was really involved and known, and my friends were just awesome. Everything about my high school was ridiculously great. Hobbies?
Watch T.V., hangout with friends, chat with friends back home.What’s your favorite color(s)?
ORANGE. And light green. But orange first.Favorite song?
In my mind- Amanda Palmer. (Not favorite, but I love it right now)Favorite movie? Mean Girls, perhaps.
Favorite artist?Amanda Palmer.
Favorite book/author?N/A
Most embarrassing moment?Many. One of them was chipping my tooth when trying to do a flip.
What’s your favorite smell?The smell of coriander/ other spices being cooked in a pan. It reminds me of my mom cooking.
Favorite food?N/A
Food you hate the most?I can’t remember… vegemite?
Something on your bucket list. 
Jump off a plane with a parachute. Skydive!!!
Crazy fact we don’t know about you:

I know how to knit and was a cheerleader in high school.

CC STAFF BIO

Name/ Pronouns/ Title of your position at the CC:

Xavier A. Torres de Janon. He/Him. International Students Services and Intersections Coordinator.
Your Div (level) and Academic interests

Div II. Interests: International relations, focusing on Latin American and Middle Eastern regionalism and political identity.
How do you identify yourself?

Ecuatorian mestizo. Latin@ man.

Where is home(s) for you?

Ecuador, with my mom and family.
In 1 sentence, say what you do at the CC. Or under what circumstances would somebody contact you?

I work to support international students at Hampshire and identify and work with intersections in the SOURCE community.
Tell us what you loved the most about your childhood. Or what you remember the most? Maybe a memory?

I loved my high school years. My class was fantastic, I was really involved and known, and my friends were just awesome. Everything about my high school was ridiculously great.
Hobbies?

Watch T.V., hangout with friends, chat with friends back home.
What’s your favorite color(s)?

ORANGE. And light green. But orange first.
Favorite song?

In my mind- Amanda Palmer. (Not favorite, but I love it right now)
Favorite movie? 
Mean Girls, perhaps.

Favorite artist?
Amanda Palmer.

Favorite book/author?
N/A

Most embarrassing moment?
Many. One of them was chipping my tooth when trying to do a flip.

What’s your favorite smell?
The smell of coriander/ other spices being cooked in a pan. It reminds me of my mom cooking.

Favorite food?
N/A

Food you hate the most?
I can’t remember… vegemite?

Something on your bucket list. 

Jump off a plane with a parachute. Skydive!!!

Crazy fact we don’t know about you:

I know how to knit and was a cheerleader in high school.

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Name/ Pronouns/ Title of your position at the CC:
Lily Rodriguez. She/her. Community Advocacy Program Coordinator.
How do you identify yourself?
Queer Latina
Where is home(s) for you?
Salt Lake City, UT. Hadley, MA.In 1 sentence, say what you do at the CC. Or under what circumstances would somebody contact you?
I provide admin assistance to Melissa, O.C. and the other directors.Tell us what you loved the most about your childhood. Or what you remember the most? Maybe a memory?
I loved visiting my grand parents at their home in Veracruz. My grandfather had a mini corn field in the back and I loved getting lost in it. I also loved the smell of freshly roasted corn and the view of the stars. Hobbies?
Baking, cycling, reading, writing, I am teaching myself French and guitar. I have also taken up cooking.What’s your favorite color(s)?
Green.Favorite song?
I have many, but as of right now, Last Dance by Rhye.Favorite movie? Volver.
Favorite artist?Frida Kahlo!
Favorite book/author?The Giver/ Harry Potter.
Most embarrassing moment?The time I accidentally sent blank emails to all my work contacts.
What’s your favorite smell?Lavender. 
Favorite food?Mole, tamales, pan dulce.
Food you hate the most?Spinach.
Something on your bucket list. 
Travel.
Crazy fact we don’t know about you:

I am currently in the process of building my own bike.

CC STAFF BIO

Name/ Pronouns/ Title of your position at the CC:

Lily Rodriguez. She/her. Community Advocacy Program Coordinator.

How do you identify yourself?

Queer Latina

Where is home(s) for you?

Salt Lake City, UT. Hadley, MA.
In 1 sentence, say what you do at the CC. Or under what circumstances would somebody contact you?

I provide admin assistance to Melissa, O.C. and the other directors.
Tell us what you loved the most about your childhood. Or what you remember the most? Maybe a memory?

I loved visiting my grand parents at their home in Veracruz. My grandfather had a mini corn field in the back and I loved getting lost in it. I also loved the smell of freshly roasted corn and the view of the stars.
Hobbies?

Baking, cycling, reading, writing, I am teaching myself French and guitar. I have also taken up cooking.
What’s your favorite color(s)?

Green.
Favorite song?

I have many, but as of right now, Last Dance by Rhye.
Favorite movie? 
Volver.

Favorite artist?
Frida Kahlo!

Favorite book/author?
The Giver/ Harry Potter.

Most embarrassing moment?
The time I accidentally sent blank emails to all my work contacts.

What’s your favorite smell?
Lavender.

Favorite food?
Mole, tamales, pan dulce.

Food you hate the most?
Spinach.

Something on your bucket list. 

Travel.

Crazy fact we don’t know about you:

I am currently in the process of building my own bike.

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CC STAFF BIO
Name/ Pronouns/ Title of your position at the CC:
Thao. She/Her. PMP – DIV I Outreach Coordinator.Your Div (level) and Academic interests
Div II/ Pol Psy, International Relations, Development.How do you identify yourself?
I identify myself as vietnamese. I’m also a global citizen, I think every person is connected somehow and we all have responsibility towards each other. 
Where is home(s) for you?
Vietnam. And wherever my mom and sis are.In 1 sentence, say what you do at the CC. Or under what circumstances would somebody contact you?
Organize events for PMP Outreachg and provide support for Div I of the source community.Tell us what you loved the most about your childhood. Or what you remember the most? Maybe a memory?
Exploring my grandmother’s garden in the country side, stargazing from her big yard and freaking out every time I had to go pee on the edge of the garden (it’s best for banana trees). Drinking wine and talking about spirituality, then freak out lol. Hobbies?
Go on a hike with friends. Cooking any home foods.What’s your favorite color(s)?
Green.Favorite song?
Alive with the Glory by Say Anything.Favorite movie? The Matrix, Amelie, American Beauty, Fight Club.
Favorite artist?Jonsi, Baths, Trinh Cong Son. (The greatest Vietnamese artist of all time)
Favorite book/author?Veronika Decides to Die.
Most embarrassing moment?Took half an hour to dry to figure out how to check voicemail on a home phone. Eventually had to ask my boss anyway.
What’s your favorite smell?Honeysuckle
Favorite food?Too hard, can’t choose one.
Food you hate the most?Canned Food.
Something on your bucket list. Don’t have one, but traveling is something I want to do.

CC STAFF BIO

Name/ Pronouns/ Title of your position at the CC:

Thao. She/Her. PMP – DIV I Outreach Coordinator.
Your Div (level) and Academic interests

Div II/ Pol Psy, International Relations, Development.
How do you identify yourself?

I identify myself as vietnamese. I’m also a global citizen, I think every person is connected somehow and we all have responsibility towards each other.

Where is home(s) for you?

Vietnam. And wherever my mom and sis are.
In 1 sentence, say what you do at the CC. Or under what circumstances would somebody contact you?

Organize events for PMP Outreachg and provide support for Div I of the source community.
Tell us what you loved the most about your childhood. Or what you remember the most? Maybe a memory?

Exploring my grandmother’s garden in the country side, stargazing from her big yard and freaking out every time I had to go pee on the edge of the garden (it’s best for banana trees). Drinking wine and talking about spirituality, then freak out lol.
Hobbies?

Go on a hike with friends. Cooking any home foods.
What’s your favorite color(s)?

Green.
Favorite song?

Alive with the Glory by Say Anything.
Favorite movie? 
The Matrix, Amelie, American Beauty, Fight Club.

Favorite artist?
Jonsi, Baths, Trinh Cong Son. (The greatest Vietnamese artist of all time)

Favorite book/author?
Veronika Decides to Die.

Most embarrassing moment?
Took half an hour to dry to figure out how to check voicemail on a home phone. Eventually had to ask my boss anyway.

What’s your favorite smell?
Honeysuckle

Favorite food?
Too hard, can’t choose one.

Food you hate the most?
Canned Food.

Something on your bucket list. 
Don’t have one, but traveling is something I want to do.

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CC STAFF BIO!
Name/ Pronouns/ Title of your position at the CC   
Melissa Scheid Frantz / she-her / Assistant Dean of Students for  Community Advocacy  / Director,  Multicultural & International Student Services (MISS)     
How do you identify yourself? 
Mother of two beautiful children; I’m Vietnamese & German, Irish - American; I’m biracial; and I’m an Army Brat.   
Where is home(s) for you? 
Grew up moving around a lot in the Army.  Ties to Missouri, Wisconsin, Germany, Vietnam.  I went to college in St. Paul, Minnesota and graduate school in Vermont.  
In 1 sentence, say what you do at the CC. Or under what circumstances   would somebody contact you?  
This is my 11th year at Hampshire College.  I am the director of Multicultural & International Student Services (the office that oversees the Cultural Center) and I am the Assistant Dean of Students for Community Advocacy.  Community Advocacy is a department that includes multicultural and international student services, queer services, spiritual life services, women’s services, and wellness promotion services; we focus on social well-being. Students should contact me to - * Say hello! * Share any concerns they have with academic or student life experiences.  I am a liaison to other offices for students.  If students aren’t sure how best to move forward with any concerns (e.g., regarding a classroom experience, residential life experience, etc.), I can help problem-solve and serve as an advocate.  * Share ideas for programming related to the mission of the Cultural Center (or Community Advocacy). * Find more information about on and off-campus cultural resources. * Just talk about what it’s like to navigate Hampshire as a student of color and/or international student. * AND just talk about navigating one’s own multifacted identity.  I LOVE TALKING WITH STUDENTS ONE-ON-ONE.     
Tell us what you loved the most about your childhood. Or what you   remember the most? Maybe a memory? 
I loved being an Army brat.  I loved the multicultural environment that I grew up in.  My friends and classmates were of all mixes imaginable and I didn’t realize growing up how valuable that was to my upbringing.    
Hobbies?
I’m a painter. I paint with my fingers — www.artmelissa.com     
What’s your favorite color(s)? 
Purple and blue.  Anything vibrant.    
Favorite song? 
If you don’t have one, a song you really love. My favorite genre of music is alternative rock - at least those bands that fell under that title in the 90’s — bands like Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Soundgarden.    
Favorite movie? 
Space Balls.     
Favorite artist? 
Monet and Van Gogh     
What’s your favorite smell? 
No joke…I do appreciate the smell of cow maneur as it reminds me of special memories of growing up in West Germany (our neighbors had a great farm).   
Favorite food? 
Vietnamese summer rolls.   
Food you hate the most? 
Baby corn - how and why are these made?!    
Something on your bucket list. 
Dye my hair.  I want royal blue streaks.    
Crazy fact we don’t know about you. 
    I don’t know how to swim, blow a balloon or whistle.

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Name/ Pronouns/ Title of your position at the CC  

Melissa Scheid Frantz / she-her / Assistant Dean of Students for  Community Advocacy  / Director,  Multicultural & International Student Services (MISS)     

How do you identify yourself?

Mother of two beautiful children; I’m Vietnamese & German, Irish - American; I’m biracial; and I’m an Army Brat.  

Where is home(s) for you?

Grew up moving around a lot in the Army.  Ties to Missouri, Wisconsin, Germany, Vietnam.  I went to college in St. Paul, Minnesota and graduate school in Vermont. 

In 1 sentence, say what you do at the CC. Or under what circumstances   would somebody contact you? 

This is my 11th year at Hampshire College.  I am the director of Multicultural & International Student Services (the office that oversees the Cultural Center) and I am the Assistant Dean of Students for Community Advocacy.  Community Advocacy is a department that includes multicultural and international student services, queer services, spiritual life services, women’s services, and wellness promotion services; we focus on social well-being. Students should contact me to - * Say hello! * Share any concerns they have with academic or student life experiences.  I am a liaison to other offices for students.  If students aren’t sure how best to move forward with any concerns (e.g., regarding a classroom experience, residential life experience, etc.), I can help problem-solve and serve as an advocate.  * Share ideas for programming related to the mission of the Cultural Center (or Community Advocacy). * Find more information about on and off-campus cultural resources. * Just talk about what it’s like to navigate Hampshire as a student of color and/or international student. * AND just talk about navigating one’s own multifacted identity.  I LOVE TALKING WITH STUDENTS ONE-ON-ONE.    

Tell us what you loved the most about your childhood. Or what you   remember the most? Maybe a memory?

I loved being an Army brat.  I loved the multicultural environment that I grew up in.  My friends and classmates were of all mixes imaginable and I didn’t realize growing up how valuable that was to my upbringing.   

Hobbies?

I’m a painter. I paint with my fingers — www.artmelissa.com    

What’s your favorite color(s)?

Purple and blue.  Anything vibrant.    

Favorite song?

If you don’t have one, a song you really love. My favorite genre of music is alternative rock - at least those bands that fell under that title in the 90’s — bands like Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Soundgarden.   

Favorite movie?

Space Balls.    

Favorite artist?

Monet and Van Gogh    

What’s your favorite smell?

No joke…I do appreciate the smell of cow maneur as it reminds me of special memories of growing up in West Germany (our neighbors had a great farm).  

Favorite food?

Vietnamese summer rolls.   

Food you hate the most?

Baby corn - how and why are these made?!    

Something on your bucket list.

Dye my hair.  I want royal blue streaks.   

Crazy fact we don’t know about you.

I don’t know how to swim, blow a balloon or whistle.

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Name/ Pronouns/ Title of your position at the CCO.C. Gorman. She/her. Assistant Director of Multicultural and International Student Services.Your Div (level) and Academic interestsI’m not a student, so no Div but I still like to learn stuff. All the things. How do you identify yourself? Where is home(s) for you?Tó’aheedliinii nish 2;į́ . Kiyaa’aanii (Kinyaa’aanii) bashishchiin. Tséníjíkiní dashicheii. Tsi’naajínii dashinalí. Ákót’éego diné asdzáán nish 2;į́. Diné bii keyah déé’ naashá.^^This is how us Diné introduce ourselves. Yeah! Here’s a translation for the one or two of you that don’t speak and read Navajo (haha):I am Water Flows Together Clan (I share the same clan as my mother). I’m born for Towering House Clan (my father’s clan). My maternal grandfather is Cliff Dwellers/Honey Combed Rock Clan. My paternal grandfather is Black Streaked Wood People Clan.  In this way, I am a Diné (Navajo) woman. I am from Navajoland/Dinétah located in the Four Corners region of the Southwest in the U.S. (where Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and Utah meet).In 1 sentence, say what you do at the CC. Or under what circumstances would somebody contact you?In a nutshell, I’m primarily the international student advisor and I oversee the Peer Mentorship Program. However, I also work with the CC student staff and Melissa (CC director) in many other and varied ways to further the mission of the CC and support the SOURCE community, especially around issues of race, culture, and under-representation. Read our mission here: http://www.hampshire.edu/studentlife/index_culturalcenter.htm. Contact me about F-1 visa matters, issues of and about cultural adjustment, eating the candy in the bowl on my desk, if you have a funny cat picture you want to share, if you have an idea/subject matter that you think the CC should “put a program on,” and/or if you want to talk about ANYTHING, for real. Tell us what you loved the most about your childhood. Or what you remember the most? Maybe a memory?What I love most about my childhood was sneaking out of or into places. Sneaking out of the house, out of class, out of whatever place and going somewhere I wasn’t supposed to be. Some of my best memories are of sneaking out of my friends’ houses during sleepovers to do things like sleep outside on a trampoline, or throw rocks at the neighbor boy’s window, or to enjoy the luxury of another neighbor’s jacuzzi. I went through a big sneaking phase from about 4th- 8th grade. I still sneaked around a lot in high school, but it was less fun because it was to places like Burger King. hahaHobbies?Read, watch movies, tumble, dance, write letters, make lists, drink coffee, eat all the cake, and laugh really loud at my own jokes. What’s your favorite color(s)?Green, turquoise, gray, and glitter! I think it counts. Favorite song?Sitting on the Dock of the Bay by Otis Redding, Midnight Train to George by Gladys Knight and the Pips, Shoop by Salt-N-PepaFavorite movie? Rocky, Big Business, Breakfast Club, and of course almost every movie ever made. Haha. Seriously, movies are a thing for me. Those are the first three I thought of, but really I just love movies. I can’t say which movies are my favorites, only which I’ve watched a million.Favorite artist?Art-wise: my dad, mom, brothers, sisters, grandpa, grandma, cousins, um, basically all my family. Also, Frida Kahlo, Miné Okubo, Ricardo Ruiz (in particular his Masotas paintings), and Alex Claw. Music-wise: Al Green. Favorite book/author?Books are like movies for me, I love them all, so I can’t gauge favorites, but I can say which I’ve read the most: The Cather in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling. But mostly, I love love autobiographies, memoirs, diaries, and letter collections. I read these the most. A few I’ve recently re/read:  Prison Writings: My Life Is My Sun Dance by Leonard Peltier, Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath by Sylvia Plath (edited by Karen V. Kukil). I’m currently reading Bird of Paradise: How I Became Latina by Raquel Cepeda.Most embarrassing moment?My grandma once yelled “O.C., use your rubbers!” to me during a volleyball tournament. She was referring to my shoes, because, despite that I was in 8th grade, she still thought that I believed shoes could make me run faster and jump higher. AND she didn’t know that condoms are called “rubbers.” Unfortunately, 8th graders do know this and for a little while I was called “O.C. Rubbers” hahahahaha! It was the worst, just the worst! What’s your favorite smell?Coffee. Puppy smell. Meat and potatoes cooking. Wood burning in fire places. There’s this one tree that smells awesome in Spring and when I walk by it all I want to do is breath in and never out. I get really dizzy. But I can never remember what tree it is until I smell it.  Favorite food?Steak, fried potatoes and tortillas (Navajo-style). Food you hate the most?Coconut, arugula and cilantro. Bleh.Something on your bucket list. Be ambidextrous. 

Name/ Pronouns/ Title of your position at the CC
O.C. Gorman. She/her. Assistant Director of Multicultural and International Student Services.

Your Div (level) and Academic interests

I’m not a student, so no Div but I still like to learn stuff. All the things. 

How do you identify yourself? Where is home(s) for you?

Tó’aheedliinii nish 2;į́ . Kiyaa’aanii (Kinyaa’aanii) bashishchiinTséníjíkiní dashicheiiTsi’naajínii dashinalíÁkót’éego diné asdzáán nish 2;į́. 
Diné bii keyah déé’ naashá.

^^This is how us Diné introduce ourselves. Yeah! Here’s a translation for the one or two of you that don’t speak and read Navajo (haha):

I am Water Flows Together Clan (I share the same clan as my mother). I’m born for Towering House Clan (my father’s clan). My maternal grandfather is Cliff Dwellers/Honey Combed Rock Clan. My paternal grandfather is Black Streaked Wood People Clan.  In this way, I am a Din
é (Navajo) woman. I am from Navajoland/Dinétah located in the Four Corners region of the Southwest in the U.S. (where Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and Utah meet).


In 1 sentence, say what you do at the CC. Or under what circumstances would somebody contact you?

In a nutshell, I’m primarily the international student advisor and I oversee the Peer Mentorship Program. However, I also work with the CC student staff and Melissa (CC director) in many other and varied ways to further the mission of the CC and support the SOURCE community, especially around issues of race, culture, and under-representation. Read our mission here: http://www.hampshire.edu/studentlife/index_culturalcenter.htm

Contact me about F-1 visa matters, issues of and about cultural adjustment, eating the candy in the bowl on my desk, if you have a funny cat picture you want to share, if you have an idea/subject matter that you think the CC should “put a program on,” and/or if you want to talk about ANYTHING, for real. 

Tell us what you loved the most about your childhood. Or what you remember the most? Maybe a memory?

What I love most about my childhood was sneaking out of or into places. Sneaking out of the house, out of class, out of whatever place and going somewhere I wasn’t supposed to be. Some of my best memories are of sneaking out of my friends’ houses during sleepovers to do things like sleep outside on a trampoline, or throw rocks at the neighbor boy’s window, or to enjoy the luxury of another neighbor’s jacuzzi. 

I went through a big sneaking phase from about 4th- 8th grade. I still sneaked around a lot in high school, but it was less fun because it was to places like Burger King. haha

Hobbies?

Read, watch movies, tumble, dance, write letters, make lists, drink coffee, eat all the cake, and laugh really loud at my own jokes. 

What’s your favorite color(s)?

Green, turquoise, gray, and glitter! I think it counts. 

Favorite song?

Sitting on the Dock of the Bay by Otis Redding, Midnight Train to George by Gladys Knight and the Pips, Shoop by Salt-N-Pepa

Favorite movie? 

Rocky, Big Business, Breakfast Club, and of course almost every movie ever made. Haha. Seriously, movies are a thing for me. Those are the first three I thought of, but really I just love movies. I can’t say which movies are my favorites, only which I’ve watched a million.

Favorite artist?

Art-wise: my dad, mom, brothers, sisters, grandpa, grandma, cousins, um, basically all my family. Also, Frida Kahlo, Miné Okubo, Ricardo Ruiz (in particular his Masotas paintings), and Alex Claw. Music-wise: Al Green. 

Favorite book/author?

Books are like movies for me, I love them all, so I can’t gauge favorites, but I can say which I’ve read the most: The Cather in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling. 

But mostly, I love love autobiographies, memoirs, diaries, and letter collections. I read these the most. A few I’ve recently re/read:  Prison Writings: My Life Is My Sun Dance by Leonard Peltier, Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath by Sylvia Plath (edited by Karen V. Kukil). I’m currently reading Bird of Paradise: How I Became Latina by Raquel Cepeda.

Most embarrassing moment?

My grandma once yelled “O.C., use your rubbers!” to me during a volleyball tournament. She was referring to my shoes, because, despite that I was in 8th grade, she still thought that I believed shoes could make me run faster and jump higher. AND she didn’t know that condoms are called “rubbers.” Unfortunately, 8th graders do know this and for a little while I was called “O.C. Rubbers” hahahahaha! It was the worst, just the worst! 

What’s your favorite smell?

Coffee. Puppy smell. Meat and potatoes cooking. Wood burning in fire places. There’s this one tree that smells awesome in Spring and when I walk by it all I want to do is breath in and never out. I get really dizzy. But I can never remember what tree it is until I smell it.  

Favorite food?

Steak, fried potatoes and tortillas (Navajo-style). 

Food you hate the most?

Coconut, arugula and cilantro. Bleh.

Something on your bucket list. 

Be ambidextrous.