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.
I’m a painter. I paint with my fingers — www.artmelissa.com
What’s your favorite color(s)?
Purple and blue. Anything vibrant.
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.
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).
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.