In March, Antoinette (Toni) Myers accepted a one-year appointment as interim assistant dean of students and director of the Multicultural Resource Center (MRC). Myers began their work in May.
In their roles, Myers will work collaboratively with faculty, staff, and community partners to facilitate a complex and inclusive vision of diversity and multiculturalism that supports engaged educational excellence. Additionally, they will supervise the MRC professional staff, which includes the Africana, Latinx, LGBTQ, and Asian and Pacific Islander Diaspora community coordinators and administrative assistant, Barbara Kirby.
Myers earned a BA from Scripps College in 2012 with majors in politics and Latin American studies. They earned a master’s from Stanford University in 2015 in educational policy, organization, and leadership studies. Just prior to coming to Oberlin, they worked as a diversity and inclusion representative at Scripps College, where they designed, implemented, and facilitated social justice education workshops for staff—including senior staff—and student government leaders. They will continue to serve as a consultant to Scripps College throughout this year.
Myers served as the MRC’s Africana community coordinator during the 2013-2014 academic year. In this role, Myers was responsible for advising individual students and student groups such as ABUSUA and the African Students Association and working collaboratively with the Africana Studies Department to plan community programs.
Myers says they hope to achieve a great deal as interim assistant dean of students and director of the MRC. “I think it is important for our staff (new and returning) to get creative this year about launching new programs, redesigning longstanding programs, and thinking about the evolution of the MRC,” they say. “I also would like to spend some time investing in a structured system of support within the MRC for first-generation, low-income students.”
Myers says they also plan to pursue partnerships with the Office of Disability Services, athletics, the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, student academic services, the counseling center, and more. “I think that it would be important to cosponsor more intersectional programs around disability, emotional and mental health, and spirituality in queer people of color communities this year,” they say.
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