Dean for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion/Chief Diversity Officer
Amit Taneja was born and raised in India, and his family migrated to Canada in 1994. He is a first generation college student, and completed a B.A. in Psychology from the University of British Columbia, and an M.A. in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University. He is currently completing his doctorate in Higher Education at Syracuse University. His research focuses on the intersections of race, class, gender and sexual orientation for LGBT students of color on historically white college campuses.
Amit formerly served as the Chief Diversity Officer at Hamilton College. He has taught academic courses in Sociology, Women’s Studies, First Year Forum, and the Summer Start program at Syracuse University. He has facilitated numerous intergroup dialogues on race, gender, and sexual orientation. He served as the co-chair of the Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals and has previously worked professionally in Residence Life, Disability Services, Multicultural Affairs, LGBT Resources, and as a Special Assistant on Equity to the Senior Vice-Provost. Amit is a Certified Affirmative Action Professional (C.A.A.P.), and serves as a consultant and speaker on a range of leadership, diversity and inclusion topics.
Amit provides leadership on a number of institutional priorities, including faculty & staff hiring, and curricular development. He chairs the Diversity Leadership Team, and works collaboratively with offices and departments to infuse issues of diversity and inclusion throughout the campus.
Amit welcomes students, faculty and staff to stop by and see him. If you would like to book an appointment, please contact Molly Heidemann at 508-793-3009 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Director, Office of Diversity & Inclusion
Greta Kenney, a Massachusetts native, began working at the College in January of 2013. After completing a B.A. in Sociology and Women & Gender Studies from the University of Connecticut, Greta worked in the non-profit sector as a domestic violence and sexual assault educator, advocate, and consultant. Greta earned an M.Phil in Diversity Studies from the University of Cape Town in South Africa. She has taught undergraduate courses in Sociology and Gender and Sexuality Studies.
In her role as Associate Director, Greta facilitates workshops and trainings on topics related to diversity and inclusion, including interrupting microaggressions, minimizing unconscious bias, LGBTQ inclusivity, and racial identity development. She also serves on the college-wide Diversity Leadership Team, supports HR with recruiting, hiring, and retaining a diverse staff, and directs the Odyssey Program.
Outside of work, Greta loves traveling, cooking, Netflix-ing, and playing with her twin nephews. She also enjoys late afternoon sun on the beach, skydiving, community building, and yoga.
Greta is always up for a cup of coffee and a good conversation. She can be reached at email@example.com or 508-793-2356.
Executive Assistant to the Deans/Provost's Office
Molly Heidemann, originally from Illinois, moved to Massachusetts and began working for the College in the spring of 2014. Molly completed her B.A in history and M.A. in historical administration from Eastern Illinois University.
As executive assistant, Molly is responsible for general operating tasks associated with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Deans’ Office. Besides assisting Amit and Greta, Molly also assists the Dean of Experiential Learning and Student Success, Loren Cass.
In her free time Molly enjoys reading, gardening, binge watching Netflix, and exploring parts of New England she has yet to see. Please feel free to stop by her office, Smith 224, anytime. She can also be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 508-793-3009.