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Michelle Nearon

Senior Associate Dean & Director of Office for Graduate Student Development and Diversity
Warner House 206
203-436-1301
Michelle Nearon's picture

Michelle Nearon

Senior Associate Dean & Director of Office for Graduate Student Development and Diversity
Warner House 206
203-436-1301

Primary Responsibilities: Diversity Strategic Initiatives, Emerging Scholars Initiative, Title IX and Dean’s Designee

Michelle Nearon joined the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in July 2008, where she works closely with students, members of the faculty and administration, and the McDougal Center Offices, to proactively recruit, retain, and assist in the professional development of graduate students from diverse racial, ethnic, religious, socioeconomic, political, cultural, and lifestyle backgrounds. Dean Nearon received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in aerospace engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Brooklyn Polytechnic University, respectively. After completing her master’s degree she devoted approximately ten years to both the aerospace and automotive industries, beginning as a research engineer and ultimately becoming a general manager. She then completed a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Stony Brook University in May 2000. Nearon subsequently served on the faculty at Stony Brook University as an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and as director of recruitment and diversification in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences until coming to Yale.

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Denzil Streete

Assistant Dean
Dow Hall 406
+1 (203) 436-4171
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Denzil Streete

Assistant Dean
Dow Hall 406
+1 (203) 436-4171

Primary Responsibilities: Diversity Recruitmant & Retention, Mentoring, Title IX and Dean's Designee Denzil was born in Morvant, Trinidad and Tobago, and moved to the USA to pursue a college education. He graduated from St Francis College, Brooklyn, NY with a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) degree in Economics. Having worked as a paralegal for several years in New York, NY, he earned a Masters of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from Columbia University, having attended Teachers College, Columbia University. Denzil’s PhD is in Comparative and International Education, with a specialization in the Economics of Education. At Teachers College, Columbia University, Denzil served as Contracts Administrator in the Office of the General Counsel, and most recently worked as a Teaching Post Doctoral Research Fellow at Syracuse University’s School of Education where he specialized in teaching qualitative research methods. As part of his leadership in qualitative research methods at Syracuse University, Denzil served as Qualitative Consultant for the interdisciplinary “FitFamilies Research Project” examining ways families can maximize adapted physical activity for children with disabilities. His research interests include access and equity in higher education; the ‘Free College/University Movement’; minoritized males in education; and Caribbean education policy.

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Nicole Wade

Senior Administrative Assistant
Warner House 102
203-432-4440
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Nicole Wade

Senior Administrative Assistant
Warner House 102
203-432-4440

Primary Responsibilities: Event Logistics, Expense Management Reports, Website Content Editor

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Shanique Alabi
Pharmacology
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Shanique Alabi
Pharmacology

Shanique Alabi is a third year PhD student in the Department of Pharmacology. Her research explores the use of PROTACs (a small molecule tool that causes ubiquitination and degradation of proteins) to understand and target disease promoting kinases in cancer. Alabi is also a member of the Medical Research Scholars Program. She was the Graduate Student Mentor for Leadership Alliance Summer Research Program this past summer.

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Amanda Alexander
Biomedical Engineering
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Amanda Alexander
Biomedical Engineering

Amanda Alexander is a fifth year PhD candidate in Biomedical Engineering in the lab of Kathryn Miller-Jensen. Amanda is investigating spatial and temporal regulation of cell-to-cell heterogeneity in the inflammatory response in macrophages. She is interested in how dysregulation of intercellular heterogeneity in inflammation may contribute to disease. Amanda is supported by an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Spelman College with additional coursework in Biomedical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

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Stephane Andrade
African American Studies
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Stephane Andrade
African American Studies

Stephane D. Andrade is a PhD student in Sociology and African American Studies, and a Junior Fellow of the Urban Ethnography Project at Yale.  His research interests lie at the intersection of race/ethnicity, urban and community sociology, inequality, and the criminal justice system.

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Gabriela Bosque Ortiz
Interdepartmental Neuroscience
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Gabriela Bosque Ortiz
Interdepartmental Neuroscience

Gabriela was born and raised in Puerto Rico, completed her B.A. in Biological Sciences at Cornell University and is now a PhD student in the Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program at Yale University. She is completing her thesis in the Dietrich Lab, studying neural circuits involved in infant maternal interactions, specifically looking at modulation of infant vocalization in mice. Her extracurriculars include participating in the Yale SACNAS Chapter and going to Stop n Shop.

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Clifton Boyd
Music
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Clifton Boyd
Music

Clifton Boyd is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Music. His research interests include barbershop music (and American vernacular musical communities more broadly), minimalism, musical meter, and form in nineteenth-century chamber music. In addition to his academic pursuits, Clifton is a staunch advocate for diversity in music academia: he currently serves on the Society for Music Theory's Committee on Diversity, and is also founder and committee member of Project Spectrum, a coalition of graduate students and faculty members that went on to organize the 2018 national symposium “Diversifying Music Academia: Strengthening the Pipeline.”

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Patrice Collins
Sociology
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Patrice Collins
Sociology

Patrice Collins is a Ph.D. student in the department of Sociology and a fellow of the Urban Ethnography Project and Comer School Development Program at Yale. Her research focuses on sociology of family, urban ethnography, mass incarceration, and racial inequality. Before coming to Yale, Patrice worked as a preschool teacher, early education lab instructor and child development lecturer for California State University. She holds an M.A. in Early Childhood Education and a B.A. in Child Development Studies. 

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Emma Corcoran
FASMCD MCDB
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Emma Corcoran
FASMCD MCDB

Emma Tung Corcoran is a fourth year PhD student in the Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. Emma’s research investigates how epigenetic mechanisms regulate genome stability in the plant system Arabidopsis thaliana. Emma is also a leader for the Yale chapter of oSTEM, a national organization dedicated to the promotion and support of LGBTQ+ individuals in STEM-designated fields.

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Dustin Gavin
Religious Studies
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Dustin Gavin
Religious Studies

Dustin Gavin is a first-year PhD student in Religious Studies and African-American Studies. He has a BA in Journalism from Howard University, an MA in Media Studies from the New School and an MA in Religion from the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. He studies Black popular culture and representations of Black women in reality television.

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Marius Kothor
History
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Marius Kothor
History

Marius Kothor is a Ph.D. student in the Department of History with broad research interests in 20th century African history, gender, and Black Internationalism. Her dissertation focuses on women trader's political and economic contributions to Togo's independence movement and how Togo's anti-colonial struggle informed African American discourses on decolonization in Africa. Marius employs a variety of methods in her research including; archival research, oral histories, and visual analysis.

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Jun Park
Management
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Jun Park
Management

Jun Won Park is a fourth year PhD student in Organizations and Management with broad research interests in social inequality and collective action. Their dissertation focuses on the role of social class in shaping people's conceptions of a living wage, and their other work examines the psychology of solidarity in the context of allyship in social movements. Outside of research, they help organize events for undocumented students and queer people of color.

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Shanelle Shillingford
Chemistry
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Shanelle Shillingford
Chemistry

Shanelle Shillingford is an immigrant from the Commonwealth of Dominica, and currently a third-year PhD candidate in the Chemistry Department.  Her research interest focuses on a protein phosphatase, known as MKP5 which has been shown to play a role in fibrosis and skeletal muscular degenerative diseases.  As such, Shanelle is interested in exploring the mechanism of action of MKP5 to discover means of inhibition, and possibly treatment of such diseases.  Her office hours are Mondays 11am-12:30pm and Wednesdays 5:00pm to 6:30pm.

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Cera Smith
English
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Cera Smith
English

Cera Smith is a fourth-year PhD candidate in African American Studies and English.  Their work focuses on representations of the Black internal body in 20th- and 21st-century U.S. Black literary, visual, and performance art.  Outside of school, Cera supports local community organizations working towards racial justice, such as CTCORE Organize Now! (Connecticut Community Organizing for Racial Equity—Organize Now!).

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Shannon Whittaker
Public Health
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Shannon Whittaker
Public Health

Shannon Whittaker is a 2nd year PhD student in Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Yale School of Public Health. Her research interests include studying how social and political processes such as gentrification and redlining impact the health of marginalized communities of color. Before Yale, she worked in healthcare advertising at Omnicom and as a health policy coordinator for the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. She holds a B.A with honors from Brown University and an MPH from the Brown University School of Public Health.

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Teona Williams, PhD
History
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Teona Williams, PhD
History

Teona Williams is a second year Phd student in History and African American Studies. She studies 20th century United States history with a focus on African American and environmental history. Before Yale, she completed a master’s degree in Environmental Justice at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor. There she researched African Americans access to outdoor recreation. She hails from D.C. which to her will always be the greatest city in the world!

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