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Michelle Nearon

Associate Dean for Graduate Student Development and Diversity, Director OGSDD
Warner House 206
203-436-1301
Michelle Nearon's picture

Michelle Nearon

Associate Dean for Graduate Student Development and Diversity, Director OGSDD
Warner House 206
203-436-1301

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 Director of Diversity
Dow Hall 406
+1 (203) 436-4171
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Denzil Streete

Assistant Director of Diversity
Dow Hall 406
+1 (203) 436-4171

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.

OGSDD Fellows

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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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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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Clifton Boyd
Music
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Clifton Boyd
Music

Clifton Boyd is a third-year Ph.D. student in the Department of Music. His research interests include barbershop music (and American amateur musicking more broadly), minimalism, 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 devoted to the issue of diversity in music theory, musicology, and ethnomusicology.

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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.  Her office hours are on Tuesdays 2:30-5:30pm.

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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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Ayomiposi Loye
Biomedical Engineering
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Ayomiposi Loye
Biomedical Engineering

Ayomiposi Loye is a PhD candidate in the Biomedical Engineering Program. Her research explores the use of amorphous metals, Bulk Metallic Glasses in orthopaedic applications.

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Pedro Regalado
American Studies
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Pedro Regalado
American Studies

Pedro A. Regalado is a 3rd year PhD Student in the American Studies Department. His research focuses on the intersections of race, immigration, and capitalism in 20th century U.S. Cities. His dissertation project currently explores the history of post-industrial New York City through the lens of Latina/o life. Pedro's office hours are Mondays 2:30pm-4:30pm and Tuesdays 2:30pm-3:30pm.

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Anthony Scruse
Chemistry
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Anthony Scruse
Chemistry

Anthony Scruse is a 3rd year PhD candidate in the Department of Chemistry. His research focuses on developing new chemical reactions utilizing transition metals, as well as using these reactions to access societally relevant molecules. Anthony’s peer advising hours are Friday 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM.

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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 second year PhD student in African American Studies and English. Their work focuses on the ways that Black literatures and radical protest literatures of the U.S. expose processes of race-making as well as how racialization is chronicled, interpreted, upheld, and/or resisted through the racialized body. Outside of school, Cera works with local organizations such as CT CORE Organize Now! (Connecticut Community Organizing for Racial Equity) and PREST (the People for Race and Ethnic Studies Today).

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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!