Phyllis A.H. Breland, director of Opportunity Programs at Hamilton, is a Class of 1980 Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity (HEOP) graduate of Hamilton College. She received her Masters of Education in Instructional Design in 2003. Her work experience includes program development, marketing, empowerment/assertiveness training, volunteer recruitment, health education, quality assurance, motivational speaking and policy development. She begins her journey with students at the middle school level working on violence prevention, academic preparedness and the art of "dreaming big." She works closely with junior high schools, high schools, churches, community groups and organizations throughout the State of New York in an effort to bring the hope of higher education to all students. Her favorite sayings are "if you are on time, then you are late," and telling her students "I won’t ever ask you to do anything, that I am not willing to help you with."
Phyllis is currently President of the New York State Higher Education Opportunity Program Professional Organization (HEOPPO), and Recording Secretary for the Tri-State Consortium (New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania). Her affiliations include the YWCA, Mohawk Valley Junior Frontiers, Boys and Girls Club of Mohawk Valley, Underground Café, Young Scholars and she works closely with colleges in the upstate New York region. Active in the Hamilton College community, she has served on several committees, participates in activities in support of increasing ethnic diversity, and enhancing the student's academic experience. She currently sits on Hamilton College's Inclusion Work Group, and is regularly invited to present on issues of time management, and developing individualized learning programs. Phyllis can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 315-859-4398.
Kimberly Williams was born in Concord, New Hampshire and later moved to Frankfurt, Germany, as her father served in the Air Force. She received her B.S. in psychology with a minor in sociology and creative writing at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech). Her undergraduate focus included trauma, coping and its relationship to race, class and gender; her research studies concerned alcoholism, depression and abuse. Outside of academia, she was the founder of an international women’s organization. She was also the education chair of a counseling group and the residential liaison between student groups and student housing. After graduating in 2008, she was a home-based clinician for young women and later became an overnight counselor at a domestic violence shelter.
In 2012, Kimberly earned her M.F.A. in poetry from Cornell University where she continued to study intersectionality as a student and instructor. She has taught such courses as It is Black in Outer Space, focusing on Black science fiction and True Stories on Women regarding feminist memoirs. She has participated in multiple social justice panels at Cornell. Her hobbies and interests include music, hiking and always, writing. She shares a living space with a red-eared slider turtle. Kimberly can be reached at email@example.com or 315-859-4288.
Jayla is returning to her hometown of Syracuse, N.Y., to pursue a master's degree in higher education at Syracuse University, where she is a full time graduate student. Jayla received her B.A. in Psychology and minored in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL) from SUNY Cortland. While at SUNY Cortland, she was a work study student in the Advisement and Transition Office on campus, and took on numerous leadership roles in other offices and clubs. She has also worked at SUNY Cortland's orientation program for incoming first year and transfer students. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 315-859-4279.
Shadayvia Wallace, from Syracuse, N.Y., is a recent graduate of Keuka College. She majored in political science and history, and minored in Communication Studies. Shadayvia has worked in Student Affairs and Multicultural Affairs since 2011. She has a genuine interest in advocacy and learning about the different cultures that are represented in the United States. She also enjoys reading, writing, working out, and spending time with friends and family. She can be reached at email@example.com, or 315-859-4279.
Betty House graduated from Hamilton in May 2014, majoring in women's studies and minoring in history and religious studies. She began working at the Days-Massolo Center as an office assistant in May 2014. Her work days are Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 315-859-4279.
Swati Acharya ’16, a philosophy major, is an executive member of the Womyn's Center and is very interested in all subjects relating to social justice. Her Levitt Center research grant, for the summer of 2015, allowed her to explore the relationship between student activism and legislative change. She plans to attend law school and specialize in labor and immigration law. In her free time, Swati enjoys writing and relaxing with a good book. Swati can be reached at email@example.com.
Kate Cieplicki '16, from Syracuse, N.Y., is double majoring in psychology and women’s studies. At Hamilton, Kate is involved in Active Minds, Red Weather and the Womyn’s Center. In the summer of 2014, she ran programming at the William Way LGBT Community Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In the spring of 2015, she studied Gender and Sexuality in Amsterdam, Netherlands, where she volunteered at a queer bar and conducted research on transgender older adults' experiences with culturally competent mental health care professionals. Kate currently works with Toomey Residential and Community Services in Syracuse, N.Y., where she spends time with kids and teens ages 7-18 who cannot live in traditional foster care settings. In her free time Kate enjoys reading, listening to music, cooking (and eating) vegetarian food, writing creatively and spending time outside. She plans to pursue a masters in social work (MSW) after graduation. Cieplicki can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Daiyan Hossain ’18 is planning to major in both literature and women’s studies. He is a HEOP scholar from Bronx, N.Y., and now resides in Queens. He is the education chair for Hamilton’s Rainbow Alliance, a representative for Write Back At You, a pen pal program that pairs Hamilton students with students from underprivileged schools, as well as a volunteer for Project SHINE. After graduation, Daiyan hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in English literature, becoming a published author while teaching. In his free time, Daiyan enjoys working on his writing, reading, spending time with friends and perusing the web. Daiyan can be reached at email@example.com.
SiLe (Codie) Li ’16 is a Posse scholar from Miami, Fla., and a biology major. At her high school, SiLe co-founded and organized the Asian Cultural Club. At Hamilton, she is a site coordinator for HAVOC, a tutor teaching English to ESOL adults in Project SHINE, and a board member of the Asian Cultural Society. She is interested in food science and nutrition, and has worked with hospital dietitians in Miami. After graduation, she plans to study dietetics and nutrition. In her free time, she enjoys dancing, baking, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. SiLe can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.