Director of Campus Safety Frank Coots untangles flags hanging outside the Days-Massolo Center.

The Days-Massolo Center (DMC) will celebrate its history and 10-year anniversary throughout the 2021-22 academic year. Students, faculty, staff, and alumni will collaborate on a celebration that will pay tribute to DMC’s founders while examining the progress and future for the Center. The DMC began as a student-led Social Justice Initiative and has evolved into a cultural and equity center with a new student-generated mission, vision, and future intentional work.

“Our goals are to celebrate and share the history of the Social Justice Initiative, whose work contributed to the center’s creation, and pay tribute to the legacy of our namesakes, who have long championed cultural and equity issues and the center’s work,” said Paola Lopez, director of the DMC.

The year-long anniversary celebration will kick off this fall. Programs and events, open to the Hamilton College community, will foster engagement and interactions among current members of the College and alumni.

The DMC’s mission is to enhance the academic, intellectual, social, cultural, and leadership dimensions of the Hamilton community. It serves as a resource for exploring intersectionality among gender, race, culture, religion, sexuality, ability, socioeconomic class, and other facets of human difference. The Center’s vision is to be a catalyst for social change and a resource for shared experience at Hamilton. 

A steering committee will help plan and support the anniversary celebration. (Read full bios here). Members include co-chairs Robyn Gibson ’10, the founder and principal consultant for REG Solutions and an MBA candidate at Howard University, and DMC director Paola Lopez. Student committee members are Taliyah James ’24, Madison Lazenby ’23, Alex Medina ’22, and  Josue Herrera Rivera ’24.

Alumni on the committee are Corinne Bancroft ’10, assistant professor of English at the University of Victoria, British Columbia; Alma Bradley ’21, a government major from Brooklyn, N.Y.; Jazmin Gatto-Torres ’02, chair of the Multicultural Alumni Relations Committee; Geoffrey Forrest Hicks ’09, a humanities teacher working in secondary education; and Torrence Moore ’92, founder and partner of TMA Consulting, which focuses on assisting nonprofits, entrepreneurs, and small businesses.

Faculty and staff committee members are Emily DiBari, associate director of identity and affinity programs at Hamilton; Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion Maria Genao-Homs; and Nhora Lucía Serrano, associate director of digital learning and research in LITS.

Community members who wish to participate in the DMC 10-Year Anniversary Celebration are invited to contact the steering committee and center through email: dmc@hamilton.edu. Opportunities for further engagement will be available through future subcommittee positions.


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