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Comings and Goings: Nathan Baptiste named director of IME

September 14, 2015

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Dean of Students Anna Gonzalez announced today that Nathan Baptiste will become the new director of Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement (IME). Baptiste, who currently serves as senior assistant dean of admissions, will begin on December 1. Baptiste will replace Tonya Daniel, who left the college earlier in September.

“Nathan, who has been coordinating multicultural recruitment at Lewis & Clark, has demonstrated loyalty, skill, and commitment to effectively serving underrepresented students,” Gonzalez said. “Nathan’s graduate degree in education leadership from Columbia University, his professional experience as a teacher of humanities and social studies, and his work with culturally diverse nonprofits and higher education teams make him exceptionally equipped to serve the leadership needs of IME.”

“I am honored and excited to serve as director of IME because I strongly believe in cultivating learning through the exploration of intercultural lenses, service, global citizenship, and social justice,” Baptiste said.

Baptiste’s first job upon graduating from Occidental College was planning and managing the daily affairs of that school’s Multicultural Summer Institute, a five-week social justice–oriented bridge program designed to foster student leadership and intercultural learning.

“Serving as an educator for equity and inclusion has been Nathan’s passion since high school, when he coordinated his first community forums examining the Civil Rights Movement and the prison-industrial complex with guest speakers Bobby Seale and Angela Davis,” said Cathy Busha, associate dean of students for student engagement and interim director of IME.

Bilingual in English and Spanish, Baptiste has served on numerous campus committees related to the work he will be doing at IME, including the Student Life Diversity Committee and the president’s Institution-Wide Committee on Diversity and Inclusion.  

The Office of Admissions has commenced a search for a new assistant dean of admissions/coordinator for multicultural recruitment.

The following staff members are either new to campus or have a new job title:

Kristin Akervall, data and accreditation analyst, Research and Assessment; Bradley Ashwell, assistant director of grounds, Facilities Services; Suraya Barbee, director of alumni relations, Law Alumni Relations; Amy Baskin, community friends program coordinator, Academic English Studies; Elizabeth Becker, development coordinator of external relations, Law External Relations; Hayley Bentley, scheduling and academic records specialist, CAS Registrar; Rebecca Brooks, assistant director, Student Support Services; Steve Cavazos, development assistant, Institutional Advancement; Bonnie Davidoff, administrative coordinator, Biology; Suraya Barbee, director of alumni relations, Law Alumni Relations; Joset Grenon, assistant dean for development and external relations, Law External Relations; Chrys Hutchings, employer relations coordinator, Career Development Center; Jennifer Jacobs, head of access services, Watzek Library; Steve LaFollette, serials and electronic resources Specialist, Watzek Library; Laura LeMasters, administrative coordinator, College Advising; Caroline Mead, admissions office specialist I, Law School Admissions; Melanie Morris, laboratory coordinator, Biology; Laura Mundt, administrative coordinator, Counseling Service; Caitlin Peel, assistant director of marketing, Public Affairs and Communications; Chris Stecher, director of institutional operations, Information Technology; Carolin Thompson, administrative specialist, Student Support Services; and Miranda Wood, administrative coordinator, Sponsored Research. 

The following people have left Lewis & Clark. Here’s wishing them good luck in their new adventures:

Jessica Chi, program manager, Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement; Anneliese Dehner, digital projects developer, Watzek Library; Zachariah Gilbert, controls engineer, Facilities Services; James Hernandez, grant administrative coordinator, Biology; Mary Kitchel, administrative coordinator, Health and Wellness Center; Kristian Martin, sports information director, Physical Education and Athletics, Wayne Ohmer, system administration developer, Information Technology; Kim Smith, maintenance engineer, Facilities Services; Megan Taliaferro, CELS program specialist I, Teacher Education; Robyn Ward, serials and electronic resources specialist, Watzek Library; and Allison Wilkinson, staff attorney, National Crime Victims Law Institute.