Our Program Support Team is compromised of esteemed faculty, dedicated staff, IC alumni, and proud MLK Scholar graduates. We lead with care, attention, and intention.
Each MLK Scholar is connected with one of our Team members as "mentor & mentee." The relationship is established over time and can resemble whatever the two agree upon in the spirit of supporting the 'Scholar and centering the individual needs of each person.
Meet Our Team
As the Director of the Center for Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Social Change(IDEAS) and the MLK Scholar Program, RahK works collaboratively with a dynamic team and campus partners to help all students understand that there is how they experience the world and then there’s how the world experiences them; two completely different things.
He believes every human is capable of good and can use their power and platforms to influence social change. He is committed to trying, failing, and learning to succeed and sharing personal narratives to empower others to do the same.
With over twenty years of student enrollment experience, Nicole is dedicated to supporting a student-centered approach and engaging audiences in forming authentic connections to IC's living-learning residential community. She does this by leading a talented team who offer professional service and creative solutions as they work with each student to support an informed college search process. During Her tenure at IC, she's served as an active mentor for the Martin Luther King Scholar Program and is an advisor for student organizations such as the Caribbean Students’ Association. For these efforts and more, Nicole received the Ithaca College Student Government Council Administrator of the Year award in 2016.
Belisa González is an associate professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for the Study of Culture Race and Ethnicity at Ithaca College. Originally from San Antonio, TX, Belisa González earned her PhD in Sociology from Emory University in 2006. While in Atlanta, she was a member and co-chair of the Atlanta Organizing Committee (AOC) for Undoing Racism. It was her experience with the organizers on AOC and others like it that formed the basis of her dissertation “Increasing Collaboration or Conflict,” which focused on sustainable cross racial organizing efforts between African Americans and Latinos in the South. Her role as an organizer and co-facilitator of quarterly Undoing Racism workshops helped her better understand interweaving systems of oppression and their consequences on everyday lives, the power of community and the importance of taking leadership from marginalized peoples. After completing her degree at Emory Belisa held a one year postdoc at the University of Georgia, before accepting a position in the Sociology department at Ithaca College (IC) in 2007.
Erienne assumes the oversight of Ithaca's NCAA Compliance program along with sport administration responsibilities, assistance with events and program development for the Bomber's Performance Programming.
Roberts earned her bachelor's degree and Juris Doctorate degree from Duquesne University.
Roberts has also served as a facilitator for the 2015 NCAA Student-Athlete Leadership Forum, a participant for the D2ADA Mentoring Program, and is a graduate of The Dr. Charles Whitcomb Leadership Institute and the Athlete Development Professional Certification Program (2017) at The Wharton School (2018).
Dr. Sean Eversley Bradwell serves as an assistant professor in the Department of Education. Prior to this role, Dr. Bradwell served as the director of the Center for Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Social Change (IDEAS) and taught in Ithaca College’s Center for the Study of Culture, Race and Ethnicity (CSCRE). Dr. Bradwell also serves as a faculty associate for Ithaca’s Martin Luther King Scholars Program and has research / teaching interests in educational policy/pedagogy, race theory, and social change.
In addition to his research and writing, Dr. Bradwell is also an active community member. He has been appointed as a Tompkins County Heritage Ambassador and in 2020, he was elected to serve his fifth (5th) term on the Ithaca City School District Board of Education. Dr. Bradwell serves as Vice President of the ICSD Board.
Lia received her Master's in Higher Education Administration and Student Affairs from the University at Buffalo.
Her dedication to student success began in 2012 when she began her undergraduate career at Ithaca College as a Martin Luther King Scholar. She was given the tools to succeed and realized that Student Affairs was a field where she could use her skills to help students like herself and provide services to help them develop into the best versions of themselves while they attend college.
Wendi Yamashita serves as the Coordinator of the Asian American Studies Minor. She received her PhD in Gender Studies (2018) and her MA in Asian American Studies (2010) from the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research examines Japanese American public memories of World War II incarceration in relation to settler colonialism and the prison industrial complex. Interrogating the centrality of carcerality to U.S. forms of racial and gendered punishment, her work considers Asian American racialization in relation to other groups of color as a means of striving for meaningful cross-racial coalition building.
Marsha is a Student Affairs enthusiast with over thirteen years dedicated to the field of higher education and community outreach.
Proven skill sets specifically in the areas of staff and student development, training and facilitation, leadership, strategic planning, and social justice work. With her values based on mutual respect, understanding, accountability, equity, and service, she is a leader with the ability to initiate a needs analysis and translate the assessment into a specific, reachable strategic goal. Marsha uses high energy and authenticity to impact individuals and learn from different organizations respectively.
Zaira Sylvain is an Ithaca College alumna with a B.S. in Biochemistry. She is a preserving and purposeful individual that finds enjoyment in helping people and organizations successfully reach their goals. She takes pride in representing her employer and acting as a supportive spokesperson for a team. With a passion for combining innovative science with social justice aimed towards providing quality healthcare for all, Zaira's long-term goal includes a career in obstetrics in hopes of gaining a better understanding of the physiology of complex pregnancies.
During her final year at Ithaca College, she developed a research plan focused on identifying biochemical markers for early prediction of preeclampsia. Additionally, as the VP for the United Nations Girl Up Ithaca College chapter, she and members of the organization successfully organized a community-wide sexual assault awareness panel discussion in hopes of creating a respectful and open space for difficult dialogues.
Omega Hollies is a Michigander, who moved to Ithaca in 2018 to be the Assistant Director for the Center for IDEAS. She loves the area, as it reminds her of the culture found in Ann Arbor, combined with the beauty of the Upper Peninsula.
She attended Grand Valley State University for both undergrad and grad school, earning a BA in Group Social Studies in 2008 and an M.Ed. in Higher Education in 2012.
Omega believes that strong community, however it may look, is a vital need for all students. Every student has the power to craft their community. In doing her part, she seeks to cultivate relationships with students that are honest, vulnerable, and uplifting.
Dr. Horsley is a pleasure seeking activist, visual artist, and scholar. Unapologetically, she is Black and sexually liberated. She uses visual and sonic culture as tools of empowerment for Black girls and women to define and embrace their bodies, seek pleasure and heal themselves. The driving force behind her research is social justice and Black liberation.
Dr. Horsley's commitment to social justice for Black girls and women has led her to explore poor and working-class Black cis and transgender women’s sexual economies of labor and pleasure (which at times can be one in the same). Through the figure/trope of the “freak” in pornography, popular and sonic culture she explores how Black women resist sexual oppression through reclaiming fatness, queer identities and gendered non-conforming bodies. This work further invokes a type of material existence—imagined through Black girlhood, bottom culture, ratchetness and is grounded in the gender troubles of figures such as Sojourner Truth, Marsha P. Johnson, TS Madison, Khia, and Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott.
Devon is an Ithaca College Alumna who earned her B.S. in Clinical Health Studies, Chi Alpha Sigma, with a minor in Nutrition Promotion. Currently a graduate student in Ithaca's 6-year Doctorate of Physical Therapy program.
M. Quincy Davidson is our new Associate Vice President for Engagement in the Division of Institutional Advancement. His areas of responsibility include: Alumni and Family Engagement, Ithaca College Annual Fund, and Corporate and Foundation Relations.