Tanisha L. Jenkins (she/her/hers) serves as the Director of Multicultural Student Life at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tennessee where she is responsible for providing the overall leadership, direction, and management of the Office of Multicultural Student Life and the Frieson Black Cultural Center. Before coming to UTK, Tanisha served as the Director of Multicultural Affairs and the Multicultural Center for five years at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC. Ms. Jenkins received a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC, a Master's degree in Counselor Education with a concentration in Higher Education Administration from Clemson University in Clemson, SC, and is a doctoral candidate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies with a focus in Higher Education Administration at the University of Tennessee. Her passion for helping students succeed stems from her very first job as an Enrichment Specialist/Mentor Program Coordinator with the Upward Bound Program at Greenville Technical College in Greenville, SC. Ms. Jenkins’ research agenda primarily focuses on the collegiate experiences of students of color attending predominately White institutions and the experiences of women in higher education and student affairs leadership.
Stephanie Hernandez Rivera (she/her/hers) is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in the Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis Program with an emphasis in Higher Education at the University of Missouri where she hopes to examine the experiences of Women of Color undergraduate students in higher education. Hernandez Rivera has had experience working previously as a professional in equity and diversity work and Director of a Multicultural Center. She is most interested in disparities and inequities in education and how to create initiatives and services for groups that are historically oppressed and invisibalized. She has presented some of her interests at conferences such as, NASPA, MoCPA, Association of Fraternity and Sorority Advisors Conference, and the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education and has a M.A. in Women’s and Gender Studies from Rutgers University.
Katherine Waxstein (she/her/hers) is a native of Half Moon Bay, CA and received a Bachelor of Science in Child and Family Studies and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Tennessee in 2014. Upon graduation, Katherine committed to serve 2 years with Teach For America, where she taught 2nd grade in the Frayser community of Memphis, TN. After fulfilling her 2-year commitment, she returned to the University of Tennessee and is currently pursuing a Master of Science in College Student Personnel.
Katherine is passionate about fostering leadership and a commitment to diversity, multiculturalism, and social justice in students who attend the University of Tennessee. She is dedicated to ensuring that all students feel welcomed, included, and valued at the University of Tennessee in hopes that they will forever refer to Rocky Top as their home sweet home… just as she does.
Katherine lives by the motto:
“Always believe you can change the world- even if it’s only a tiny bit, because every tiny bit needed someone who changed it.”
Lydia Ghuman is a senior at The University of Missouri studying English and Women and Gender Studies. She is Co-Coordinator for Diversity Peer Educators, Co-President for Feminist Student Union, and a McNair Scholar who has done research on the construction of gender and sexuality in Western society. Her past internship experiences have included working for Representative Curtis in The Missouri State House of Representatives and interning for Congressman Clay in the United States House of Representatives. She plans on applying for a Masters in Public Affairs for graduate school.