Katherina Tran, OIE Fellow, is a sophomore studying biochemistry. At the beginning of her first year, she has a hard time adjusting to living away from home and making new friends. It wasn’t until she joined AASIA and went on the Bobcat First retreat that she started to feel like I found a home away from home. Through the OIE, she have been able to find genuine friends and a safe space to relax when she felt stressed out from school. She became a OIE Fellow hoping that she can create the same experience for other incoming and current students.
Keven Melvin, OIE Fellow, is a senior psychology major. Kevin loves to meet new people through different avenues at Bates. Kevin hopes that by serving as an OIE Fellow, he can connect with other students at Bates and provide guidance through her own past experiences. By doing so, Kevin hopes to make someone else’s stay at Bates a more enjoyable one.
Nicholas Lambert is a sophomore exploring the idea of majoring in Spanish. He is excited to meet all of the incoming class, as well as, peers he has yet to interact with. Nicholas hopes his experience during his first year will be helpful in creating new workshops and events for the OIE.
Jissel Garay, OIE Fellow, is a sophomore exploring the idea of majoring in Sociology and a minor in Education. As a rising Sophomore, she has made sure to take full advantage of the resources that were being offered by OIE Fellows and other upperclassmen. Through this tremendous help, Jissel was able to access the what she needed and help her peers along the way. Jissel believes that every student has the right to an equitable education. As an OIE Fellow, she will have the opportunity to connect students with resources that will help them navigate through their first-year in college. The first year of college is the hardest for any student, particularly for any first-gen and/or student of diverse background, but if there is a team of students devoted to ensuring these new students are aware of the great resources that are available, then there is a higher chance these first-year students will succeed.
Leslie-Anne Bernard, OIE Fellow, is a sophomore from Kingston, Jamaica, studying philosophy and theatre arts. She is involved in Bates Christian Fellowship, the Gospelaires, Africana Club, and Caribbean Students Association. Leslie-Anne is also a Annual Giving Student Intern. Leslie-Anne became a OIE Fellow because she has a desire to serve and be a resource for students. She is excited about improving the level of cultural and social awareness, education and sensitivity on campus to create a more informed and welcoming place for everyone. She hopes to help create a space where students can feel safe being themselves whilst enabling them to form deep connections through embracing and exploring their differences.
Kevin Tejada, OIE Fellow, is a senior from Westchester, N.Y. and is a double major in History and Spanish. At Bates, Kevin has always been very involved in various acivities happening at the OIE. The OIE is an inclusive space that provides students with multiple resources. As an OIE Fellow, he hopes to help facilitate many of these so that other students can learn to appreciate and take advantage of the valuable things that are always happening in the OIE.
Hanna Chipman, OIE Fellow, is a senior double major in sociology and women & gender studies. As an OIE Fellow, she hopes to foster and engage a safe community where she aims to support the diversity of identities. Hanna seeks to emphasize the voices of minority students, giving them the opportunity to feel comfortable, be able to express themselves, and most importantly not feel any sense of shame or exclusion as part of the Bates community. Hanna wishes to help give people from all background and identities their space to be who they want to be and to encourage them to continue to be proud of the individual selves.
OIE Fellows play an integral student leadership role within the Office of Intercultural Education and across campus by creating programming, managing the OIE space, and completing administrative tasks.
Through programming, OIE Fellows promote academic excellence and build community for all students with a particular focus on students from underrepresented populations. OIE Fellows work closely with staff to design and implement workshops and programs in the following areas: the first gen experience, academic success, cultural events, social events, community building, and alumni engagement.
The OIE Fellows have hosted events from Majors & Minors Student Lounge, Roommate Mixers, ‘My Story’ Faculty storytelling & Trips to Dairy Joy with Faculty!
For more information, check out our calendar of events, students blog posts, or our social media!
Become an OIE Fellow
OIE Fellows are hired during the Spring for the next academic year. Check back in the Spring for applications.