Student Facilitators

Marisol Cortez

Hey, y’all! My name is Marisol Cortez, and I am a first-year student from San Antonio, Texas! I love sweet tea, mangonadas, and art! I am very excited to join an amazing team of equity and inclusion facilitators. I am also excited to serve the Bates and surrounding community and be able to work on taking action on bringing more equality and inclusion on campus in a variety of ways, from admissions to the cultural environment of the school. As an equity and inclusion facilitator, the work we do includes not only the four of us on the committee but all students, all faculty, and all staff to progress OUR work on equality and inclusion across the campus. Thank you.


Hola!! My name is Dulce and im currently a senior. I was born in New York but I’m also a proud Latina. I’m majoring in Politics and minoring in Religious Studies. The reason I wanted to get involved with this field of work is because I believe that if we do nothing, we are advancing the work of the oppressor. We should be uncomfortable with the present-day structure, we are all responsible for dreaming up alternatives while collectively and strategically working to restructure our country in a way that acknowledges our mistakes and celebrates our differences.  It isn’t enough to just be unsettled by how groups are marginalized due to their race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, or disability. Our only options are to accept or dismantle it and I have chosen the second option. 


My name is Lebanos and I am originally from Ethiopia and now live in Somerville, MA. At Bates  I am a senior double majoring in Politics and Africana studies. I am involved in many extracurricular activities such as Bates College Student Government where I serve as a co-president. In addition, I am also a member of Africana, security council, club soccer, and serve as a community liaison for astronomy club. I am passionate about issues of equity, mental health and well-being, and policing. I am excited to be doing this work because it gives us the platform to work with organizations all over campus to bring about positive change to Bates, but also the greater community. 

Maya Karmaker

My name is Maya Karmaker and I am from New York City. This is my first year here at Bates and I am a part of the Equity and Inclusion Advisory Committee. I plan on studying Environmental studies, Econ, and Education. I am so excited to be a part of the Equity and Inclusion facilitating team in the OIE because I want to support Bates in being a real community filled with empathy and the drive to learn about others and themselves. I am looking forward to all the projects that our team will create to help everyone confront racism and discrimination not only in our country, but also in our community. It’s important for us to discuss and engage in anti-racism work together to create a safe environment for everyone.