Meet Our Team

Leana Amáez, Vice President for Equity and Inclusion

Leana leads the Office of Equity and Inclusion and is a member of the senior staff at Bates. She works collaboratively with campus partners to foster a campus community where all staff, faculty and students can thrive by ensuring that equity and inclusion are central to all of Bates’ policies, practices, and programs. Originally from New York, Leana holds a bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University and a JD from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. She began her career as a public defender and has worked to advance diversity, equity and inclusion in a variety of sectors, including non-profit, private business, government/public health and higher education. In her spare time she can be found cheering a bit too loudly at her kids sporting events and musical endeavors, reading, gardening, and enjoying Maine’s mountains, lakes, and beaches.

Lori Larsson, Assistant to the Vice President for Equity and Inclusion

Lori has over 10 years of experience supporting senior staff, including project management experience. Lori began her equity, inclusion, and justice work 3 years ago at Bowdoin College. As a first generation college student, Lori earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from DeSales University in Eastern Pennsylvania. Lori enjoys tabletop games, reading sci-fi and fantasy, and playing roller derby for Maine Roller Derby in Portland.