OIE Staff

Tevis Bryant (he/him), Assistant Dean, First Generation & Bobcat First Programs

tbryant@bates.edu
207.786.6033

Bio

I was born and raised in southern New Jersey. Growing up in a house full of older brothers was always a struggle, especially when I came out as gay in high school. I experienced a lot of physical and mental abuse from my biological father due to his lack of understanding and intolerance regarding my sexual orientation. My harsh upbringing is the reason I went into student affairs and mental health counseling. Many students experience hardships and difficult situations at home, and I strive to be the support for them that I wish I had growing up.

I attained my bachelor’s degree from Rowan University (NJ) in Interpersonal Communications and Dance. Afterward, received my master’s degree from Monmouth University (NJ) in Student Affairs & College Counseling. I am currently scheduled to defend my Doctoral dissertation in August 2021 in the Educational Leadership program at Rowan University (NJ). My dissertation and research focus is on the experiences that undergraduate Black gay men have while attempting to date at predominantly White institutions. In addition to my dissertation, I am currently writing a book chapter that discusses the complexities of being biracial in the dating world, the workplace, and other social settings.

I am joining Bates from Plymouth State University where I recently served as the Director of Student Life overseeing Student Government, Campus Recreation, Greek Life, New Student Orientation, Community Engagement, and Diversity Equity & Inclusion Programs. I am excited to join the Bates community and support the students in the OIE and across the campus. 

Primary Responsibilities in OIE

  • Manage and coordinate all aspects of the Bobcat First program
  • Serve as a Student Support Advisor
  • In partnership with OIE colleagues, lead the design and implementation of educational and community building programming for BIPOC and first generation students 
  • Provide virtual drop-in office hours
  • Serve as an advisor to students who seek assistance, and connect them to necessary college resources

Dri Huber (she/they), Assistant Dean, LGBTQ+ Programs

ahuber@bates.edu
207.755.5981

Bio

A first generation college student born and raised in Portland, ME, I attended the University of Southern Maine (USM) and received my Bachelors in Social Work. It was at USM that I quickly found community and support for my identities as a queer person and a first-generation college student. I quickly became involved on campus, from residence life to LGBTQ+ work and mental health advocacy. My experience built the foundation for the rest of my career, and gave me the confidence to pursue my masters degree at Smith College School for Social Work.

I have always been a strong believer in utilizing my voice for change. As a white person, I was drawn by Smith’s commitment to anti-racism work. During this time I deepened my knowledge and language of the systems and structures that impact equity, and how to better work in solidarity with other marginalized individuals. 

Post- Smith, I worked as a clinical social worker with young adults. I loved the relationship-building of 1:1 therapy, but I felt pulled to use my skills to create change on a community level; I saw higher education as the perfect opportunity to make this transition, and accepted a position in the Office of Residential Life at the University of New England. There I  engaged in student support and mentorship as well as the community level work of co-teaching the Diversity Leadership Certificate, and engaging in policy review and change. 

I am excited to bring my passion to Bates College as a community that is prioritizing the work of equity and inclusion. In my free time I enjoy adventuring with my soon-to-be wife, Sam, and our rescue pup, Rosie, and searching for the best iced coffee. 

Primary Responsibilities in OIE

  • Design and implement educational and community building programming for LGBTQ+ students
  • Collaborate with and advise the SPARQ Mentors to support programming efforts
  • Provide drop-in office hours at the OIE
  • Serve as an advisor to students who seek assistance, and connect them to necessary college resources

Mana Abdi (she/her), Program Coordinator

Mana joins the OIE team on August 16.

Bio

I am ethnically Somali but was born in Kenya and then came to the United States when I was eleven. Two years later, my family decided to move to Lewiston, Maine and we have been here since. Growing up in Maine with multiple identities has not been easy. Floating in between – never feeling fully “American” or “Somali” – has led me to seek out and support others who may feel different or “othered” in their communities. I firmly believe that we all have the right to have a sense of belonging.

I attended the University of Maine at Farmington (UMF) and earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and International and Global Studies. It was at UMF, that I found the power of my voice. I realized nobody else was coming to change things on campus and it was up to people like me to build an environment where all students would have the same opportunities for success. This realization led me to create initiatives and programming to bring awareness to campus culture in the areas of equity, inclusion, and diversity. My greatest achievement was spearheading the creation of the Diversity and Inclusion Action Team, a task force of students, staff and faculty working together to address the needs of students of color.

As a working professional and community member, I have continued to educate and advocate for social justice and equity. At Disability Rights Maine (DRM), I advocated for and provided essential resources to individuals with developmental and physical disabilities. In my role as the Vice President of the Maine Youth Network, my focus is to uplift and empower youth who share my experience as a refugee. Like the mission and work of the organization, I am passionate about providing immigrant children and young adults the necessary tools to compete
and succeed in life.

My professional goals and personal vision are one in the same – creating a just, safe, sustainable, and collaborative community. I am thrilled to join the Bates community and assist students in the Office of Intercultural Education and across the campus in embracing their many identities and strengths to carve out their own unique path to success.

Primary Responsibilities in OIE

  • Supervise OIE student employees to assist with programs and to staff the OIE space
  • Develop the OIE staffing schedule, ensuring availability and accessibility of professional staff and student staff
  • Manage OIE room reservation requests
  • Serve as an advisor and mentor to students who seek assistance, and connect them to necessary college resources
  • Collaborate with OIE colleagues to design and implement BIPOC, first generation, and LGBTQ+ student programs