Peyton Wu earned their Bachelors of Arts in History and a Certificate in LGBTQ Studies at the University of Maryland College Park and their Masters of Science in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Miami University. Prior to joining what is now Identity, Student Engagement and Access (ISEA), (previously Multicultural and First Generation Student Support) in the summer of 2019 as the associate director, Peyton served as a program coordinator within the Office of Ethnic Programs and Services at the University of Cincinnati. They transitioned into the role of director of the office in January 2021. Peyton is passionate about equity, inclusion, social justice, and leadership and identity development. Peyton’s other interests include traveling, reading, watching sports, and exploring and eating different types of food.
E. Tejada III (they/them) serves in the dynamic new position of Associate Director for Gender and Sexuality in the Office of Office for Identity, Student Engagement, and Access. They have 13 years of experience in Student Affairs, specifically within diversity, equity, and inclusion work and residential education. E.’s previous role as founding Coordinator for the LGBTQ+ Resource Center at Marquette University helped shape their passion for DEI work to impact change and advocate for fostering equity and justice for historically underrepresented students. E. brings an intersectional lens to their work, recognizing the significance of race, socioeconomic status, ability, gender, and sexuality in the lived experiences of our community members.
Their academic background includes a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Tulsa and a Master of Arts, specialization in Educational Administration, from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Additionally, their research around Trans inclusive practices on college campuses has shaped their training, presentations, and campus advocacy since 2016. E. believes that as a Trans, Queer, and POC educator and DEI practitioner, they are charged with fostering just and inclusive practices while advocating for equitable access and support for underrepresented communities.
E. is excited to join the ISEA team and contribute to the intersectional and impactful work in retaining, supporting, and uplifting the experiences of diverse and historically underserved students at Clark University. You are welcome to reach out to E. at email@example.com in supporting their role in creating and fostering programs and initiatives for all LGBTQIA+ community members here at Clark.
Naomi Ashley (she/her) joined the Office of Identity, Engagement, and Student Access (ISEA) as Assistant Director of Programming and First-Generation Student Support in July 2022. Naomi is committed to supporting students of color, first-generation college students, and LGBTQIA+ students through education, programs, and community building as they work towards achieving their academic, career, leadership, and personal goals. Naomi joined the ISEA team after serving the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign as the Coordinator for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion. While in this role, she provided support to several identity-based affinity groups, and informed internal and external marketing campaigns associated with diversity, equity, and inclusion in Athletics.
A native of Hamilton, ON, Canada, Naomi earned her Master’s in Counseling in Higher Education (M. Ed.) with a Sports Administration Certificate from Providence College in 2021. During her studies, Naomi simultaneously held positions as the Graduate Assistant of Public Safety at Providence College and the Graduate Intern of Inclusive Excellence in Athletics at Bryant University. Naomi completed her undergraduate studies at Bryant University, where she earned a dual degree in General Biology (B.S.) and Applied Psychology (B.A.) in 2019. She was also a member of the women’s basketball team and a part of several multicultural student organizations, such as W.O.K.E. Athletes and 4MILE (Multicultural & International Leadership Experience).
Naomi operates from an intersectional lens that acknowledges the interdependent systems of discrimination and/or disadvantage and works to incorporate that approach into bettering the experiences of underserved and underrepresented students at Clark University.
Alexis “Dink” Dinkins joined the office of Identity, Student Engagement, and Access as the Assistant Director for Programming and Belonging in June 2023. Dink Grew up in New Haven, Connecticut, earned her Bachelors Degree in Economics from Clark University, and her Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from New England College. Previous to joining ISEA, Dink was a Community Director in the Office of Residential Life and Housing at Clark University. In that position she helped pilot the ACE and Connections LLC in 2022, and supported in building the foundation for Affinity Housing. In Spring 2023 Dink served as a part time lecturer of Creative Writing at Clark, and wants to use her background in education to support First Generation, BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ students in telling their stories and shaping their Clark experience. Dink is excited to continue her journey at Clark and looks forward to uplifting students as they navigate Clark and the Worcester community.