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Meet Our Staff


Hind Mari - Director

Hind's areas of expertise and interest include the intersection of social identities as well as all other social justice issues, cross-cultural communication, conflict resolution, and leadership training. She has presented on these topics both locally and nationally. Working at the Women of Color Leadership Network gives Hind the opportunity to work full time on these issues, and foster growth for young women of color.

Hind's previous experience includes working as the Assistant Director at the Center for Student Development; Orientation Coordinator at the International Programs Office, working with international students and teaching at UN schools working with refugee students.

Hind received her Bachelor's from An-Najah University in Nablus, Palestine. She was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship for her Master's studies, which she received, along with her doctorate in Education from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her doctoral dissertation focuses on gender equity issues.


Vira Douangmany

Vira is presently working towards an M. S. degree in Labor Studies. She majored in Sociology as an undergraduate at UMass Amherst. Some of her highlights as an undergrad include being a Senator for Student Government, the Third World Caucus, and chairing the Asian American Students Association. She also did reporting for the University Video Channel and wrote for the Daily Collegian.

While at WOCLN, Vira hopes to be a resource for other women who are active on campus or want to take a more leadership role in campus or community life.


Letisha Harris

Letisha is a second year student in the pre-med program majoring in Psychology with a concentration in neuroscience. She enjoys sharing laughs with her family and listening to R&B music while studying. She is working towards medical school and would like to be a neurosurgeon.


Kanisha Louis Jean

Kanisha is a junior at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Though she has lived in Boston all her life, her family derives from Haitian descent. She currently is majoring in Public health with special interests in health disparities, women's health, and health care reform. This will be her second year working with the staff of Women of Color Leadership Network and it has truly become a home away from home.


Charmaine Santiago

Charmaine is currently a senior majoring in Theater. She is a woman who is a proud Puerto Rican artist and activist. She participated in Body Politics for the last two years and has been involved in WOCLN as a participant, supporter and a volunteer.


Jessica Toussaint

Jessica is currently in her third year at UMass Amherst, majoring in Journalism with a second major under BDIC with concentrations in Psychology, Communication Disorders, Education and Sociology. This will be her fifth semester working and being involved with the staff of the Women of Color Leadership Network. She enjoys dancing, singing (off key of course), writing, laughing and just having a good time with her friends, staff and sorority, Sigma Gamma Rho. Although, her vision has changed on knowing what she wants to do with her life after college, one thing has remained the same; she would love to work with children and help those in need any way possible.



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