Assistant Dean


KC Williams is the Assistant Dean of the Office of Equity, Belonging, and Student Engagement. She came to UVM from the University of Arizona, where she served as the Director of African American Student Affairs, building programs around belonging and equity, and establishing a cohort of students who were admitted to the B.L.A.C.K. program (Building Leaders and Creating Knowledge). A Stanford Sociology grad (for both a BA with Honors and an MA) her experience working in student advocacy includes having served as an advisor and mentor at Coastal Carolina Community College, where she taught for 12 years, and also advised the Male Minority Mentoring Program and the LGBTQIA Club. As an avid writer and presenter, KC has published numerous articles for Inside Higher Ed, an anthology for Third Woman Press, and has presented a paper at the National Psychological Association annual conference. She and her partner of 26 years have a Pyrenees puppy, Watson, who may make a visit to the office soon!


Current Graduate Assistants

 Maria Del Sol Nava is a first-generation Mexican-American originally from Los Angeles, CA. She was the first in her family to earn a Bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College in 2018 where she studied Mathematics and Italian. After graduation, Maria spent three years as College Admission Counselor, with a focus on promoting access and inclusion into higher education. Currently, Marias is a second-year graduate student in the Higher Education and Student Affairs Program at UVM. She works to support BIPOC students in STEM (you may have seen her emails!). Her passion for helping and connecting with students stems from her own experience as a first-generation student, Latina, and woman in STEM. In her spare time, she enjoys dancing, reading, swimming, and laughing at bad puns.
Emma Squier (she/her) is a second-year graduate student in UVM’s Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration masters program. She is the Graduate Assistant for CEMS Study CATS and an Academic Advisor in CEMS. Emma is originally from Bethesda, MD and graduated from UVM in 2017 with a degree in Sociology. In her free time she enjoys hiking, cooking, and trying new food spots around Vermont. She looks forward to continuing to support and connect with students in CEMS!
Current Undergraduate Assistants

Current Undergraduates

Zenllaze Gomez Merlo, or just Zen, is a second-year student majoring in mechanical engineering. She was born and raised in the beautiful and busy Mexico City. She enjoys traveling, enjoying a good cup of coffee, and spending time outdoors.
Alison Fernandez is a first-year and first-generation student majoring in Biomedical Engineering. She was born and raised in Lima, Peru. Alisson started working with us in the Summer of 2022. Currently, she has the position of First Year officer on the International Student Club. She is fluent in Spanish and learning Chinese and Portuguese. Her favorite activities are drawing, playing volleyball, and reading.
Janessa Green is a second-year student majoring in mechanical engineering with a minor in computer science. She is from Barkhamsted Connecticut. She loves to watch the sunset and spend time with her friends and family!
Arden Degrenier is a second-year student at UVM. She is currently studying environmental science in the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources. She is from western Massachusetts, and she enjoys hiking, skiing, and listening to music!


Previous Graduate Students

Max Cordes Galbraith (he/they) graduated with the class of 2022 with a Masters's Degree in Education (M.Ed). He was a graduate assistant facilitating the CEMS Study CATS program. Max is originally from the north of Pittsburgh, PA and came to Vermont from Minneapolis, MN. He graduated from Hofstra University in New York with degrees in Computer Science and Linguistics. Max is a queer cyclist, plant lover, and kombucha brewer.

Denis Garcia Reyes
Rahelle Gogerly-Moragoda

Previous Undergraduate Students

Malia Hodges (she/her) is a Mechanical Engineering major at UVM and was born and raised on an apple farm in Cornwall, Vermont. She enjoys film photography and cooking in her free time. She is a member of the Women's Society of Engineers at UVM and is excited for what is to come.



Office Location: Votey 365B

Directions to the office from Innovation: Head to the second floor of Innovation Hall and take the bridge that connects the second floor of innovation to the third floor of Votey. At the end of the bridge take a left down the hall and once you reach the end of the hall take a right. The office is on your left halfway down where the big printer is located. UVM Map here.