Beverly Colston: Director
Beverly Colston, serves as the Director of The Mosaic Center for Students of Color at The University of Vermont (UVM) where she facilitates the center’s mission to enable the holistic success of students of color in a predominantly white educational setting. Colston directs a staff of five professionals who are devoted to developing culturally sensitive, equitable and empowering practices that benefit the student of color community.
As a UVM staff member for eighteen years, Colston has participated vigorously in the life of the institution including service on: The President’s Commission on Racial Diversity; The 2009 Accreditation Steering Committee; The Athletics Diversity Task Force; The 2010 Provost’s Search Team; The 2011 Presidential Search Team. Her institutional leadership has been recognized by: The UVM Police Services Department; The Women’s Center; The Prism Center; Project Stay and most recently as a recipient of the university’s “Common Ground Award” in 2016.
A first generation American and college student, Colston was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She arrived to Vermont twenty-nine years ago via Philadelphia, PA where she earned a B.A. is Psychology from The University of Pennsylvania. She is pleased to have earned her M.Ed. from UVM in 2011. Her career in Vermont spans multiple jobs in the field of education including positions at Mount Mansfield Union High School and St. Michael’s College.
Bev currently resides in Winooski. She has three adult children, Marissa, Alex and Craig. A lover of the natural world, Colston enjoys biking, hiking, and camping. She can also be found reading, watching a favorite television series and traveling – hopefully to a location with a fantastic beach!
Jaydeen Santos: Assistant Director
Jaydeen Santos is the Assistant Director at The Mosaic Center for Students of Color (MCSC). Jaydeen has been with the MCSC since 2009. Before working in the MCSC, Jaydeen was the Assistant Director for Diversity and Partnerships in the UVM Admissions Office.
Jaydeen graduated from UVM in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, minor in Psychology. In 2012, she earned a Master of Education degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration on undergraduate student health and wellness. Before UVM, she attended Christopher Columbus High School in the Bronx, NY (an urban high school that has a partnership with UVM). Jaydeen was a member of the inaugural class of partnership students to attend UVM in 2001. Jaydeen was a first-generation, low-income, student of color from the inner city. She did not have the cultural capital to appropriately navigate all of the hurdles that college students encounter.
After realizing there were people on campus who cared about her success and wellness, Jaydeen started talking about her issues with advisors and counselors. Speaking up about her difficulties was her turning point. She learned that all students need someone who is willing to take the time to listen to their story. Jaydeen meets with students and takes the time to get to know them, their story, learn about their experiences at UVM, and then provides relevant advice. She is a supportive advisor who deeply cares about students at UVM.
If you are a student seeking support, guidance, or community, please do not hesitate in reaching out to Jaydeen. Her hope is to make your time at UVM fulfilling and enriching by breaking down the barriers to your success. She wants all students to feel that they are part of a bigger community where people care about their success and wellness.
Tatiana V. Martínez: Office Manager
I am Tatiana V. Martínez, and I am the Office Manager at the MCSC. My primary role is to manage all the needs of the Student Center and I also organize several staple events such as Friday Breakfast, MCSC Awards Banquet, MCSC Graduation Brunch and Family Reunion.
I was born in southern Peru and emigrated to the US in 2006. I attended UVM while working full time at Henderson's Cafe and graduated in 2012. I got involved with the community and just fell in love with everything that goes around campus. The MCSC is a great place to hang out, to study, learn about your own identity and meet new friends from all over the place so don’t hesitate in coming. I will be ready to serve you in anything you need, just stop by and say Hi!
I’m looking forward to meeting you.
Daniel Tovar: Coordinator for Underrepresented Student Leadership Development
Hi MCSC family! I am Daniel Tovar (they/them/he/him), Coordinator for Underrepresented Student Leadership Development in the MCSC. I have the privilege of supporting student groups affiliated with our center. I also support programs and initiatives such as Brotherhood, QTPOC (Queer and Trans* People of Color), and Racial Aikido along with developing new and exciting racial healing programming and working collaboratively with a multitude of campus partners to bring innovative programs to our students.
I was born and raised in Orlando, FL meaning I will never officially be ready for snow or winter. When not working you can find me watching movies, eating popcorn, playing volleyball or reading and watching poetry. I earned my Bachelor’s in Psychology from Florida International University and my Master’s in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Indiana University Bloomington. Stop by my office to talk about coffee shops, food, poetry, and movies! Please contact me if you have ideas for new programs and initiatives relating to leadership development or if you simply want to connect!
Valeria Pinzon-Mendez: Underrepresented Student Retention & Success
Hello Everyone! My name is Valeria Pinzón-Mendez and I am the Coordinator for Underrepresented Student Retention and Success. I am excited to be part of The MCSC staff so I can continue to build relationships with the community on campus. Some of the programs that I oversee include the Summer Enrichment Scholars Program (SESP) as well as the Peer Mentoring Program, both of them aimed at welcoming students of color to campus and introducing the amazing community here. Stop by and say hi!
I was born in Bogota, Colombia and immigrated to the United States 10 years ago with my family. I earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Community and International Development at UVM, and have a Labor Studies Certificate from CUNY School of Professional Studies. I am thrilled to be able to stay engaged in the MCSC community because this has been a home away from home since I arrived at UVM. I am interested in learning more about the power of collective bargaining and how this can empower marginalized groups of people such as immigrants, low-income folks and people of color. I love to walk around Burlington and during the summer you can catch me by Lake Champlain.