Meet Our Team

 Madelyn Kent, LGBTQ+ Fellow

Pronouns: She/her/hers
Madelyn Kent is the LGBTQ+ Fellow. She is a recent graduate of Agnes Scott College with a B.A. in International Relations. Madelyn is passionate about educational and advocacy work related to issues of institutionalized and systemic oppression, particularly gender-based violence. When she is not on campus, you can find Madelyn eating fruit, scouring thrift stores and flea markets for unique clothing and furniture, and striving to be the person Elle Woods knows she can be.

 

Amy Lovell, Faculty Director

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Amy Lovell is a Professor of Astronomy and Physics and a planetary scientist specializing in observations of comets and asteroids.  As the first Faculty Director of the Gay Johnson McDougall Center for Global Diversity and Inclusion, Amy works closely with the Center leadership and staff as we focus on Diversity and Inclusion in the Agnes Scott community and beyond. As a member of the faculty, Amy works with colleagues to strengthen the college's efforts in recruiting and retaining underrepresented faculty, including helping search committees design and implement creative search strategies while addressing potential biases.  Her role also focuses on collaborations with other Centers on campus to identify useful resources on inclusive pedagogy and to implement programs for ongoing professional development for faculty and staff. Her work in the Center will be informed by the work of our Diversity and Inclusion Task Force, which she co-chairs with our Staff Fellow.  Amy earned a PhD in Astronomy from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, a Bachelor of Arts in Physics-Astronomy from Agnes Scott College.  She holds a private pilot's license, open water SCUBA certification, and an Amateur Extra radio license as KK4ZII.   She enjoys traveling both in North America and abroad, spending time with family, climbing trees around our beautiful campus, reading non-fiction or books with dragons in them, being on boats, sewing or fixing things, solving puzzles, learning new things, and serendipitous adventures.

 

Rafael Ocasio, Faculty Fellow

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Rafael Ocasio, Charles A. Dana Professor of Spanish, is a Latin Americanist and a specialist in revolutionary and counterrevolutionary Cuban literature.  He is the author of two books on the Cuban dissident writer Reinaldo Arenas.  Cuba's Political and Sexual Outlaw (University Press of Florida, 2003) and The Making of a Gay Activist (University Press of Florida, 2007). He contributed “Queering the Cuban Exile: Reinaldo Arenas’s Memoirs as a Sexual Outlaw” to Dictatorships in the Hispanic World: Transatlantic and Transnational Perspectives (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2013).  His book Afro-Cuban Costumbrismo: From Plantations to the Slums (University Press of Florida, 2012) examines the Costumbrista documentation of African and Black religious and musical folklore as part of the development of a national identity in Cuba.  Costumbrismo, a nineteenth-century literary movement associated with the recording of traditions, offers the earliest incorporation of Black themes, related to the booming sugarcane production in Cuba and to rich African traditions in major Cuban cities.  Rafa is currently working on two book manuscripts: “Franz Boas in Porto Rico: Retention and Reinvention of Puerto Rican Folklore,” an edited, critical anthology of oral folklore documented by that reputable anthropologist in Puerto Rico in 1915, and “A Trans-Atlantic Bristol-Cuba Slavery Connection: George Howe’s Diary,” which examines the active slave trade between Cuba and Rhode Island throughout the early part of the nineteenth century. Other areas of his published research are Afro-Cuban and revolutionary Cuban children's literatures, and reflections of Santería, the Afro-Cuban religious belief, in mainstream revolutionary Cuban literature.  He has also done extensive research and publications on the late Puertorriqueña novelist and poet Judith Ortiz Cofer, an important contemporary Latina writer. 

 

Miriam Panton, Administrative Assistant

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Miriam Panton is the Administrative Assistant in the Center. She provides administrative functions for the Center for Global Diversity and Inclusion (CGDI) and performs administrative and management tasks in support of the mission of the CGDI. She takes leadership with CGDI projects and works with co-workers, students and their families, student workers, faculty, vendors; internal and external customers to support the goals and direction of the CGDI. Miriam also provides additional support of the multicultural student organizations (COSMO) and the Director of the Center for Global Diversity and Inclusion. She is originally from Brazil and received her B.A. in Economics at Gama Filho University in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Prior to joining Agnes Scott College in December 2011, she lived in Iowa City, Morris, MN and Upstate New York. Miriam is married to Clifford and is the mother of an Oglethorpe graduate named Daniel. She loves to work with students, enjoys music, yoga, meditation, and conversations about life in general.

 

Machamma Quinichett, Staff Fellow

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Machamma Quinichett is Director of SUMMIT Advisors and Associate Director of the Office of Academic Advising. Her many years of dedicated higher education experience centers on partnering with students to accomplish their personal and academic goals. She joined Agnes Scott College in 2005 and has served as the Student Disability Services Coordinator. She worked to create a more inclusive educational experience for every student by chairing the President's Committee for Community Diversity, leading the college's first Disability Awareness Committee, and serving on the college's initial gender inclusion task force.  As Staff Fellow she will co-chair the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force and partner with Human Resources on other diversity and inclusion efforts focused on staff. Prior to working at Agnes Scott College she advocated for equity and inclusion for faculty, staff and students in her role as the Associate Director of the African-American Resource Center at the University of Pennsylvania. Machamma earned a BA in Psychology from Spelman College and a MSW from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Machamma enjoys experiencing other cultures and cuisines through immersive travel experiences, cheering for the Atlanta Falcons, engaging in meaningful community service projects, learning popular dances from her teenage children and students, and hanging out at the beach with family and friends.