Meet Our Team


Yves-Rose Porcena, she/her/hers

Vice-President for Equity and Inclusion  

Yves-Rose has a wealth of leadership experience in higher education and global diversity. Prior to joining Agnes Scott College, she was the Chief Diversity Officer at the University of West Georgia. She also served as the Director of Georgia State University’s three satellite centers, and as Special Assistant to the President of Georgia College and State University overseeing institutional diversity, equity, and compensation programs. Porcena holds a Doctorate in Business Administration from the Coles College of Business, a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Emmanuel College.


Lucero Rodriguez, she/her/hers

Director of Diversity Education    

Lucy specializes in diversity program planning, student development, training, philanthropy and grant writing. Prior to joining the team, she was the Academic Program Manager in the School of Modern Languages at Georgia Tech. She also served as the Associate Director of Multicultural Affairs at Georgia Southern University's Armstrong Campus. Lucy received her Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Kennesaw State University and a Master of Arts in Professional Communication and Leadership from Armstrong State University. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in Educational Leadership at Georgia Southern University.


Amy Lovell, she/her/hers

Faculty Director

Amy 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 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. Amy earned a PhD in Astronomy from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, a Bachelor of Arts in Physics-Astronomy from Agnes Scott College.


Rafael Ocasio, he/him/his

Faculty Fellow 

Rafael Ocasio, Charles A. Dana Professor of Spanish, is a Latin Americanist and a specialist in revolutionary and counterrevolutionary Cuban literature. Rafa recently published the book “A Bristol, Rhode Island, and Matanzas, Cuba, Slavery Connection: The Diary of George Howe,” which examines the active slave trade between Cuba and Rhode Island throughout the early part of the nineteenth century. He has done extensive research and publications on the late Puertorriqueña novelist and poet Judith Ortiz Cofer, an important contemporary Latina writer.


Miriam Panton, she/her/hers

Administrative Assistant  

Miriam Panton provides administrative and financial processing support for the Center for Global Diversity and Inclusion. With over eight years experience in our center, she brings knowledge from a variety of sectors including higher education, non-profits, and technology. Prior to joining Agnes Scott College in December 2011, she lived in Iowa City, Morris, MN and Upstate New York. She is originally from Brazil and received her B.A. in Economics at Gama Filho University in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 


Machamma Quinichett, she/her/hers

Staff Fellow    

Machamma is the 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. As Staff Fellow she co-chairs the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force and partners with Human Resources on other diversity and inclusion efforts focused on staff. Machamma earned a BA in Psychology from Spelman College and a MSW from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

 Student Assistants/Interns


Jayla Norman, she/her/hers

Class of 2023

Jayla is the Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation Intern. She is majoring in Public Health and minoring in Spanish. Jayla is originally from the island of St. Croix. She likes to sleep, do math problems, and watch Netflix for fun. In terms of academics, some of her post-Agnes goals are to attend Augusta University where she will pursue her Master of Science in Nursing through their accelerated master's program. Jayla plans to spend some years in the nursing field before returning to school and pursue her Master of Public Health degree. She is most interested in maternal and child health, and one of her ultimate goals is to open the very first birthing center on her island!


Afnan Mahmud, she/her/hers

Class of 2024

Afnan is a first year student. Although her major is undecided, she is interested in education, computer science, philosophy, and world politics. She loves connecting with scotties virtually despite the challenges. 


Emma Olsen, she/her/hers

Class of 2022

Emma, born and raised in Austin, Texas is a junior at Agnes Scott this year, pursuing the dual-degree nursing program and majoring in Psychology. She is excited and grateful to be working as a student assistant for the center for Diversity and Inclusion this year, where she will help manage social media, plan virtual events, and engage with the important social justice discussions within the team and wider community. She is also the treasurer for the UNICEF club and serves as an Impact Peer Leader! When she is not studying and hanging out with friends, you can usually find her enjoying nature, sweating out a good workout, or cooking something new in the kitchen. 


Emily Utz, she/her/hers

Class of 2024

Emily was born in Wilmington, North Carolina, and then adopted and moved to Durham, North Carolina, when she was one month old. Since age six, Emily has been involved in theatre, dance and playing wind instruments. Her favorite part of being an actress, dancer, and flutist is the teamwork. Her love for athletics and working on a team led her to join Duke Aquatics as a lifeguard and swim instructor. She has been working at Duke for the last three years. In the past, helping different people has prompted her to consider working in the medical field. Since becoming a Scottie, she has remembered her interests in social work and law. She is a biracial woman and a part of the LGBTQIA+ community. This comes with challenges. However, she has learned that these things that make up her individual identity,
and the obstacles that she has overcome, make her a better advocate alongside others. At Agnes Scott, Emily is also learning better to advocate for herself.

Office Information

Monday – Friday

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


Physical Location

Alston Student Center
Third Floor, Room # 307

Mailing Address

Center for Global Diversity and Inclusion
Agnes Scott College
141 E College Avenue
Alston #307

Decatur, GA 30030-3370

Phone Numbers and Email Address

P: (404) 471-6118
The Gay Johnson McDougall Center for Diversity and Inclusion • 404-471-6118 •