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 Aradillas, 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. 


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 •