Meet Our Team

KRISTIAN CONTRERAS

Director of Diversity Programs
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Kristian Contreras serves as the Director of Diversity Programs. She received a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Delaware, and recently graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo with an Ed.M. degree in Higher Education, Student Affairs Administration. Throughout her experiences in higher education, Kristian fostered a deep appreciation for the intersections of identity that campus community members embody; her fervor for student development is equally met with compassion for students and their individual journeys. Kristian is passionate about connecting students to their inherent greatness, advocating for college access, celebrating multiculturalism, and empowering students to become their best selves. In her free time, she enjoys reading the New York Times Bestsellers list, fruit roll ups, trying new foods, eyebrow maintenance, Netflixing, and spending time with her three dogs.

MIRIAM PANTON
Administrative Assistant
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Miriam Panton is the Administrative Assistant. 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.

KIJUA SANDERS-MCMURTRY
Associate Vice President and Dean for Community Diversity
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Kijua Sanders-McMurtry is a compassionate scholar practitioner focused on increasing access and equity in higher education. Dr. Sanders-McMurtry completed her Associate's degree in Social Sciences at Pasadena City College, her B.A. and M.A. in Sociology, a Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies and her Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies with a concentration in Higher Education at Georgia State University. Dr. Sanders-McMurtry was appointed Associate Vice President and Dean for Community Diversity at Agnes Scott College in July of 2016. She has served in a variety of roles at Agnes Scott including as a student life dean since August of 2006. At Agnes Scott, she has been instrumental in transforming policies and practices to create a more inclusive educational experience for every student. Dr. Sanders-McMurtry has been an adjunct faculty member at Agnes Scott College, Atlanta Technical College, Georgia Perimeter College and Georgia State University teaching courses including courses on Civil and Human Rights, Critical Pedagogy, Multicultural Education, and Sociology. She regularly visits Barnes & Noble bookstores and indulges in soy chai lattes at Starbucks.  On her days off, she can be found frolicking actively with her toddler niece and nephew who are featured prominently on her social media accounts.