Graduate Program Coordinator
Anthony Phillips is from Philadelphia, PA and received his M.A. degree in Black Religion in the African Diaspora from Yale. He graduated as a Benjamin Elijah Mays Scholar with a B.A. in African American Studies and Philosophy from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. Anthony finds working for service, leadership, and college access programs gratifying. He is very passionate about observing the impact that student development programs like Student Bridges have on students of color. In 2003, Anthony co-founded Youth Action, a student-led non-profit that provides students of color with training and resources to provide leadership and service to their communities. He is a member of the Advisory Board for several civic-engagement non-profit organizations such as Spark The Wave and the Better Making Men Campaign. He has interned with City Year and Africare, a philanthropic organization that gives aid to countries in Africa. Through the Smithsonian Institution Minority Awards program he interned with the Smithsonian Institution Anacostia Community Museum, where he worked on a Community Documentation Center project that focused in on researching Houses of Worship in Southeast D.C.. He has served as the Assistant Director of the Scholars program at the W.E.B. Du Bois Scholars Institute at Princeton University, Graduate Assistant to the Dean of the Afro-American Cultural Center at Yale, Recruitment Coordinator for the educational non-profit management organization Scholar Academies and a literacy tutor at New Haven Reads. Anthony is a proud alumni member of The Institute for Responsible Citizenship.
Currently, he is a PhD student in Afro-American Studies in the W.E.B. Du Bois Department here at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. His general research focuses on U.S.Protest movements and Blacks in higher education.
Gilbert is presently an Associate Professor in the Department of Theater at the University of Massachusetts. He has also served on the theater faculties at University of California at Berkeley, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, Rhode Island College and University of Rhode Island at Kingston. Mr. McCauley has directed Off-Broadway and at theaters around thecountry and overseas, including Arena Stage, Arkansas Repertory Theater, Goodman Theatre, Old Globe Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Playwrights Horizons, Seattle Repertory Theatre, and the National Theatre of Ghana.
Springfield Course Instructor
Beth Mattison is a master’s student in Social Justice Education. Her research interests include the leadership of young people in social change and media production, inter group dialogue, and the experiences of student mentors. For many years, she has worked with young people from the region through Youth Leadership in the Arts(YLA) and Help Increase the Peace Project (HIPP). When she’s not working or doing homework,she likes to go on road trips with her daughter Yasmina and to spend time with her friends and family, and is an amateur photographer. This is her third year working with Student Bridges and she couldn’t imagine a better assistantship.
Holyoke Course Instructor
Yedalis Ruiz, M.Ed., is a doctoral candidate in higher education at the University of Massachusetts. She graduated from Mount Holyoke College with an undergraduate degree in psychology and education and completed her master’s of education at the University of Massachusetts in Educational Policy and Research. In her graduate work, she has worked as the educational program evaluator in collaboration with UMass’s Materials Research Science and Engineering Center and Smith College Picker Engineering Program. She has also worked as a research associate in the Student Assessment Research Evaluation Office. Yedalis currently teaches Learning Through Community Engagement for Student Bridges and is adjunct faculty at Bay Path College School of Professional and Adult Studies. Prior to her work at UMass, She was the Director of Take the Lead, a leadership program for teen girls, at Mount Holyoke College and held several leadership roles in research and education at community-based agencies in Hartford, CT. Based on both her professional and academic experiences, Yedalis’ research interests include: issues of access to higher education among lower-income, Latina students and their families; community-based research methods; the role of language and culture on the educational trajectories urban Latinas; and methods of assessment and evaluation to improve educational programming outcomes.
VQ will be serving this year as the Student Bridges Americorps VISTA (Volunteer in Service to America) within the MACC Program (Massachusetts College Compact). The aim of the Americorp MACC VISTA program is to aid organizations that are creating partnerships between Higher Education and surrounding communities. She is excited to be building sustainability and capacity at her Alma Mater with Student Bridges and their partnerships with the communities of Springfield and Holyoke community.
VQ was involved with Student Bridges for three years during her Undergrad career. She is excited to have another year with an organization that has impacted her life and work so greatly. She hopes to be able to help build more sustainable processes and practices within SB to keep it as critical, radical, and as committed to the principles of social justice as possible.
Born and raised in Attleboro, Massachusetts this rambunctious little lady is sure to put a smile on your face. But if you’re not in the mood, no worries- she’ll keep a smile on her own face until you’re ready. Missy initially became involved with Student Bridges her first year on campus when she signed up for the class after hearing about the tutoring and mentoring component. She worked at Peck Full Service Community School for her site and continued to work in the school the following year as a site coordinator. She fell in love with Student Bridges and its work. This year she works closely with Camille as a Community Outreach and College Awareness coordinator. A recently declared Public Health major, she has a strong preference for working with communities rather than at them. Usually found adventuring with her majestic best friend otherwise known as a puppy, Otis, Missy enjoys long walks on the beach, gazing off into the sunset, and contemplating our existence.
Phwe Main Tham
Co-Undergraduate Programmatic Coordinator
Main Main Tham is a currently a junior who has been with Student Bridges since Freshmen year. Born in Myanmar, he move to Quincy when he was six years old. He is the Site Class Liaison and supports all the site coordinators. He also works as an RA on southwest and interns at State Street Corporation. He is a finance major who wants to become an investment manager. His future goals consists of becoming a teacher, getting his masters and starting a loan company for underrepresented students who want to go to college.
Carlito Weaver is a Senior Economics major at UMass hailing from Brockton, MA. He currently serves as a Site Coordinator at Peck Full Service Community school in Holyoke and hopes to one day create a non profit organization for student athletes in his hometown. Before becoming a staff member, Carlito volunteered with SB through panels and college tours. Carlito lives by Ghandi’s words “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
Christopher Sulé Young is Senior here at the University of Massachusetts Amherst from Harlem, New York, majoring in Economics and minoring Computer Science. This is his first year working as a Webmaster and with the Student Bridges family. Christopher is also the president of the Delta Chi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. (Roo to the good Bruhz) and enjoys uplifting the community through various honorable projects with his fraternity brothers. Along with working with young men through the chapter’s mentor program “Bridge to Manhood”, Christopher also works with students at Commerce high school in the Upward Bound/Student Bridges service-learning course. He plans to pursue a career in Computer Development and also continues to service the community after completing his undergraduate years at the university.
Danielle Lantos is a sophomore from Cambridge, MA majoring in Sociology and Spanish. She joined Student Bridges her freshman year, and is still volunteering twice a week at PECK school in Holyoke. She believes in equal access education, which is why she is working as Retention Coordinator for the program as well as advising the first year of Student Bridges’ mentoring program, called C.E.Os! Bridges has gotten Danielle involved on campus. She is the Event Coordinator for Emancipated Voices, poetry group. In the future, Danielle wishes to teach in an urban setting as well as traveling to as many countries as possible, maybe teaching abroad!
Angeramis is a senior pursuing a dual degree in Legal Studies and Psychology with a minor in Spanish.She began her involvement with Bridges Fall 2009 when she took part in the Service Learning course as a tutor-mentor at Chestnut Middle School in Springfield, MA. She currently serves as the Retention Coordinator for Student Bridges and has created the Student Bridges C.E.O.mentoring program which will serve to provide underrepresented first year students with upperclassmen mentors who will provide them with support to guarantee a successful transition into college as well as a successful undergraduate career. Aside from her involvement with Student Bridges, she is an active member in the UMass community,previously serving as the president of Sigma Lambda Gamma Sorority Inc., member of the Women of Color Leadership Network and has facilitated an array of workshops. She has also completed a social justice mediation training and has served as a mediator on various occasions. She is passionate about social justice and immigration law. Upon graduating, she hopes to apply to Law school, practice immigration law and ultimately work for USCIS department of Homeland Security.
Policy Advocacy Coordinator
Meron is a senior at The University of Massachusetts. She is pursuing a degree in Accounting and minor in sociology. Meron got started with Bridges during her junior year and was a tutor mentor at Putnum Regional High School in Springfield as well as Peck Full Service Middle School in Holyoke. During her senior year she started working for Student Bridges as the Policy Advocacy Coordinator. She plans on opening a non profit organization geared towards college prep work for underrepresented students in the future. After graduating she plans on working at a Public Accounting Firm.
Policy Advocacy Coordinator
Ashley is an outgoing, quirky, positive young individual who wants to join the Peace Corp to travel the world and lend a helping hand to those in need. She enjoys singing as if she can sing and attending restaurant openings. As a Psychology major with a concentration in Child Development, Ashley is also minoring in Education, Sociology & Biology. Being her third year with Student Bridges, Ashley is beyond excited to be a part of staff especially being hands on as the Community Outreach & College Awareness Event Coordinator. She has a strong passion for working with children. Post-graduation, she wants to work with families to better understand the anxiety and stress that school emits on children.
Soon after transferring to UMASS Amherst, from North Carolina A&T State University, Dericka began volunteering with student bridges as a tour guide. Her dedication as a volunteer helped her obtain her current position on the SB staff. She is very passionate about informing young people of their options and resources to attend and succeed in college. This year she is working closely with Ashley to ensure that the COCA team implements programs that provide for the communities in the area.
Springfield Commerce Site Coordinator
My name is Shawn Mendez and I am a junior at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. I am a Sociology major hoping to not only give back to but learn from the communities that I have worked with. While this is my first year being involved with Student Bridges I honestly look forward to learn from what my coworkers can teach me, and from the many partnerships associated with Student Bridges. I will be working with the Upward Bound program at Commerce High School in Springfield. I look forward to working with this program seeing how I will be returning to my hometown and trying to make a difference. Student Bridges has already become a great opportunity I am grateful for being involved with, and I look forward to growing as an individual just as the program grows.
Holyoke CHOICES Site Coordinator
Amy is a current junior at the University of Massachusetts, she is double majoring in History and African American studies. This is her second year with Student Bridges. Last year she worked as a tutor mentor with CHOICES after school program in Holyoke and took the class. This year she a site coordinator for that same after school program. She is passionate about all the work that Student Bridges does and really excited to be working within the organization! Amy is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and in her free time she enjoys live music and good books. In the future Amy hopes to continue to work in schools and especially in after school programs.
Holyoke CHOICES Site Coordinator
Jazlinda Navarro, was raised in Springfield, MA most her my life. She graduated from Roger L. Putnam Vocational-Technical high school in 2010. She is now Biology major at the University of Massachusetts. This is her second year with student bridges. Her first year with student Bridges she tutor/mentored for the 4-H after school program in Springfield, MA. She is now a site coordinator at Peck middle school in Holyoke, MA. Through Student Bridges she hopes to inspire underrepresented youth to go to college and become successful.
Springfield SECC Site Coordinator
My name is Chandler Kaplan and I am a senior at University of Massachusetts Amherst. I am a Public Health major and I am eager to work with community health promotion. This is my second year being involved in Student Bridges and I have loved all of it! I am working as the site coordinator for the 4H “Ready, SET, Go!” After School Program in the South End of Springfield, MA. I am very grateful for this opportunity and have learned so much from being a part of this proactive, student-run organization. I have built upon skills and memories that will last a life-time.
Holyoke PECK Site Coordinator
Stacy is a class of 2016 Microbiology major on the Pre-Med track with a triple minor is Spanish, Linguistic Anthropology, and African American Studies. She aspires to go to medical school to fulfill a career as a doctor. She began her work with Student Bridges her freshmen year in 2012 as student in the Service Learning Class/ peer mentor. She is now a site coordinator for Peck Full Service Community School in Holyoke. She loves working with the younger students and hopes to continue to make an impact on a child’s life one step at a time.
Holyoke PECK Site Coordinator
I’m Tessa! I’m a sophomore Psychology major with a minor in Education at UMass and am also a Site Coordinator for Student Bridges at Peck Middle School’s Choices after school Program! I took the Student Bridges class my freshman year and LOVED it, so I knew this job would be perfect for me. I was right. I absolutely love going to site every week and seeing my middle school mentees along with working with my fellow UMass mentors currently taking the SB class. Its a blessing to work with such amazing and kind staff, fellow college students, and kids in class and at work. Student Bridges is family and I’m glad to call it mine
Springfield NNCC Site Coordinator
Development & Evaluations Coordinator