Our Diversity Peer Educators are a remarkable group of student leaders who have been trained to facilitate conversations on social justice, diversity, and LGBTQ identities.

Meet the 2015-2016 Cohort!

Name
Tiffany Alves '16

Pronouns
She/Her/Hers

Hometown
Providence, RI

Major
Politics, law and the courts

Something fun you did this summer?
Interned in London for Parliament

What do you like most about being a DPE?
It’s my way of combining my two passions social justice issues and teaching others.

Favorite Social Justice quote?
“How can one not speak about war, poverty and inequality when people suffer from these afflictions don’t have a voice to speak.” – Isabel Allende

If you could share a meal with any 4 individuals, living or dead, who would they be?
Amal Allamuddin, Ethel Kennedy, Sarah Jessica Parker, Viola Davis

What gets you out of bed each morning?
My plans for the future.

Name
Stacy Daniel '17

Pronouns
She/Her/Hers

Hometown
Waltham, MA

Major
Applied Legal Studies

Something fun you did this summer?
I went to DC for the first time and went to NCORE!

What do you like most about being a DPE?
I love working with the DPE’s and Diversity Services because I feel like I bring my true self to this space.

Favorite Social Justice quote?
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

If you could share a meal with any 4 individuals, living or dead, who would they be?
Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman, Dr. King & Coretta Scott King, President Obama

What gets you out of bed each morning?
My loved ones and doing anything I can do to positively impact someone’s life.

Name
Danisha Dumornay '16

Pronouns
She/Her/Hers

Hometown
Watertown, MA

Major
International Affairs and French

Something fun you did this summer?
This summer I led a group of high school students to Herradura de Rivas, Costa Rica to participate in a service trip that would consist of building the foundations for a classroom which would be used as a community religious center for education, restoring the plants on the church community’s property, and constructing a water irrigation system for the church as well.

What do you like most about being a DPE?
I have been able to build a network of young and motivated professionals within the Suffolk community who aspire to be agents of change well beyond our years at Suffolk. I feel confident that I can reach out to my fellow DPEs whenever I need to advocate for a cause, knowing that they will be there to listen and help as they can.

Favorite Social Justice quote?
“Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.” ― Martin Luther King Jr., Strength to Love

If you could share a meal with any 4 individuals, living or dead, who would they be?
Maya Angelou, Kofi Annan, Mitch Albom, Malala Yousafzai

What gets you out of bed each morning?
The constant reminder that I am my only biggest obstacle. The only thing that can stop me from achieving and pursuing my dreams is me. And that dreams will never come true if you’re always dreaming.

 

Name
Cortney Holmes '17

Pronouns
She/Her/Hers

Hometown
Plymouth, NH

Major
Public Relations

Something fun you did this summer?
Went to Nevada & California

What do you like most about being a DPE?
Everything. It’s an amazing experience.

Favorite Social Justice quote?
“Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive our hate, only love can do that.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

If you could share a meal with any 4 individuals, living or dead, who would they be?
Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Audrey Hepburn, Martin Luther King Jr.

What gets you out of bed each morning?
Coffee

 

Name
Liza Hurley '16

Pronouns
She/Her/Hers

Hometown
Holyoke, MA

Major
English, WGS Minor

Something fun you did this summer?
Went to Disney world for a week and got all the Disney Princesses’ autographs

What do you like most about being a DPE?
I really enjoy working with a cohort. The other DPEs are not only supportive but have helped to change my perspective on the world. The work we do is hard, and I don’t know how I’d do it without them.

Favorite Social Justice quote?
“When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent we are still afraid. So it is better to speak” –Audre Lorde

If you could share a meal with any 4 individuals, living or dead, who would they be?
My Grandma, Taylor Swift, Beyonce, and Ellen DeGeneres

What gets you out of bed each morning?
I am involved in a variety of groups here at Suffolk. While they quite literally get me out of bed each morning, they are also what I am passionate about. Being able to do these things that I love is what motivates me.

 

Name
Tiffany Martinez '17

Pronouns
She/Her/Hers

Hometown
Bronx, NY & Miami, FL

Major
Sociology

Something fun you did this summer?
Actually had a decent paying job doing something I love! Teaching teens about college readiness and positive body image.

What do you like most about being a DPE?
Students are given the power and opportunity to advocate for themselves and the people they love. I love the program and the 100% commitment to social justice not just on campus but universally.

Favorite Social Justice quote?
“Never forget social justice is what love looks like in public.” – Cornel West

If you could share a meal with any 4 individuals, living or dead, who would they be?
Frida Kahlo, JK Rowling, Barack Obama, Beyonce

What gets you out of bed each morning?
Coffee, good people, good vibes

Name
Dylan Santos '16

Pronouns
She/Her/Hers

Hometown
Manhattan Beach, CA

Major
Psychology

Something fun you did this summer?
I worked as an au pair in Spain for two months.

What do you like the most about being a DPE?
I love that every time I’m with my fellow DPEs or working a DPE event, I learn something new. The cohort is constantly teaching me new things.

Favorite Social Justice Quote?
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

If you could share a meal with an 4 individuals, living or dead, who would they be?
Mother Teresa, Sigmund Freud, Judy Garland, and Dalai Lama

What gets you out of bed each morning?The fact that I’m alive and able to get out of bed and enjoy the day that I’ve been given. The knowledge that what I do each day has the potential to create positive change in the world.

 

Name
Ben Shopper '17

Pronouns
He/Him/His

Hometown
Ipswich, MA

Major
Sociology/WGS

Something fun you did this summer?
I met Estelle at Boston Pride!

What do you like most about being a DPE?
Through the DPE program I have been able to meet so many amazing people and it has served as a catalyst for self improvement and growth.

Favorite Social Justice quote?
“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation and that is an act of political warfare.” – Audre Lorde

If you could share a meal with any 4 individuals, living or dead, who would they be?
Rebecca Sugar, Ian McEwan, Lily Tomlin, and Laverne Cox

What gets you out of bed each morning?
Music & bagel hour 9-11 on Thursdays at Diversity Services

 

Name
Michelle Wallace '16

Pronouns
She/Her/Hers

Hometown
Framingham, MA

Major
Psychology with a minor in Political Science and Philosophy

Something fun you did this summer?
Attended and presented at the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity (NCORE)

What do you like most about being a DPE?
The give and take of a training, I love trainings ware I am not only to share my knowledge but gain knowledge back from all different identities in the room.

Favorite Social Justice quote?
“There is no such thing as a single issue struggle because we do not live single issue lives” - Audre Lorde

If you could share a meal with any 4 individuals, living or dead, who would they be?
Audre Lorde, Stella Young, Andrea Gibson, Eleanor Roosevelt

What gets you out of bed each morning?
Black dark roast coffee and a passion for social justice.