Irene López, Professor of Psychology

I am trained as a cross-cultural clinical psychologist. My areas of specialty are cross-cultural psychopathology, with particular interests on how culture shapes distress. Born and raised in the Bronx, I was the first in my family to go to college, and credit my academic success to the love of my parents, brothers, and ever supportive teachers. I became a psychologist because I wanted to decrease social suffering, and I became a professor because I wanted to empower others to do the same.

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Simon Garcia, Associate Professor of Chemistry

As an instructor I engage in course design and implementation, with a special focus on learning to think critically in a safe and inclusive learning environment. As Faculty Co-Director of the KEEP Scholars Program, I coordinate academic programming for KEEP Scholars, which includes intensive course work, advising, and professional development. As a faculty advisor, I provide mentorship and advocate for LGBTQ+ students and students of color, especially in navigating the “hidden curriculum” of a liberal arts college. As a queer scientist of color, I advise a number of student groups that provide mentorship, affirmation, and support for students with marginalized identities in STEM fields.