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2020-2021 Cohort

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IEFI Fellows


Sarah Berns Zieve '23

Sarah Berns-Zieve '23, from Baltimore, MD is doing a special major housed in the SOCI/ANTH department exploring the relationship between art and social justice as well as a major in Film & Media Studies. Her interest in DEI work is similar to her major interests. Project 9: Power the Narrative Through Art’s mission is to uplift art as a discipline and better represent artists from marginalized groups. For self-care, Sarah watches films, listens to music, and improvs (dance) among other things.


Toan Cao '22

Toàn Cao '22 (he/him) is a Junior from Vietnam studying Medical Anthropology and Economics. As an Inclusive Excellence Fellow, he works on the We Have Always Been Here: History of LGBTQ+ Project, which aims to produce a comprehensive and easily accessible multimedia archive of the life stories of Swarthmore's LGBTQ+ communities. Toàn is also serving as President of Swarthmore Southeast Asian Students Association and External Coordinator for the Doctors Without Borders Student Chapter on campus. In his free time, he enjoys listening to music, playing the drums, and being overly competitive in the game of bowling.


Lydia Churchill '22

Lydia Churchill '22 (she/her), from outside Geneva, Switzerland, is a Political Science major and double minor in History and Dance. Her own experiences as a performing artist and her studies at Swarthmore have shaped her interest in DEI work in the arts and she is grateful for the opportunity to further these efforts on campus. She is working with Sarah on “Project 9: Power the Narrative through Art” to uplift art by marginalized artists and foster conversations regarding how art can be used to promote social justice. 


Laura Hirai '22

Laura Hirai '22 (she/her/hers) is a junior from London, UK double majoring in Arabic and Spanish. Laura values DEI principles in all aspects of her life, as she believes that the greatest achievements come from the sum of a group with different backgrounds, knowledge and stories. She is currently project manager of the IE Fellow Initiative Development Project which seeks to embed diversity equity and inclusion measurables to project management and assessment tools. For self care, Laura loves to bake with friends and then share the baked-goods with everyone! 


Hannah Holt '22

Hannah Holt '22 (she/her) is a current junior at Swarthmore and is an aspiring high school science teacher, majoring in Educational Studies and minoring in Chemistry and Environmental Studies. She is very passionate about equity in STEM education, as well as incorporating diverse perspectives and topics that are relevant to students' every day lives and solving social issues. Her Inclusive Excellence project involves curating an online tool-kit that consolidates resources for introductory STEM courses at Swarthmore, and incorporates stories of failure and success from students and faculty. This website will help facilitate students' often difficult transition from high school to college, and will allow students to not feel alone in their struggles. Hannah enjoys taking a break from work by hammocking in local parks (preferably in sunlight and with a light breeze).


Najla Nassar '21

Najla Nassar '21 (she/her) is a senior at Swarthmore College majoring in Peace and Conflict Studies and double minoring in Arabic and Global Studies. As a low-income student and Questbridge Scholar, Najla is passionate about making educational and professional opportunities more equitable for first-generation/low-income minority students. Within the Inclusive Excellence Fellows program, she serves as the Alumni Connection project coordinator and seeks to foster underrepresented alumni-student connections so minority students can better navigate professional opportunities during the COVID-19 pandemic. For self-care, Najla enjoys laughing along to late-night stand-up comedy shows.


Destiny Rosulme '24

Destiny Rosulme '24 (she/her) is a freshman and prospective Peace & Conflicts major with minors in Black Studies and French. In the wake of the 2016 election and the re-awakening of racist, misogynistic, and xenophobic narratives that ensued, Destiny became more active in work centering marginalized voices and dismantling oppressive structures. Her position as an inclusive excellence fellow has allowed her to work with students, faculty, and staff in furthering and creating anti-racist initiatives at Swarthmore College. In addition to her activism, she also enjoys connecting with nature from taking scenic walks in Crum Woods to basking in the sunlight at her home in South Florida.


Tyler White '22

Tyler White '22, who uses he/him/his pronouns, is a junior at Swarthmore College, where he is an honors major in Environmental Studies and a minor in Political Science. White seeks to center the voices of the most vulnerable in hopes of crafting dialogue, space, and actionable projects to mobilize institutions’ commitment to social and environmental justice. As an advocate, social critic, and humanist, he finds the true essence and foremost contribution of his academic work to build the consciousness of the marginalized for self-autonomy and sovereignty. And his public service goals to inspire actionable and lasting paradigm shifts for mutually reciprocating relationships between humanity, the environment, and economic constructions. His project, the Inclusive Excellence Fellowship’s Facilitation/Conflict Resolution/Restorative Justice Project, recognizes the interest and need for conflict resolution and restorative justice training within Swarthmore College and seeks to improve on existing programming, facilitate workshops, and establish an operative vision for a campus institute to expand and enhance transitional and healing justice capacities for all campus stakeholders to participate in. For self care, Tyler finds peace in drinking boba tea, watching indie films, hanging with his friends, and grounding himself in the refuge of natural landscapes.


IEFI Project Advisors

Denise Crossan


Director, Strategic Initiatives

President's Office

Center for Innovation & Leadership (CIL)

Peace & Conflict Studies

Lang Center for Civic & Social Responsibility


  1. Phone: (610) 957-6165
  2. Parrish Hall E260
  3. Parrish Hall 101
Denise Crossan

Catherine Crouch

Professor of Physics

Department Chair, Physics & Astronomy

Physics & Astronomy-Physics


  1. Phone: (610) 328-8386
  2. Science Center L39
  3. Office Hours:

    Fall 2023: Monday and Wednesday, 3-4 PM, and by appointment 

Research interests: Physics education, protein-cell membrane interactions, and nanoparticle physics

Catherine Crouch

Robin Shores

Assistant Vice President, Institutional Effectiveness & Assessment & Assistant Secretary of the College

Institutional Effectiveness, Research & Assessment


  1. Phone: (610) 690-6879
  2. 101 South Chester Road 208
Robin Shores

Chandra Moss-Thorne

Senior Lecturer



  1. Eugene M. and Theresa Lang Performing Arts Center 7

Ballet Technique, Choreography, Pointe and Partnering, Certified Pilates Instructor through Power Pilates

Michelle Ray

Associate Dean & Director, Case Management

Student Affairs


  1. Phone: (610) 690-5299
  2. Parrish Hall 116
Michelle Ray

Tiffany Thompson


Associate Dean, Inclusive Excellence

Student Affairs


  1. Phone: (610) 690-5767
  2. Parrish Hall 140

Reach out to Tiffany Thompson for needs related to:

  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Trainings and Workshops
  • Advocacy