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My Swat Story: Assistant Dean Dion Lewis

Dion Lewis smiling

Dion Lewis
Director of the Black Cultural Center and Dean of the Junior Class

Why he chose Swarthmore:

“I’m proud to work at Swarthmore College because we are intentional about building community. Swarthmore offers a beautiful location and a highly focused and energetic faculty, staff, and student body who embrace a spirit of inclusion. I am honored and humbled to direct the Black Cultural Center—it’s my favorite place on campus. I walk into that space each day and am aware of the historical challenges and triumphs of Blacks in higher education.”

About his work at the BCC:

“The Black Cultural Center invites all members of the Swarthmore community to share in celebrating the breadth and depth of the Black traditions, practices, and experiences. I enjoy collaborating with alumni, members of the  Swarthmore Borough, and members of the City of Chester community to assist students in accomplishing their personal, professional, and educational goals, too. Ultimately, my goal is to increase the meaningful, purposeful, and intentional conversations on campus regarding identity and inclusion. This is not an easy task, but I am inspired by our community’s energy and optimism."

What he does in his free time:

“In my free time, I enjoy live music concerts, visiting museums, and following some of my favorite spoken word artist to venues in Philadelphia. My hobby is photography and I am often out on weekends with my camera—please stop by the BCC any time to see some of my photographs that are on display.”