Sedehi Diversity Project: Bios

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 Vernon Jordan, III

Vernon Jordan, III '16, a Philadelphia native, anticipates being a Theatre major (Acting concentration) with minors in Africana Studies and Creative Writing. He will be starting his role as a Residential Advisor this semester in Prosser Hall, and will continue his roles as an Emerging Leader, Public Relations officer for the Black Student Association, Multicultural Ambassador, Tour Guide, general member of Muhlenberg Theatre Association, general member for Muhlenberg Music Association, and  general member of Muhlenberg Film Association. Vernon made his mainstage debut last year in the world premiere playBourgeois Pig, and followed that up with two Red Door Play productions. He is very excited to touch the stage again as a cast member of this particular project.

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Sam Chu

Sam Chu ’15 is a dance and math double major and is pursuing certification in math secondary education.  She serves as a Multicultural Council liaison for the Asian Student Association (ASA) and is a Multicultural Ambassador for the campus.  Sam has also choreographed her pieces the Other perspective (Spring ’13) and Weighting (Fall ’12) in the Informal Dance Concerts.  She has appeared in dance works choreographed by dance faculty Corrie Cowart-Franz (Master Choreographer ’13), and student choreographers Nicole Sahagian (Dance Emerge ’13), Ian Jesse Curtis (Spring Informal’12), and Emily Ancona (Fall Informal ’11).



Ben Nassau

Ben Nassau ’15 is a mathematics major. He serves as a Campus Delegate and a tutor, and is a member of Peer 2 Peer, Students for Queer Advocacy (SQuAd), and Muhlenberg’s Feminist Collective. He has performed in the Red Door Play Festival and at Marathon Theater, as well as a studio production (The Real Inspector Hound) and a Mainstage (Bartholomew Fair). He is also a Dana Scholar and a proud member of Live in Color, Muhlenberg’s fabulous show choir.



Kyra Smith

Kyra Smith ’15 is a Theatre major (double concentration in performance studies and acting) with an intended double major in Gender and Sexuality studies. In the multicultural center she is a member of the Diversity Vanguard Community, SQuAd (Students for Queer Advocacy), BSA (Black Students Association), and served as Co-Implementation Coordinator for the Feminist Collective this past semester. Within the MTA (Muhlenberg Theatre Association) Kyra is a member of An Artist Collective and has appeared in several productions. On campus, she plays cello in Chamber Orchestra and Musica de Camera, is a brother of Kappa Kappa Psi fraternity (the National Honorary Band Fraternity) and is a Dana Scholar. Kyra will spend this coming semester studying arts and culture in Delhi, India.



Emeley Rodriguez

Emeley Rodriguez ’15 is a Political Science major and soon to be Sociology minor from Bronx, NY. She will be serving as the Co-President of Comunidad Latina in the fall as well as a Resident Assistant in Prosser Hall. She is very invested in Multicultural Life, being a part of the Diversity Vanguard and the Multicultural Council, which have both worked towards improving diversity at Muhlenberg, and a part of the only multicultural sorority on campus Theta Nu Xi. She is also a member of the Cardinal Key Society and works in the Academic Resource Center, a place she encourages every student to visit!



Will Kellogg

Will Kellogg '14 is a theatre major with a concentration in acting. He's performed in several Muhlenberg productions, includingBartholomew FairHMS Pinafore, and Merrily We Roll Along, and most recently, MSMT's Seussical this past summer. On campus, Will is also a member of the Muhlenberg Chaimonics, Muhlenberg's only Jewish a Capella group. Last fall, Will studied abroad at the Accademia dell'Arte in Arezzo, Italy.



Kittrell Breland

Kittrell Breland '14 is a sociology major and Africana studies minor from Brooklyn, New York. She serves as an intern for MultiCultural Life and has been an active member of the Black Students Association. Kittrell has been a part of Muhlenberg's Office of Community Engagement and has played the roles of both participant and Student Leader of multiple community organizations working with the Allentown community. This coming year, Kittrell will serve as the coordinator for MultiCultural Center Events.



Will Raynor

William Raynor (Project Manager) '15 is a junior theatre major, directing concentration, filmmaker and performer at Muhlenberg. William recently performed as the Sour Kangaroo in the Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre production of Seussical. Assistant stage management credits for MTA/MDA productions include Master Choreographers 2013Three SistersNew Voices 2011, andHMS Pinafore (SMT). William served as assistant director for On the Town, and has performed in the Red Door Play Festival and the Muhlenberg show choir Live in Color, where he is also musical director. He has produced two movies at Muhlenberg, Runand Passage, the latter winning awards at the Muhlie Film Awards (first held last semester) for editing and production design.



Mel Ferrara

Mel Ferrara '15 is a pre-law student double majoring in Philosophy/Political Thought and Gender and Sexuality Studies.  On campus, she is active in Multicultural Life, serving as co-president of Students for Queer Advocacy (SQuAd), co-implementation coordinator of Feminist Collective, and a member of the Diversity Vanguard and the Black Students Association (BSA).  She is a student representative on the Diversity Strategic Planning Committee (DSPC).  Additionally, Mel is a Dana Scholar and works for the Writing Center.  She performed in the studio production, A La Luz del Miedo, last Fall.  Having been an ensemble member of the Sedehi Diversity Project in 2012, she is incredibly excited and honored to have the opportunity to act as director this summer!