Announcement – Cultural Center Assistant Directors

August 5, 2016

Dear Yale College Colleagues and Friends;
 
I am delighted to announce the appointments of four new Assistant Directors for Yale’s cultural centers: Kapiolani Laronal, Assistant Director of the Native American Cultural Center, beginning today, August 5; Raymond Firmalino, Assistant Director of the Asian American Cultural Center, beginning August 10; Maclovia Quintana, Interim Assistant Director of La Casa Cultural, beginning August 15; and Shane Lloyd, Assistant Director of the Afro-American Cultural Center, beginning August 22.
 
Kapiolani Laronal brings a wealth of experience and background to the position of assistant Director of the Native American Cultural Center. Ms. Laronal is Native Hawaiian, Haida (Eagle Clan) and Tsimpsian. She has served as Director of the Native American Program at Dartmouth College, and as a college counselor for the Kamehamhea Schools and Northwest Indian College. She has most recently served as the program manager of the District Cultural Support Program for the Enumclaw School District in Washington state. Ms. Laronal holds an undergraduate degree in Sociology from the University of Washington, and a master’s degree in Higher Education from the University of Michigan.
 
Raymond Firmalino, before coming to Yale, worked in the Office of Student Affairs at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he led culturally-affirming programming for historically marginalized students and partnered with administrators to develop anti-bias trainings for faculty and staff. As Program Coordinator in the Office of Academic Affairs at Columbia University, he managed social justice-rooted, professional development initiatives for master of social work candidates, staff and faculty. As an instructor, he co-taught a course designed to help students acclimate to the rigors of university life at the University of California, Berkeley. Mr. Firmalino holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, and a master’s degree in Management and International Social Welfare from Columbia University School of Social Work, and he is completing a second master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
 
Maclovia Quintana is a native of northern New Mexico. She is an alumna of Yale College, with an undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies, and a graduate of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, with a master’s degree in Environmental Science. Her academic research has focused on small-scale agriculture and the reproduction of culture in northern New Mexico. Most recently, Ms. Quintana has served as the inaugural Diversity and Inclusion Fellow for the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. In that role, she co-chaired the EQUID (Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity) Committee for the school, whose mission focuses on creating an atmosphere of inclusion and cultural competency, and where diverse ideas, perspectives and identities are respected.
 
Shane Lloyd comes to Yale after serving as the Assistant Director for First Year and Sophomore Programs at Brown University’s Brown Center for Students of Color (BCSC). In that role, he coordinated programming for prospective, first-year, and second-year students of color to have a positive impact on their matriculation, transition to college, retention, and academic and co-curricular success. In addition to his role at the BCSC, he advised the Black Greek Letter Organizations and Harambee House, a residential program for all those interested in the history and culture of people of African descent. In 2015, he received Brown University’s Excellence in Diversity Award for partnering with faculty, students, staff, and alumni to advance Brown’s diversity and inclusion efforts. Mr. Lloyd received his MPH from Brown University and a BS in Behavioral Neuroscience from Northeastern University.
 
These appointments come at a time of increased support for the centers, as announced by President Salovey during the past academic year as a significant step toward expanding the programs, services and support for students. These new staffers will work in partnership with the Dean of Student Engagement and the Cultural Center Directors to achieve the goals of those areas, with a special focus on intercultural initiatives with campus partners, and to provide mentoring, advising, and supervision to the Centers’ constituencies.
 
I thank the members of the search committees, the members of the community, and the many, many students who gave of their time to conduct comprehensive national searches that attracted outstanding candidates. The committees, comprised of staff, faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, reviewed applications, conducted interviews, and invited candidates to campus so that they could meet with members of our community. I am grateful to the committees for their work and for identifying such strong support for the centers. 
 
Please join me in welcoming our new colleagues!
 
Sincerely,
 
Burgwell J. Howard
Assoc. Vice President for Student Life
Dean of Student Engagement
Yale University