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Exploring the Sense of Belonging: How to Have Difficult Conversations

by Religious and Spiritual Life

Gatherings & Meetings Diversity & Inclusion Community Religious & Spiritual

Wed, Sep 22, 2021

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM EDT (GMT-4)

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The Betty Shabazz Cultural Center

2 Dunlap Place, South Hadley, MA 01075, United States




Join us for this week's Interfaith Lunch! Co-Director of the Office of Community and Belonging, Associate Dean of Students Latrina Denson will talk about the resources at Mount Holyoke for engaging in difficult conversations, and why such conversations are critical for finding your space in a community. Everybody is invited! Vegetarian/Vegan lunch will be provided.


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Latrina L. Denson

Assistant Dean of Students and Co-Director of Community & Belonging

Mount Holyoke College

Latrina L. Denson, Associate Dean of Students for Community and Inclusion, coordinates all diversity and inclusion programmatic initiatives for students, in addition to other administrative initiatives under the Division of Student Life. Denson has served as an educator and administrator in higher education for two decades. She earned a B.S. in psychology with a minor in vocal performance from the University of Louisiana at Monroe in 1994. In 1997, Denson received her M.Ed. in community counseling from the University of Louisiana at Monroe.

After completing her master‘s, she worked at Albion College as assistant director for residence life/wellness education coordinator, associate director for campus programs and organizations, and associate director for multicultural affairs and first-year experience. From 2003 to 2007, she was served as program coordinator for multicultural and leadership programs at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign while pursuing a master‘s in higher education administration.

Denson served for seven years as director for the Center for Multicultural Student Affairs at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois. She also taught in the Organizational Leadership Program and the African-American Studies Program at Richland Community College.

Denson has been an active member of such organizations as NASPA, ACPA, NCORE and GLACLHO-I. She is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Born in west Texas and having spent most of her life in Louisiana, she considers herself a Southwestern girl. Her passions include social justice advocacy, mentoring young women, singing, playing the piano, traveling and spending time with her daughter Maya Starr.

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