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W. Rochelle Calhoun

W. Rochelle Calhoun
Biographical Information

W. Rochelle Calhoun graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 1983 and continued her graduate studies at Columbia University School of the Arts where she earned an M.F.A. She is currently completing a second master’s degree in Psychology. Rochelle worked at Mount Holyoke College for twenty-three years where she served as the Assistant Dean of Students, the Ombudsperson, the Director of Diversity and Inclusion, the Associate Dean of the College/Dean of Students, the Acting Dean of the College and ended her tenure as the Executive Director of the Alumnae Association of Mount Holyoke College.  Rochelle joined Skidmore College as the Dean of Student Affairs on July 1, 2008.

In addition to her work as a college administrator, Rochelle is an educator and consultant.  She has worked on her own as well as with Diversity Works, Inc. of Amherst, Massachusetts; the National Conference for Community and Justice of Connecticut, and Romney Associates of Amherst, Massachusetts to conduct multicultural organizational training.  Rochelle has also been invited to speak and train on issues of diversity and conflict resolution at regional and national conferences.  Her community volunteer services include membership on the board of directors for Home Made Theater, Saratoga Springs New York; Saratoga Springs Sponsor a Scholar; and Planned Parenthood, Saratoga Springs, New York.  Rochelle served a two year appointment as the president of the board of directors for Girls, Inc. of Holyoke, Massachusetts.  She has served as a parent member of her children’s School Councils; Community Trustee of the local United Way; on the board of directors for the National Conference for Community and Justice Western Massachusetts, and the University of Massachusetts/Amherst Fine Arts Center.  Rochelle was elected to the South Hadley, MA School Committee where she served two years.