Latesha Fussell and Alexander Wheeler Join Student Life Staff

July 21, 2016
The new Director of Diversity and Inclusion and Residence Hall Director joined the office this summer.
portraits of Latesha Fussell and Alex Wheeler

Wells College is pleased to two welcome new members of our student life staff: Latesha Fussell as Director of Campus Life for Diversity and Inclusion and Alexander Wheeler as Residence Hall Director.

Latesha Fussell's role on campus will be to support the community and improve the campus climate regarding issues of cultural diversity and campus inclusion. Over time, she will work with students and student organizations, faculty, staff, and other community members in order to raise awareness about multicultural and social justice issues. We look forward to her leadership and insightful management of diversity programs, support and advocacy for underrepresented students, collaboration with the Provost and Dean of the College in working directly with faculty, and helpful trainings and workshops for all community members.

Latesha joins us from SUNY Potsdam, where she advised the Educational Opportunity Program and multicultural student organizations, chaired the Diversity and Inclusion Action Coalition, promoted programs of the Affiliated Colleges Diversity Consortium, developed the Teaching towards Understanding workshop series, and much more. She earned a bachelor's degree in Sociology and master's degrees in Special Education and Childhood Education.

As Residence Hall Director, Alexander Wheeler will supervise the Head Resident Assistants and all Resident Assistants from recruitment and training through their time of service. He will work with Buildings and Grounds for upkeep of rooms and common areas and with Campus Life Staff, the Dean of Students, and Campus Safety & Security to maintain residence life policies. Alex will also organize special programs such as Alternative Spring Break and implement a Volunteer Services program—all in support of a meaningful residential learning program at Wells.

Alex previously served as Student Association Director of Social Activities, tour guide, resident assistant, and orientation leader at The College of Saint Rose. His responsibilities included directing and coordinating events with members of the campus community and outside organizations, developing relationships and resolving conflicts in residence halls, and facilitating programs and support services for students. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English.

"We're more than excited to welcome both Latesha and Alex to Wells," said Dean of Student Jenn Michael. "They each bring a skill set that balances energy and enthusiasm for their work with informed experience and understanding—so I'm sure they'll be perfect for looking at what's happening on campus, figuring out how best to build up what's currently working, and bringing in new programs that benefit our students. It's a good fit, and I can't wait for our students to meet them this fall."

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