Steering Committee

Leslie Castrejon (she/her)

Assistant Dean for Studet Support and Belonging
Convener of the Breaking Barriers Steering Committee

I identified as a FGLI student during my time at Bryn Mawr and come from a mixed status family. Looking back, I remember the times I encountered obstacles that I couldn’t talk about with anyone let alone didn’t think was something Bryn Mawr could support me with even when it held a direct impact on my academics and college experience. I am excited to be part of this committee to provide a meaningful experience for students!

Something not many people know about me is...I once scaled down a 30-ft dam!

Phone: 610-526-6588

Veronica Ramirez (she/her)

Sociology and Anthropology, Class of 2023
FGLI Student Coordinator

I'm interested in working with FGLI because I want all FGLI students to thrive at Bryn Mawr and beyond. I'm passionate about connecting students with resources and increasing access to opportunities. I am here to share what I've learned on my journey as a FGLI Mexian American student from Los Angeles, California. As well as provide a listening ear when you need it.

Something not many people know about me is...I love traveling and going to places on my own! I've been to four Romeo/Aventura concerts in different states (LA, NJ, DC, & FL); I went to two of them by myself!


Rosario Santiago (they/them)

Comparative Literature and Classical Studies, Class of 2022
FGLI Student Coordinator

I am interested in FGLI work because it is something near and dear to my heart. I want to make academia and knowledge accessible to everyone because I believe in education as a tool for social activism. Through this work,  I hope to make Bryn Mawr College a welcoming and nurturing environment that promotes growth and wholeness.

Something not many people know about me is... I really love k-pop music!


Vanessa Christman (she/her)

Assistant Dean for Access and Community Development, The Pensby Center

When I arrived at my undergraduate college in 1979, I found it both magical and full of secrets. What is a syllabus? What is a Dean? Why do some students look so glamorous and carefree? How will I fit in work-study, in addition to classes and extra-curriculars? I wish we'd had a term for — or  even an acknowledgement of--students who were low-income and/or first in their families to attend college. But I was left to sort out everything on my own. I'm hoping my work, the Committee's planning and the BMC FGLI program will provide some of the answers and community I didn't have for today's FGLI students.

Something not many people know about me is ... I love to dance!

Phone: 610-526-6594

Kaila Hamdani

Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions/Coordinator for Access and Equity

In my role as an admissions officer my duty is to be a gateway for prospective students to learn about Bryn Mawr’s diverse community and resources available. I am a part of the FGLI committee to help strengthen the resources we offer and to effectively share them with prospective students.

Something not many people know about me is... I was a ballerina for 10 years.

Phone: 610-526-5410

Charles Heyduk (he/him)

Associate Dean, Deans Office

As a first generation college student from a working class background myself, oldest of seven siblings and long term staff member at Bryn Mawr, I know FGLI students appreciate advice, mentoring and support.

Something not many people know about me is...I changed my major TWICE.

Phone: 610-526-5375

Reggie Jones (she/her)

Associate Dean of Health and Wellness

Having been a FGLI student myself when I attended college, I wished there had been programming and support specifically to help FGLI students acclimate and thrive at a PWI. I want to collaborate with colleagues across campus to provide support for BMC FGLI students on macro and micro levels.

Something not many people know about me is...I love to pull weeds in the yard. It's one of the ways I clear my head and destress.


Dawn-Stacey Joyner (any pronoun)

Quantitative Seminar Instructor, Q Project

I also identify as FGLI which is why I am interested in working with the FGLI student community.

Something not many people know about me is...I played rugby.


Emilie Leather

Assistant Director of Financial Aid

I had a difficult time managing the finances of going to college and finding support to navigate the financial aid process. This experience encouraged me to become a resource for students. I am grateful to be able to listen, advise, support Bryn Mawr students through my roles in Financial Aid and FGLI during their time at Bryn Mawr.

Something not many people know about me is...I have a corgi named Reese.

Phone: 610-526-5269

Tonja Nixon (she/her & they/them)

Assistant Dean, Deans Office and Assistant Coach, Track & Field

I'm interested in working with the FGLI student population because of my own experience as a FGLI student at Bryn Mawr. I had to learn how to navigate a lot of things on my own as the first in my immediate family to attend college and coming from a low-income family. It was a vital area of being an adult that no one was able to prepare me for, give me advice around, or concretely support me in. For all of those reasons, I want to be able to fill those gaps for the FGLI students coming through Bryn Mawr behind me.

Something not many people know about me is...I'm an introvert. Over the years, I've mastered having extroverted moments, and I have my days where I am more of an ambivert, but I very much enjoy my alone time where I'm able to recharge in peace and intentional Quaker silence.

Phone: 610-526-5375

Doanh Wang

Head Tennis Coach and Lecturer in Physical Education

One of the overwhelmingly great things about Bryn Mawr College is the opportunity for staff and faculty to robustly engage with students in multiple capacities. For me, extending my Bryn Mawr experience to engage with historically underserved student populations on campus deepens my connectedness to this strong community of learners, movers, and shakers! FGLI is one of these substrates that enriches the Bryn Mawr experiences of students, staff, and faculty through dialogue and shared learning.

Phone: 610-526-7309