Staff

 

Dr. Natalie Bennett
Dr. Natalie Bennett is the Director of the Women's Leadership and Resource Center.

Natalie D. A. Bennett, Ph.D. comes to Women’s Leadership and Resource Center as a scholar-activist whose research, teaching and activism centers the lives of black women and girls. Her interests are transnational in scope, located at the intersection of black feminisms, gender/class/sexuality and social policy in Jamaica, and migrations in the African diaspora.

Dr. Bennett has taught at Hunter College (CUNY), Long Island University, University of Nebraska, DePaul University and University of Illinois at Chicago. Her publications focus on transnational migration and Caribbean immigrant women’s labor, racial and sexual identities among African American lesbians and the politics of same-sexualities in Jamaica.

Dr. Bennett received her Bachelor of Science (BS) in Biology and Sociology from Union College (Schenectady, New York) and her doctorate (PhD) in Sociology from University of Michigan. Most recently, she served as the Assistant Director of Gender and Women’s Studies Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Ramona GuptaRamona Gupta is the Associate Director of the Women's Leadership and Resource Center.

Ramona most recently served as the Associate Director for Diversity and Inclusion at the UIC College of Pharmacy and the Coordinator of Asian American Cultural Affairs at Columbia College Chicago, where she facilitated social justice education and served on the President's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. She has also worked with a number of Chicago-based nonprofits focused on education.

Ramona has devoted considerable time building the capacity of grassroots organizations serving Asian Pacific Islander Desi American and emerging leader communities, including the South Asian Progressive Action Collective, Leadership Center for Asian Pacific Americans, and Young Nonprofit Professionals Network. Her current interests include building bridges of understanding and alliance across minoritized communities, improving intersectional cultural competence among higher education administrators, and learning and creating inclusive pedagogical tools. She welcomes all opportunities to connect and work together toward justice.

Ramona received a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Political Science and a BA in Sociology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Master of Science in Public Service Management from DePaul University.
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Keisa Reynolds is the Assistant Program Director of the Women's Leadership and Resource Center. They are a certified rape crisis counselor in Illinois and California and have training in other areas including domestic violence, community violence, trauma, and restorative justice. They are also a writer and community educator working with organizations in Chicago and San Francisco Bay Area. Keisa received a Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Studies from Columbia College Chicago and a Master of Arts in Women's Studies and Gender Studies from Loyola University Chicago.