Aly Kassam-Remtulla, Ph.D
Acting Associate Dean for Access, Diversity and Inclusion
Welcome to Princeton! As Acting Associate Dean, I oversee the Office of Access, Diversity, and Inclusion and have special responsibility for supporting students in the Social Sciences. I am looking forward to working with all of you: my door is always open!
In addition to working at the Graduate School, I am Assistant Provost. I work on institution-wide strategic planning, matters related to the operating budget and resource allocation, and faculty and graduate student diversity. I occasionally teach in the Department of Anthropology and advise first-year and sophomore students in Wilson College.
I’ve had a diverse academic and personal journey with many interesting twists and turns. I was born in Kenya and grew up in Canada. I finished high school at the United World College-USA in New Mexico and went to Stanford where I majored in Social Anthropology and minored in Biology and Asian American Studies. I later studied at Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship and completed an MSc in Refugee Studies, an MBA, and a PhD. Before coming to Princeton in 2010, I worked in philanthropy and the non-profit sector, on a political campaign, in an executive search firm, and at an investment bank.
I’m happy to speak with any current master’s or doctoral students to discuss academics, life in Princeton, or whatever is on your mind. My door is always open!
Julie Yun, Psy.D.
Assistant Dean for Access, Diversity and Inclusion
I have the great pleasure of serving as Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion in the Graduate School. My primary responsibility is to support graduate students, with a particular focus on students in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Engineering. I look forward to meeting you! You are always welcome to drop by my office which is conveniently located in FRIST 306.
I come to this work as a life-long learner and advocate for higher education. Growing up in a family of academics with a passion for learning, I have spent most of my adult life in one institution of higher learning or other, either as a student or as staff: University of Colorado Boulder (BA), Boston University (MA), Yonsei University in S. Korea, University of Arizona (MS), and finally University of Denver (Psy.D). After earning my doctorate, I worked at the University of Colorado Boulder for 13 years in a variety of capacities which assisted students in overcoming challenges to success and degree completion. I then transitioned to the University of Massachusetts where I was the Director of Counseling on their Boston Campus.
I now have the pleasure of serving as an Assistant Dean in the Graduate School to support your navigation of the numerous opportunities and challenges you will encounter in your academic journey. I welcome the opportunity to work with each of you.
Vanessa Gonzalez-Perez, Ph.D
Assistant Dean for Access, Diversity and Inclusion
Greetings! In my role as Assistant Dean for Diversity Initiatives in the Natural Sciences, I support graduate students from the 13 departments within the division. I am here to assist you support through mentorship, advising, and professional development. I also organize activities to enable your engagement with each other.
What is my background? My journey as a researcher started when I was a Biology major at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras. Through the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Program, I discovered my passion and talents for research. I continued to develop my research skills through a postbaccalaureate program at the National Cancer Institute in Maryland and later as a graduate student in Genetics and Molecular Biology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Before joining Princeton, I completed two postdoctoral fellowships which led to an Assistant Research Professor position at the School of Pharmacy at Washington State University.
I am here to help you find your voice, develop your professional skills and work towards a successful career in science. I look forward to assisting you.
Program Coordinator for Access, Diversity and Inclusion
As the Coordinator for the Access, Diversity, and Inclusion team at the Graduate School, my primary responsibility is to manage the varied and complex logistics that make our programs, students, and Deans successful. Since joining the campus community in 2013, I have had the privilege of working in a variety of departments including Communications, Chemistry, and now, the Graduate School. In each role, working with students has overwhelmingly been the most rewarding and fulfilling aspect of my work.
My college experience was far from traditional. I was unable to live on campus as a freshman as I had to work full-time. I viewed college as a learning opportunity and thus pursued several different majors, including education, writing, and psychology. I obtained my Bachelor’s degree in the Social Sciences from Rider University in 2010, after several years of part-time enrollment and the births of my two children. I am currently continuing my education through the pursuit of an online Master’s degree in Higher Education, with Penn State University.
As a parent and a graduate student, I sincerely appreciate all of the hard work and dedication that is shown by each of you. It is truly an honor to be part of the process. I look forward to continuing to offer you my support and guidance in all aspects of your journey!
Caryl McFarlane, Ph.D
Staff Fellow for Access, Diversity and Inclusion
I am the Staff Fellow for the Office of Access, Diversity and Inclusion. I work alongside the Acting Associate Dean and both Assistant Deans to support them in a wide variety of responsibilities including strategic planning, recruitment, events, social media and internal and external partnerships.
I have had an unusual educational and career trajectory. I am a first-generation American who grew up in New York City. I attended Queens College focusing the majority of my coursework in science and math but completing my degree in English, on a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship. I studied 20th Century English Literature at Rutgers University, completing my MA and PhD with a concentration in African-American Literature. My career has focused on providing access, opportunity and preparation for diverse students. I have worked with children in the Caribbean, directed undergraduate, graduate and faculty fellowships at a foundation, developed diversity focused partnerships between universities, created programs, internships and intensives for students and taught classes for women in my community.
I am delighted to be able to provide assistance for you in your journey.
Coordinator for Access, Diversity and Inclusion