While Nora's multicultural background serves her well in connecting with and relating to all students, I believe that her truest asset is her ability to hear and appreciate other perspectives and, more importantly, to help others hear and appreciate them as well. Her ability to ask the questions that need asking -- and that will get others answering while feeling at ease -- is uncanny. I believe that it is this ability that has made her so successful in all aspects of her work.
- Hoi Ning Ngai, Dean for Academic Advising and Support at Kenyon College
Nora has done so many great things for students at Wellesley College. Her presentation, "It's Complicated and It's Possible," generated honest discussions about social class issues and taught students how to build community with class sensitivity. Nora also helped with Wellesley's Pan-Asian Council's annual retreat. By using humor and thought-provoking questions, Nora engaged the students throughout the entire presentation and kept them entertained while helping them identify their leadership styles and community values. Lastly, Nora worked with students in Fusion, a campus organization for mixed race students, during their annual retreat. She created a safe and comfortable environment for students to open up and to tackle the complexity of mixed race experiences. It has been such a pleasure to invite Nora back to Wellesley again and again. She has always delivered powerful and memorable messages that have benefited the students and community at Wellesley College.
- Karen Shih, Assistant Dean of Intercultural Education at Wellesley College
We were fortunate to have had Nora lead a diversity workshop as part of the Ivy Leader orientation before our students travel to South Africa. Nora facilitated open and mindful discussions regarding different cultures, perspectives, and social identities—successfully preparing them for their experience abroad.
- Ryan Sinclair, founder, Ivy Leader
Nora is an extremely thoughtful and creative professional who is a master of creating spaces for dialogue and growth. In all my years in higher education I have met very few people as talented in developing groups, organizing programs, and leading discussions aimed at bringing students, faculty and staff to understanding complex cultural and structural issues. Nora is extremely talented at making each process informative and meaningful.
- Rodrigo Ramirez, Assistant Dean and Advisor to Latina/o Students at Dartmouth College