Meet the Staff

Tierra Marshall

Director of Education, Training, and Assessment

Tierra Marshall

Tierra L Marshall holds a B.S. in Psychology and African American Studies and an M.A. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Western Michigan University. She is currently pursuing an M.Div. from Western Theological Seminary. Her professional interests and areas of expertise are training and professional development, behavior analysis, organizational development, strategic planning, leadership development, and institutional diversity. Her personal interests include issues of race, gender, political ideology, reconciliation, spiritual formation, and Reformed theology.

Tierra served as the graduate assistant for the Office of Faculty Development at Western Michigan University where she worked to manage and implement several programs, including New Faculty Orientation and the Everyone Counts Diversity Learning Community. She also worked in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Western Michigan University managing multiple diversity programs and various diversity-themed workshops.

Cathy O’Leary

Administrative AssistantCathy O'Leary

Cathy is responsible for managing the Office of Institutional Diversity’s daily operations and behind the scene details as well as being the front-line resource for the department. Prior to joining Providence College, she spent 14 years working for The Arpin Group as their Office Administrator in the international division. She worked closely with management, staff members and clients to support a constructive and successful operation.

Feel free to reach out to Cathy if you’re unable to reach Rafael Zapata or Tierra Marshall. She is happy to assist in any way she can.


Reza Clifton

Graduate Assistant

Reza is a bilingual writer, artist, educator, and 15-year veteran of radio broadcasting from Providence, RI. She earned her BA in Africana Studies from the University of Rhode Island, where she also minored in International Development. In addition, she studied in Washington, DC and Havana, Cuba.

Reza has been recognized for multimedia projects that appeared on her first blog, for radio and podcast programs she’s produced, and for leadership as a community organizer and contributor (DJ, curator, director) to the music and art scene in RI and New England. As an educator, Reza has worked as a High School English Teacher, Middle School Creative Writing Instructor, and as an Art and Digital Storytelling Teacher in schools, community settings and conferences –locally and nationally.

As a writer, Reza has worked professionally in print and digital journalism, fund development, and marketing, as well as, personally and artistically, producing poetry, prose and short stories for close to three decades. In 2017 alone, she gave the closing performance at the Women’s Rally that was held in RI simultaneously with the mobilization held in DC, and she earned a nomination for Best Spoken Word Artist in RI. In both fiction and nonfiction spaces, she frequently addresses topics like racial and social justice, nature and natural beauty, intersectional feminism, romantic and radical love, and strategies for confronting negative experiences and emotions.