A sociologist, Dr. Carmen Henne-Ochoa’s professional experiences are grounded in 15 years of teaching and scholarship that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion. At the core of her work and practice is interrogating disparities in the context of embodied difference (e.g., race, ethnicity, social class, national origin, (dis)ability sex, gender, sexual orientation) and their connection to larger systems of privilege, power, and oppression.
Dr. Henne-Ochoa is in her third year as Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Fellow in the Office of the Associate Provost for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (APDEI) at Bucknell University. As one of the principal members of the Office of the APDEI, she facilitates the implementation of key aspects of the University’s Diversity Plan. She had a central role in developing and implementing the Inclusive Excellence Professional Development Series, an ambitious multi-phased diversity-training program. As the Series’ director and lead facilitator, she has trained close to 500 faculty and staff across campus, providing them with the knowledge and skills that support individual attitudinal change and curricular and co-curricular transformation.
Her commitment to equality of opportunity and success, led her to found GenFirst!@Bucknell, which she currently directs. GenFirst!@BU strengthens institutional responsibility and capacity to better serve first-generation college students. With the goal of easing academic success, she pioneered the GenFirst! Mentoring Program, which pairs first-gen students with first-gen faculty/staff. As a Mexican immigrant and a first-generation college student herself, she recognizes, first-hand, the challenges and opportunities that our nation’s varied socioeconomic, racial, and ethnic make-up represent. She is currently working on a leadership project that seeks to expand and deepen high-impact practices that serve underrepresented and under-served students.
Dr. Henne-Ochoa was born in Guadalajara, Mexico, grew up in southern California, and has lived in a number of demographically diverse cities such as Los Angeles, Chicago, and Mexico City. She is a native Spanish speaker. She currently resides in Lewisburg, PA.