Equity, Inclusion and Diversity

People

At the Heller School, commitment to equity, inclusion and diversity spans the entire community. Take a moment to get to know some of the people, from members of the administration to students and alumni, who are dedicated to social justice advocacy for marginalized populations at Brandeis and beyond.

Tynika Booth

Equity, Inclusion and Diversity Administrator

Tynika has been working in education for over seven years. In this time, she has supported students, families, faculty and staff at both the secondary and postsecondary level. Most recently, Tynika managed student-facing resources and oversaw student programs and services implementation at Berklee College of Music.

As EID Administrator, Tynika plays a key role in nurturing collaborations, programs, workshops and communications. She liaisons with our graduate research assistants, alumni and related offices across Brandeis, including the Brandeis Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.

Prior to working in higher education, Tynika worked at Boston Arts Academy, a public arts high school that provides its diverse student body with access to an innovative program that may not otherwise be available to them. Working in a school where the majority of students come from low-income families deepened her understanding of the external barriers that too often prevent our most marginalized students from realizing their higher education goals. This experience inspired her to earn a master’s degree in International Higher Education and Intercultural Relations from Lesley University, where she laid the foundation to work more effectively in support of diverse students pursuing their personal, academic and professional goals. She also holds a BA from American University in Washington, D.C.

In addition to her professional accomplishments, Tynika is an artist and has been a member of a West African dance company since 2013. In her free time, she can usually be found in the dance studio, at a show, reading, or getting overly excited about a good meal. She also enjoys traveling, receiving music recommendations and sitting in the sun.

Tynika can be reached at tbooth2@brandeis.edu.

Graduate Assistants

Jon Jacob, Doctoral Candidate, Economic and Racial Equity

Jonathan (Jon) Jacob is a doctoral student in the Economic and Racial Equity concentration. His research interests include issues of labor, social inequality, culture, race, and ethnicity. Jacob’s current research examines how top-performing college students are seemingly funneled into three industries—tech, finance, and consulting—while other areas such as teaching and nursing are critically underfunded. Prior to joining the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Jacob worked as a high school educator for the Claremont Unified School District in Los Angeles County. He holds a MA in social sciences from The University of Chicago and a BA in business from Brandeis University.

Vianny Rodriguez, Master of Public Policy

Vianny Rodriguez is an MPP candidate at the Heller School concentrating in Economic and Racial Equity. She is interested in finding ways to build community empowerment, as well as improving civic engagement and social capital in marginalized communities. At Heller, Vianny is a Graduate Research Assistant with the Heller Office of Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity, working with team members to create and improve EID programs and initiatives. Before coming to Heller, she served as a Learning Program Coordinator with the U.S. Peace Corps in the Philippines from 2018-2020. During this time, she volunteered at a local integrated school, co-created environmental programs, facilitated multiple leadership camps, served as warden with the Safety and Security team, and served on the EID committee.  Vianny graduated with a dual degree in Marketing and Psychology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2017. She was born and raised in Framingham, Massachusetts.