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The BOLD Women’s Leadership Network—established by the Pussycat Foundation in the spirit of longtime Cosmopolitan magazine editor Helen Gurley Brown—is an intergenerational initiative across four institutions of higher education led by women presidents that have demonstrated their commitment to collaboration, innovation, diversity, and inclusion. At Rutgers University-Newark, Middlebury College, Smith College, and the University of California-Fullerton, BOLD provides scholarships and professional development opportunities to outstanding women student leaders from all backgrounds, especially those who have been significantly underrepresented in higher education in terms of socioeconomic class, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, citizenship, and ability. As part of their participation in the program, BOLD Scholars from all four institutions form an active digital community in the mobile-friendly BOLD Community Hub, where together they share ideas, form connections, and  develop transformational project plans that make an impact on their campuses, in their communities, and in the world.

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Tsihai Hanson

Tsihai Hanson

Tsihai Hanson

BOLD National Director

Tsihai is excited to empower college women as BOLD’s inaugural national director, having spent more than 10 years working in education to support students’ academic and personal success. A proud mom, food and travel lover, New Jersey native and two-time Rutgers University alumna, Tsihai earned her bachelor’s in journalism and media studies at Douglass College—the women’s college at Rutgers—and master’s in public administration at Rutgers—Newark.

Milagros P. Aranda

Milagros P. Aranda

BOLD Program Site Coordinator, California State University-Fullerton

A free spirited Mexican-Californian, Millie Aranda studied Political Science at Cal State Fullerton and completed two Masters Programs, one in Politics from NYU, and the other one in International Affairs and Public Policy from Columbia University. She is passionate about improving the lives of women around the world through education and leadership development. Her love for food and travel are the perfect combination for adventure and pleasure.

Elaine Orozco Hammond

Elaine Orozco Hammond

BOLD Program Site Coordinator, Middlebury College

Elaine hails from the DC suburbs and earned her BA from St. Mary's College of Maryland and her JD from University of Baltimore. Before BOLD, Elaine ran a non-profit organization assisting low-income, high-achieving DC students attend college. Elaine enjoys running, skiing, eating sushi and dark chocolate, and making her family drink green smoothies. Elaine is especially excited to work with BOLD female leaders to empower themselves and others.

Ariana Quinones

Ariana Quinones

BOLD Program Coordinator, Rutgers University-Newark

Ariana is a native New Yorker and recent alum of Smith College and the Soledad O’Brien and Brad Raymond Starfish foundation. She received her B.A. in English and enjoys looking at pictures of pugs and spending time with her family. She is excited to be a part of BOLD and to dedicate her time to making sure every BOLD woman can be their authentic self and an authentic leader.

Annie Cohen

Annie Cohen

BOLD Program Site Coordinator, Smith College

Annie joins BOLD following 10 years of experience in Residence Life both at Smith and Wellesley College. Originally from a tiny town in upstate NY, Annie received her BA in Psychology from Wells College and her Masters from Canisius College. You can find Annie with her hands in the dirt, drinking coffee, cuddling her dog, binge watching Netflix or traveling. Annie is thrilled to be a part of BOLD supporting women in their development as transformative leaders and working alongside them to create more socially just, equitable and inclusive environments both on their home campuses and in the world.

Guadalupe (Lupita) Espinoza

Guadalupe (Lupita) Espinoza

BOLD Faculty Mentor, California State University-Fullerton

Guadalupe (Lupita), who is working with the newly selected cohort beginning in January 2017, is an assistant professor in the Department of Child and Adolescent Studies at CSU, Fullerton. She earned her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from UCLA. Some of her favorite things are: playing with her puppy named Zorro, San Diego, watching Friends re-runs with her husband and traveling. She is thrilled to serve as a mentor for the bright, motivated and BOLD women scholars.

Dr. Vita Jones

Dr. Vita Jones

BOLD Faculty Mentor, California State University-Fullerton

Dr. Vita Jones, who will work with the cohort of community college transfer students beginning in Fall 2017, is an associate professor in the Department of Early Childhood Special Education. She has been at Cal State Fullerton since 2009 and her current research is focused on building resilience to increase graduation rates and effective parent-teacher collaboration.

Taja-Nia Henderson

Taja-Nia Henderson

BOLD Faculty Mentor, Rutgers University-Newark

Taja-Nia Henderson has been a professor of Law at Rutgers University-Newark since 2010 where her work focuses on prisons and prisoner reentry. Supporting the only cohort of first-year students within the BOLD Network, this unique opportunity to work with undergraduate students as they acclimate, grow and thrive was her honor.

Tina Wildhagen

Tina Wildhagen

BOLD Faculty Mentor, Smith College

Tina Wildhagen is an associate professor of Sociology focused on social inequality in the American education system. In her almost ten years of teaching at Smith, she continues to learn just as much from her students as they learn from her. She is excited to embark on a journey of discovery with Smith's BOLD scholars.

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