Current Staff: 2022-2023

Lupita Méndez | CARC Director


Pronouns: She/her/hers


As the Director for the Class & Access Resource Center, Lupita provides education, support, and advocacy to and on behalf of first-generation, low-income, veteran, and transfer students. Prior to this role, Lupita managed a National Science Foundation grant supporting community college transfer students in STEM majors at the University of Arizona. She has also worked in both a Queer Resource Center and a Multicultural Resource Center in Oregon. She holds a B.A. in anthropology from the University of Notre Dame and an MSW from Portland State University. In her free time, Lupita loves to spend time outdoors with her wife.

Frida Hernandez '24 | Center Organizer 


Pronouns: she/her/hers


Likes: learning new crafts, trying new foods, Pixar movies!


Dislikes: celery, large crowds, below 20 degree (F) weather


What I love about the CARC: I love the fact that the CARC actively tries to create a space where FLI, transfer, and veteran students feel comfortable and belonging. In a college where that is not often the case, I appreciate that I can attend CARC events or go hang out at the physical Center and not feel out of place because of my identities. 

Michelle Kha '24 | Program Organizer


Ashanti Adams '24 | Program Organizer


Mase Peterson | Communications Organizer


Dory Farlessyost | Program Organizer 

*Currently Studying Abroad!
Dory holding a succulent

Pronouns: she/her/hers 

Likes: stretching, hiking, my friends' Spotify playlists, Val's butternut kale pasta

Dislikes: rooms with no windows, freezing rain, crinkle cut fries

What I love about the CARC: I love the CARC because of the people! The community feels so friendly and welcoming, and I always feel like I can just be in the space, without having to ever justify my place as it often feels like in other Amherst spaces.

As a FLI student on campus, I feel like I often have a lot of basic questions that feel silly to not know, but hard to ask. The CARC has been my go-to question center when I'm unsure of how to navigate literally anything - if folks don't know the answer directly they can help connect me with people who do. There are so many resources on this campus and the CARC feels like my connection to access them all.


2021-2022 Staff Members: 

Diana Tiburcio '22 | Center Organizer 

Picture of Diana Tiburcio

Pronouns: They/them/theirs and she/her/hers


Likes: solving Rubik's cubes, eating, traveling, bothering my friends, and shopping (even though I'm broke)


Dislikes: people asking me why I hold writing utensils weird, cake, feeling unproductive, and the fact that I know I'm lactose intolerant but I keep torturing myself


What I love about the CARC: I love the supportive community that exists here. The CDSL was always the first place I went to whenever I felt stressed or needed advice. I could always count on my friends in the office to be there for me even during the roughest times of the semester.

 Josue Sanchez Hernandez '22 | Program Organizer

Picture of Josue Sanchez Hernandez

Pronouns: He/him/his


Likes: doritos with Lime, long drives, making spotify playlists, playing guitar, coffee


Dislikes: pineapple on Pizza, country music, Val


What I love about the CARC: It’s a space and community where people can have deep conversations and foster meaningful friendships with a ton of different people!

Ed Kennedy '23E | Program Organizer


Pronouns: He/him/his


What CARC means to me:   

"For me, class is everything. Class is an often misunderstood concept, consistently associated with negative connotations. There are fewer places where class differences can be seen as starkly than they are seen here at Amherst College. With the creation of the Class and Access Resource Center, we have the opportunity to hold space for generative conversations about class, and to increase class consciousness on campus. I'm excited to continue this important work with students from all class backgrounds in our newly named center."