Dre Finley

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Dialogue Facilitator

Jenness House

Pronouns: he/him/his

Immediately prior to joining the College, Finley worked at Colgate University. At Colgate, Finley was the founding director of First Generation Programs. He also served as Assistant Dean for Administrative Advising, Intergroup Dialogue Facilitator and Educator, Outreach and Programming Coordinator of the ALANA Cultural Center, Interim Advisor in the Office of LGBTQ Initiatives, and Community Leader in the Office of Residential Life. While there, he also advised the student leaders of nearly two-dozen student organizations, and served as co-instructor for two courses in the Writing and Rhetoric department – Stand and Speak Feminist Rhetoric and Discourses of Whiteness. His work at Colgate touched all constituents on-campus — students, faculty, and staff, as well as those in the surrounding community.



B.A. Colgate University, Sociology and Women's Studies
M.S. Syracuse University, Cultural Foundations of Educ

Scholarship/Creative Work

Finley speaks and lectures regularly on topics of identity and social justice. He is the recipient of numerous awards and is an accomplished spoken word artist and musician. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Anthropology and Women’s Studies from Colgate University where he wrote two theses – God and Gay: LGBTQ Identity Management and the Institutional Black Church and Contemporary Black Feminist Healing. He earned a Master of Science in Education from Syracuse University, with a focus on the Cultural Foundations of Education.


  • Intergroup Dialogue
  • Co-chair, Trans Inclusion Committee


Dre Finley is the Dialogue Facilitator at Williams. Finley brings a wealth of experience and will help encourage productive communication, support positive inter-and intra-group dialogue, and help develop and grow restorative practices in our community.