Drea Finley is Dialogue Facilitator at the College. 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.
Immediately prior to joining the College, Finley worked at Colgate University. At Colgate, Finley was the founding director of First Generation Programs. They 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, they 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. Their work at Colgate touched all constituents on campus — students, faculty, and staff, as well as those in the surrounding community.
Finley speaks and lectures regularly on topics of identity and social justice. They are the recipient of numerous awards, and are an accomplished spoken word artist and musician. They earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Anthropology and Women’s Studies from Colgate University where they wrote two theses – God and Gay: LGBTQ Identity Management and the Institutional Black Church and Contemporary Black Feminist Healing. They earned a Master of Science in Education from Syracuse University, with a focus on the Cultural Foundations of Education.
M.S. Syracuse University, Cultural Foundations of Educ
- Intergroup Dialogue
- Co-chair, Trans Inclusion Committee