Latrina L. Denson

Associate Dean of Students for Community and Inclusion

Latrina L. Denson, Associate Dean of Students for Community and Inclusion, coordinates all diversity and inclusion programmatic initiatives for students, in addition to other administrative initiatives under the Division of Student Life. Denson has served as an educator and administrator in higher education for two decades. She earned a B.S. in psychology with a minor in vocal performance from the University of Louisiana at Monroe in 1994. In 1997, Denson received her M.Ed. in community counseling from the University of Louisiana at Monroe.

After completing her master‘s, she worked at Albion College as assistant director for residence life/wellness education coordinator, associate director for campus programs and organizations, and associate director for multicultural affairs and first-year experience. From 2003 to 2007, she was served as program coordinator for multicultural and leadership programs at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign while pursuing a master‘s in higher education administration.

Denson served for seven years as director for the Center for Multicultural Student Affairs at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois. She also taught in the Organizational Leadership Program and the African-American Studies Program at Richland Community College.

Denson has been an active member of such organizations as NASPA, ACPA, NCORE and GLACLHO-I. She is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Born in west Texas and having spent most of her life in Louisiana, she considers herself a Southwestern girl. Her passions include social justice advocacy, mentoring young women, singing, playing the piano, traveling and spending time with her daughter Maya Starr.

Recent Campus News

Photo of stoles made of boldly colored kente cloth

Honoring students of color and their mentors

Mount Holyoke’s Stoling Ceremony this year was both virtual and in person, the better to honor faculty and staff who support students of color.

This is an image of a digital slide from the cording ceremony that reads, "To our bold, brilliant, and beloved seniors- congratulations! We are so proud of you! #FearlessFirst."

Cording Ceremony 2021

The Cording Ceremony is a moment to honor the unique challenges that first-generation and low-income students overcome to graduate.

Mount Holyoke College was recently named a First-gen Forward Institution by the Center for First-generation Student Success.

Mount Holyoke wins First-gen Forward honor

Mount Holyoke has received national recognition for its demonstrated commitment to advancing first-generation college student success.

Bestselling author Beverly Daniel Tatum will give a public talk about intergroup dialogue on June 8 at 7 p.m. in Hooker Auditorium. She is a former professor, dean and acting president of Mount Holyoke.

Conversation as catalyst — a conference

Mount Holyoke is co-sponsoring the 2019 Intergroup Dialogue Conference, drawing together experts with a shared passion for collaborative communication.

Latrina Denson (center), associate dean of students, received the Mary Lyon Leadership Award from Heidi Friedman (left), director of human resources, and Acting President and President-elect Sonya Stephens (right).

Celebrating the work of Mount Holyoke staff

Mount Holyoke recognizes the extraordinary efforts of the staff in making the College the extraordinary place it is.