Latrina L. Denson

Associate Dean of Students, Community and Belonging

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

The Fearless First cohort for the class of 2022 celebrated one another at their cording ceremony on May 1, 2022.

Sixth annual Fearless First cording ceremony

Mount Holyoke College first-generation and low-income seniors were praised at their cording ceremony for being resilient, brave and unstoppable. 

Construction on the new Zowie Cultural Center.

New space, same place

The Zowie Banteah Cultural Center is moving, but its mission to promote Indigenous visibility remains the same. 

Hortense Parker

Celebrating history, looking to the future

Mount Holyoke honors students of color on the annual Hortense Parker Celebration, so named for the first known student of color to graduate.

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.