Kathy Grant (Romero)

Class of 2011

Why did you choose Siena College?

I chose Siena College because of their strong Social Work program and having the option to pursue my masters after graduation in one year. I also chose Siena College because the Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) allowed me to attend Siena.

Why social work?

Connecting people with support and resources has always been a passion for me. When looking into degrees, I found that Social Work allowed me to do exactly this and so much more. Over the years, I have been able to explore different areas of my degree and push myself in directions. Through social work, I have been able to work from an individual perspective to systems level. 

What was your most meaningful experience at Siena?

My most meaningful experience at Siena was my first Social Work class with Donna McIntosh that solidified my major for the profession. Her passion to the profession and making it fun and engaging allowed me to see how much I can do as a Social Worker.

What is your current position?

I currently work at NYS office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence (NYS OPDV) as the Assistant Director of Equity and Inclusion. NYS OPDV is the only executive - level  agency in the country that aims to address gender- based violence. My role is to work with communities most impacted  by gender violence, and ensure that the agency's work is done through an intersectional lens. I also teach as an adjunct at Siena College and counseling services for, In Our Own Voices, a culturally specific agency aimed to address the needs of LGBT people of color. 

In what ways did Siena prepare you for life and work after college?

Through my study abroad travels, I was able to build on my understanding of diverse communities/cultures. Siena's social work program also provided a strong foundation for me when I attended the Master's program and in my current work.