2016 Fall Facilitators

A Different Dialogue on Race & Ethnicity 


L.J. Moore 

L.J. Moore is originally from Alabama. He attended the University of Alabama (Roll Tide!) where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration. In the past, he has facilitated workshops focused on ethical decision making and taught freshmen seminars. L.J. joined the Georgetown community in the fall of 2016 as the Case Manager for Student Outreach and Support, where he assists students by helping to connect them to resources to aid in their academic success. He also has special interests in social justice and diversity education work. In his free time, L.J. loves weightlifting, baking, and exploring DC. 

Madeline vitek

Originally from the suburbs of Seattle, Madeline works in Georgetown's Office of Mission & Ministry as the Associate Director of Mission. Prior to that, she directed the ESCAPE First-Year Program. and was a Hall Director with the Office of Residence Life before that. Madeline's passion for the Jesuit mission started when she was an undergraduate student at Seattle University studying Political Science and Nonprofit Leadership. She got a Master of Science in Student Affairs and Higher Education at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, before returning to Jesuit higher education here on the Hilltop. In her free time, Madeline enjoys spending time with good friends, Instagramming her dog, and enjoying all that DC has to offer. Professionally, she is energized by conversations around identity and justice, the Jesuit mission in higher education, Catholic Social Teaching, Washington (the state), LGBT issues, and intersection(s) of all of the above. 

melissa bernard 

Melissa Bernard is a Jesuit Volunteer working for both the Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching & Service and Campus Ministry. At the CSJ, she is the coordinator for Homelessness Outreach Programs, and similarly works with CM student groups to connect them with service opportunities centered around hunger and homelessness. Melissa is also co-located at the Georgetown Ministry Center, a day center for individuals experiencing homelessness where she serves on staff coordinating their GU student and community volunteers. She graduated from Boston College in May 2016 with a degree in Applied Psychology and Human Development, and a concentration in Special Education. Her previous service and internship experience reflects a deep commitment to raising disability awareness, increasing access to mental health services, and improving college access for students from low socio-economic backgrounds. 

joelle tolifero 

Joelle has been with Georgetown since January 2016 as the Community Director for Darnall Hall. She is committed to the development of students and works to create an atmosphere where students grow through their interactions with each other and within the communities they are a part of. Having traveled and lived abroad with students she believes that international exchange, cultural understanding, and constructive dialogue are the most powerful weapons, "which you can use to change the world." 

daniela Brancaforte

Daniela has been working at Georgetown for the past 2 1/2 years advising undergraduates at the MSB.  She greatly enjoys working with students and learning from them.  She taught an anthropology of business class at Georgetown last year (Commerce Across Cultures) which she hopes to continue doing as her job allows. She received a Ph.D. in socio-cultural anthropology from Princeton University and a B.A. from Bryn Mawr College where she majored in Italian and Anthropology.  Daniela has conducted research on U.S. military culture, psychoanalysis and political violence in Argentina, and post 9-11 worked to improve and assess programs for veterans and military families through the consulting business she co-founded.  Daniela spent her formative years in Madison, Wisconsin but has lived and studied extensively in Europe and Latin America, and grew up speaking Spanish, German, and Italian.  As the daughter of immigrants, she has always felt the need to examine and question the construction of identities, borders and nationalities and is thrilled to join the dialogue.  In her free time, she plays soccer, watches the English Premier League (Go Arsenal!) and spoils her rescue dog.

Eileen Rodriguez 

Eileen Rodriguez works for the Office of Residential Living as the Community Director for Alumni Square and Townhouses. She received her M.A. in Higher Education & Student Affairs from the University of Connecticut and B.A. in Public Relations from Hofstra University. Eileen is originally from New York City and was a first-generation college student/graduate, which provided distinct experiences that sparked her passion for social justice. Her research interests include multiracial/multiethnic identity development and supporting traditionally underrepresented students. In her spare time, Eileen enjoys yoga, exploring DC, and creative DIY projects.