Residential Life DEEP Program

The DEEP interns are currently taking appointments via email/zoom. To set up an appointment, use the contact information below.

Are you feeling stressed about the election?

We understand that there is a lot of uncertainty and stress with the election and want to be a resource for you. Residential Life's MSW & DEEP Interns are here to support you! Fill out our form and let us know what support you need. MSW and DEEP interns are part of the Master of Social Work program and provide confidential, unbiased support and resources for on campus students.

Diversity Empowerment Education Program (DEEP)

The mission of this new program is to promote student engagement through a social justice lens for underrepresented minority students. Our DEEP Interns from Binghamton University Department of Social Work provide underrepresented students with wrap-around services and support in our residential communities. This reciprocal learning model promotes academic success and student retention with a focus on improving student wellness, advancing intersectional equity and improving community cohesion.

The DEEP Program can:

  • Assist residents with affirming and celebrating intersectional identities
  • Assist residents with resolving roommate or interpersonal conflict arising out of bias or in general
  • Meet with residents in distress or in need of assistance (i.e. adjustment to distance learning, COVID concerns, racial tension)
  • Make AOD (alcohol and other drugs) referrals for residents experiencing alcohol or other substance abuse
  • Connect residents with resources available on campus
  • Work with residents and professional staff to effectively communicate issues and promote community wellness

DEEP referral form

Complete this form for yourself or for a student that you wish to seek services.

DEEP Interns

Shai Dehoyos

Shai Dehoyos

pronouns: she/her/hers

email: sdehoyo1@binghamton.edu

While I grew up in upstate New York I have been lucky enough to call Binghamton my home for the last 4 years. Binghamton has allowed me to experience diverse opportunities and individuals that allow me to better advocate for the community. For as long as I can remember I have been drawn to the profession of social work and becoming an advocate for those whose voices are too often silenced. I hope to utilize this opportunity to continue working towards social justice for the students of our university and the Binghamton community.

Office hours: Tuesdays 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Aletha Lockett

Aletha Lockett

pronouns:she/her/hers

email: alocket2@binghamton.edu 

I was born and raised in Liberia, West Africa. I immigrated to the United States as a refugee in 2004. For the last 17 years, I called Syracuse NY my home. As an aspiring social worker with three years of experience in the human services field, I have a strong ability to engage with people of diverse backgrounds and mental abilities. I love people who do not fit social expectations. Additionally, I love working for the vulnerable and oppressed population.

Remy Patience

Remy Patience

pronouns: she/her/hers

email: rpatien1@binghamton.edu 

I was born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya. I have been a Syracuse resident for the last 9 years. I am passionate about working with individuals and groups to help them achieve their full potential or social functioning. In the future, I hope to serve young adults in a clinical setting.

Office hours: Wednesdays 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Michaela Reynolds

Michaela Reynolds

pronouns: she/her/hers

email: mreyno14@binghamton.edu 

Syracuse, NY is my hometown. In my social work career, I hope to be a therapist, an educator, and an advocate. My goal is to increase the access and quality of mental health services, social services and producing culturally competent social work education. My career will focus on uplifting and advocacy for marginalized populations that experience racism, prejudice and discrimination.

Office hours: Mondays 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Octavia Wright

Octavia Wright
pronouns: she/her/hers

email: owright2@binghamton.edu 

My hometown is Bronx, NY.  I love advocating for minoritized communities and helping people who do not speak up for themselves. I hope to work with the immigration population in the future. I want to be different from the social workers I have met and make a change to the foster system in NYC.

Office hours: Thursdays 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

DEEP Advisors

Diana Castellanos
Assistant Director of Residential Life
Binghamton University
Pronouns in use: she/her/hers
dcastell@binghamton.edu
607.777.4643

Ada Robinson-Perez, PhD, LMSW, CEAP
Assistant Professor, Department of Social Work
College of Community and Public Affairs
Student Affairs Divisional Diversity Officer
Binghamton University
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
arobins@binghamton.edu
607-777-9154