Kirsis Dipre and Robin Maxile named Orange Holmes Scholars

Kirsis A. Dipre, doctoral student in counseling and counselor education, and Robin Maxile, doctoral student in cultural foundations of education, have been named as the second cohort of Orange Holmes Scholars with the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. The AACTE Holmes Scholars program supports students from historically underrepresented communities enrolled in doctoral programs in education. Orange Holmes Scholars are first- or second-year Syracuse University School of Education doctoral students interested in teacher, leader or counselor education.

Dipre is a national certified mental health counselor with experience working with children, adolescents, and adults, primarily serving racially and ethnically minority populations. Her reseach explores the mental health of minority communities, particularly Latinx communities, through an intersectional lens. Dipre is currently a visiting assistant professor at the University of Saint Joseph; Mentorship Committee Chair for the Association of Multicultural Counseling and Development; and an NBCC Minority Fellow working to financially support undocumented counselors in training through the A Dream Decided Scholarship.

Maxile is a care-centered educator whose work is rooted in holistic, trauma-invested care and healing. As a K-12 educator, she developed programming centered on building anti-racist, anti-bias, and culturally competent environments. Having found her niche for facilitating challenging conversation on race, ethnicity, class, and accessibility, Robin works to uplift and empower marginalized student communities to use their agency, think outside the box, and exhaust all their resources.

Dipre and Maxile are the second cohort of Orange Holmes Scholars at Syracuse University. Current Orange Holmes Scholars are Phillandra Smith and Tiffany Hamm.