Reporting to the Senior Vice Provost & Dean of Undergraduate Education, the Resident Faculty serve as positive and visible members of a residential college community. They collaborate with college staff to help plan and implement educational, academic, social and cultural programs while serving as a role model, advisor, and leader in the residential community. Find out more about each of Hecht's Resident Faculty below.
My name is Michelle Gonzalez Maldonado and I am an Associate Professor of Religious Studies. I am a Cuban-American Miami native that grew up on Key Biscayne. My research and teaching interests focus on Afro-Cuban religions, Latin American religions, feminism, and religion and popular culture. I love cooking, fashion, and bad Bravo reality tv.
My husband Byron is a native of San Lucas Tolimán, Guatemala where he worked as a photographer and did social justice work with the Mayan community. Byron is currently working in Miami as a photographer. Byron loves to play soccer, basketball, and volleyball.
We have 2 boys, Byron Manuel (6 years old) and Michael (4 years old). They are very friendly and love living in the Residential College. They love sports, Pokemon, and video games. We look forward to getting to know all of you as you join us here in Hecht.
My name is Richard Grant and I am the Director of Urban Studies. I am originally from a small town in Ireland, called Waterford. My research and teaching expertise is on cities in Sub-Saharan Africa and the urban geography of Africa. I have field and research experience working in cities in Ghana, South Africa, Rwanda, Kenya and Uganda as well as India and Brazil. I relax by spending quality time with family, playing tennis, watching the English Premiership, seeing international film and checking out Miami food trucks as well as diverse parts of our city.
My wife is Adriana Cala who is from Bogota, Colombia. Adriana's interests are in international cuisine, event planning, Latin music, interior decorating and international travel. We have two daughters, Sofia who is eight years old and Natalia who is a five. Both girls love swimming, arts and crafts and playing games on the iPAD. Sofia and Natalia are fully bilingual and speak English with Richard and Spanish with Adriana.
Our Grant-Cala household is looking forward to getting to know as many Hecht residents as possible and to contributing to enhancing your residential college experience.
My name is Kysha Harriell and I am an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Sport Sciences. I am from Washington D.C and Boston. My research and teaching interest are in Athletic Training and Sport Medicine with a focus on the female athlete and health care conditions that affect ethnically diverse individuals. I enjoy sports, watching movies, and dancing to Michael Jackson on my Wii.
I live with my awesome dog, Patella. She is very friendly and loves visitors. We look forward to meeting and getting to know you.