Marcella Runnell Hall
Marcella Runell Hall is an American-born author and educator. She is best known for her social justice work, her founding of NYU’s Of Many Institute for Multifaith Leadership, and her current role as Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students at Mt. Holyoke College. Hall was appointed Dean of Students at Mt. Holyoke College in June 2014. "[Hall] is a scholar, teacher, and practitioner who brings a wealth of experience and knowledge about student life, diversity and inclusion, and student engagement,” remarked the then dean of the college, Cerri Banks. Although this role has only recently begun, Hall has been integral in supporting the president’s fall, 2014 direction to admit transgender women to the all-women’s school.
Hall is also a social justice scholar, award-winning author, and was recently clinical instructor for New York University's (NYU) Silver School of Social Work. In 2014, Hall was awarded NYU’s MLK Faculty Award for esteemed instructors who exemplify the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Huffington Post dubbed Hall “a leading scholar on the interweaving between social justice, activism, hip-hop, and faith."