Contact Us

Amelia McConnell

Assistant Director

Email: amelia.mcconnell@simmons.edu
Phone: (617) 521-1102

Amelia McConnell joined the ORL staff in November of 2013 after working in Residence Life at Southern New Hampshire University and Brandeis University. A proud Jayhawk, Amelia graduated with an MS in Higher Education Administration from the University of Kansas where she worked in Student Housing and Undergraduate Academic Advising. At Simmons, Amelia oversees the office assistant staff and three Residence Life Coordinators, manages the office's operations (Housing Selection, FY room assignments to name a few), coordinates the Res Campus Conduct Process and is a Community Advocate for the Bias Response Team. In her spare time, Amelia loves exploring Boston, photography, cooking, and cheering on local Boston teams and her KU Jayhawks!


Chantelle Polanco

Residence Life Coordinator

Email: chantelle.polanco@simmons.edu
Phone: (617) 521-1104

Chantelle Polanco joined the Office of Residence Life in July 2017 as a Residence Life Coordinator after working at Wheaton College as an Area Coordinator. Chantelle graduated from the University of Massachusetts Lowell with a bachelors in psychology, where she also worked as the Late Night Program Coordinator for the Office of Student Activities and Leadership Development. During her time at UMass Lowell, Chantelle fell in love with higher education and decided to pursue her M.S. in Counseling with a specialization in Higher Education from Central Connecticut State University, which she completed in 2016. During her graduate program, Chantelle interned from Wesleyan University and University of Hartford. Chantelle is the RLC for Simmons Hall, Dix Hall and 1023 Beacon. In her spare time Chantelle enjoys spending time with family and her Yorkie, Rayden.


Vivian D'Andrade

Residence Life Coordinator

Email: vivian.dandrade@simmons.edu
Phone: (617) 521-1103

Vivian D'Andrade joined the Office of Residence Life in August 2018 as a Residence Life Coordinator for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Her early career included civilian service as a Master Resiliency Trainer for the U.S. Army Reserves and coordinating youth leadership programs for non-profits (e.g. YMCA). Prior to joining Simmons, she served at the University of Utah as an Assistant Area Coordinator in Housing, a Student Advocate in the Women's Resource Center, and in various program support roles within the Office for Equity & Inclusion. Her commitment to youth and student services led her to earn her Masters in Educational Leadership & Policy and a Certificate in Fundraising & Grant Writing. Vivian is the RLC for North, South, and Mesick. Vivian will also lead Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives and training within and on behalf of Residence Life. In her spare time Vivian enjoys spending time with her family, spinning, kick boxing, and storytelling/poetry slams.


Rocina Dalzell

Residence Life Coordinator

Email: rocina.dalzell@simmons.edu
Phone: (617) 521-1105

Rocina Dalzell joined the Simmons Residence Life Office staff in August of 2015 after graduating with her M.A.T in Secondary School Education from Bryant University. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Sociology from Bryant University as well. During her time in graduate school, Rocina worked at the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence where she worked with survivors of domestic violence to help them regain financial independence, fight homelessness, and pursue higher education. In her spare time Rocina enjoys exploring new cities, trying new foods, and enjoying time spent with family and close friends. As a Residence Life Coordinator, Rocina supervises a team of Resident Advisors and a Graduate Assistant. She also serves as an advisor to the Mesick Hall Council and is a member of the Colleges of the Fenway Residence Life & Housing committee.


Karen Cedant

Graduate Assistant

Email: karen.cedant@simmons.edu
Phone: (617) 521-3514

Karen Cedant joined the Simmons University Residence Life Office staff in October 2018 as the Area One Graduate Assistant. Karen earned a Bachelor of Criminal Justice with a minor in Administration from Salem State University, where as an undergraduate she was actively involved on campus in the Multicultural Student Association, Residence Life, Salem State Dance Ensemble and Basketball Dance Team. After taking some time off, Karen started working for the Department of Children and Families and The Department of Youth services. Karen has always had a passion devoted to helping others. During her time at DCF Karen decided that she wanted to be more involved with working with youths and young adults. Karen is currently in the Master of Social Work Program here at Simmons University. During Karen's time off she loves spending time with her family and friends. She also enjoys extracurricular activities such as cooking, baking, reading inspirational quotes, shopping, traveling, and binge watching all her favorite tv shows.


Chaeyeon Kim

Graduate Assistant

Email: chaeyeon.kim@simmons.edu
Phone: (617) 521-3516

Chaeyeon Kim joined the Simmons Residence Life staff during the summer of 2018 as the Area Two Graduate Assistant. Before coming to Boston, Chaeyeon worked as a PR intern at the Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines in Bonifacio Global City. Minoring in International Development and Cooperation, Chaeyeon studied at Viadrina European University in Germany and then later as an exchange student at the University of British Columbia in Canada to interact with diverse cultures around the world. She volunteered in Cambodia to contribute to sustainable development of developing countries. At Simmons University, she is pursuing a Master's degree in Library and Information Science with an Archives Management Concentration. In her free time, Chaeyeon loves to practice Karate and yoga, ride bicycles, and enjoy the nature of the city.


Dunia Kassay

Graduate Assistant

Email: dunia.kassay@simmons.edu
Phone: (617) 521-3517

Dunia Kassay joined the Simmons Residence Life staff in the fall of 2018 as the Area Three Graduate Assistant. Dunia, a native to Cambridge, Massachusetts, is very comfortable in Boston having spent her entire education career from kindergarten to her soon-to-be-had Master's of Social Work from Simmons University within a five mile radius. Before beginning her MSW at Simmons, Dunia graduated from Northeastern University with a Bachelor's in Psychology with a concentration in Health and Counseling. Dunia's passion for mental wellness and community building can be seen in the paper she co-authored and got published in Northeastern's NU Writing Journal called, "A proposal for peer mentoring at Northeaster." In her free time, Dunia enjoys exploring the city in search of new brunch locations, keeping up with the Patriots, managing her fantasy football league, brewing coffee, and introducing people to Ethiopian/Eritrean cuisine.