Who We Are

BOLD Scholars

BOLD Scholars are students who are female or identify as women. Selected their sophomore year to participate their junior and senior years, these students possess exceptional leadership abilities, critical thinking skills, and the willingness to become agents of change in their campus community and after graduation. 

Rooted within an intergenerational network of women from all sectors, BOLD is committed to supporting young women from all backgrounds and especially those who have been significantly underrepresented in higher education in terms of socioeconomic class, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, citizenship and ability.



The BOLD Women's Leadership Network operates at eight institutions of higher education: California State University, FullertonIthaca CollegeMiddlebury College, Smith College, and Rutgers University—Newark. More recently, the University of Connecticut, The College of Saint Rose, and Colby-Sawyer College have been selected to join BOLD. Each partner institution is led by a woman president who has demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion throughout her career and/or has significant female leadership at is


BOLD Founder

Shirley M. Collado, Ph.D. 
President, Ithaca College


BOLD Institution Leads

Susan Campbell Baldridge
Middlebury College

Sherri-Ann Butterfield
Executive Vice Chancellor
Rutgers University—Newark

Donna Lisker
Dean of the College and Vice President for Campus Life
Smith College

Nancy Pringle
Senior Vice President and General Counsel
Ithaca College

Mary Ann Villarreal
Vice President for Strategic Initiatives
California State University, Fullerton


BOLD Staff

Marta Elena Esquilin
National Lead Consultant

Tsihai Hanson
National Director

Milagros Aranda
Program Site Coordinator
California State University, Fullerton

Annie Cohen
Program Site Coordinator
Smith College

Elaine Orozco Hammond
Program Site Coordinator
Middlebury College

Sari M. Pascoe
Program Site Coordinator
Ithaca College

Ariana Quinones
Program Coordinator
National + Rutgers University—Newark