Meet the Staff


La-Tarri Canty
Associate Dean for Intercultural Engagement

Pronouns: she, her, hers | 617-253-6189

La-Tarri serves as the Associate Dean for Intercultural Engagement. In her role, La-Tarri oversees the Office of Multicultural Programs, LBGTQ+ Services, and the SPXCE Intercultural Center. She assists in providing strategic direction and leadership for DSL diversity and inclusion initiatives and serves as the Director for the SPXCE Intercultural Center. La-Tarri received her Masters in Student Affairs Personnel and Diversity from the State University of New York at Binghamton. She is currently completing her dissertation in her doctoral program at Northeastern University. In her spare time she enjoys reading, singing, and shopping.


Abigail Francis
Assistant Dean, LBGTQ Services

Pronouns: she, her, hers | 617-253-0684

Abigail is MIT's first-ever full-time Director of LBGT Services under the Division of Student Life. She holds a B.S. in Psychology and Pre-Medical studies from Bates College and a Masters in Social Work and Urban Leadership from Simmons College. In overseeing MIT's Rainbow Lounge she offers one-on-one support for students, advising LBGT student groups, collaboration with community partners, and provides consistency and resources to help build and empower the LBGTQ and ally community at MIT. Abigail heads the organization called LBGTQ@MIT, a community resource offering quality programming, services, collaboration, and education to all of MIT.

Lauryn McNair
Assistant Director, Intercultural Engagement, LBGTQ+ Services

Pronouns: she, her, hers | 617-253-1612

Lauryn will be collaborating with departments, administrators, and student groups to develop and implement educational, intersectional LGBTQ+ programs at MIT. Lauryn joins us after working at Babson College as the Multicultural and LGBTQ+ Program Coordinator. There, her programs spanned campus wide events such as the Multicultural Festival and heritage month celebrations to providing group education on leadership and identity, safe zone trainings, gender expansive trainings, and club support. In her intern roles, she advised first-generation college students and developed and facilitated programming for Trans and Gender Non-conforming communities throughout the Greater Boston area. McNair holds an MSW from Boston College School of Social Work with a macro concentration in family, youth, and children and a BA from Colgate University with a double major in sociology and Caribbean studies.

Mutlicultural Programs Staff

Nina DeAgrela, M.Ed.
Assistant Dean, Multicultural Programs

Pronouns: she, her, hers | 617-253-0225

Nina joins the Intercultural Engagement team as the Assistant Dean for Multicultural Programs. Nina comes to MIT after 13 years at Bentley University. She worked in a number of student affairs roles including student conduct and new student orientation. Additionally, she’s advised myriad of student groups including the Portuguese Across the Continents, Black United Body, and the Cape Verdean Student Association. Nina will manage the Office of Multicultural Programs daily operations. Additionally, DeAgrela will help direct the creation, implementation, and assessment of social justice programming and education opportunities on campus through lectures, workshops, and events, and establish opportunities for structured dialogue among students. Born and raised in southeastern Massachusetts, DeAgrela has a passion for connecting students to purpose and then helping them “thrive, not just survive.” Her concern for students managing rigorous academics and unexpected life events stems from her own experience as a first-generation college student.