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Gwendolyn Hampton VanSant, (B.A. Languages and
Literature, Art and Art History and honorary Women’s Studies from
Bard College at Simon’s Rock, 1992) is an educator, diversity leader &
trainer, trained and certified medical and mental health
interpreter (AHEC 2007.) She is a bilingual, African American educator and
community activist/organizer. Gwendolyn is co-founder and Executive
Director of Multicultural BRIDGE, a grassroots organization dedicated
to promoting cultural competence and integration of diverse groups in
Western Massachusetts and beyond.
With her background as an educator, she designs curriculum for workplace language classes as well
as highly individualized cultural competency training curriculum for groups of all ages and
professional, educational and socioeconomic backgrounds. Her experiences range from
corporations, schools, universities, law enforcement, hospitals and more.
She has her international certificate (April 2010, April 2011) from NCBI as a diversity leader.
She also completed the Leadership Institute for Political and Public Impact (LIPPI 2010-2011) of
Currently Gwendolyn serves on the Sustainable Berkshires Consortium, a steering committee of
the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission planning for Berkshire County 2030. Gwendolyn
also serves on The Upper Housatonic Valley Advisory Council of the African American Heritage
Trail and is a member of the Women of Color Giving Circle.
Additionally, Gwendolyn serves on the Funding Panel and Board of Directors of the Haymarket
Peoples Fund, a Boston-based anti-racist, social justice organization serving the New England
region. Gwendolyn has been invited to Greylock Federal Credit Union’s advisory board and will
begin that appointment just after the start of the year, 2012.
On a personal note, Gwendolyn considers herself a mother of diversity. She has raised four children
in the Berkshires having met the challenges as a mother of children on the autism spectrum, part
of the LGBTQ community, and also biracial in the Berkshires. She advocates for each fervently w
hen needed and shares her experience with the community at large.
[Governor] Patrick praised the leadership of Gwendolyn Hampton VanSant, BRIDGE’s executive
director, calling her a “treasure to Berkshire County and this commonwealth.”
Gwendolyn serves as a Commissioner on the Berkshire
County Commission on the Status of Women.
“Everybody can be great... because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college
degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only
need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”
--Martin Luther King, Jr.