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The DREAM Office has a close knit team of staff and students who work together to support all students from underrepresented backgrounds during their time at BPH.

Yuridia Hernández-Osorio, MSW

Director of DREAM

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Yuri is a proud Latina born in Toluca, Mexico, she is an immigrant, first-generation student, and daughter of immigrants. Yuri earned her bachelor’s degree in Social Work from University of Portland and earned her master’s degree from University of Michigan. Yuri has extensive experience in university-wide diversity, equity, and inclusion (D, E, & I) work. Her passion, work, and academic research is in increasing access and support for QTBIPOC (Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous, People of Color) populations, minoritized students, first generation, and undocumented students. Prior to her extensive career in academia Yuri worked in non-profit working as a community organizer and legal program coordinator. She is subject expert on DACA, undocumented, and immigrant populations. In her spare time, she serves on the Alumni Board of Governors for University of Michigan School of Social Work and is the Vice President for the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) Alumni Chapter at the University of Portland. Her hobbies include traveling, watching movies, and making beaded jewelry.

Mar Markham, MA HESA

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Specialist

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Originally from Portland, Oregon, Mar (pronounced “Mair”) earned their bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Concordia University and their master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs. Mar is passionate about incorporating trauma-informed practices, strengths-based approaches, and peer support into their work in higher education and beyond. Mar started their career working in Residence Life and has coordinated and advised LGBTQIA+ groups for students and employees, worked on Diversity and Inclusion Committees, and completed internships working with Diversity and Inclusion Programs and First Generation College Student Programs. Outside of higher education, Mar has worked with folks experiencing houselessness as a case manager and live-in staff, specializing in providing peer support and advocacy for those navigating healthcare systems, supporting people who experience gender-based violence, and establishing new accessible structures for people with disabilities throughout various shelter locations. In their spare time, Mar enjoys painting, camping, ringing in a local handbell choir, and social swing and blues dancing.