Meet the Staff

Kenyora Parham
Kenyora Parham
Assistant Director of Precollege Programs

Kenyora is responsible for directing several programs at Brandeis’ Precollege programs (App Design, Service Corps, Queer Academics and Activism: A Seminar on LGBTQIA+ Histories and Futures), as well as developing new initiatives. Previously, Kenyora worked at Strong Women, Strong Girls, a nationally recognized mentoring program for girls and women. Kenyora has over a decade’s experience working with youth, families, and community leaders in the nonprofit sector. She was recognized as a finalist of the “EXTRAordinary Women”, a campaign led by the City of Boston in March 2016.

Kenyora was recently appointed President of the African-American Alumnae/i Association at her undergraduate alma mater, Simmons College. Additionally, she serves on the Alumni Association Board at Boston University’s School of Social Work, where she received her Master’s Degree. Originally from Lynn, MA, Kenyora currently lives in Waltham with her husband, Franklin.

Marci Borenstein
Marci Borenstein
Director of Precollege Programs

Marci is responsible for developing new initiatives and overseeing programs for high school students at Brandeis. Marci has many years of experience working with educators, youth and communities in the United States, Israel, and the former Soviet Union. She has a doctorate in education from New York University where her research focused on diverse immigrant families, urban schools and parent involvement.

Marci lives in Newton with her husband, Joram, and their three children, Eitan, Rina and Dalia.

Professor Wendy Cage
Wendy Cage, Ph.D.
Professor of Sociology and Chair of the Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Programs
Wendy Cadge is a Professor in the Department of Sociology and Chair of the Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program at Brandeis University. She is an expert in contemporary American religion, especially related to religion in public institutions, religious diversity, religion and immigration, and religious and moral aspects in healthcare.She is the author of two books, Paging God: Religion in the Halls of Medicine and Heartwood: The First Generation of Theravada Buddhism in America, and a co-editor of Religion on the Edge: De-Centering and Re-Centering the Sociology of Religion. An award-winning teacher, she has published more than seventy-five articles and raised more than $5.5 million in support of her own and colleagues’ research.
Shannon Kearns
Shannon Kearns
Academic Administrator