María Pabón Gautier was named the inaugural director of St. Olaf’s Taylor Center for Equity and Inclusion. Founded in 2019, the Taylor Center aims to create an inclusive environment for all students. Pabón Gautier’s strength as a leader is understanding that to succeed academically and socially, marginalized students need a sense of belonging and connectedness on campus. Under her leadership, the Taylor Center has developed programming that supports LGBTQ+, first-generation, and international students. Pabón Gautier became the Northfield college’s interim vice president of equity and inclusion in March.