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East Quad

Vibrant. Welcoming. Celebratory. Home. The houses of the East Quad are among the largest on campus, but each house remains committed to creating a healthy and supportive community. Students from across campus come to eat in the friendly dining rooms and attend campus events such as Celebrations! and the Quadi Gras parade. Weekly teas and study breaks bring house members together to laugh and enjoy good company. Our spacious, plush living rooms and ample study spaces comfortably accommodate houses ranging from 80 to 120 residents.

Area Coordinator

Mariana Estrella Rivera

office Scales House, room 101
email Send an e-mail
phone (413) 585-4934

Bee Buehring, East Quad Area CoordinatorMariana was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. At 18 Mariana went to spend a summer in New York City, that Summer turned into 13 years. She has lived in the Northampton area since she enrolled at Smith College in the Fall of 2012

What are your open hours?
I hold open hours on Fridays from 2:30-5:30 p.m.

What are your professional interests?
Prior to attending Smith, I worked as a Legislative Aide and advocate for the New York City Council and the New York State Assembly. Upon receiving my degree in Sociology, I reflected about how this unique opportunity has been a catalyst in my intellectual, personal, and professional evolution. This evolution, this gift has made me eager to transition my skills into a fulfilling and rewarding career that in turn allows me to help students enhance their own quality of life in a similar way.

My specific interests are still evolving. One thing is for sure, I look forward to working with, and supporting students of color, and improve the quality of life for all students by collaborating, building relationships that collectively meeting the various needs with equity and diplomacy.

What are your personal interests?
When not at work, I spend most of my time at home, with my pup, Cilantro. We enjoy listening to music and watching documentaries to learn about things, people and places. Guilty pleasure is to watch crime dramas. I am also a wannabe comedienne and DJ, avid music lover, I enjoy spending time with friends, and chosen family, and self pampering, think face masks, mani’s and last but not least, hair dying.

Where are your two favorite places on campus?
Museum Atrium, Boeckman Sculpture Court (the lobby area sandwiched right outside the art library and the art museum - is my number one favorite spot on campus as I enjoy the natural light, the openness, the accessibility, the shiny floors. My number two would be the red room, in the Campus Center, as it is bright, and bold, and during the cold winder months sometimes, when the sun shines, is when you actually feel it working (think about the greenhouse effect) for a brief moment, I can pretend it is summer outside.