Meet Our Students
Baranda Fermin is Community Curator of Sunday Spread, a worship gathering of Union Coffee. Baranda is an accomplished higher education professional and nonprofit leader with experience in program design operations, training, community development, and research. She has a gift for seeing long-range patterns and developing visions, yet her first love is writing. She has numerous published articles including those in Social Forces, College & University, Better Homes & Gardens, and her book of prayers and prose published in 2017, For Our Boys: A Mother’s Prayers.
She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from Michigan State University; a master’s in Human Development from Teachers College, Columbia University; and a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from The University of Oklahoma. Her favorite things on earth are yoga, tacos, and her son. When she found Iliff, she found a program that didn’t ask her to throw anything away. Baranda was awarded an Iliff scholarship that allowed her to maximize her previous education and experience to support her studies.