Graduate Fellow in Hickory House

Dzifa Anyetei-Anum

Dzifa Anyetei-Anum is a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology and Africana studies, and likes to explore anti-colonial movements in West Africa. She has a background in international development and environmental sustainability. Her interests are gardening, traveling and West African rap music. Her email is

Graduate Fellow in the Hawthorn House

Shekila Melchior is the Graduate Residential Fellow for Hawthorn House. This will be her second year living in the Residential College. Melchior is pursuing her PhD in Counselor Education. In addition to her fellowship she works as a graduate assistant in the School of Education Counseling department. She graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke in 2007. She completed her Masters in School Counseling from North Carolina A&T in 2011.  Shekila has a passion for human trafficking, multicultural and international affairs, as well as social justice issues and advocacy. Shekila is excited to be returning to Hawthorn House.


Graduate Fellow in the Holly House

Kyriakos Tsoukalas

Kyriakos Tsoukalas is a maker, blending a background in electronics and sound engineering, entrepreneurialism, and sociology. As an international student from Greece, he pursues an individualized Ph.D. in VT, holding a GRA in human-centered design. He has a passion for hands-on workshops and experiential learning. His email is

Graduate Fellow in the Honey-Locust House

Apratim (Appy) Mukherjee is the Graduate Residential Fellow for Honey Locust House. Appy hails from India, where he lived for 18 years before coming to the States to pursue his undergraduate studies at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania. He majored in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in economics and graduated in May 2014, after which he started working at Citibank in their Corporate and Investment Banking Division. But now, he’s come to VT to pursue a master's in Mechanical Engineering. He has had experience in living in residential settings before at Lafayette College (which was a liberal arts college) and hence has a keen understanding for the dynamics of such a setting, particularly ones which focused on raising awareness of various international issues. He’s a huge soccer fan (Chelsea FC), loves to read books and watch movies in his spare time, and enjoys TED talks. ​