“Equity and accountability around diversity and inclusion is layered, challenging, and nuanced work. And yet, the stead-fast and intentional creation of an inclusive academic community presents all its members with the boundless gift of understanding and mutual support.”

José Villalba

Dr. José Villalba

VP for Diversity and Inclusion
Chief Diversity Officer

Jose’s Bio

Office of Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Team

Shayla Herndon-Edmunds

Shayla Herndon-Edmunds

Director, Diversity Education

Shayla’s Bio

TaShaun Elliot

TaShaun L. Elliott, M.S.

Operations Manager, Exec. Asst. to the VP for Diversity and Inclusion

TaShaun’s Bio

Angela Mazaris

Angela Mazaris, Ph.D.

Director, LGBTQ Center

Angela’s Bio 

Jonathan McElderry

Jonathan McElderry, Ph.D.

Assistant Dean of Students and Director, Intercultural Center

Jonathan’s Bio

Paige Meltzer

Paige Meltzer, Ph.D.

Director, Women’s Center

Paige’s Bio

Diversity and Inclusion Partners Council

The Diversity & Inclusion Partners Council (DIPC) is an action-oriented team of inclusion champions that serves primarily as a resource to the Office of Diversity & Inclusion. DIPC is comprised of staff and administration advocates who help establish actionable goals and implement inclusion initiatives within their respective departments.

Internal Trainers

Building a culture of inclusion means not only fostering diversity across a broad and expanding range of identities; it also means effectively leveraging these perspectives. Our efforts to create a campus community that is culturally competent and to build trust around our differences occurs with the support of faculty and staff diversity trainers. Faculty and staff volunteers help facilitate our signature intercultural skills development series, Gatekeepers, and LGBTQ Safe Zone workshops (to name a few), following participation in a comprehensive train-the-trainer program.