Chancellor's Diversity Advisory Council

The Chancellor's Diversity Advisory Council brings together offices, programs, and individuals who do important work to advance our campus's commitment to diversity and equity. The council is comprised of faculty, staff, students, and community members and chaired by Debora Ferreira, Executive Director of Equal Opportunity & Diversity. This Council serves as an advisory board on matters of diversity, and has been charged with reviewing campus policies and procedures related to diversity and helping to develop new, coordinated initiatives to advance diversity and equity on campus.


Fall 2016 meetings will take place: 

  • Friday, October 7, 2016, Campus Center, room 168C
  • Friday, December 2, 2016, Campus Center, room 904-08

Meeting minutes are archived here.

Council Membership 

as of September 2016

  • Amer Ahmed, Director of Intercultural Teaching and Faculty Development
  • Genny Beemyn, Director, Stonewall Center
  • Marie Bowen, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Human Resources
  • Anna Branch, Associate Professor of Sociology and Faculty Advisor for Diversity and Excellence
  • Leykia Brill, Assistant Provost for Diversity
  • John Bryan, Associate Provost for Academic Personnel
  • Canan Cevik, President, Graduate Student Senate
  • Richard Chu, Five College Professor of History
  • Anjali Cadena, Assistant Director, Residential Life
  • Mary Custard, Dean of Students, Amherst High School, UMass Alumni Association Board Member
  • Derek Doughty, Dean of Students Office/Athletics, Case Manager
  • Melvin Edwards, Springfield City Councilor
  • Sid Ferreira, Director, Enrollment Services/RAP
  • Chris Fournier, Director of Student Affairs, Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School
  • Enku Gelaye, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Campus Life/Dean of Students
  • Larry Goldbaum, Director, Religious and Spiritual Life
  • Darrice Griffin, Sr. Associate AD for Internal Operation, Athletic Department
  • Jeff Harness, Director of Integrated Care and Population Health, Cooley Dickinson Hospital
  • ​Mzamo Mangaliso, Professor, School of Management/co-Chair, Faculty Senate Status of Diversity
  • Norah Marshall, Assistant Director, Financial Aid Services
  • Josh Odam, Trustee, Student Government Association
  • Tyrone Parham, Chief of Police
  • Shelly Perdomo, Interim Assistant VC for Advocacy, Inclusion and Support programs
  • Madeline Peters, Director, Disability Services
  • Sandra Petersen, Director, STEM Diversity Institute
  • Katja Hahn D’Errico, Lecturer, Civic Engagement and Service-Learning
  • Melvin Rodriguez, Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Advising and Diversity, School of Management
  • Lisa Fe Saunders, Professor, Economics
  • ​Amilcar Shabazz, Professor and chair, Afro-American Studies
  • ​Charlana Simmons, Director for Student Success/Diversity
  • Vannoch Sin, Head of Library Human Resources & Organizational Development
  • Santiago Vidales, Union Co-Chair, Graduate Employee Organization
  • Anthony Vitale, President, Student Government Association
  • Karla Zelaya, Lecturer, Afro-American Studies
  • Ximena Zuniga, Professor, Student Development/Social Justice Education Coordinator