People and Councils

Maintaining an inclusive and accepting campus climate is everyone's responsibility. However, the University also has several individuals with formal diversity responsibilities. Below are key individuals and councils providing oversight to campus units. For a comprehensive list of diversity-related offices and organizations across campus, please see our Resources section.

Office of Equity and Inclusion

Nefertiti Walker, Vice Chancellor for Equity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer

Emmanuel Adero, Deputy Chief Officer for Equity and Inclusion

Ebru Kardan, Senior Director of Diversity Communications and Events

Eddie Gorry, Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives Coordinator

Campus Life Contacts 

For a comprehensive list of diversity-related offices and organizations across campus, please see our Resources section.

Matt Bachmann, Director, Student Veteran Resource Center

Genny Beemyn, Director, Stonewall Center

Wilma Crespo, Director of CMASS, Center for Multicultural Advancement and Student Success 

AnnMarie Duchon, Interim Director, Disability Services 

Hind Mari, Director, Women of Color Leadership Network 

Shelly Perdomo, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Advocacy, Inclusion, and Support Programs 

Gisella Zuniga, Co-Director of Information, Education and Leadership, Center for Women and Community 

Academic Affairs and College/School Liaisons 

Commonwealth Honors College

Alexandrina Deschamps, Associate Dean for Recruitment, Advising, and Diversity, Commonwealth Honors College


Raeann LeBlanc, Chair, College of Nursing Diversity Committee


Benita Barnes, Director of Diversity Advancement


Paula Rees, Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Erin Baker, Associate Dean of Engineering

Promise Mchenga, Assistant Director, Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Stephen Fernandez, Engineering Engagement Specialist

Graduate School

Elizabeth Jakob, Associate Dean

Humanities and Fine Arts

Miliann Kang, Director for Diversity Advancement, College of Humanities and Fine Arts

Information and Computer Sciences

Erika Lynn Dawson Head, Director of Diversity and Inclusive Community Development 

Emma Anderson, Director of Inclusive Education & Teaching Support

Lori Clarke, Emeritus, Diversity Liaison


Melvin Rodriguez, Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Advising and Diversity

Alaina M. Macaulay, Director for Diversity and Inclusion

Natural Sciences

Nilanjana Dasgupta, Director of Faculty Equity and Inclusion, College of Natural Sciences 

Public Health and Health Sciences

Michael Begay, Diversity Liaison, School of Public Health and Health Sciences

Nate Whitmal, Diversity Liaison, School of Public Health and Health Sciences

Social and Behavioral Sciences

David Cort, Co-Associate Dean of Equity and Inclusion

Kathy Roberts Forde, Co-Associate Dean of Equity and Inclusion


William Brady, Vice Chancellor and Chief Human Resources Officer, Interim Title IX Coordinator 

Kirsten Helmer, Director of Programming for Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity, Institute for Teaching Excellence and Faculty Development

Kalpen Trivedi, Associate Provost for International Programs 

Ryan Morse, Interim Director, Office of Equal Opportunity

Native American Advisory Council

The UMass Native Advisory Council regularly convenes to address topics related to the Native community at UMass, provide education and guidance on Native issues, foster mutual relationships with area Native Nations, and advise university leaders on matters related to positive campus climate for Native students, faculty, and staff. Comprised of a circle of campus administrators, faculty, staff, and students, the Council represents a braided network of over thirteen different programs, departments, and resources.

Faculty Senate Council on the Status of Diversity

The Status of Diversity Council shall make recommendations on all matters affecting the status of diverse populations and underrepresented communities on the campus, including such matters as faculty, librarian and staff recruitment, retention, promotion and salaries, the recruitment, admission and retention of undergraduate and graduate minority students, granting of financial aid, and the development of programs to reflect the needs of our diverse community.

Faculty Senate Council on the Status of Women

The Status of Women Council shall make recommendations affecting the status of women on the campus, including such matters as recruitment, promotion and salaries, the granting of tenure, the establishment of day care centers, the admission of undergraduate and graduate women students, the granting of financial aid, the development of programs for women whose careers have been interrupted by marriage or childbirth, and the availability and conditions of part-time work.