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

Alaina Macaulay, Senior Director for Inclusion and Strategic Engagement

Penn Pritchard, Education and Development Manager

Linda Ziegenbein, Director for the Strategic Advancement of Equity and Campus Climate

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

Nursing

Raeann LeBlanc, Chair, College of Nursing Diversity Committee

Education

Benita Barnes, Director of Diversity and Inclusion

Engineering

Paula Rees, Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

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

Stephen Fernandez, Engineering Engagement Specialist

Sergio Brena, Associate Department Head, Faculty Diversity Chair

Michael Knodler, Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Affairs

Graduate School

Elizabeth Jakob, Associate Dean

Wilmore Webley, Associate Dean of Inclusion and Engagement

Danielle Litwin-Moskowitz, Assistant Director of Inclusion and Engagement

Humanities and Fine Arts

Jason Moralee, Associate Dean for Research and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

TreaAndrea Russworm, Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Information and Computer Sciences

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

Emma Anderson, Director of Inclusive Education & Teaching Support

Management

Melvin Rodriguez, Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Advising and Diversity

Natural Sciences

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

Public Health and Health Sciences

Nate Whitmal, Director of Diversity Advancement, 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

Campus-wide 

William Brady, Vice Chancellor and Chief Human Resources Officer

Kirsten Helmer, Director of Programming for Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity, Center for Teaching & Learning

Kalpen Trivedi, Vice Provost for Global Affairs

Kerri Tillett, Associate Vice Chancellor for Equal Opportunity and Access and Title IX Coordinator

Native 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.

Black Advisory Council

The UMass Black Advisory Council regularly convenes to address topics related to the Black community at UMass, provides education and guidance on Black issues, and advises university leaders on matters related to positive campus climate for Black students, faculty, and staff. Comprised of a team of campus administrators, faculty, staff, and students, the Council represents a broad network of over twenty-one 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.

UMass JEDI Collaborative

The Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) Collaborative is a digital space for collaboration and mutual support for UMass faculty and staff who are involved in the important work of building diversity, equity, and inclusion rooted in justice on campus.  

The JEDI Collaborative will be a mostly digital forum using Microsoft Teams for faculty and staff who are involved in JEDI work across campus to access important information from the Office of Equity and Inclusion (OEI), ask questions, and collaborate with and share resources freely with their peers. The Collaborative will create space for monthly meetings led by OEI, workshops & trainings, and social gatherings. Email Ebru Kardan at ekardan@umass.edu to join.