Inaugural Faculty and Staff of Color Gathering: Dr. Danielle R. Moss Keynote

The President’s Advisory Committee for Inclusivity held the first Faculty and Staff of Color Gathering on Wednesday, April 3 with keynote speaker, Dr. Danielle R. Moss, Oliver Scholars CEO.

With the inaugural gathering’s focus on fellowship and empowerment, faculty and staff from across divisions, departments, and programs met for a lunch reception on Wednesday, April 3.

Faculty members Manolo Estavillo (PHR) and Cyrille Phipps (CMA) Faculty members Manolo Estavillo (PHR) and Cyrille Phipps (CMA)In addition to sharing upcoming initiatives, generating suggestions for future events, and getting to know their colleagues, attendees had the opportunity to hear a keynote address by Dr. Danielle R. Moss, CEO of non-profit Oliver Scholars. The prominent educator, writer, and TED speaker discussed the often-invisible labor for staff and faculty of color, important ways leadership can support their employees, and methods of self-care. We’re incredibly grateful to Dr. Moss for her time on campus! 

The President’s Advisory Committee includes;
  • Neda Hajizadeh, Ph.D., Director of the Counseling and Wellness Center
  • Rebecca Mattis-Pinard, Chief Diversity Officer and Title IX Coordinator
  • Kanny Rodriquez, Human Resources Generalist
  • Antonio Edwards Suarez, MFA, Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts
  • Melissa Weekes-Stoute, Assistant Dean of Academic Advisement
  • Catherine Cabeen, MFA, Assistant Professor Dance
  • Sarah Nelson-Wright, MFA, Assistant Professor of Communication and Media Arts

President's Advisory Committee members President's Advisory Committee members

The event was sponsored by the Office of Human Resources, the Division of Academic Affairs and the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Learn more about Dr. Moss’s work here.

Published: April 04, 2019


Chief Diversity Officer and Title IX Coordinator