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Embracing and advancing diversity is an institutional value and academic priority.

As you know, diversity is a core value of the educational experience here at UD.

We want diversity to be both a compositional and intellectual enterprise in order to foster a more
inclusive, engaged and welcoming campus.


  • Who We Are

    Race, gender, age, ethnicity, physical considerations, religion, sexual orientation

  • How We Lead

    Learning, teaching, sharing, acceptance, understanding, innovation, results-driven, integrity

  • What We’ve Learned

    Educational background, work experience, beliefs, family situation, geographic background, job assignments

  • How We Interact

    Accountability, appreciation, respect, empowerment, teamwork, openness, positive change, flexibility, opportunity, inclusion, work/life balance, community/business outreach

Below you will find a list and description of change agents who are connected to the diversity network.

Advance ITAdvance

“The University of Delaware has received a prestigious National Science Foundation ADVANCE grant to enhance racial and gender diversity in our faculty. Diversity is a bedrock value at the University of Delaware because it strengthens and enriches us all. We are dedicated to ensuring that every voice is heard, every viewpoint considered, every value respected.” — Patrick Harker, President, University of Delaware.

While the number of women earning science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) doctoral degrees has increased over the past two decades in the United States, women, especially women of color, continue to be significantly underrepresented in STEM academic positions. Moreover, their advancement to senior professorial ranks and leadership roles lags behind men’s. This underrepresentation of women is a critical issue for the nation as the need to develop a globally competitive and diverse workforce increases.

The National Science Foundation’s ADVANCE program is aimed at increasing not only the representation but also the advancement of women in academic STEM careers through systemic change. This federal investment in ADVANCE programs demonstrates that diversity is a nationally recognized value.

In 2014, the University of Delaware received a National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation grant to effect large-scale comprehensive change and serve as a locus for research on gender equity and institutional transformation for academic STEM.

The objectives of UD ADVANCE are to

• Improve departmental microclimates for women faculty, especially women of color;
• Educate, mentor and support women STEM faculty, especially women post-tenure and women of color;
• Increase the transparency of policies, procedures and practices that affect faculty careers and enhance institutional data gathering, analysis and presentation; and
• Coordinate actions and discussions of diversity across the campus.

 Learn more at the Advance IT website.

Center for Teaching & Learning

The Center for Teaching & Assessment of Learning (CTAL) supports the University of Delaware community of educators by fostering high quality teaching, learning, and assessment practices. Rose Muravchick, Assistant Director of the CTAL serves as a liaison between the Office of the Vice Provost for Diversity and UD classrooms, fulfilling the following role: (1) co-create programs and opportunities for faculty to understand and possibly adopt culturally responsive, equitable and engaging teaching practices (2) coordinate efforts to understand what is happening in the classrooms to improve climate and facilitate productive conversations about diversity and equity and (3) develop ways to highlight positive pedagogical efforts related to inclusion and equity.


Center for the Study of Diversity

Center for the Study of Diversity

The mission of the Center for the Study of Diversity (CSD) is to promote academic research and scholarship that facilitate dialogues about and understanding of the social and academic impact of diversity. The Center brings a broadly interdisciplinary focus to its activities, projects, programs, and publications on research and analysis, training, public scholarship, community projects, and information dissemination. Check out the CSD Blog.

Chief Diversity Advocates

Chief Diversity Advocates are part of this diversity network. A slightly re-engineered position, Chief Diversity Advocates (CDA) or Chief Diversity Leader (CDL) provide advocacy to students, faculty, and staff in key areas of diversity, as well as create opportunities for education and discussion around issues of diversity in their college. CDAs serve on the Executive Council for Diversity in your college; Coordinate diversity efforts in your college—serving as a liaison between the Dean’s Office and Departments; Help to build, implement, and sustain diversity initiatives in your college for faculty, students, and staff as it relates to the five areas of focus of diversity for the VPD:

  1. Access/Recruitment—“Ladders of Access: From middle school to college matriculation and beyond”; Faculty Success as it relates recruitment, mentoring, development, and retention; Graduate Development at Masters and Doctorate Level
  2. Retention/Campus Climate at the macro and micro levels (i.e. classroom, department, college; staff and administrative)
  3. Accountability/Shared responsibility
  4. Curricular/Co-Curricular Transformation linked to Educational Goals and Student Life and Better utilization of the Intellectual Resources of Faculty
  5. Community Engagement/Community Outreach.
Karl Booksh  Karl Booksh

Professor, Analytical Chemistry

College of Arts and Sciences

 Julie Brewer  Julie Brewer

Librarian and Manager

Library Human Resources and Administrative Services

Jennifer Vining-Smith, Senior Associate Athletic Director, Compliance and Governance

Intercollegiate Athletics Program


 Rachel Davidson  Rachel Davidson

Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering,
Interim Associate Dean for Women in Engineering

College of Engineering

Colette Gaiter

Colette Gaiter

Associate Professor, Associate Chair, Art & Design

College of Arts and Sciences

Jennifer Joe 

Jennifer Joe

Whitney Family Professor of Accounting

 Alfred Lerner College of Business & Economics

Steven Kendus

Steven Kendus

Manager, Marketing and Communications
Professional & Continuing Studies

Adjunct Instructor, Department of English

George Luther  George Luther, III

Maxwell P. and Mildred H. Harrington Professor of Marine Chemistry

College of Earth, Ocean and Environment

 Suzanne Dodia

Talent Management Manager

Intercollegiate Athletics Program

Tanya Greessley  Tanya Gressley

Associate Professor, Dairy Nutritionist

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Joy Jordan-Williams  Joy Jordan-Williams

Assistant to Director State Authorization Compliance Coordinator

Professional and Continuing Studies

Jissell Martinez 

Jissell Martinez

Administrator, Department of Physics and Astronomy

College of Arts and Sciences


Chanele Moore

Assistant Professor in the Associates in Arts Program

Wilmington Campus

 Carol Wong

Associate Professor

School of Education
College of Education and Human Development

 Regina Wright  Regina Sims Wright

Associate Professor, School of Nursing

College of Health Sciences


Disability Support Services

The Office of Disability Support Services (DSS) works with students who have a physical, medical or psychological disability, as well as, a learning disability or ADHD. Faculty members are asked to refer any student who discloses a disability to them to the ODSS (if the student has not previously registered). The faculty is also encouraged to include a disability statement on the course syllabus. In doing so, you indicate your willingness to provide reasonable accommodations for students with a disability and your willingness to fulfill legally mandated responsibilities.

Executive Council Diversity Committee

Mission Statement

This Council will serve in an advisory role to the new Vice Provost for Diversity, advancing diversity as an institutional value and academic priority. As you know, diversity is a core value of the educational experience here at UD. As a guiding principle, we want diversity to be both a compositional and intellectual enterprise in order to foster a more inclusive, engaged and welcoming campus.

 Thus, the Executive Council will:

  • Help to develop short and long term goals and objectives concerning diversity
  • Assign priorities and help to develop templates for gauging performance against benchmarks and best practices
  • Create diversity networks on campus that will help to encourage the practice of diversity principles at various levels of academic life
  • Suggest ways to communicate these diversity strategies effectively

ECD Members

Ravi Ammigan

Ravi Ammigan

Executive Director

Office of International Students & Scholars

Ursula Anderson

Ursula Anderson

Senior Institutional Analyst

Office of Institutional Research

Jared Aupperle

 Jared Aupperle



Stephanie Chang


Student Diversity Inclusion

 Jennifer Daniels

Jennifer Daniels

Associate Director

Office of Equity and Inclusion

 Emily Davis Emily Davis

Associate Professor


Rosalie Dow  Rosalie Dow

Center for the Study of Diversity

 Adam Foley, Office of Equity & Inclusion.

Adam Foley 

Associate Director

Office of Equity and Inclusion

Cindy Hall  Cindy Hall


Communications & Marketing

Nakia Mack

Nakia Mack


Pre-College Admissions

Lynette Overby

Lynnette Overby


Community Engagement 


Evan Park

Assistant Director

Government Relations

Garth Spencer

Garth Spencer

Assistant Director

Government Relations

Shawna Vican

Shawna Vican

Program Director

UD Advance Provost Institute

Faculty Senate’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee

The Faculty Senate’s Diversity and Inclusion committee is responsible for goals, policies and practices for consideration by the university and senate pertaining to diversity.

Human Resources supports the academic mission of the University of Delaware (UD) by promoting and supporting an environment of excellence, respect, and inclusiveness, where all faculty, staff and students can thrive and excel. As a strategic partner with the University community, we deliver valuable services that will attract, develop, reward and engage the institution’s most valuable asset–its people. Below are just a few ways Human Resources helps enhance diversity at UD.

  • Employee Relations works on behalf of all employees to help ensure positive working relationships campus-wide.
  • Employee Development
    • UD offers an array of programs and resources to support employees in learning new skills and advancing their careers. 
  • Staff Advisory Councils
    • The purpose of the Councils is to develop and facilitate communications between the Office of Human Resources and staff. ACES and NSAC is each based on 14 geographical districts. Each district is represented by an individual elected by the staff in their district.
  • Work-Life Programs & Services
  • Required Workplace Postings
  • Human Management Services (HMS)
    • HMS provides a wide range of services to benefited employees and their dependents.
  • Campus Counseling Services
    • STAR Health at UD offers counseling services — including mediation, conflict resolution and mental health — to employees and the general public. The Rev. Cecily Sawyer Harmon, a licensed clinical social worker who previously worked with UD’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP), is co-located with the Nurse Managed Primary Care Center at the Science, Technology and Advanced Research (STAR) Campus Health Sciences Complex on S. College Avenue and is available by appointment. Those who do not want to use their EAP benefits and instead would like to use their health insurance plan benefits to see Harmon, or who have questions about her services, can contact Harmon directly at 302-831-3987.

Office of Equity & Inclusion

OEI’s mission is to provide leadership and support in creating an equitable and inclusive work and learning environment. OEI is responsible for Title IX, non-discrimination, and affirmative action policies and compliance, and educates about services and resources to address concerns of bias, prejudice, harassment and discrimination campus-wide. Office staff provide workshops and programs to encourage the UD community to develop the awareness and knowledge of individuals’ differences and similarities. OEI provides support and resources for complainants during grievance procedures and assists with informal mediation and problem-solving of issues.