DEIC Members

 

Meet the members of the President’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council! DEIC members are faculty, staff, and student volunteers who represent the diverse offices, departments, and representative bodies of National University.

J. Joseph Hoey, IV, EdD

Dr. Joseph Hoey, EdD (Staff)

Chair of the President’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council
Student Learning and Development Through Andragogical Diversity Subcommittee Member
Vice Provost for Academic Services at National University
“For me, it’s about building a positive environment of inclusion and being valued for our contributions, as we work collectively for the benefit of our students and to facilitate their learning. My ongoing commitment to this work has been built throughout my career. I served as program evaluator for a project that made mobile and other telecommunications devices accessible for persons with disabilities at Georgia Institute of Technology. In my immediate previous institution, I hired the very first Associate Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion. I served for seven years on the board and as the past board chair of Kids Included Together, a San Diego-based disability inclusion organization that provides research-based programmatic support around the globe for including children who have disabilities in afterschool programs.”

Tricia Crosby-Cooper

Dr. Tricia Crosby-Cooper, PhD (Lead) (SCOE)

Academic Program Director – School Psychology
Applied Behavioral Analysis, School Psychology, and Educational Counseling (ASPEC) Department
“My contribution to the President’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council is to ensure that the voices of those who have historically been marginalized and excluded are apart of the discussion and process in moving the University towards a more inclusive and equitable environment.”

Lori Piowlski, PhD

Dr. Lori Piowlski, PhD (Lead) (SCOE)

Chair of the Diversity in the Formal and Informal Curriculum Subcommittee
Chair of the Teacher Education Department; Associate Professor
Sanford College of Education
“My personal and professional cultural journey has propelled my desire to support our future teachers’ cultural proficient growth from the inside-out so that they are able to provide equitable, inclusive environments and practices for ALL students!”

L Eriko Saito

Dr. Erika Saito, PhD (Co-Lead) (SCOE)

Subcommittee Co-Chair, Diversity in the Formal and Informal Curriculum
Assistant Professor and Course Lead in MA Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and MA Inspired Teaching and Learning, SEL Emphasis
Sanford College of Education
“The work of diversity, equity, and inclusion serve as the underpinning for my personal and professional growth in the areas of AAPI research and publications, teaching action research methods, K-12 advocacy, and allyship. By serving on the DEIC, I hope to contribute an interdisciplinary lens that considers the role of history in shaping one’s identity and relations.”

Sonia Rodriguez

Dr. Sonia Rodriguez, Ph.D (Lead) (SCOE)

Chair of the Institutional Commitment, Climate, and Communications
Associate Professor
Academic Program Director School Counseling
Sanford College of Education
Department of Applied Behavior Analysis, School Psychology, Educational Counseling
Dr. Sonia Rodriguez is an Associate Professor at National University. She currently is the Academic Program Director for Educational School Counseling in the Department of Educational Administration, School Counseling, and School Psychology. She has 20+ years of experience in Educational Leadership with a proven track record of cultivating transformational change, team mentorship and relationship management. Her areas of expertise are school improvement models, equitable instructional leadership, school counseling, and bilingual education. Her research focus is the superintendency, mentoring women of color in educational leadership, and equity and social justice in education.

Peilin Fu

Dr. Peilin Fu, PhD (Lead) (COPS)

Chair of the Student Learning and Development Through Andragogical Diversity Subcommittee
Professor and Academic Program Director, Engineering and Computing
College of Professional Studies
“I would like to contribute my efforts to enhancing NU’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion awareness, and helping create an inclusive and equitable campus climate for students to thrive.”

Ritika Bhawal

Dr. Ritika Bhawal, Associate Professor, PhD (Lead) (COPS)

Chair of the NU as a Workplace Subcommittee
Associate Professor and Academic Program Director, BSPH Program
College of Professional Studies
“Diversity and inclusion in the workplace, while often linked together, are two very different concepts. I think of inclusion as the means to operationalize diversity. diversity is a mix of differences, inclusion is making the mix work. It is counter-productive to develop a workforce with racial, ethnic, gender, age, socioeconomic, and a host of other differences, unless you work to be inclusive of those differences. It is through the process of inclusion (which must be intentional) that people learn different viewpoints and experiences. In my experience, and based on many research studies, this is what drives innovation.”


JB Robinson

Dr. JB Robinson (Staff)

Access and Equity
Subcommittee Member
Associate Director, Accessibility and Wellness
Division of Student Success
Martin Gallardo

Martin Gallardo (Staff)

Access and Equity
Subcommittee Member
Director
Facilities
Brad Dotson

Brad Dotson (Staff)

Access and Equity
Subcommittee Member
Director of Student Success
Division of Student Success
Gabrielle Martin

Gabrielle (Brie) Martin (Staff)

Access and Equity
Subcommittee Member
Senior Institutional Research Analyst, Data Operations
Institutional Researcher
University Analytics and Institutional Research
Brian Tilley

Dr. Brian Tilley (COLS)

Access & Equity
Academic Program Director – Master of Arts in Counseling
Sara Kelly

Dr. Sara Kelly (COPS)

Access & Equity
Professor and Academic Program Director, Bachelor of Public Administration
Miles Leader

Miles Leader (Adjunct Faculty)

Diversity in the Formal and Informal Curriculum Subcommittee Member
Professor of English Language and Pathway Program
National University Language Institute
Mudasser Wyne

Dr. Mudasser Wyne (COPS)

Diversity in the Formal and Informal Curriculum Subcommittee Member
Professor of Computer Science and Program Director, MS in Computer Science
College of Professional Studies
Chandrika Kelso

Dr. Chandrika Kelso (COPS)

Diversity in the Formal & Informal Curriculum
Professor and Academic Program Director/ADR & MPA Programs
Julie Wilhelm

Dr. Julie Wilhelm (COLS)

Diversity in the Formal & Informal Curriculum
Interim Associate Dean of the College of Letters and Sciences
Veronica Ardi-Pastores

Dr. Veronica Ardi-Pastores (COLS)

Diversity in the Formal and Informal Curriculum Subcommittee Member
Ildifonso Carrillo

Ildifonso Carrillo (Staff)

Student Learning and Development Through Andragogical Diversity Subcommittee Member
Senior Learning Experience Designer
Center for Innovation in Learning
Melinda Campbell

Dr. Melinda Campbell (COLS)

Student Learning and Development Through Andragogical Diversity
Professor of Philosophy APD, Associate of Arts in General Education
Pedro Aguilar

Pedro Aguilar (Student)

Student Learning and Development Through Andragogical Diversity Subcommittee Member
Torrie Norton

Dr. Torrie Norton (SCOE)

Student Learning and Development Through Andragogical Diversity
Associate Faculty Student Success Faculty
Clara Amador-Lankster

Dr. Clara Amador-Lankster (SCOE)

Student Learning and Development Through Andragogical Diversity Subcommittee Member
Anita Handson

Anita Handson (Staff)

Institutional Commitment, Climate, and Communication Subcommittee Member
AVP Brand, Strategy
National University Marketing
Julia McMillan

Julia McMillan (Staff)

Institutional Commitment, Climate, and Communication Subcommittee Member
Project Analyst, Transformation Office
LaCrisia Gilbert

Dr. LaCrisia Gilbert (Staff)

Institutional Commitment, Climate, and Communication Subcommittee Member
Ombudsperson
Office of the Ombudsman
Cristyn Vure

Cristyn Vure (Student)

Institutional Commitment, Climate, and Communications
NU Scholar of Stamina, Alumni Representative
Sidney Castle

Dr. Sidney Castle (SCOE)

Institutional Commitment, Climate, and Communication Subcommittee Member
Starlone Thomas

Starlone Thomas (Staff)

NU as a Workplace
Subcommittee Member
Manager, Talent Acquisition
Human Resources
Carolyn Aoki

Carolyn Aoki (Staff)

NU as a Workplace
Subcommittee Member
Human Resources Business Partner
Human Resources
Ricardo Ortega

Ricardo Ortega (Staff)

NU as a Workplace
Subcommittee Member
Compliance, Ethics & Diversity Specialist Compliance
Bernadette Baum

Dr. Bernadette Baum (COPS)

NU as a Workplace
Subcommittee Member
Durrel Parker

Dr. Durrel Parker (Staff)

NU as a Workplace
Subcommittee Member
Associate Director, Talent Acquisition (Human Resources)
Rachel Simmons

Dr. Rachel Simmons (COLS)

NU as a Workplace
Subcommittee Member