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

J. Joseph Hoey, IV, EdD

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

Tricia Crosby-Cooper, PhD

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

Lori Piowlski, PhD

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

L. Erika Saito, PhD

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.”

Anita Handson

Anita Handson

Chair of the Institutional Climate, Commitment, and Communication Subcommittee
AVP Brand, Strategy
National University System Agency – Marketing Department
“As a 2018 CMC (Culture Marketing Council) rising star award recipient, I’ve made diversity, equity, and inclusion a long-term mission of mine. I have spent most of my marketing career fighting for not only the inclusion of diversity in advertising but the right, culturally relevant, and authentic inclusion. I joined the DEIC at National University to expand my mission beyond advertising. Through education, the impact is greater, planting the seeds to reap the fruit of a richer, more equal, inclusive, and diverse society.”

Peilin Fu

Peilin Fu, PhD

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

Ritika Bhawal, Associate Professor, PhD

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.”


Martin Gallardo

Martin Gallardo

Access and Equity
Subcommittee Member
Director
Facilities

Brad Dotson

Brad Dotson

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

JB Robinson

JB Robinson

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

Gabrielle Martin

Gabrielle Martin

Senior Institutional Research Analyst, Data Operations
Institutional Researcher
University Analytics and Institutional Research

Mudasser Wyne

Mudasser Wyne

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

Miles Leader

Miles Leader

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

Julia McMillan

Julia McMillan

Institutional Commitment, Climate, and Communication Subcommittee Member
Coordinator, NU Scholars Program
Center for Student Engagement and Activities

Ricardo Ortega

Ricardo Ortega

Institutional Commitment, Climate, and Communication Subcommittee Member
Compliance, Ethics & Diversity Specialist
Compliance

LaCrisia Gilbert

LaCrisia Gilbert

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

Ildifonso Carrillo

Ildifonso Carrillo

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

John Akapito

John Akapito

Student Learning and Development Through Andragogical Diversity Subcommittee Member
International Student Success and Services Representative
International Programs Office

Carolyn Aoki

Carolyn Aoki

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

Starlone Thomas

Starlone Thomas

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

Heather Michel

Heather Michel

Diversity in the Formal and
Informal Curriculum
Subcommittee Member
Statewide Clinical
Practice Co-Coordinator