President’s Council on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
In an effort to build on the college’s strength of diversity and our strategic goal of becoming a “vibrant and inclusive community, Manhattanville College announces the formation of the Presidential Task Force on Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion. The task force is charged with reviewing and assessing campus climate, developing a comprehensive strategic plan, and recommend initiatives, policies, and procedures that will increase equity and inclusion at Manhattanville College. These might include recommendations related to recruitment and retention practices, curriculum, and community outreach efforts.
Diversity is the presence of difference within a given setting
Inclusion is about valuing and welcoming individual from different identities
Equity is about ensuring everyone has access to the same opportunities with recognition that advantages and barriers exist
Special Assistant to the President / Chair, DEI Council
I, myself, was a first-generation College student and Latin-x student who initially struggled at a predominantly white institution as an undergraduate. I am dedicated to working with my Cabinet colleagues, the DEI Council and all community members in an effort to make Manhattanville a more inclusive and equitable institution and fully live the mission of the College.
Lena Adely (She/Her/Hers)
Director of International Admissions
DEI work is important to me because I want to be part of a school that not only celebrates diversity, but also does its part to build racial equity on campus and in the larger world.
Alex Barkley (He/Him/His)
Director of the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership
DEI work is important to me because it allows for folx to live authentically and thrive as they are without barriers.
Maria Moreno (She/Her/Hers)
Assistant Director for Student Leadership/Adjunct Instructor
DEI is important to me because as a woman of color myself representing Latinx population, we need to continue to break barriers and to make sure we are represented and heard everywhere we go. I am committed to this work to ensure we are inclusive, equal, and foster support to our people of color
Director of Institutional Research, Planning and Assessment
DEI is important to me because: When everyone is valued for their unique talents, experiences, and perspectives, our communities and workplaces are stronger.
Ken Scupp, M.Ed. (He/Him/His)
Director of Health Sciences and Transfer Admissions, Graduate & Undergraduate Admissions
I believe that all students should have equitable access to education and the support to achieve their goals. All students should feel represented and valued on their college campuses as well as be able to see themselves reflected in everything from the faculty to the curriculum and student body. Many institutions have histories of injustice and inequality and it is our duty as the inheritors of that legacy to acknowledge past wrongdoing and do everything in our power to bring about an equitable, inclusive and supportive environment for all students.
Juls White (She/Her/Hers)
Director of Residence Life and Conference Services
Every person is important and matters. DEI work is important because it is how we ensure the system changes to include everyone and recognize them for who they are as an individual. It is through DEI work that we as an institution show a commitment to everyone and that everyone can be a Valiant!
Program Specialist Counselor, Admissions
DEI is important to me because in my role in admissions, I work with an extremely diverse population of prospective students and as Chair of Staff Council, I sometimes represent the staff as a whole so I want to make sure I am not only educated in the area of DEI but connected to the DEI initiatives of the college to advocate for the students and staff as decisions are made.
Tessa Rothwell (She/Her/Hers)
Class of 2023. Major: Global and International Studies
DEI work is important to me because it's imperative that we work to dissolve systems of racial hierarchies that have been present in the US and I will do all that I can as a budding activist to help restructure the institutions I’m a part of into more inclusive environments.
Susan V. Iverson (She/Her)
Professor and Director of Doctoral Program in Educational Leadersh
"The system is working exactly as designed" and that produces and sustains inequity. I am committed to disrupting systemic ~isms in an effort to achieve equity as a result
Dora Moreira (She/Her)
Assistant Director & Internship Coordinator, Center for Career Development; Alum Class of 2014
I am passionate about strategic DEI programs and initiatives because I believe it drives student and institutional success.
Alissa Wilson (She/Her/Hers)
School of Education, Director Graduate Enrollment Management
I believe that while every person has valuable experiences and ideas to offer to the rest of us, not everyone has had the opportunity to share their wisdom and receive respect and admiration for it; our community will only benefit from creating space for those who have not been included, to date, and hearing them.
Stephanie Carcano, Human Resources
Nayma Qayum, Faculty, School of Arts & Sciences
Beth Williford, Faculty, School of Arts & Sciences