Council on Diversity and Inclusion

Formed in May of 2016, the Council on Diversity and Inclusion was created to serve as the primary organizing body for long-term diversity and inclusion efforts at Daemen College. The group has been charged with renewing Daemen's diversity strategic plan and leading the college in a new direction as we seek to serve an incredibly diverse and ever-changing population of students, faculty and staff.  In addition to its work on the diversity strategic plan, the council will also serve as an advisory board throughout the year. The group will work to address concerns and provide solutions to campus-wide issues as they relate to diversity and inclusion.

This inaugural group of CDI members consist of a wonderful mix of both long-time and new Daemen faculty and staff, as well as student leaders. The group is co-chaired by one faculty member and one student, with the Director of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs serving in an ex-officio role. This helps us to ensure that we are providing a voice and meeting the needs of our entire community. CDI members are nominated for a two-year term and invited by Daemen's president, Dr. Gary Olson to serve in this important role. The CDI members for the 2016-2018 are:

Aakriti Tandon, Ph.D - Assistant Professor of Political Science

Adriane Williams - Senior Academic Advisor

Diane Bessel, Ph.D - Assistant Professor of Social Work and Undergrad Program Director

Frank Williams, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management and Dean of Admissions

Hamish Dalley, Ph.D - Assistant Professor of English

Heike Peckruhn, Ph.D - Assistant Professor of Religious Studies

Josette Broadhead, Ph.D, RN - Assistant Professor of Nursing 

Lindsay Masters, Writing Specialist

Mark Brown, Ph.D - Associate Professor, Early Childhood Education

Serife Tekin, Ph.D - Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Stephanie Albano - Assistant Coach, Women's Volleyball

Whitney Mendel, Ph.D - Assistant Professor of Public Health

Pam Neumann, SPHR - Director of Human Resources

Diane Ramos, Ph.D - Assistant Professor of Biology

Chris Brandjes M.F.A - Associate Professor of Theatre

Beverly Weeks - Director, Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program

Ann Robinson - ​Director, Global Programs

Alvin J. Roberts, III Director - Diversity and Multicultural Affairs (Ex-Officio)

As we progress through this inaugural year, we welcome your ideas, thoughts and concerns. Our goal to the make Daemen a warm, welcoming and inclusive place for every person that steps foot on our campus.