Diversity and Inclusive Excellence Task Force

Purpose of the Task Force

The Diversity and Inclusive Excellence Task Force is charged with:

  • Examining UAlbany’s organizational structures, programs and services in support of diversity and inclusive excellence, and the resources currently supporting these efforts.

  • Developing a summary of current and planned activities programming over the next two years, and resource investments, in support of diversity and inclusion. 

  • Creating a comprehensive inventory that includes, but is not limited to, grant programs, faculty cultural training competencies, inter-cultural student group trainings and micro-aggression and implicit bias programming.

  • Recommending by December 31, 2020, suggestions to modify university-wide organizational structure around the University’s approach to diversity and inclusion.

Committee Members
Position Title
Department Title
Clarence McNeil Dean of Students Student Affairs
Christine Wagner Professor  Psychology
Alfredo Medina Executive Director Office of Public Engagement
Damilola Adesanya President Student Association
Staff Support
JD Hyde  Deputy Chief of Staff President's Office
Position Title
Department Title
David Dai     Professor Educational Psychology and Statistics
DeeDee Bennett Assistant Professor CEHC
Ramon Gil-Garcia Research Director CTG
Tomoko Udo Assistant Professor Health Policy & Behavior
Glyne Griffith* Professor English
Rabi Musah* Professor Chemistry
Donald Keenan  Copy Cataloger University Libraries
Verónica Pérez Rodríguez** Associate Professor Anthropology

*President's Diversity and Inclusion Council Member
**Senate Nominee

Position Title
Department Title
Sarah Nolan Director of Training CAPS
Brian Stephenson  Assoc Director Office of Community Standards
Steve Galime Chief of Staff to Provost Provost's Office
Joyce DeWitt Parker Clinical Director of Counseling Counseling & Psychological Srv
Maritza Martinez Director  EOP
Cara White Associate Athletic Director  Athletics
Lia Barbadoro Director  Office of Equity & Compliance
Samuel Caldwell* Interim Chief Diversity Officer Office of Diversity and Inclusion
Ekow King* Director Intercultural Student Engagement
Paul Burlingame Deputy Chief UPD

*Ex Officio

Position Title
Amy Zhang Chief of Staff, Student Association
Nicholas Chin Chair, Student Senate
Elizabeth Ann Kelly Graduate Student Association Equity & Inclusion Chair
Julia Lembach Undergraduate
Kayan Matoo Undergraduate
Tocory Oughterson Graduate
Ramon Garcia Graduate