To lead the transformation to and sustainability of a welcoming, diverse, inclusive, and equitable campus culture characterized by respect and support for all members of the University community.
The Council for Diversity and Inclusion examines the University’s needs and makes recommendations regarding inclusive and diverse approaches, programs, practices, activities and any other goals the Council believes are necessary to create an inclusive University for students, faculty and staff.
Click to read the full six (6) page letter to the Council.

Mission Statement:
To lead the transformation to and sustainability of a welcoming, diverse, inclusive, and equitable campus culture characterized by respect and support for all members of the University community.

CDI Bylaws

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Elizabeth M. Garcia, Chair
Executive Director
Ofc. of Equity & Diversity
Peter Andersen Ph.D.
Tyler Bauer
Area Coordinator
Residence Life
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Victoria Castellanos, Ph.D.
College of Professional Studies
Paul A. Datti, Ph.D.
Counseling/Hum. Serv.
Clara Downey
Student Government
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David Dzurec
Interim Dean
College of Arts and Sciences
Tara Fay
Eugeniu Grigorescu
Ctr. for Teaching/Learning
Michelle Maldonado, Ph.D.
Interim Provost & Sr. VP
for Academic Affairs
Damain Morris
Cabinet Member
Black Student Union
Shannon Murphy Fennie
Asst. Dean of Students
Student Life
Ian O'Hara
José Sanchéz
Assistant Director
Multicultural Center
Kayleigh Wieboldt


  • Racism and Other Isms: Understanding Privilege, Power, and Oppression  Dr. Paul Datti, Professor and Director, Counseling and Human Services Program, presented to Student Government on October 17, 2020.  Dr. Datti discussed the origins of several forms of discrimination based upon characteristics, how they setup social inequity and privilege, and impact our personal and professional lives.

In the Fall 2020, the Provost’s Council for Diversity and Inclusion administered the HEDS Diversity and Equity Campus Climate Survey.  The Survey asked students, faculty, staff, and administrators about their perceptions of the University’s climate and how the University supports diversity and equity, as well as their experiences with discrimination and harassment at the University.  The Council administered the Survey to obtain a better understanding of the extent to which the campus climate supports diversity and equity, and to inform and improve support, policies, and practices at the University related to diversity and equity, including those to prevent or respond to discrimination and harassment.

The Council created a subcommittee of faculty to review the survey results, draft a summary for the University, and to provide recommendations.  We encourage you to review a copy of the Campus Climate for Equity and Diversity at the University of Scranton: Narrative Summary and Recommended Next Steps now available to the University Community.  Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are University priorities and supported by our Catholic, Jesuit Mission and Values.  

SEP 23: Faculty Development Day: Creating a Welcoming and Inclusive Classroom

All Faculty are invited to participate in any or all sessions during a special Faculty Development Day, Friday, September 23 beginning from 9:30a.m.-3:45p.m.



9:30-9:50a.m. - Sign-In  Brennan Hall 5th floor lobby
9:50a.m. – Welcome: Dr. Michelle Maldonado The Rose Room, 509
10:00 - 10:50a.m.
  1. PILLAR Program  Presenters: Ayana McCalla, Dr. Madeline Gangnes, Dr. Amelia Randich, Dr. Billie Tadros,  Elisa Westhafter, and Jennifer Whittaker, MS, OTR/L, CHE  Casey Conference Rm, 502
  1. “Isms” Presenter: Dr. Paul Datti  The PNC Board Room, 500 
  1. Student Mental Health Awareness: Recognition and Response Presenters:  Dr. Robert Liskowicz and Lauren Rivera, J.D, M.Ed. The Rose Room, 509
11:00 - 11:50 am
  1. Building DEI Partnerships for Student Leaning Inside and Outside the Classroom  Presenters:  Dr. Ovidiu Cocieru, Dr. Roxana Curiel, Dr. Ann Pang-White, and José Sanchez, The Rose Room, 509 
  1. Navigating DEI in the Classroom: Faculty Insights  Presenters: Dr. Jessica Nolan and Dr. Jack Strain, The PNC Board Room, 500
12:00 - 1:30p.m. Keynote Luncheon:  From Access to Success: Supporting and Empowering First Generation, Lower-Income Students in Diversifying Institutions
Presenter: Dr. Khristina F. Gonzalez, Associate Dean of the College and Bob Peck ’88 Director of the Emma Bloomberg Center for Access and Opportunity at Princeton University, The Rose Room, 509
Registration required by Wednesday, September 21 by noon for luncheon. RSVP here.
1:30 - 3:45pm
  1. Race and Ethnicity Awareness Training  Presenters: Dr. Tara Hamilton-Fay and Elizabeth Garcia, B.A, J.D. Location: The Pearn Auditorium, Brennan 228 
  1. Safe Zone Training  Presenters: Shannon Murphy-Fennie, B.A, MS and Dr. Billie Tadros  Location: The Casey Conference Room, Brennan 502
Sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the Council for Diversity and Inclusion’s Faculty Development Subcommittee, and the Office of Equity and Diversity.  Contact for more infor