President’s Task Force to Enhance Diversity and Inclusion

The President’s Task Force to Enhance Diversity and Inclusion was formed by SUNY Empire State College President Jim Malatras to proactively assess the college’s diversity and inclusivity climate in the wake of alarming incidents of hate on college campuses across the nation.

The task force, consisting of representatives from across the college’s 30+ locations around New York state and seven international sites, is charged with forming an action plan to:

  • Expand opportunities for underrepresented groups among students, faculty, and staff; 
  • Coordinate initiatives to increase diversity among faculty and staff; 
  • Enhance academic support for students from underrepresented populations/communities; 
  • Expand public policy research on issues of equity, tolerance, and inclusion, and; 
  • Recommend measures to cultivate an inclusive culture at SUNY Empire State College.

Task Force Members

Beth Berlin

Officer in Charge,
SUNY Empire State College
Task Force Chair

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Sheila Marie Aird, PhD, MA, MA

Director and Associate Professor, International Education
Prague

Deb Amory

Deborah Amory

Mentor, Undergraduate Studies
Saratoga Springs

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Eileen M. Angelini, Ph.D.

Associate Dean, School for Graduate Studies
Saratoga Springs

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Frances Boyce

Mentor, Undergraduate Studies
Hauppauge

Dana Brown

Dana Brown, M.Ed

Academic Advisor, School of Arts and Humanities/Advising Center
Latham

Lindsay Byrde

Lindsay Bryde, MA, MFA

Education Technologist, Educational Technologies
Selden

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Luis Camacho, Ed.D.

Visiting Assistant Professor, PT Mentor, Business, Management, and Economics
Staten Island

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Lisa D'Adamo-Weinstein, Ph.D.

Visiting Associate Professor, School for Arts and Humanities
Albany

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Elliott Dawes

Chief Diversity Officer
Manhattan

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Julie Gedro

Associate Dean, School of Business
Rochester

Khimberle Guy

Khimberle Guy

Administrative Assistant 2, Academic and Instructional Services, Academic Affairs
Syracuse

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Kathy P. Hairston, Ph.D.

Director of Academic Review, School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Syracuse

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Teresa Henning

Military Advisor, Veteran and Military Education
Ft. Drum

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Jill Holland

Learning Coach, Academic Support
Capital Region

Patricia Isaac

Patricia Isaac

Mentor, School for Graduate Studies
Syracuse

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Laura Koplewitz, Ph.D.

Adjunct faculty, Behavioral Science
SUNY Empire Online

Sophia Mavrogiannis

Sophia Mavrogiannis

Director of Academic Support,
Harry Van Arsdale Jr. School of Labor

Tracey Meek

Tracey Meek

Interim Chief of Staff and Assistant Vice President, Human Resources
Saratoga Springs

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Debra Monte

Coordinator of Student Academic Services, Undergraduate Studies
Saratoga Springs

Dianne Ramdeholl

Dianne Ramdeholl

Mentor, School for Graduate Studies
Manhattan

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Heather M. Reynolds, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Teacher Education, School for Graduate Studies
Saratoga Springs

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Rhianna C. Rogers, Ph.D., RPA

Associate Professor, Anthropology and History
Cheektowaga

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Lisa Schulte, DNS, RN, CGRN

Assistant Professor, School of Nursing and Allied Health
Saratoga Springs

Sithole_Margaret

Margaret Sithole, Ed.D.

Associate Professor and Faculty Academic Coordinator, Business Division, Undergraduate Studies
Syracuse

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Bernard Smith

Director, Academic Review
Saratoga Springs

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Nathan Whitley-Grassi, Ph.D

Associate Director of Educational Technologies, Information Technology Services
Cheektowaga