Definition of the Diversity Platform
The Diversity Council has developed a definition of diversity and inclusion to facilitate the identification and cataloguing of coursework, curricula and other programming within the University that provide knowledge and skills pertaining to diversity and inclusion.
- Gain an understanding of structural and institutional hierarchies based on one or more of the social categories of race, class, gender, ethnicity, nationality, religion, sexuality, age, and abilities/disabilities
- Think critically, and with an open mind, about controversial contemporary and historical issues that stem from the social categories described above within the United States’ society and its common institutions.
- Develop responsible citizens by examining the ways power and privilege affect human lives and providing pathways to meaningful and positive change.
Year End Reports
Dr. Andrea Guzman
Dr. Andrea Guzman joined Florida Atlantic University (FAU) as Associate Vice President for Student Outreach and Diversity in 2014. In this role, she helps lead efforts to provide a campus climate that supports diversity and inclusion, student success, personal development, and integrated student learning experiences.
Chief Sean Brammer began his law enforcement career with the Florida Highway Patrol in 1997. While working for the Florida Highway Patrol he received numerous accolades for his dedication to law enforcement to include but not limited to Trooper of the Year.
David Bynes serves in The Center for Inclusion, Diversity Education, and Advocacy (IDEAs) and has primary responsibility for diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice education and training.
Eric Coleman joined the Florida Atlantic University staff in October of 2016 as the Associate Director of Athletics/Director of the Student-Athlete Center for Academic Excellence before being promoted to his current position of Senior Associate Athletic Director for Academics and Student Development in 2018.
Dr. Kate Detwiler
Anthropology professor and researcher — studied the lesula monkey from inside a laboratory in New York, testing air-mailed DNA samples as her fellow researchers studied them in the lush rainforests of the Congo. Primate hybridization and speciation, molecular primatology, primate behavioral ecology, conservation of African monkeys and their rainforest habitats
Addiel Gomez is the Director of Student Media at Florida Atlantic University. In this role, he provides leadership and oversight for the three learning labs within the Office, including OWL TV, OWL Radio and the University Press.
Dr. Javad Hashemi
Interim Chair, Department of Ocean and Mechanical Engineering
Javad Hashemi, Ph.D. is the associate dean for research after serving as the chair of the Department of Ocean and Mechanical Engineering in the College of Engineering and Computer Science at Florida Atlantic University.
Dr. Sang Hong
Dr. Hong current research interests include conducting studies investigating color representation at lateral geniculate nucleus (LGN), color representation during binocular rivalry, color-motion interaction.
Dawn Howard joined FAU and the Division of Student Affairs in April 2007. Formerly the associate director of the Career Center and the director of Marketing and Communications for the Division of Student Affairs.
Shihong Huang is a Professor in the Department of Computer & Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (CEECS) and the Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, Equity and Inclusion in the College of Engineering and Computer Science at Florida Atlantic University (FAU).
Ruba Kanaan serves as the Assistant Director and university Deputy Title IX Coordinator with the FAU Office of Equity, Inclusion, and Compliance. Ruba came to FAU in October 2016 from Northern Virginia where she served as an Investigator with the Fairfax County Office of Human Rights & Equity Programs in Fairfax, Virginia.
Marlynn Lopez serves as the Associate Director for the Center for IDEAs (Inclusion, Diversity Education, and Advocacy), and oversees the Office of Hispanic/Latinx Initiatives and FUTUROS Success Program.
He holds a B.A. in History from the University of Reading, England, and is a certified ESOL teacher (English to Speakers of Other Languages). He has taught in Italy, England, and the U.S. and has worked in Student Services/Student Affairs in England and the U.S. respectively.
As the Assistant Director for Diversity & Inclusion Latarsha works to ensure that all College of Science projects related to diversity align with the overall vision of the college to celebrate diversity, facilitate equity and inclusiveness, and inspire positive change.
Dr. Kyndall Pritchard
Dr. Kyndall Pritchard clinical practice, teaching, service and research has been directed towards decreasing disparities in underrepresented groups in nursing. Dr. Pritchard is the recipient of Barry University College of Nursing and Health Sciences’ Doctoral Award.
Dr. Cristobal Salinas Jr.
His research promotes access and equality in higher education and explores the social and political context of education opportunities for historically marginalized communities.
Dr. Ata Sarajedini
Ata Sarajedini is the Dean of the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. Before coming to FAU in January of 2017, he served as Associate Dean for Natural Sciences and Mathematics as well as Associate Dean for Research in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Florida.
Dr. Dilys Schoorman
Her teaching, research and service interests include critical multiculturalism in educator preparation, leadership for social justice and democratic decision making (including faculty governance), immigrant education and the internationalization of curriculum.
Works at the Wimberly library as Coordinator, Academic Support Services. Deepa has a Masters in Mental Health Counseling. During her internship, she served the LGBTQ community. She believes most of us live in the illusion of separateness. Cultivating our seed of mindfulness is one way to help us treat each other with compassion rather than react through this illusion of separation.
Fabio Leon Rojas Valencia
Fabio joined FAU in 2008 working with the College’s Graduate and PhD programs. Born in Colombia S.A. Medellin-Antioquia, his father, Fabio Sr. brought the family to the United States of America in 1968. Growing up in New Jersey the Rojas family fostered a deep appreciation for their adopted country, the USA.