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.

Council Members

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Dr. Andrea Guzman Oliver

Associate Vice President for Student Outreach and Diversity & Diversity Platform Council Chair

Dr. Andrea Guzman Oliver joined Florida Atlantic University in 2014. In this role, Dr. Oliver serves as a student advocate and helps lead efforts to provide a campus climate that supports diversity and inclusion, student success, personal development, and integrated student learning experiences.

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Addiel Gomez

Director Student Media

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.

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Javad Hashemi, Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Research
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.

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Dr. Julie C. Servoss

Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion and Associate Professor of Integrated Medical Science

Julie C. Servoss, M.D., M.P.H., a board-certified gastroenterologist and internist and is responsible for the design, development, implementation and management of a comprehensive diversity and cultural competency program in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine.

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Dr. Dilys Schoorman

Professor and the Chair of the Department of Curriculum, Culture and Educational Inquiry

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.

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Dr. Cristobal Salinas Jr.

Assistant professor in the Educational Leadership and Research Methodology

His research promotes access and equality in higher education and explores the social and political context of education opportunities for historically marginalized communities.

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Ian Mainwaring

Program Coordinator in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs

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.

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Fabio Leon Rojas Valencia

Coordinator of Academic Program/Academic Advisor, College for Design and Social Inquiry

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.

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Jessica Poole

Senior Associate AD for External Relations

Jessica Poole joined the Florida Atlantic athletics department in September of 2018 as senior associate AD for external relations overseeing FAU’s communications and marketing departments, while serving as a member of the senior leadership team.

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David Tomanio

Assistant Vice President of Human Resources for Florida Atlantic University

David Tomanio is the Assistant Vice President of Human Resources for Florida Atlantic University, prior to which he served as the Director for Human Resources at Trade Street Residential. He also spent nine years as Director for Human Resources at the National Beverage Corp., with human resources responsibilities over Shasta Beverages bottling operations.

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Ruba Kanaan

Assistant Director and university Deputy Title IX Coordinator with the 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.


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