The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Council was launched in 2019 to implement the Pratt Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategic Plan. The DEI Council is Chaired by Nsombi B. Ricketts, Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and consists of four subcommittees: Welcoming Environment, Recruiting and Retaining Diverse Students, Hiring and Retaining Diverse Faculty and Staff, and Expanding “Beyond the Gates.”


Welcoming Environment

Chair - Jazmin Peralta, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Cathleen Kenny, Vice President for Finance and Administration
Helen Matusow-Ayres, Vice President for Student Affairs
Donna Heiland, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
Judit Torok, Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning
Esmilda Abreu, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Title IX Coordinator
Dennis Mazone, Director of Public Safety
NAkisha Henry, Assistant Director of Benefits Administration
Rose Kampert, Adjunct Associate Professor - CCE in Fashion Design
Todd Ayoung, Adjunct Assistant Professor in Foundation Art, Continuing and Professional Studies
Sarah Kanu, Student Government Association, DEI Chair
Eduardo Ruas, Graduate Student, MS Historic Preservation

Recruiting and Retaining Diverse Students

Chair- Dustin Liebenow, Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management
Judith Aaron, Vice President for Enrollment
Nedzad Goga, Executive Director of Student Financial Services & Compliance
Mike Farnham, Director of Academic Advising
Amanda Diaz, Director of Higher Education Opportunities Program (HEOP)
Elisabeth Sullivan, Director of the Learning Access Center
Tara Kopp, Deputy Director, Center for Art, Design, and Community Engagement K-12
Tyler Cino Maradiaga, Program Coordinator for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Daniel Wright, Associate Professor in Math and Science
Natalie Moore, Assistant Chairperson of Foundation Arts
Deanna Cepeda, Undergraduate Student, Communication Design 
Brandi Holt, Graduate Student, Arts and Cultural Management

Hiring and Retaining Diverse Faculty and Staff

Chair - Steven Riccobono, Director of Human Resources
Kirk Pillow, Provost
Laurel Voss, Assistant Provost for Academic Administration
Safia Mohammed, Human Resources Generalist
Jessica Tallman, Executive Director of Development
Donna Gorsline, Assistant to the Dean of the School of Design, Black Lives Matter Co-Chair
Arlene Keizer, Chairperson of Humanities and Media Studies
T. Camille Martin, Assistant Dean of the School of Design
Heather Lewis, Chairperson of Art and Design Education
Sara Rafferty, Associate Professor in Photography
Susan Young, Chairperson of Associate Degree Program

Expanding “Beyond the Gates”

Chair - Allison Druin, Associate Provost for Research and Strategic Partnerships
James Kempster, Vice President for Communications and Marketing
Joseph Hemway, Vice President for Information Technology & CIO
Daphne Halpern, Vice President for Institutional Advancement
Maira Seara, Dean of Continuing & Professional Studies
Aileen Wilson, Professor, and Director of the Center for Art, Design, and Community Engagement K-12
Adam Friedman, Director of the Pratt Center
Walter Rickard, Director of Athletics
Russell Abell, Director of Libraries
Sherri Jones, Executive Director of Alumni Relations
Jelani Bandele, Events Associate, The Black Alumni of Pratt 
Hera Marashian, Associate Director of Career Development and Industry Relations
Deb Caponera, Visiting Instructor in Associate Degree Programs