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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.”

DEI Council Membership


Welcoming Environment 

Chair - Jazmin Peralta, Executive Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Cathleen Kenny, Vice President for Finance and Administration
Delmy Lendof, Vice President for Student Affairs
Margaret Fox, Assistant Provost for Academic Affairs
Dennis Mazone, Assistant Vice President for Campus Safety and Preparedness
Emma Legge, Director of Student Involvement
Judit Torok, Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning
Kristin Oberheide, Director of International Affairs
Judith-Faith Williams Cadet, Title IX Coordinator
Ágnes Mócsy, Professor of Math and Science
Elise Kaufman, Adjunct Associate Professor in Foundation Art
Avishi Jain, Student Government Association President
Elliott Hadwin, Graduate Student, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, School of Information

Recruiting and Retaining Diverse Students

Chair - Dustin Liebenow, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management
Rick Longo, Vice President for Enrollment Management
Secoya Holmes, Director of Admissions Events, Operations and Diversity Recruitment
Nedzad Goga, Executive Director of Student Financial Services & Compliance
Mike Farnham, Director of Academic Advising
Amanda Diaz, Director of Higher Education Opportunities Program (HEOP)
Martha Cedarholm, Senior Student Advocate, and Care Coordinator
Elisabeth Sullivan, Director of the Learning Access Center
Tara Kopp, Deputy Director, Center for Art, Design, and Community Engagement K-12
Jah Davis, Assistant Director, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Nida Abdullah, Assistant Professor in UG Communications Design, Continuing and Professional Studies
Mónica Ramón Ríos, Visiting Instructor in Social Science & Cultural Studies
Ayesha Agha, Graduate Student, School of Architecture
Sara Yost, Student Government Association DEI Chair

Hiring and Retaining Diverse Faculty and Staff

Hiring Chair - Steven Riccobono, Assistant Vice President of Human Resources
Donna Heiland, Provost
Chris Sula, Associate Professor, School of Information, and President, Academic Senate
Laurel Voss, Assistant Provost for Academic Administration
Camille Martin-Thomsen, Acting Associate Provost for Academic Affairs
Donna Gorsline, Assistant to the Dean of the School of Design

Retaining Chair - Farzam Yazdanseta, Assistant Chairperson of Undergraduate Architecture
Jessica Tallman, Associate Vice President for Institutional Advancement
NAkisha Henry, Director of Benefits
Tom Greene, Director of Legal Affairs
Christopher Ruggieri, Assistant Director for Residential Life, and President, Staff Council
Jessica Preston, Health Services Operations Manager, Staff Council
Elizabeth Farrell, Human Resources Generalist
Meg Humphrey, Executive Assistant, Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Expanding “Beyond the Gates”

Chair - Nicole Haas, Chief of Staff to the President
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
Allison Druin, Associate Provost for Research and Strategic Partnerships
Adam Friedman, Executive Director of the Pratt Center
Daniel Bergman, Director of the Center for Art Design & Community Engagement
Walter Rickard, Director of Athletics
Russell Abell, Director of Libraries
Jelani Bandele, Alumni Engagement Manager, The Black Alumni of Pratt
Hera Marashian, Associate Director of Career Development and Industry Relations
Ane Gonzalez Lara, Assistant Professor in Undergraduate Architecture
Yutaka Takiura, Visiting Associate Professor in Design Management