Diversity & Inclusion Council
Champion of Diversity and Inclusion
Eric J. Barron
Dr. Eric J. Barron became 14th president of The Florida State University on February 1, 2010.
He is a 1973 Florida State alumnus, with a bachelor's degree in geology. He earned master's and doctoral degrees in oceanography from the University of Miami...
Diversity & Inclusion Council Members
Graduate Student, Urban & Regional Planning; International Affairs
Dominick J. Ard'is is a joint-degree master student studying Urban and Regional Planning and International Affairs at Florida State University. He received his bachelors from Florida A&M University in Health Care Management with his interest lying in policy, strategic planning and management, and law...
I came to this country in 1977 to earn my Master's degree from Pittsburg State University. I then returned to Iran for a summer vacation not knowing I would return to the United States (U.S.) a married man. My wife and I came in 1979 in the midst of the Iranian Revolution. Armed with only a Master's degree in Biology, my wife and I sought to improve and advance our futures. We had no idea that our stay here would become permanent and that the U.S. would become our new home...Read More
Margaret A. Sitton Named Professor and Chair, Nutrition, Food & Exercise Sciences
Assistant Professor of History
Dr. Arjmandi is currently Margaret A. Sitton Named Professor and Chair of the Department of Nutrition, Food, and Exercise Sciences at The Florida State University (FSU) where he is a member of the FSU Biomedical Advisory Committee, the College Advisory Council and the Director of the Center for Advancing Exercise and Nutrition Research on Aging at FSU...
Assistant Director, Building Services, Facilities Department
Alex Aviña received his doctorate in History from the University of Southern California in 2009. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Florida State University...
Strategic Communications Advisor, Office of University Communications
I began working in the hospitality industry at the age of 16 in Panama City Beach, FL. At first, I did not know what career path I was to take, but I always knew that Florida State University would be my school of choice. I decided to pursue a degree at Florida State University and graduated in Spring 2000 with a Hospitality Administration degree...
Kendall M. Campbell, M.D.
Associate Professor, Family and Rural Health, College of Medicine
Browning Brooks currently serves as a Strategic Communications Advisor in the Office of University Communications. As a member of the university's integrated marketing and communications team...
Human Resources Representative
Dr. Kendall Campbell is an associate professor in the department of family medicine and rural health. He is the 2013 recipient of the university's prestigious Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Distinguished Service Award in recognition of exemplifying Dr. King's ideals and the university's commitment to diversity...
Senior Executive Support Assistant
My name is Jimmy Canteenwalla. I was born and raised in Longwood, Florida, and until I moved to Tallahassee in 2006, I had never lived in a different house! I graduated from FSU from the College of Business in 2010 and was fortunate enough to come back to FSU to start work in Human Resources in March 2011...
Cindy Vickers Clenney
Head of Human Resources & Volunteer Services, John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art
Maria Cicciarelli is a Senior Executive Support Assistant in the Office of the Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration, providing administrative support to six professionals and serving as the first point of contact for individuals entering the Office...
Rosalia "Rosie" Contreras
President of the Student Government Association
Undergraduate Student, International Affairs; Women's Studies
Cynthia Vickers Clenney, Head of Human Resources and Volunteer Services, oversees recruitment, hiring, recognition, and training for The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art employees (230) and volunteers (640). She earned a BA in Personnel Management from Eckerd College and an MPA from Florida State University...
Executive Director, Center for Advancement of Human Rights
Rosalia "Rosie" Contreras is president of the Student Government Association. A junior, she is pursuing dual bachelor's degrees in international affairs and women's studies from the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy. Ms. Contreras is a member of the Garnet and Gold Key Honor Society and the Seminole Torchbearers...
Associate Professor of Nursing
Terry Coonan is the founding Executive Director of the Center for the Advancement of Human Rights, FSU's interdisciplinary center dedicated to human rights teaching and advocacy. Prof. Coonan has done victim-based advocacy for over twenty years...
Irvin Cooper Professor of Music; College of Music
B.N., University of New Brunswick, NB (1980), Canada; M.N., Dalhousie University, NS, Canada (1985); M.S.N., Boston College, Boston, MA (1986); Ph.D. University of Florida, Gainesville, FL (2004). Eileen Cormier came to FSU in 2004; she previously taught at FAMU from 1997-2004...
Associate Professor of Urban & Regional Planning
Alice-Ann Darrow currently serves as the Irvin Cooper Professor of Music. As a professor in the College of Music, her professional interest is in making music programs and venues accessible to persons with physical, cognitive and sensory disabilities, and the inclusive rights of all underrepresented groups...
Database Analyst, Office of Institutional Research
Dr. Petra L. Doan is an associate professor of Urban and Regional Planning in the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy at the Florida State University. After earning a B.A. in Philosophy at Haverford College, Dr. Doan completed a Master of Regional Planning and a Ph.D. from the Department of City and Regional Planning at Cornell University in the field of International Planning...
Eminent Scholar & Director of FSU Family Institute, College of Human Sciences
I have been working at FSU since 1997. For the first 3 years, I worked as a Computer Application Coordinator in the Department of Information Management Systems. I gained in-depth knowledge of university database systems, as well as with a variety of software programs and applications...
Col. William "Billy" Francis
Director, Student Veterans Center
Frank Fincham, Ph.D. obtained a doctoral degree in social psychology while a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University. He then completed postdoctoral training in clinical psychology at Stony Brook University before assuming a position at University of Illinois where he ultimately became professor and Director of Clinical Training...
As director of the Veterans Center, Billy Francis oversees the Florida State Veterans House and its services. He also implements the center's mission to recruit veterans who want to transition from military service to college life; support veterans by coordinating services; and promote awareness of Florida State's veteran heritage...
I am a native Floridian, born and raised in Pompano Beach, Florida. I did not realize that in the late 70s and early 80s, natives of Florida were rare. When I'd tell people I was "from Florida," the response would typically be, "ok, but where were you born?" My mom and dad ("snow birds" from New York and New Jersey) had to explain to me that many Florida residents at that time were "transplants" from other states and countries. Growing up in South Florida, I was fortunate to be exposed from Day 1 to a melting pot of diversity...
Interim Athletics Director
President, PRIDE Student Union
Undergraduate Student, Criminology
Vanessa Fuchs serves as Senior Associate Athletic Director/Senior Woman Administrator. In her role, she oversees the compliance and academic departments. She has served as the department's associate athletic director for compliance since 2010...
Cynthia Green, Ed.D.
Director, Center for Global Engagement, Division of Student Affairs
Victoria Gentry is a senior at FSU studying Criminology. She has been with the Pride Student Union since her freshmen year. In addition, she has been a volunteer, board member, and director with PRIDE. Last year she was awarded Director of the Year...
Miguel A. Hernandez, M.A.
Associate Director, Center for Leadership and Social Change, Division of Student Affairs
Cynthia is the director of the Center for Global Engagement which provides immigration advising and support for over 3,000 FSU international students and family members, international faculty and staff, and visiting research scholars. The CGE also plays a key role in campus internationalization and provides many educational, cultural and social programs...
Associate Professor of Latin American History
Miguel Hernandez is the Associate Director of the Florida State University Center for Leadership & Social Change. The mission of the Center is to transform lives through leadership education, identity development, and community engagement. Hernandez serves as Chair for the Division of Student Affairs Diversity Committee...
Kimberly Hires, Ph.D. RN
Assistant Professor, College of Nursing
Robinson A. Herrera received his PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles and is associate professor of Latin American History at Florida State University. His research primarily focuses on issues of class, race, gender and violence...
Coordinator of Federal Relations & Research Programs
Kimberly A. Hires (Ph.D., University of Miami School of Nursing & Health Studies) recently joined the Florida State University College of Nursing as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Hires was a Jonas Scholar with the Jonas Center of Nursing Excellence during her doctoral studies. She holds baccalaureate degrees from the State University of New York...
Associate Professor of Communications Science & Disorders
Beth Hodges is the Coordinator of Federal Relations and Research Programs for the Vice President for Research. Beth has been with the office since 1997, when she was brought on board to work with issues involving the federal government...
Janeia Daniels Ingram
Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, College of Law
Dr. Horton is an associate professor in the School of Communication Science and Disorders. Her teaching and research areas focus on issues related to communication and literacy in children from culturally and linguistically diverse populations and multicultural pedagogy in the college classroom...
President, Asian-American Student Union
Janeia Daniels Ingram currently serves as Assistant Dean for Student Affairs at the College of Law. In this role, she helps to implement a wide range of academic and non-academic services for present and prospective students as well as recent law graduates...
Thomas L. Williams Eminent Scholar in Strategic Management, College of Business
Seve Kim is an undergraduate student at Florida State University and currently the President of the Asian American Student Union (AASU). Established in 1996, the Asian American Student Union was created to better represent the Asian American community at FSU ...
Bruce T. Lamont is the Thomas L. Williams Eminent Scholar in Strategic Management in the College of Business at Florida State University. Professor Lamont received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill...
Assistant Dean in the College of Medicine
Jhadrian Lawrence is an undergraduate student studying Family and Child Sciences at Florida State University. She was a Summa Cum Laude graduate from Miami Northwestern Sr. High School and a member of the National Honor Society...
Dean of the Graduate School
Helen Livingston is the Assistant Dean for Research, Pre-College, Undergraduate, and Graduate Programs in the College of Medicine. She oversees the Advising and Outreach Office and directs the Bridge to Clinical Medicine Master's Degree Program under which the pipeline programs for the College of Medicine function...
Steve Mills, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Center for Leadership and Social Change, Division of Student Affairs
Dr. Nancy Marcus became Dean of The Graduate School at the Florida State University in August 2005. As Dean, she is responsible for broad oversight of the education of approximately 8,500 graduate and professional students. She has participated in several projects promoted by the Council of Graduate Schools...
Laura Osteen, Ph.D.
Steve Mills came to the Center for Leadership and Social Change (CLSC) in the fall of 2008 from Florida State's Department of Family and Child Sciences, where he had served as a faculty member since 1999. Steve is an Associate Director of the CLSC and his direct responsibilities include community engagement support and development...
Claude and Mildred Pepper Professor of Sociology
Laura Osteen is Director of the Florida State University Center for Leadership and Civic Education. The Center is a campus-wide endeavor to develop responsible citizens and effective leaders...
Scholar and Scientist, Condensed Matter Science, National High Magnetic Field Lab
Irene Padavic is Claude and Mildred Pepper Professor of Sociology at Florida State University. Her research interests lie primarily in the areas of gender and race workplace diversity...
Professor of Physics
Dr. Dragana Popovic received her Ph.D. in Physics from Brown University in 1989. After postdoctoral work at the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, NY, she joined the City College of the City University of New York as an assistant professor of physics in 1993...
Winston Roberts joined FSU in 2006 and is a Professor of Physics. Prior to coming to FSU, Dr. Roberts served as a full professor at Old Dominion University; Program Manager in the Physics Division of NSF; and Program Manager at the Office of Nuclear Physics, U.S. Department of Energy...
I was born to Puerto Rican parents in a small city in upstate New York. It was one of those places where "my family" was the "diversity." My parents taught us that there was sanctification in hard work-that it was its own reward. They did this by purchasing 2 acres of land in the middle of nowhere, and put me in charge of milking the goat, feeding the chickens and the rabbits, and walking the dogs. I learned from those animals that there are no real holidays-farm animals always need to be milked and fed. I think I learned there to be responsible...Read More
Associate Professor of Medicine
Assistant Dean and Director of the School of Teacher Education
Dr. Rodríguez is a expert in weight loss and non-pharmacologic obesity management. He is the 2008 recipient of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Distinguished Service Award in recognition of outstanding scholarly excellence and Strong Commitment to Dr King's Ideals from Florida State University...
Associate in Film, College of Motion Picture, Television & Recording Arts
Lawrence Scharmann is Assistant Dean and Director of the School of Teacher Education at Florida State University. Prior to his service at FSU, he was Chair of the Department of Secondary Education at Kansas State University (KSU)...
Harold T. Scott III
President, Black Student Union
Ms. Scoon is a noted film producer who worked for Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Films on such movies as "Their Eyes Were Watching God" and "The Wedding" both starring Halle Berry as well as "The Great Debaters" starring Denzel Washington...
President, Hispanic/Latino Student Union
Undergraduate Student, Psychology and Leadership Studies
Harold T. Scott III a senior from Miami, Florida majoring in Editing, Writing, & Media with a minor in Communications. He currently serves as the President of the Black Student Union and member for 3+ years. Harold is a Former FSU Senator...
President, Women Student Union
Undergraduate Student, Political Science and Leadership Studies
Maria Villalobos is a 4th year student at the Florida State University seeking a bachelor's degree in Psychology with certificate in Leadership Studies. She is a first generation immigrant from Venezuela as well as a first generation college student...
Amber Washington is an undergraduate student currently studying Political Science and Leadership Studies. She serves as the 2013-2014 Director of the Women Student Union and as a Trustee on the FSU Student Foundation Board of Trustees. As Director of the Women Student Union, Amber spends her time advocating and empowering women...