Diversity & Inclusion Council

Champion of Diversity and Inclusion
Eric J. Barron
University President
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...
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Facilitator, Diversity and Inclusion Council
Joyce A. Ingram
Assistant Vice President and Chief Human Resources & Diversity Officer
Joyce A. Ingram, Assistant Vice President, Finance & Administration, serves as FSU's Chief Human Resources and Diversity Officer. In this role, she is responsible for the development, administration and direction of the University's Human Resources organization. She is also responsible for the development and implementation of the University's Diversity and Inclusion Initiative...
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Diversity & Inclusion Council Members

Council Member
Demetra Andrews
Assistant Professor, Marketing Department, College of Business
The academic and vocational pursuits of Dr. Demetra Andrews are characteristic of her enthusiastic endeavors to edify the individuals and groups with whom she has had the privilege to work and to teach. Armed with a BBA in Marketing from Texas A & M University...
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Dominick Ard'is
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...
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Personal Story
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
Bahram Arjmandi
Margaret A. Sitton Named Professor and Chair, Nutrition, Food & Exercise Sciences
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...
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Alex Aviña
Assistant Professor of History
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...
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Arnel Bacani
Assistant Director, Building Services, Facilities Department
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...
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Browning Brooks
Strategic Communications Advisor, Office of University Communications
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...
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Jimmy Canteenwalla
Human Resources Representative
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...
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Maria Cicciarelli
Senior Executive Support Assistant
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...
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Cindy Vickers Clenney
Head of Human Resources & Volunteer Services, John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art
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...
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Pam Coats
Robert C. Earnest Professor of Finance, University Distinguished Teaching Professor
Pamela K. Coats (Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln) is the Robert C. Earnest Professor of Finance and a University Distinguished Teaching Professor. Her research interests are financial modeling, neural networks and simulation for corporate planning and forecasting.
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Melissa (Missy) Connor
Director of Student Affairs & Enrollment Management, Panama City Campus
Missy is the Director of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at Florida State University Panama City and formerly a part-time public speaking and English instructor for Gulf Coast Community College (now Gulf Coast State College). She has been with FSU PC for 9 years...
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Terry Coonan
Executive Director, Center for Advancement of Human Rights
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...
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Eileen Cormier
Associate Professor of Nursing
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...
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Alice-Ann Darrow
Irvin Cooper Professor of Music; College of Music
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...
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Petra Doan
Associate Professor of Urban & Regional Planning
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...
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Joling Emerick
Database Analyst, Office of Institutional Research
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...
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Frank Fincham
Eminent Scholar & Director of FSU Family Institute, College of Human Sciences
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...
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Vanessa Fuchs
Associate Director of Athletics
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...
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Robinson Herrera
Associate Professor of Latin American History
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...
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Beth Hodges
Coordinator of Federal Relations & Research Programs
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...
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Ramonda Horton-Ikard
Associate Professor of Communications Science & Disorders
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...
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Janeia Daniels Ingram
Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, College of Law
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...
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Bruce Lamont
Thomas L. Williams Eminent Scholar in Strategic Management, College of Business
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...
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Jhadrian Lawrence Council Member
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...
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Helen Livingston
Assistant Dean in the College of Medicine
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...
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Nancy Marcus
Dean of the Graduate School
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...
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Laura Osteen, Ph.D.
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...
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Irene Padavic
Claude and Mildred Pepper Professor of Sociology
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...
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Dragana Popovic
Scholar and Scientist, Condensed Matter Science, National High Magnetic Field Lab
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...
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Winston Roberts
Professor of Physics
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...
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Personal Story
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
Jose Rodríguez
Associate Professor of Medicine
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...
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Lawrence Scharmann
Assistant Dean and Director of the School of Teacher Education
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)...
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Valerie Scoon
Associate in Film, College of Motion Picture, Television & Recording Arts
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...
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Lauren Williams
Lauren Williams is an undergraduate student at FSU.
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