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National Advisory Council
NAC Committees and Members

The function of the NCORE® National Advisory Council (NAC) is to assist in setting a vision for the conference by making recommendations concerning the conference program, keynote speakers, and special events. Each committee can have up to 10 members. As the name suggests, its function is advisory.

The NAC is composed of the members of eight committees:

•    Accessibility to the Academy  
•    Athletics in the Academy  
•    Chief Diversity Officers and Executive Leadership  
•    Faculty Interests and Needs  
•    Human Resources, Recruitment, and Professional Development  
•    Student Affairs and Affiliated Professionals  
•    Student Participation and Leadership  
•    Transnational and Multinational

These eight committees, individually and collectively, provide ideas, recommendations, and critical feedback to improve and enhance the reach, relevance, and effectiveness of NCORE®. Together, the NAC works with the Executive Committee of the Southwest Center for Human Relations Studies, the conference's self-organized caucuses, NCORE staff, and other key stakeholders in inclusion, diversity, equity, accessibility, and belonging through social justice and sovereignty.

NAC Committee Charges      NAC Guidelines


National Advisory Council Committees and Members


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This committee is charged with making recommendations to facilitate the professional interests and needs of those in positions of executive leadership in areas related to diversity and equity in higher education, including those who are CDOs for their college or university, or who are looking toward moving into such leadership positions. These recommendations will include both ideas for conference programming and network building to address issues, concerns and policies, and professional contacts. This committee will also focus on future needs of CDOs and other evolving leadership roles based on current trends and research.

Mohammed Bey, M.S.
Director, Diversity & Inclusion/Title IX Coordinator, Human Resources, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (2022)
Jennifer M. Booz, M.A.
Chief Diversity Officer, University of Alaska Anchorage (2025)
Kauline Cipriani, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean for Inclusive Excellence, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina (2022)
James A. Felton III, M.S.
Chief Diversity Officer, Institutional Equity and Inclusion, State University of New York-Cortland (2022)
Lisa Greenhill, Ed.D.
Senior Director for Institutional Research and Diversity, Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (2023)
Dana Lawless-Andric, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Kent State University (2024)
Lisa Mednick Takami, Ed.D.
Supervisor, Professional Development & Learning, El Camino College (2023)
Natalie Mason-Kinsey, J.D. 
Chief Diversity Officer, California State University Northridge (2024)
Bobbie Porter, Ed.D. 
Assistant Vice President for Diversity, Inclusion, & Equity, California State University, Fullerton (2024)
Lamont Sellers, M.A. 
Associate Vice President for Diversity, Office for Diversity, University of South Dakota (2022)


This committee is charged with making recommendations to identify and met the developmental needs and interests of faculty in higher education as these relate to the mission of NCORE and the NCORE conference. This developmental focus will encompass the full scope of faculty roles in teaching and curriculum development, research and publications, as well as community service. Identifying and addressing current needs in light of emerging trends, this committee will recommend experts to present their research findings, lead developmental workshops and organize other conference opportunities to enhance faculty competencies for educational access, equity and social justice, global and intercultural identities and other pertinent diversity issues at all educational levels.

Alisha Davis, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Allied Health Sciences, Grand Valley State University (2023)

Beth Durodoye, Ed.D., N.C.C. 
Chair, Department of Leadership, Technology and Human Development, Georgia Southern University (2023)
Gyasmine George-Williams, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, University of La Verne/GGW Consulting (2024)
Eric Jurgens, M.A. 
Instructor, Liberal Studies, College of Menominee Nation (2022)
Browning Neddeau, Ed.D.
Asst. Professor of Education, Liberal Studies Department, California State University, Monterey Bay (2023)
LaTashia Reedus, Ph.D.
Adjunct Faculty, Social Sciences, Franklin University; Columbus State Community College (2022)
Parvati Ryan, Ed.D.
English Professor, San Diego Community College District (2024)
Claire Valderama-Wallace, Ph.D., MPH, RN 
Assistant Professor, Nursing, California State University - East Bay (2023)


This committee is charged with making recommendations for conference programming that focus on best practices in policies, practices and procedures related to recruitment, hiring, training, professional development and other pertinent needs for both administrators and staff of color, as well as others interested in increasing their levels of cultural competence. This committee will identify keynote speakers, institutes, workshops and other events and networking opportunities that would be of interest to administrators and staff members working to improve equity and inclusion on their campuses.

Rosite Delgado, M.S., M.B.A., C.D.P. 
Director of Equity and Inclusion, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (2023)
BMarisa Herrera, Ed.D. 
Vice President, Students, Equity & Success, Students, Equity & Success, Shoreline Community College (2022)
Sabrina Jackson, SHRM-CP, CDP 
Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Ultimate Medical Academy (2025)
Gabriel Javier, M.A. 
Associate Vice Chancellor, University of Wisconsin - Madison (2024)
Kimberly Johnson, Ed.D. 
Executive Staff Assistant, Office of the Chancellor, University of Missouri-Kansas City (2022)
Raymond Plaza, Ph.D. 
Director, Office for Diversity and Inclusion, Santa Clara University (2022)
Ria Vigil, M.S.
Director of Diversity Education and Training, Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Colorado State University (2022)
Yashwant Prakash Vyas, MPA,
Diversity Education and Strategic Initiatives Director, Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, The University of Mississippi (2025)
Roberta Wilburn, Ed.D., Th.D. 
Associate Dean for Graduate Studies in Education & Diversity Initiatives, Graduate Studies in Education, Whitworth University (2022)
D'Andrea Young, M.Ed. 
Coordinator of Cultural Programs and Events, Multicultural Center, University of Texas at Dallas (2022)


This Committee is charged with making recommendations to identify and met the development needs of student affairs professionals and others working in affiliated areas (i.e. residence life, coordination of student government, etc.). Using research of current trends and conventional student development theories, this committee will identify potential speakers, presenters, trainers and workshops that would be of interest to these professionals. The goal would be to shape workshops that directly educate and engage student affairs professionals in how to shape their constituent groups’ learning with theory and research-based workshops on topics of diversity.

Edwanna Andrews, Ph.D.
Director, Social Justice and Advocacy, University of Central Florida (2022)
Cori Bazemore-James, Ph.D.
Director of Retention & Success, University of Minnesota (2024) 
Luz Burgos-Lopez, M.S.
Assistant Dean of Students, Dean of Students Office, University of Connecticut (2023)
Heather Gardley, M.A.
Assistant Director, Student Life and Leadership Programs, California State University - East Bay (2023)
David L. Humphrey Jr., Ph.D.
Senior Vice President and Equity and Justice Officer (2023)
Gerald Jones, Ed.D.
Associate Vice President of Student Affairs, Tallahassee Community College (2025)
Sara Blair Medeiros, M.Ed.
Assistant Director for Outreach, University of California, Davis (2024)
Tondra Richardson, MBA
Director, Office of Educational Equity, University of Phoenix (2025)
Jason Rodriquez, M.S.
Assistant Director for Diversity and Inclusion, Office of Student Life, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) (2022)
Cristine Sidela, M.S.
Coordinator, Academic Success & Equity Programs and Associate Counselor, Student Equity, Counseling, MiraCosta College (2022)
John Alvarez Turner, M.A., Ed.
Assistant Director, Multicultural Services and Programs Student Affairs, University of Georgia (2023)
Lauren Whiteman, M.Ed.
Student Services Coordinator for Men of Color Success and Gender-Based Initiatives, Multicultural Center, University of North Texas (2023)
Ada Wilson, J.D.
Assistant Vice President, Access and Inclusive Excellence, Office of Inclusion and Diversity, Auburn University (2023)


This committee is charged with making recommendations for improving and enhancing the participation of both undergraduate and graduate students in the NCORE conference. These recommendations can and should consider ways to involve students in preconference workshops, to develop effective student outreach and orientation to the NCORE conference, and to create conference spaces for students to network both with other students and with faculty, administrators and staff who could act as mentors.

Norma Altidor, M.S.
Doctoral Candidate, University of Central Florida (2024
Lauren Cove, M.Ed.
Residential Community Director, Southern Methodist University (2024)
Aaric Guerriero, M.A.
Director, Inclusion Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2024)
Felisciana Peralta, M.Ed.
Adjunct Professor/Consultant, Clark College-Community College (2023)
Cameron Simmons, M.S.
Assistant Director of Admission, University of Denver (2024)
Shameeka Smalling, M.Ed.
Doctoral candidate, California Institute of Integral Studies (2025)
Loutrina Staley, Ph.D.
Soil Scientist and Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Soil Health Institute (2025)
Quantá Taylor, M.A.
Assistant Director of Student Involvement, Office of Student Life - Student Activities, The Ohio State University (2022
Priya V, Student
Yale University, Foothill College (2025)
Tomicka Wagstaff, Ed.D.
Assistant Vice President Academic Access and Success, Rochester Institute of Technology (2024)
Denise Williams-Klotz, Ph.D.
Assistant Director, Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, Iowa State University (2024)
Brian Zuluaga
Student, The University of Virginia (2023)


This committee is charged with exploring and highlighting global and transnational research in critical race theory and its impacts on higher education. The committee will also explore how issues of colonialization, immigration, migration, citizenship and refugee movements impact racism, ethnic biases, colorism, and biases based in nationality, language, and religion across the boundaries of nations and especially in global higher education. Other tracks will include looking critically at issues of global/international studies programs, study abroad programs, and trends towards "global citizenship," with a critical eye, focusing on both their unintended consequences of increasing the prevalence of bias and stereotyping, as well as their overgeneralization and oversimplification of race, ethnicity and color issues. As with other committees, members will be expected to present recommendations for conference programming: speakers, institutes, workshops and networking opportunities.  

Zoila Airall, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President, Campus Life, Division of Student Affairs, Duke University (Emeritus)
Li-Chen Chin, Ph.D.
Assistant Vice President for Intercultural Programs, Student Affairs, Duke University (2022)
Cris Cullinan, Ph.D.
National Consultant in Equity and Inclusion, Founder and President of ALiVE: Actual Leadership in Vital Equity (2022)
Valerie De Cruz
Director, Greenfield Intercultural Center, University of Pennsylvania (2022)
Tatiana Diaz, M.A.
Director Diversity & Inclusion, Student Affairs, Cedar Crest College (2023)
Beatriz Gonzalez, Ph.D., L.M.H.C.
Chief Diversity Officer & Vice Provost, University of La Verne (2023)
Annette Henry, Ph.D.
Professor, Education, Social Justice Institute, University of British Columbia (2022)
Carl James, Ph.D.
Professor & Research Chair, Education, York University (2022)
Tyrone Jean
Assistant Dean of Students & Director, Center for Race, Ethnicity, & Diversity Education, Elon University (2022)
Heather Kind-Keppel, Ed.D.
Director of Education and Training, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science (2024)
Amalia Mesa, B.A. Managing
Director, SpeakOut The Institute for Democratic Education and Culture (2024)
Nina Shoman-Dajani, Ed.D.
Assistant Dean, Moraine Valley Community College (2024)