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Dr. Leon S. John, Jr.
Director of Diversity and Inclusion
610-606-4666 ext. 3596


Diversity and Inclusion Council 


The Diversity and Inclusion Council advocates for a living, learning, and working campus environment that values diversity, inclusive excellence, and equity-mindedness so as to better enable Cedar Crest College to educate the next generation of leaders. 

The Diversity and Inclusion Council shall lead, coordinate, and monitor Cedar Crest College’s strategic commitment to diversity, advising the President on how to promote an inclusive environment that supports students, faculty, and staff of diverse identities.  
To achieve its mission, the Diversity and Inclusion Council will: 

  • Advocate for and promote Cedar Crest College’s statement on the value and definition of diversity; 
  • Monitor the effectiveness of strategic initiatives that provide for a diverse and inclusive campus climate, improved recruitment and retention of faculty, staff, and students from groups underrepresented in higher education, increased attention to diversity and inclusion in curricular and co-curricular affairs, and community outreach; 
  • Advise and support the Center for Diversity and Inclusion on programing, outreach, and other issues to provide for an inclusive campus climate; and 
  • Develop campus leaders on issues related to diversity, inclusion, and equity-mindedness through education, professional development, and campus programing. 

2020-2021 Diversity and Inclusion Council

Dr. Robert Wilson, Co-Chair
Dr. Leon John, Executive Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Co-Chair
Susan Barnes, Director of Learning and Disability Resources
Dr. Christine Carpino, Assistant Professor of Political Science History, Literature, and Languages (Faculty Representative)
Casandra Cabral-Castro, SAGE Admissions Counselor
Kyle Dailey, Dean of Students
Dr. Erika Davis, Vice President for Enrollment Management (Traditional Admissions Representative)
Lori Gallagher, Director of Alumnae Affairs
Lisa Garbacik, Executive Director of Human Resources and Title IX
Dr. Stefani Gomez, Director of Cressman Library
Ashley Gray, Director of Community Standards and Residence Life
Dr. Kelly Hall, Director of Global Initiatives and International Studies
Dr. Jenny Hayden, Assistant Professor of Biology (Faculty Representative)
Susanna House, SGA Representative
Sulakshmi Vaid, CDI Representative
Dr. Calley Taylor, Dean of Student Success

Diversity Trainers

Tammy Bean, Director of Community Service
Rosanna Cabatic, Advising and Retention Specialist
Francesca Damiano, Academic Coach for International Students
Amy Faivre, Professor of Biology
Stefanie Schloo, Office Coordinator for Global Initiatives
Todd Hastings, Assistant Professor of Nursing
Jenny Hayden, Assistant Professor of Biology

Faculty and Staff of Color – Colleague Resource Group  

This network was launched in June 2020 and aims to foster connections and develop community for Faculty and Staff of Color at Cedar Crest College. If you self-identify as a person of color and are interested in participating in this group contact Leon S. John, Jr., Ph.D., executive director of diversity and inclusion. 

This group will: 

  • Offer resources, support and information to strengthen the connection for People of Color within the CCC community
  • Provide opportunities for trainings and professional development 
  • Provide a voice for Faculty, Staff and Students of Color 
  • Host events to strengthen the connection within CCC, in the LVAIC consortium and with the local community