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Cristina C. Garcia
Director, Diversity & Inclusion

Dave Jordan
Co-Chair, Diversity & Inclusion Committee
Co-Chair, Diversity & Inclusion Committee




Leadership Commitment

Message from President

We are better when people from all backgrounds, intellectual approaches, and perspectives come together to both teach and learn. We are better when we ensure equity of access, opportunity, participation and representation for all. We are better when we challenge long-held assumptions, broaden our understanding, and recognize that differences can be strengths.

At Stevenson University, our community’s commitment to diversity and inclusion is a source of great pride, hope and aspiration. It is a broad, deep and abiding responsibility, which reflects our shared belief that the current historical moment presents critical opportunities for societal progress.

The bedrock and foundation of our commitment is full support and participation of all faculty, staff, students, and administrators of every race, color, ethnicity, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, marital status, religion, sexual orientation, age, ability, veteran status, socioeconomic status, and political viewpoint.

This foundation of diversity, inclusion and mutual respect fosters unity and community. By understanding and respecting our differences, we strengthen our common bonds and shared humanity. We grow together and become, as our national motto encourages us to be, E pluribus unum – “Out of many, one.”

As President, I urge you to join this movement of empathy, caring, and unity. Each member of Stevenson University can lead us in expanding our understanding as we strive to be a diverse and inclusive community.

With appreciation for your efforts,

Elliot Hirshman

Co-Chairs and Working Group

Co-Chairs Diversity & Inclusion Committee

  • Dave Jordan, Vice President of Human Resources and Title IX Coordinator
  • Tiffany Sanchez, Vice President of Student Affairs

Working Group

Along with the Co-Chairs, the Working Group of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee includes:

  • Cristina C. Garcia, Director of Diversity & Inclusion
  • Peggy Baldwin, Director of Talent Management
  • Nadene Vevea, Associate Dean Communication Programs
Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives

Programming and Events

•    Collaborate across the university to ensure history and heritage month programming
•    Develop co-sponsor or collaborate on development of diversity and inclusion programming

Marketing and Communication

•    Enhance Employment policy to define composition of search committee
•    Increase visibility of diversity and inclusion committee initiatives
•    Communicate initiatives and events on Diversity & Inclusion website 

Training and Professional Development 

•    Collaborate with Academic Affairs in the creation of professional development diversity resources
•    Research options for diversity and inclusion professional development for faculty and staff
•    Enhance search committee training on implicit bias 


•    Assess impact of 2017-2018 initiatives
•    Research and benchmark other institutions and how they track and report 
•    Develop process to track diversity and inclusion participation and impact

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