A number of task forces and committees across campus help Adelphi make substantive progress toward our overall diversity, equity and inclusion goals by representing the diverse voices and input of our students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

These groups help the University and our community identify areas where progress is needed and help to drive and lead the change we want to see at Adelphi and beyond, for all our community members.

Please contact the listed campus leader to find out how you can contribute.

Adelphi University Diversity Committee

The Diversity Committee was established in 1998 and is charged with providing leadership and advancing the University’s diversity goals by monitoring and making recommendations to the President and Board of Trustees that will enrich our curriculum, diversity climate, and recruitment and retention. Committee membership includes representation from faculty, staff, administrators and students. Beginning in 2020, the Diversity Committee also includes representatives from each of the School/College Diversity Councils established in 2020.

Jacqueline Jones LaMon

Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Phone Number
Nexus Building 312

School and College Diversity Councils

Adelphi’s individual School and College Diversity Councils were established in 2020 and are an ideal place for all our community members to help foster change in their schools/colleges. They work closely with the Academic Diversity Implementation Team and the University’s Diversity Committee.

College of Arts and Sciences Contact:

Margaret Lally, Associate Dean lally@adelphi.edu

Anthony Dotterman, Senior Lecturer, General Studies dotterman@adelphi.edu

Robert B. Willumstad School of Business Contact:

Joseph Celentano, Adjunct Faculty, Decision Sciences and Marketing jcelentano@adelphi.edu

College of Education and Health Sciences Contacts:

Pavan Antony, Associate Professor, Ruth S. Ammon School of Education pantony@adelphi.edu

Lyudmila Bryzzheva, Associate Professor, Ruth S. Ammon School of Education bryzzheva@adelphi.edu

Honors College Contact:

Susan Dinan, Dean sdinan@adelphi.edu

College of Nursing and Public Health Contact:

Charles E. Cal, Clinical Assistant Professor ccal@adelphi.edu

College of Professional and Continuing Studies Contact:

Andy Atzert, Dean, aatzert@adelphi.edu

Gordon F. Derner School of Psychology Contact:

Carolyn Springer, Associate Professor, Psychology springer@adelphi.edu

School of Social Work Contacts:

Philip Rozario, Associate Dean rozario@adelphi.edu

Livia Polise, Interim Director of Field Education lpolise@adelphi.edu

University Libraries Contact:

Kimberly Mullins, Associate Professor kmullins@adelphi.edu

Academic Diversity Implementation Team

The Academic Diversity Implementation Team is co-led by the Office of the Provost and the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. It was established in 2020 and is responsible for implementing and benchmarking University-wide actions related to curricular enhancement and the hiring, mentoring, retention, teaching, scholarship and tenure of a diverse faculty body—growing and giving our diverse faculty members the support and resources they need to thrive at Adelphi.

Equitable Adelphi Action Team

Under the leadership of our Center for Student Involvement in the Division of Student Affairs, the Equitable Adelphi Action Team was established in 2020 as a student-centered council that will provide the University with recommended action steps and strategies for addressing and combating racism and all forms of oppression, implicit bias and microaggression.

Phone Number
Earle Hall A 005

Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) Campus Center

Selected in 2019 by the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), Adelphi is one of only 24 institutions of higher education nationwide to be a Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) Campus Center. The groups works to erase structural barriers to equal treatment and opportunity on campuses and in communities. They will develop and implement activities that engage and empower the campus, working with groups such as Adelphi’s student mentoring program, athletics program, Greek organizations, faculty leadership, student organizations, staff and administrators who have expressed a commitment to racial education and healing.

Mentoring Program

The Adelphi University Mentoring Program promotes student success and persistence toward graduation, with an emphasis on reaching first-year students who will learn leadership skills, goal setting, financial literacy, and career skills through one-to-one working relationships with trained mentors from the University’s faculty and staff. This program is open to all students, but ideally, it is for those within their first year and is designed to serve Students of Color, LGBTQ+ Students, Veterans, and First-Generation Students.

Chotsani West

Executive Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Phone Number
Nexus Building 310

Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) Task Force

Established in 2020, our Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) Task Force is composed of faculty and staff who are working to identify ways that Adelphi can better reflect and serve our greater community through the recruitment, retention and committed support of Hispanic students, faculty and staff.

Estefania Zea

Phone Number
Nexus Building 311

LGBTQ+ Task Force

Adelphi’s LGBTQ+ Task Force works closely with the University Diversity Committee to further support the inclusion and acceptance of students, faculty and staff who identify as LGBTQ+. The Task Force is open to all members of the campus community and uses the Campus Pride Index assessment tool to identify areas of growth, new initiatives and new programs to accomplish its mission.

Adam Visconti

Associate Director of Residential Life and Housing
Phone Number
Earle Hall A 100

LGBTQ+ and Allies Committee

The LGBTQ+ and Allies Committee develops strategies, initiatives and programs for acceptance and inclusion of the LGBTQ+ community. Open to all members of the campus community, its mission is to increase visibility of the LGBTQ community and its needs by connecting with allies, promoting education and increasing consciousness and sensitivity.

Phone Number
Social Work Building 351

Scott Zotto

Coordinator of Substance Abuse Counseling and Prevention Programing
Adjunct Representative
Phone Number
Earle Hall A 17

Student Veteran Task Force

Open to students, faculty and staff, the Student Veterans Task Force works to identify ways that Adelphi can recruit, retain and better support our student veteran community members.

Christina Wease

Phone Number
Levermore Hall 303D

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