A number of task forces and committees across campus help Adelphi make substantive progress toward our overall diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging 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.

Vice President for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging
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:

Margaret Lally, Associate Dean lally@adelphi.edu

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

Robert B. Willumstad School of Business:

Willumstad School of Business Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee

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

College of Education and Health Sciences:

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:

Honors College Diversity Council

Contact: Susan Dinan, Dean sdinan@adelphi.edu

College of Nursing and Public Health:

College of Nursing and Public Health Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council

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

College of Professional and Continuing Studies:

CPCS Diversity Council

Andy Atzert, Dean, aatzert@adelphi.edu

Gordon F. Derner School of Psychology:

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

School of Social Work:

Philip Rozario, Interim Dean rozario@adelphi.edu

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

University Libraries:

Library Diversity Council

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.

Phone Number
Nexus Building 365

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.

Anna Zinko
Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs
Phone Number
Ruth S. Harley University Center 126

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.

Marsha J. Tyson Darling (No Pronouns: Use My Name)
Special Assistant To the President for Strategic Initiatives
Adjunct Faculty
Adjunct Faculty
Phone Number
Levermore Hall 100

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, Inclusion and Belonging
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.

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.

Adelphi Pride

Adelphi Pride is a committee that 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 (He/Him)
Phone Number
Nexus Building 134

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.

DACA, International and Immigration Task Force

Representation of the task force includes university administration, staff, faculty, and students. The DACA, International and Immigration Task Force will ensure that the University continues to monitor the issues related to immigration and regulatory changes as they pertain to our university community.

Wendy Badala
Director of International Services
Phone Number
Post Hall 204
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