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Dean of Students Diversity Advisory Group

The Dean of Students Diversity Advisory Group is a forum for the Dean of Students and other administrators to hear directly from students about their experiences to better advocate for a more inclusive learning environment that supports unique perspectives and values differences.

Membership

  • The Advisory Group is co-chaired by the Dean of Students and a student.
  • The Provost and the chair of the Faculty Diversity Committee serve as ex-officio members of the group.
  • Undergraduate and graduate students who are passionate about diversity and inclusion and willing to share their experiences with others are eligible to apply.
  • Based on the topic of each meeting, invited guests are welcome to attend.

Application Process

Time Commitment

  • The Advisory Group meets monthly for an hour and a half over lunch.
  • Meetings are typically the first Monday of the month from noon–1:30 p.m.

If you have any campus concerns related to diversity and inclusion that you would like the Dean of Students Diversity Advisory Group to discuss, please email diversityadvisorygroup@ut.edu.

Jasmine Abdelgafar

Communications
Abdelgafar

Hometown: Alexandria, Egypt
Graduation Year: December 2019

Personal Definition of Diversity: Diversity is the combination of all the small things that make us unique and special to form a unified society that aims to enhance these differences and celebrate them instead of trying to change them.

Evans Adu

Finance
Adu

Hometown: Assin Fosu, Ghana, West Africa
Graduation Year: December 2018

Personal Definition of Diversity: Diversity to me is a situation or an environment where different peoples or individuals coming from different backgrounds, cultures and perhaps have different preferences of live-lifestyles co-exist either deliberately or not to sometimes achieve set objectives.

Nia Burton

Communication
Burton

Hometown: Laurel, FL
Graduation Year: December 2020

Personal Definition of Diversity: Diversity is the representation of all different walks of life. But diversity is not only the inclusion of a wide variety of individuals. It is also the equal understanding and acceptance of these people. When everyone is able to accept and is aware of the complexity involved in an identity different than their own, then a community is diverse.

Valentina Dominguez

Marine Biology
Dominguez

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Graduation Year: May 2020

Personal Definition of Diversity: Diversity is the integration and acceptance of all races and ethnicities into society. It should be inclusive of not having a specific race or ethnicity be superior or the majority as compared to others.

Rachel Figueiroa

Cybersecurity
Figueiroa

Hometown: Kahului, HI
Graduation Year: May 2020

Personal Definition of Diversity: Different backgrounds and views

Olaoluwa “Lao” Harrison

Instructional Design and Technology
Harrison

Hometown: Lagos, Nigeria
Graduation Year: December 2018

Personal Definition of Diversity: I consider diversity not so much where one is from, but the path one chooses in life, albeit being disparate from the norm. My diversity is a choice to live a completely sober life whilst simultaneously pursuing self-actualization and transcendence through service. In other words, I find meaning and true happiness in letting go of attachments and living a life dedicated to helping others - especially on The University of Tampa campus through the UTRC.

Courtney Hayman

Elementary Education
Hayman

Hometown: Wilmington, DE
Graduation Year: May 2018

Personal Definition of Diversity: Diversity is the way in which people are different from one another, and it shapes the way that people move through the world. There are many different parts of people that can be different, and these identities intersect to make each individual human being.

Hannah Hines

Finance
Hines

Hometown: Valrico, FL
Graduation Year: May 2020

Personal Definition of Diversity: Diversity means diverse or various types of people of unlike circumstances and experiences without regards to gender, race, socio-economic status, age or ethinicity.

Dan Holahan

Entrepreneurship
Holahan-Dan

Hometown: Winchester, MA
Graduation Year: May 2018

Personal Definition of Diversity: I believe that diversity is a concept that encompasses respect and acceptance. It means understanding and recognizing the uniqueness and differences in everyone. These can be across many dimensions; diversity explores these differences in safe, positive and nurturing environments that foster and embrace, rather than tolerate, these dimensions. It is only when we learn to embrace the diversity in our self and others that we can create a more accepting and respectful community.

Kori Lannaman

Public Health
Lannaman

Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Graduation Year: December 2020

Personal Definition of Diversity: Diversity includes a wide array of individuals with differing religions, social classes, sexual orientations, races/ethnicities and backgrounds.

Siddharth Mitra

Information Systems Management
Mitra

Hometown: Kolkata, India
Graduation Year: December 2018

Personal Definition of Diversity: Diversity to me is a way of being different in various ways such as culture, ideas, opinions, looks, experiences, etc.

Michelle Mooney

Psychology/Sociology
Mooney

Hometown: Waipahu, HI
Graduation Year: May 2020

Personal Definition of Diversity: Diversity is the understanding that each individual is unique, and to recognize individual or personal differences. It is the ability for these differences to coexist together with a mutual acceptance for all. These can be along the dimensions of race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs or other ideologies.

Troy Schneider

Political Science
Schneider

Hometown: Orlando, FL
Graduation Year: December 2018

Personal Definition of Diversity: I believe that diversity is an important part of our society. Diversity is what makes all of us different, but this is critical to our lives. Having diversity strengthens people and makes people aware of our differences in a positive way.

Caroline Stadler

Public Health
Stadler

Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Graduation Year: May 2018

Personal Definition of Diversity: To me, diversity means to promote tolerance and inclusion while recognizing and respecting the differences in everyone around me. To be diverse is to highlight these differences but not out of hate and fear but out of respect and acknowledgement.

Victoria Sunseri

Psychology/Public Health
Sunseri

Hometown: Farmingville, NY
Graduation Year: May 2018

Personal Definition of Diversity: Diversity is the ability to respectfully engage in positive, growth-promoting relationships with individuals whose religion, race, gender, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, ability, sexual orientation or culture is different than one's own.

Jelani Whitsey

Allied Health
Whitsey-Jelani

Hometown: Chicago, IL
Graduation Year: May 2019

Personal Definition of Diversity: I believe diversity is the inclusion and understanding of every person despite ethnicity, socioeconomic status and sexual orientation.