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President’s Advisory Council on Diversity and Inclusion

The Council was established in August 2016 and on November 1, 2016, held its first meeting. The Council is comprised of faculty, administrators, students, and external members. The Council’s initial charge was to serve as a sounding board for the president and the campus community. Over time, the Council has taken a lead role in advancing our efforts to remain an inclusive and welcoming university by identifying and addressing concerns of diversity and inclusion. The Council provides support for student retention efforts, educational programming, crisis communications, and student clubs and organizations.


Zaneta Rago-Craft, Ed.D., Chair, Intercultural Center Director
Nina Anderson, J.D., Director of the Office of Equity and Diversity
Amy Arlequin, J.D., Deputy Title IX Coordinator and Clery Compliance Officer
Marco Cabrera, General Maintenance Mechanic
Skip Carey, M.A., Director, Disability Services for Students
Michael Corsey, M.A., Social Media Coordinator
David Ford, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Professional Counseling
Mehdi Husaini, Student, Biology, Senior
Andrew Lee, PsyM., PsyD., Director of Counseling and Psychological Services
Gary Lewandowski, Ph.D., Professor, Psychology
Michael Maiden, M.A., M.A., Executive Director of University Communications
Marilyn McNeil, Ed.D., Vice President and Director of Athletics
Nicole Pulliam, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Educational Counseling and Leadership
Lu-Ann Russell, B.A., Senior Director of Conference Services and Special Events
Robyn Salvo, M.B.A., Director of Human Resources
Claude Taylor, M.A., Advisor in Residence for Academic Transition and Inclusion
Hettie Williams, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, History and Anthropology

The Charge of the President’s Advisory Council on Diversity and Inclusion is as follows:

  • Identify, propose, and implement actions and initiatives that uphold and enhance the core values of the University and its commitment to diversity and inclusion.
  • Expand on our ambitions for cultural diversity set forth in our strategic plan.
  • Collaborate with the Office of Enrollment Management to ensure that the University is prepared to address the concerns of underrepresented students.
  • Advise the president on various matters that support diversity and inclusion.
  • Work collaboratively across the campus to address the concerns of underrepresented students and other marginalized populations.
  • Support and recommend strategies to recruit underrepresented faculty and staff and aid in their retention.


  • Researched and recommended the creation of the Monmouth University Intercultural Center. The University is in the process of hiring a director.
  • Recommended and worked closely with Marketing and Communication, Information Management, and Administrative Services to design and erect an interactive exhibit commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech on campus on October 6, 1966.
  • Worked with the Office of the President to establish the University’s first Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Distinguished Speaker in Social Justice Series, which will be a feature of each Founders’ Day celebration. In October 2018, inaugural speaker was Dr. Ruha Benjamin, Associate Professor, African American Studies, Princeton University.
  • Contributed to the goals established in the University retention plan.
  • Served as an advisor on the creation of the First to Fly First Generation program, starting in fall 2019.
  • Spearheaded the expansion of Safe Zone training across campus to include administrative leaders in Academic Affairs.

Future Plans

  • Commemoration of Julian Abele, the lead architect for the Great Hall, which is National Historic Landmark
  • Prepare a recommendation regarding the University’s next climate survey.
  • Collaborate with campus experts and the Monmouth University Library to educate the campus community and the public on a variety of diversity and inclusion related issues.