Inclusive Excellence Leadership Council

The Inclusive Excellence Leadership Council was formed to create a broad-based body university stakeholders (including faculty, students, staff, and alumni) who work with the VPIX in groups, sub-committees and task forces to plan inclusive excellence strategies, identify gaps in existing policies, and enhance the culture of inclusive excellence at UB.

Nominations for the Council were solicited from deans and senior leadership. The Council was charged by the Provost in December 2015.

Leadership Council Initiatives

The Inclusive Excellence Leadership Council is composed of faculty, administrators, staff, students and alumni, and supports the VPIX in several important ways.  The Council:

  • Represents a broad cross-section of the University Community, and can therefore assist the VPIX in communicating effectively across UB’s campuses and constituencies
  • Ensures that the VPIX’s priorities reflect the consensus of those invested in inclusive excellence on campus
  • Broadens the scope of discussion of equity and inclusion initiatives at UB beyond a single individual
  • Partners with the VPIX to seek input from a range of relevant stakeholders whose activities need to be coordinated

Council Committees and Priorities

Members of the Leadership Council

  • Craig Abbey, Associate Vice President and Director of Institutional Analysis
  • Julius Adams, Executive Director, Educational Opportunity Center
  • Kevin Ahuna, Director, Intercultural and Diversity Center
  • Sharmistha Bagchi-Sen, Professor, Geography
  • Rajan Batta, SUNY Distinguished Professor, Industrial and Systems Engineering and Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
  • Glenna Bett, Associate Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology and Chair, Faculty Senate Committee on Equity and Inclusion
  • Peter Biehl, Associate Dean of International Education and Enrollment
  • James Bowman, Academic Advisor, International Student Services
  • Chris Bragdon, Assistant Director for Residential Life and Chair, Professional Staff Senate Inclusion and Diversity Committee
  • Carrie Tirado Bramen, Associate Professor, English and Director, UB Gender Institute
  • Terri Budek, Associate Director of Experiential Learning, Student Engagement
  • Kendra Cadogan, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, School of Law
  • Mark Coldren, Associate Vice President for Human Resources
  • Jessica Coley, GSA President; PhD Student, Sociology
  • Luis Colón, A. Conger Goodyear Professor, Chemistry and Associate Dean for Graduate and Postdoctoral Education, the Graduate School
  • Kristina Costanzo-Metcalfe, Assistant Dean/Chief Business Officer, School of Public Health and Health Professions and LGBTQ Faculty and Staff Association
  • John DellaContrada, Associate Vice President for Media Relations and Stakeholder Communications, University Communications
  • Margarita Dubocovich, SUNY Distinguished Professor, Pharmacology and Toxicology and Senior Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
  • Diane Elze, Associate Professor, School of Social Work
  • Robert Granfield, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs
  • Meegan Hunt, Associate Director for Residential Life
  • Christiana Johnson, Undergraduate Student, History
  • Patrick Keleher, Director, Catholic Campus Ministry
  • Elizabeth Lidano, Director, Student Conduct and Advocacy
  • Theresa McCarthy, Associate Professor, Transnational Studies
  • Troy A. Miller, Associate Vice Provost & Director Of Admissions Department, Office of Admissions
  • Dalia Muller, Associate Professor, History and Director, Honors College and Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education
  • Sharon Nolan-Weiss, Director, Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Heather Orom, Associate Professor, Community Health and Health Behavior and Assistant Dean for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, School of Public Health and Health Professions
  • Christina Orsi, Associate Vice President for Economic Development
  • Krishna Rajan, Erich Bloch Chair and Empire Innovation Professor, Materials Design and Innovation
  • Barbara Ricotta, Associate Vice President for Student Life
  • Amy Reynolds, Associate Professor, Counseling, School, and Educational Psychology
  • Linwood Roberts, Associate Director of Community Relations, School of Dental Medicine and President, Minority Faculty and Staff Association
  • Sharon Sanford, Associate Athletics Director for Recreation and Sport Management
  • Korydon Smith, Professor, Architecture and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, School of Architecture and Planning
  • Josh Sticht, Deputy Chief of Police, University Police
  • Despina Stratigakos, Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence
  • Cheryl Taplin, Senior Associate Vice Provost/Director, Student Success and Retention
  • Letitia Thomas, Director of STEM Diversity Programs, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
  • Kathy Twist, Senior Associate Athletic Director for Sport Administration and Senior Woman Administrator
  • Susan Udin, Professor, Physiology and Biophysics
  • Deborah Waldrop, Professor and Associate Dean for Faculty Development, School of Social Work
  • Hilary Weaver, Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, School of Social Work