Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Staff
Dr. Michelle Cromwell, Vice President for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Chief Diversity Officer
Interim Title IX Coordinator
At the risk of sounding overly simplistic, my work is to demonstrate that people matter. As VP for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, I pride myself on being a servant leader. In that role, I strive to facilitate that varied members of SUNY Plattsburgh’s community feel seen, and know that they matter. This requires that I inspire, encourage, and challenge us as a college to have programs, policies and practices that embrace everyone’s humanity. For this reason, I say that my work is truly centered on demonstrating that all people and their range of human experiences matter. That said, I am aware of and responsive to the suffering and injustices that continue to plague members of our community who exist in the margins and are marginalized. Even in current times of volatility, uncertainty, and complexity I am committed to helping this college community to be inclusive, just, welcoming, and responsive.
Brittany Varin, Project Coordinator
As coordinator, I work closely with the Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Dr. Michelle Cromwell and the other team members in the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. To be able to work with students, whether it be our interns within the office of DEI, or communicating with students throughout campus, it is inspiring and it is promising. In this coordinating role, I try to embody empathy. With empathy, we can recognize the depths of our society and by doing so, create social change.
Sean Rice, Coordinator of Multicultural Initiatives
To know me is to recognize my passion for connecting with students, diversity and inclusion, fostering relationships and building community. In my role as the coordinator of multicultural initiatives, my goal is to empower openness, expression, and create a space where students, faculty, and staff can call home.
I am excited for my SUNY Plattsburgh experience, for where this institution can go and the opportunity to build relationships with all of you! Thank you and feel free to stop by the H.U.B. where we can begin relationship building.
Tryphena Quaicoe, Graduate Assistant for Multicultural Initiatives
As the graduate assistant for multicultural initiatives in the H.U.B, my purpose is to support the DEI team and the coordinator of multicultural initiatives in implementing diversity, equity and inclusion throughout the campus community.
I look forward to celebrating, collaborating and meeting students at the point of their needs. I also anticipate growing and gaining a greater understanding, sensitivity and appreciation of the history, values, experiences and lifestyles of everyone.
Title IX Office
Zyaijah Nadler, Violence Prevention Education & Outreach Coordinator Investigator
What I stand for is the prevention of violence, harassment, and discrimination. The commitment to my work centers around opening up conversations to reduce stigmas by debunking myths, going beyond statistics, and sharing experiences. These conversations then motivate you to not only support victims and survivors but to stand up for them. In order to do that we must flip the pervasive culture of violence that is established so that it no longer exists. Motivated, heard, and supported that is how you will feel leaving the Title IX office. That being said, this work is better when we do it together. Care to join me?