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A variety of people have been involved in helping to launch this initiative.  The staff of the Center for Teaching and Learning, Donna Llewellyn (Executive Director, Institute for STEM and Diversity Initiatives), and Arturo Rodriguez (Program Director – Bilingual/ENL/TESOL & Professor, Department of Literacy, Language & Culture) played an instrumental role in securing the funding from HHMI. Others have held an important role in guiding the initiative, including:

Jill Chonody, Associate Professor, Social Work
Marie-Anne deGraaff
, Associate Professor, Biological Sciences
David Estrada, Assistant Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
Alicia Garza, Associate Professor, World Languages*
JoAnn Lighty
, Dean of the College of Engineering
Kim Marks, Manager of Talent Acquisition, Human Resources
Jerri Mizrahi
, Manager of Learning & Organizational Development, Human Resources
Reshmi Mukherjee
, Assistant Professor, English
Tony Roark, Interim Provost and VP of Academic Affairs
Arturo Rodriguez
, Professor, Literacy, Language, and Culture
Francisco Salinas, Director of Student Diversity and Inclusion
Susan E. Shadle
, Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning and Professor of Chemistry*
Tasha Souza
, Associate Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning and Professor of Communication*
Gayla Thomas-Dabney
, Director of Equity and Inclusion, Office of Institutional Compliance & Ethics
Leslie Webb, VP for Student Affairs

*Co-chairs of the initiative