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Under the leadership of Dr. Kumea Shorter-Gooden, Chief Diversity Officer and Associate Vice President, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion provides active oversight, planning, coordination, and evaluation of work in equity, diversity, and inclusion; tracks university progress in meeting the goals of the Strategic Plan for Diversity; and encourages and supports the efforts of Colleges, Schools, and Divisions to achieve their diversity and inclusion goals.
Kumea Shorter-Gooden, Ph.D.
Chief Diversity Officer and Associate Vice President
Email: Kumea Shorter-Gooden
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Dr. Kumea Shorter-Gooden is the first Chief Diversity Officer Associate & Vice President at the University of Maryland, College Park. Formerly, she served as Associate Provost for International-Multicultural Initiatives at Alliant International University, as Professor and Coordinator of the Multicultural Community-Clinical Psychology Emphasis Area at the Los Angeles campus of the California School of Professional Psychology, and a Director of the student counseling center at The Claremont Colleges.
She is the co-author of Shifting: The Double Lives of Black Women in America, which is a winner of the 2004 American Book Awards. A Fellow of the American Psychological Association, Dr. Shorter-Gooden has presented and published on African American women and identity, psychotherapy with diverse populations, and multicultural and diversity issues in higher education. She is also a licensed psychologist who has had a clinical and consultation practice. Originally from Washington, D.C., Dr. Shorter-Gooden was one of two Black girls to integrate the Madeira School, and she received a bachelor's degree magna cum laude from Princeton University with its first class of women. She earned a Ph.D. in Clinical/Community Psychology from University of Maryland, College Park.
The CDO is charged with managing implementation of the University's Strategic Plan for Diversity. To this end the CDO engages with the Deans and Vice Presidents in setting goals and developing plans to address equity, diversity and inclusion in the six areas (as appropriate) of the Strategic Plan for Diversity, namely, leadership; recruitment and retention of students, faculty and staff; climate; education; scholarship/research; and community engagement. The Plan also calls for the CDO to lead assessment of the climate for diversity on campus, as experienced by students, staff and faculty, and the development of recommendations for improvement.
The CDO is the University’s chief equity officer and primary spokesperson on diversity issues. The CDO sits on the President’s cabinet and chairs both the Equity Council and the Diversity Advisory Council.
Beth Douthirt Cohen, Ph.D.
Deputy Chief Diversity Officer & Director of Education
Email: Beth Douthirt-Cohen
Beth Douthirt Cohen is the Director of Education & Training for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and has worked as a social justice educator for over 18 years focused on leadership development, violence prevention, and cultural competency. She has a PhD in Sociocultural Foundations of Education from the University of Maryland, and her research focuses on how relatively privileged populations enact solidarity across difference, especially in response to identity-based violence and discrimination. Before joining ODI, Beth worked at the Consortium on Race, Gender, and Ethnicity at UM for five years in communications and research. Before coming to UM, Beth was the Founding Program Director for the Sadie Nash Leadership Project in New York City where she supported the community-based leadership of young women ages 14-25.
Beth also has her M.Ed. in Adolescent Risk and Prevention from Harvard University and her B.A. in English Literature and Creative Writing from Barnard College of Columbia University. Beth teaches graduate courses on the culture of education, the use of post-colonial cultural studies theories in applied identity-based research, and qualitative research methodologies.
Manager of Education & Training Programs
Email: Mary Graham-Fisher
Mary Graham-Fisher has worked at the University of Maryland for almost 15 years in various roles related to diversity, equity, inclusion and human resources. In that time, Mary has developed expertise in sexual harassment prevention, diversity training, program administrative oversight, mediation, and facilitation. Mary is currently enrolled at the University of Maryland University College.
As Manager of Education & Training Programs, Mary supports the overarching initiatives of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Specifically, Mary works in the areas of curriculum review and development, facilitator recruitment and training, marketing and course administration for the Words of Engagement Intergroup Dialogue Program and provides diversity trainings for multiple campus constituencies.
Executive Administrative Assistant
Email: Timea Webster
Timea Webster has worked in higher education since 2002 and is a National Coalition Builders Institute (NCBI) trained “Welcoming Diversity Train-the-Trainer”. Timea was the Assistant Director of Alumni Relations at the University of Alaska, Anchorage and was a fundraiser for The Urban League of Anchorage, the first multicultural chapter. She further supported the National Urban league Youth Leadership conference by building a mentorship program and fundraising. Prior to working in higher education, she went to school at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. Timea is from Anchorage, Alaska.
As the Executive Administrative Assistant, Timea is responsible for supporting the Chief Diversity Officer and Deputy Chief Diversity Officer in the administrative functions for which they are responsible, including, but not limited to, office-wide scheduling, office reception coordination, supply management, and student supervision.
Education & Training Specialist
Donté McGuire is a doctoral student in the Higher Education, Student Affairs, and International Education Policy program. His scholarship broadly centers on issues of equity and inclusion in higher education. Specifically, his research focuses on cross-cultural education and understanding, racial identity construction, and students of color in postsecondary contexts. Over his professional career, Donté has worked in various educational contexts including, international education, high school re-entry and completion, college access, and residence life and housing. He earned his M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from North Carolina State University.
In ODI, Donté supports the training and educational goals and programs of the office, which include, the Words of Engagement Intergroup Dialogue Program, campus-wide diversity and equity trainings and campaigns for students, staff, and faculty, and diversity education/outreach of other units on campus.
Education & Training Specialist
Email: email@example.com Jeremy Gombin-Sperling is a first year Ph.D. student in the International Education Policy (IEP) program. He earned his Bachelor's in Psychology and Religious Studies at New York University, and later his M.A., also in the IEP program at UMD. His professional career has revolved around international education and exchange programs, first starting as a Language and Cultural Assistant at two different bilingual schools in Spain. He has worked as an Advisor in Education Abroad at the University of Maryland, as well as on the Fulbright Program at the U.S. Department of State. Some of Jeremy’s research interests include bilingual educational programs as social intervention, food education, and the educational experiences of LGBTQ students.
As an Education and Training Specialist, Jeremy is responsible for supporting the Words of Engagement Intergroup Dialogue Program. In this role, Jeremy works on marketing and recruitment, registration, facilitator training, and evaluation and assessment of the program.
Joseph WilliamsProgram Assistant
Joseph Williams has served as Project Assistant in the Office of Diversity & Inclusion (ODI) since 2015. In this role, he supports the planning committee work for campaigns such as “Rise Above” and “Disability Awareness Month.” Additionally, he maintains the ODI social media presence, provides general office support and disseminates the weekly “Diversity Tip.” Joseph received his Bachelor’s of Arts degree from Bowie State University.
Amilcar GuzmanResearch Assistant
Amilcar Guzman is a third-year doctoral student in Educational Leadership and Policy (Higher Education) at the University of Maryland, College Park. His research focuses on the postsecondary outcomes of Latino college graduates. Prior to beginning his Ph.D., Amilcar worked in educational research and policy at various Washington D.C. based organizations including the Data Quality Campaign, National Council for Community and Education Partnerships, Council of the Great City Schools and the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. In each of these roles, Amilcar used quantitative and qualitative methods to evaluate the impact of educational programs, policies and practices at the local, national and international levels. In each of these positions, Amilcar deepened his passion for serving the Latino community and devotion to improving the quality of life of low-income communities. As a Research Assistant, Amilcar is responsible for supporting the Chief Diversity Officer in conducting surveys, literature reviews, technical papers and other research projects.
Tsitsi Moyo is a senior, studying Behavioral and Community Health with a minor in Public Leadership. Tsitsi is looking forward to pursuing a career in the Public Health field, and has specific interests in the areas of health promotion and chronic disease prevention. Tsitsi hopes to gain work experience in those areas following her graduation in May before eventually furthering her education. Tsitsi also volunteers on campus as a counselor at the University of Maryland Help Center, a peer counseling and crisis intervention hotline. Tsitsi grew up in Sharon, Massachusetts.
As the Student Assistant, Tsitsi provides necessary support to the Executive Administrative Assistant, and all other staff members as needed by conducting research on topics of discussion, developing and distributing marketing materials for the office, and providing support at office events. Tsitsi is also responsible for maintaining the office’s social media accounts and updating the display board outside of the office.