Office of Diversity & Inclusion

Staff

Cynthia Edmunds

Cynthia Edmunds

Interim Chief Diversity Officer

Email: cedmunds@umd.edu

Pronouns: she / her / hers

Cynthia Edmunds brings over 25 years of experience in higher education, including 17 years at Johns Hopkins University in academic administration. Fifteen years of her career has focused on providing counseling in work relationships, performance coaching, mediation, and process consulting.

From 2005 – 2008, Ms. Edmunds was the Associate Director of the Adele H. Stamp Student Union, focusing on organizational effectiveness. In this role, she was responsible for increasing individual and organizational capacity in a diverse community. Her work as the equity officer for the Stamp Student Union supported a vibrant and inclusive organization.

Since 2008, Ms. Edmunds has served as the Assistant to the President and Staff Ombuds Officer with campus-wide responsibilities in employee engagement, diversity, inclusion, and equity matters. She is one of the incubators and serves as the President’s Office representative for the Thriving Workplace Initiative. As the University’s equity administrator, Ms. Edmunds counsels on best practices and campus compliance with all regulations related to faculty and staff searches. In her role as Staff Ombuds Officer, Ms. Edmunds provides confidential assistance for exempt and non-exempt staff that are experiencing conflict in work relationships.

Timea Webster

Timea Webster

Assistant to the Chief Diversity Officer

Email: twebste1@umd.edu

Pronouns: she / her/ hers

Timea M. Webster is the Assistant to the Chief Diversity Officer in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion where she provides secretarial, administrative, and operational support for the Chief Diversity Officer and Interim Associate Provost. In addition to representing staff on the Senate Executive Committee, Webster serves on the selection committee of the University of Maryland’s Incentive Awards Program (IAP) - a program that offers full financial support to the University of Maryland for Baltimore City and Prince George's County public high school graduates to attend UMD who demonstrate exceptional academic ability.

Webster also serves as a mentor to IAP students, as she is fully committed to their holistic development and successful completion of their academic journeys. Webster, a National Coalition Builders Institute (NCBI) certified diversity trainer, has also taught several courses through the Words of Engagement Intergroup Dialogue Program that focus on socioeconomic status, gender, sexuality, and size & appearance.

With 15 years of experience in higher education, Webster previously served as the Assistant Director of Alumni Relations at the University of Alaska, Anchorage and was a principal fundraiser for The Urban League of Anchorage, the first multicultural chapter in the history of the National Urban League. She further supported the National Urban League Youth Leadership Conference by building a mentorship program and organizing and coordinating fundraising efforts to ensure long term financial sustainability.

Webster’s fierce commitment to diversity advocacy, equity, and education earned her the 2017 Ethnic Minority Achievement Non-Exempt Staff Award from the President’s Commission on Ethnic and Minority Issues. Outside of campus, Webster mentors Baltimore City Youth and is co-founder of “You Alright Sis?” a radical self-care workshop focused on Black women.

Jyotsna Vanapalli

Jyotsna Vanapalli, SPHR, CCEP

Human Resources Consultant

Email: jyotsna@umd.edu

Pronouns: she / her / hers

Jyotsna Vanapalli helps ODI meet the growing human resource demands of the office as it expands to reflect the University's vision of inclusive excellence. Partnering with the CDO and his senior leadership team, Jyotsna provides consultative guidance on aligning people and program resources for ODI. Additionally, Jyotsna helps individual staff with professional development, career planning, and finding a balance between the demands of work, life, and navigating sometimes competing equity frameworks.

Prior to joining the University of Maryland, Jyotsna worked in diversity, compliance, ethics and training most recently for Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and Emory University. Jyotsna serves as a member of the executive team for the Difficult Dialogues National Resource Center and will chair its 3rd Biennial Difficult Dialogues Higher Education Conference in October 2018.

Neijma Celestine-Donnor

Neijma Celestine-Donnor, LCSW-C

Program Manager for Hate/Bias Response

Email: ncdonnor@umd.edu

Pronouns: she / her / hers

Neijma Celestine-Donnor is UMD’s first Program Manager for Hate/Bias Response. As the Program Manager for Hate/ Bias Response, Ms. Celestine-Donnor leads efforts on responding to hate and bias through trauma focused Response and Support, Training & Education, and Data Collection and Distribution.

Ms. Celestine-Donnor holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Maryland and is a licensed clinical social work supervisor. She also has years of experience within the field of trauma services. Ms. Celestine-Donnor is an adjunct professor at the Univesity of Maryland and is an experienced trainer and facilitator.

Ms. Celestine-Donnor's areas of interest include racial and identity trauma, and promoting diversity and inclusion through a trauma informed lens.

Veronica Lewis

Veronica Lewis

Business Manager

Email: vlewis1@umd.edu

Pronouns: she / her / hers

Veronica Lewis has been with the University System of Maryland since 2008. In 2013, she arrived at the College Park campus in the Division of Research where, over the years, she served in progressively responsible roles within their Business Office. In January 2018, Veronica became the Business Manager for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. She brings experience in business operations, procurement, finance, and human resources. She oversees the administrative and human resource functions of ODI and its reporting units. Additionally, she provides support to ODI and its reporting units as the Parking Coordinator and Key Monitor.

Veronica received her B.A. in Business Administration with a specialization in Management from the University of Baltimore.

Ebanezare Tadele

Ebanezare Tadele

Administrative Assistant

Email: etadele@umd.edu

Pronouns: he / him / his

Ebanezare Tadele is the Administrative Assistant for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion where he provides administrative and logistical support for ODI’s programming across the university.

A San Diego native, Ebanezare holds a bachelor’s in Sociology and a minor in Communications from Point Loma Nazarene University where he led student activism as the VP of the university’s Black Student Union and was a nationally ranked debater.

In South East D.C., he worked in education as a City Year AmeriCorps member and a Guest Educator where he supported students with academic and social skills as well as organizing resources for the community through an annual block party. An Ethiopian Diaspora Fellow, he served as a Social Development Consultant for an international NGO working with orphaned children, marginalized women, and at-risk families to develop access and opportunity to secure education and employment, helping them move toward self-sufficiency. Prior to moving to Maryland, Ebanezare balanced working in Finance and mentoring young people in underserved communities in Southern California. All these positions allowed him to combine his passion for dialogue, community development, and social justice through service.

Joseph Williams

Joseph Williams

Program Assistant

Email: jwill53@umd.edu

Pronouns: he / him / his

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.

Perre Shelton

Perre Shelton, M.A.

Graduate Assistant - Communications

Email: perre.shelton@rhsmith.umd.edu

Pronouns: he / him / his

Perre Shelton focuses on the language and practice of social justice that moves beyond the optics of inclusivity; one that pushes the mission of ODI forward in a way that makes topics relative to diversity and inclusion a central and vital competent of UMD’s institutional culture and climate. He is a former educator, teaching culturally-inclusive literacy on the south-side of Chicago. He continues his journey as a Ph.D. candidate in Counseling Psychology at Howard University where he is finishing his dissertation, and a hopeful dual-degree recipient, as he is also in the M.B.A. program at University of Maryland. In the M.B.A. program he is specializing in Marketing and Finance, which has obvious utility for his role in ODI. Perre's ultimate goal is to be able to create and enact comprehensive and interdisciplinary service delivery models (i.e. mental-health, vocational-assistance, academic-counseling, etc.) that targets vulnerable populations that have historically had limited or frayed access to such services.

Nana Brantuo

Nana Brantuo

Graduate Assistant

Email: nbrantuo@terpmail.umd.edu

Pronouns: she / her/ hers

Nana Brantuo holds a bachelor’s degree in African Studies from Howard University and a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Maryland, College Park, where she is pursuing a doctorate degree in Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership (Minority and Urban Education emphasis). Her academic interests focus on the social contexts of educational policy, practice, and praxis, the interface of education and immigration policy, and educational mobility and migrations. Her academic work has also given her the opportunity to teach courses to pre-service teachers that were focused on the creation of equitable classrooms that address the holistic needs and complex identities and experiences of students. She currently serves on the advisory board for Bowie State University and The University of Maryland, College Park’s Research Institute for Scholars in Education (RISE), a program that provides undergraduates from under-represented communities with one year of paid research and career development training in language or literacy.

Diversity Training and Education Staff

Carlton Green

Carlton E. Green, Ph.D.

Director, Diversity Training & Education

Email: cegreen@umd.edu

Pronouns: he / him / his

Carlton E. Green is the Director of Diversity Training and Education in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. For more than 20 years, he has held various roles in higher education settings. More specifically, he has worked in student activities, multicultural services, residence life, academic affairs, athletics, and counseling services in both public and private institutions. While building collaborative and empowering relationships with students, faculty, and staff, he has always sought to advocate for institutional policies and programs that promote access and equity for underserved populations.

Dr. Green earned his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, and received masters-level training in Mental Health Counseling and Pastoral Ministry, from Boston College. Dr. Green’s dedication to diversity and inclusion facilitated his appointment as the Multicultural Post-doctoral Fellow in Counseling and Psychological Services at the University of Houston, the second most racially and ethnically diverse institution in the country.

While serving as a staff psychologist at the University of Maryland Counseling Center, his work was acknowledged at the both the local and national level. On campus, he was honored with the Division of Student Affairs Outstanding Service Award, as well as the Champion of Our Community Award by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Staff and Faculty Association. At the national level, he was recognized as a 2016 Diversity Scholar by the Association of Counseling Center Training Agencies, and he served as an invited keynote panelist for the 10th Biennial National Multicultural Conference and Summit.

Mary Graham-Fisher

Manager of Education & Training Programs

Email: mkgraham@umd.edu

Pronouns: she / her/ hers

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.

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