Support for Diversity

Compliance and Diversity Outreach Efforts

The Chief Diversity Officer with the help of the Provost conducts the following activities to promote management’s participation in the Affirmative Action programs:

  • The Provost, Dean of Academic Affairs, Chief Diversity Officer, and HR Director and Assistant Director of HR Operations meet each year to discuss forming search committees, strategies to avoid unintended bias, current trends, and academic trends.
  • Meet with Program Coordinators and Hiring Managers to discuss hiring issues such as diversifying applicant pools, addressing unintended bias, and meeting compliance requirements on a rolling basis (weekly)
  • Designs and implements programs/remedies to promote the attainment of placement goals on a monthly basis
  • Charge meetings cover topics including but not limited to: Equal Employment Opportunity regulations, CUNY search guidelines, importance of confidentiality, implicit bias and how to combat it, emerging trends in higher education and academic arena, the Hiring Manager discussed the needs and/or changes of the area, search time frame and overall scheduling, handling conflicts of interest, and search-related forms and documentation.
  • Review and approve plans to conduct searches to fill job vacancies

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Taskforce


●     Dean Charles H. Pryor, II (Chair of Committee)
●     Jaclyn Helms, Chief Diversity Officer
●     Bindi Patel, Depuy to the Dean of Student Engagement, Deputy Chief Diversity Officer
●     Cristina Ortiz-Harvey, Director of Financial Aid
●     Lavita McMath, Assistant Dean for Equity, Inclusion, and Experiential Learning


●     Marcus Allen, Professor
●     Andrea Morrell, Asst Professor
●     Ryan Coughlan, Instructor
●     Keino Brown, Instructor