President’s Diversity Council

The President's Diversity Council is an advisory and leadership team responsible for developing, overseeing and monitoring University-wide efforts to achieve Bucknell's commitment to diversity as a core institutional and educational value. 

The council's main focus is to enhance and maintain Bucknell's efforts to ensure that all students graduate with knowledge, skills and habits of mind necessary for making thoughtful, responsible contributions in a diverse, globally integrated world. Directly tied to this is a focus on establishing and maintaining a thriving, inclusive campus climate that values all faculty, students and staff members.

Specifically, the council is charged with: 

  • Developing and overseeing the implementation of Bucknell's Strategic Plan for Diversity.
  • Assessing, monitoring and reporting on progress toward achieving strategic diversity goals.
  • Reviewing and revising (as needed) Bucknell's diversity goals and strategies. 

Primary areas of focus include:

  • Diversity of the faculty, staff and student bodies.
  • Campus culture and climate.
  • Curricular and co-curricular diversity-centered learning opportunities.
  • Institutional practices and policies.

The council recognizes the importance of sharing information as well as soliciting and responding to feedback from members of the campus community. As advocates for diversity, inclusiveness and equity, the council values and promotes cross-campus collaboration; consults with faculty, staff and campus offices; and regularly supports and participates in diversity-enrichment opportunities.

Council Members 

John C. Bravman

Amy Badal
Dean of Students 

Denelle Brown
Associate Dean of Students for Diversity & Inclusion

Coralynn Davis 
Faculty Chair and Professor of Women's & Gender Studies

Cindy Guthrie
Interim Dean of the Freeman College of Management

Samantha Hart
Director of Institutional Equity, Title IX Coordinator

Lisa Keegan
Vice President for Enrollment Management

Jennifer Kentera
Senior Associate Athletics Director, Leadership Development

Angèle Kingué
Special Adviser to the Provost for Faculty

Elisabeth Mermann-Jozwiak

Robert Midkiff
Vice President for Strategic Initiatives

Brad Putman
Richard E. Garman Dean of the College of Engineering

Jocelyne Scott
Director of Equity & Inclusive Excellence

Kate Suslava
Assistant Professor of Accounting

Kim Thompson
Director of Alumni & Family Engagement Programs

Karl Voss
Douglas K. Candland Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences

Nicole Whitehead
Vice President of Human Resources

President’s Diversity & Inclusion Awards

The annual President's Diversity & Inclusion Awards recognize significant contributions to the University's efforts to build and nurture an inclusive campus community. Criteria for selection include:

  • Achieving an aspect of The Plan for Bucknell's Enhancing Diversity strategy.
  • Promoting student learning related to Bucknell University's Educational Goal No. 3: Develop knowledge and skills for interpreting the commonalities and differences among human societies, including diverse cultural perspectives and traditions within the United States and internationally, to enable living and working effectively in a global context.
  • Implementing an aspect of Bucknell's 2014-19 Diversity Plan (such as addressing campus demographics and retention; climate and culture; student learning; and/or practices, policies and accountability).
  • Enhancing diversity and inclusion.

2021-22 Award Winners

Student: Madison Scopano '22 and Quintina Smith '23

Staff: Becca Haupt Aldredge, senior assistant director of admissions and Marcus Scales, director of multicultural student services

Faculty - DEI Faculty Fellows: Adrian Mulligan, professor of geography; M. Laura Beninati, associate professor of mechanical engineering; and Anjalee Deshnpande Hutchinson, associate professor of theatre & dance

Office or Program: Office of Admissions

Student Organization: Kappa Alpha Psi

Contact Details

Office of the President


220 Marts Hall