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

Elisabeth Mermann-Jozwiak

Nikki Young
Interim Associate Provost for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Raquel Alexander
Dean, Freeman College of Management

Pat Mather
Dean, College of Engineering

Karl Voss
Dean, College of Arts & Sciences

Bill Conley
Vice President for Enrollment Management

Pierre Joanis
Vice President for Human Resources

Amy Badal
Dean of Students 

Danelle Brown
Associate Dean of Students for Diversity & Inclusion

Maisha Kelly
Senior Associate Athletics Director and Senior Women's Administrator

Bill Kenny
Faculty Chair and Professor of Music

Carmen Gillespie
Professor of English

M. Laura Beninati
Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Obed Lira
Assistant Professor of Spanish


President’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Awards

The annual President's Diversity, Equity & 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.

2018–19 Award Winners

Student: Brishti Mandal '20
Faculty: Professor Erica Delsandro, women's & gender studies
Staff: Kelsey Hicks, director, Women's Resource Center
Student Organization: Black Student Union
Collaborative Team: B-Eats

Nomination Process 

Nominations for the 2019–20 Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Awards will open in January 2020. For more information, contact:

Jenn Holdren, assistant to the associate provost for diversity, equity & inclusion

Office of the President


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