Fox and STHM launch DEI Council

By Steve Orbanek

Feb. 6, 2022

Group will lead the charge in ensuring that DEI efforts are at core of schools’ mission

PHILADELPHIA, February 7, 2022 — In our ongoing efforts to deepen our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, the Fox School and School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management (STHM) launched a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Council in October 2020. The council will lead, advocate for, coordinate, inform and ensure DEI efforts are a larger part of the schools’ culture, operations and practices.

The council is chaired by Patricia Terry. Terry is the assistant director of curriculum management and assessment. A proud Temple alum, Terry received the school’s 2021 Rising Star award and hopes to continue to be a change agent focused on improving the experiences of all members of the school community.

Faculty members from both schools serve on the council. For example, Leora Eisenstadt of the Department of Legal Studies is also the director of the new Center for Ethics, Diversity and Workplace Culture (CEDWC). From STHM, associate professor in STHM and director of Organizational Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Debra Blair’s industry experience spans over 25 years designing and implementing inclusive sport, tourism and leisure programs and events.  

“The DEI Council will lead the charge in shifting the culture and will advocate for and lead initiatives that ensure DEI values fully connect into every aspect of our schools,” says Dean Ron Anderson. “Positive change does not come overnight. But I am confident that with the new council, we can bring real, tangible change to both schools.”

Prior to her passing in November 2020, Lisa Fitch, former senior associate director of PhD Programs at the Fox School of Business, served on the council and was appointed by Ron Andersons, dean of the Fox School and STHM. 

2021-2022 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council Members

DEI Council Chair

Patricia Terry, assistant director of Curriculum Management and Assessment

Subcommittees 

Academic Programs & Curriculum 

Debra Blair, associate professor and director of STHM Organizational Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Melissa Glenn, associate professor of practice in the Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management*

Assessment, Evaluation & Recognition 

Dan Goldberg, assistant professor of instruction in the Department of Human Resource Management 

Kerry Slade, assistant professor in the Department of Strategic Management and assistant academic director of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute*

Communications/Marketing 

Brandon Evans, technology and administrative support specialist in Fox Information Technology

Dennis Paris, assistant professor of practice in the Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management*

Faculty 

Tilan Tang, assistant professor of research in the Department of Finance*

Curtis Gregory, assistant professor of instruction in the Department of Strategic Management

Min-Seok Pang, associate professor of in the Management Information Systems 

Krupa Viswanathan, associate professor in the Department of Risk, Insurance and Healthcare Management

Staff & Operational Units 

Kamina Richardson, assistant program director in the Department of Legal Studies*

Amanda Barber, senior associate director in the Dean’s Office

Gavin Farber, academic advisor in the Center for Undergraduate Advising

Azaria Keys, assistant director of administration at the Center for Ethics, Diversity, and Workplace Culture (CEDWC) 

Students

Elvita Quinones, associate director in the Center for Undergraduate Advising

Djavon Dupree, student, Master of Science in Sport Business with a concentration in Sport Marketing and Promotions

Diamond Hunter, student, Marketing major

Jordan Thomas, student, Master of Science in Sport Business with a concentration in Athletic Administration

Dané Simms, student, Economics major

*Subcommittee Chair