Jul 23 • 3 min read
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Group will lead the charge in ensuring that DEI efforts are at core of schools’ mission

PHILADELPHIA, July 26, 2021 — 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 includes members from the Fox School and STHM. Opportunities for student council members will be available during the fall 2021 semester and for additional faculty and staff members.  

The council is co-chaired by Jodi Weisberg and Patricia Terry. Weisberg is manager of staff affairs for the Fox School and STHM, a University EOC Ombudsperson, certified in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace by the USF Office of Corporate Training and a passionate advocate for DEI initiatives, committed to fostering an inclusive culture. 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. 

2020-2021 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council Members

DEI Council Co-Chairs 

Patty Terry, assistant director of Curriculum Management and Assessment

Jodi Weisberg, manager of staff affairs at Fox and STHM

Subcommittees 

Academic Programs & Curriculum 

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

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

Sonni James, instructional designer in the Department of Online and Digital Learning 

Vanessa Lawrence, associate professor in the Department of Legal Studies

Patty Terry

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*

Elizabeth Taylor, assistant professor in the Department of Sport and Recreation Management

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*

Jodi Weisberg

Faculty 

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

Leora Eisenstadt, associate professor in the Department of Legal Studies

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 

Patty Terry

Students

Naima Hall, director of the STHM Center for Student Professional Development and director of Student Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Elvita Quinones, associate director in the Center for Undergraduate Advising

Jodi Weisberg

Student chairs are forthcoming this academic year.

*Subcommittee Chair

DEI CouncilDiversityEquityInclusionLeora EisenstadtPatrick McKay