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
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*
Sonni James, instructional designer in the Department of Online and Digital Learning
Vanessa Lawrence, associate professor in the Department of Legal Studies
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
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*
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
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
Student chairs are forthcoming this academic year.