Diversity and Inclusion at Marist

Diversity Council

The Marist College Diversity Council fulfills an advisory role to the President of the College in matters related to diversity, inclusion, and equity.  Comprised of members from across the College appointed by the President, the Council is a hub for strategic and collaborative thinking. The Council works alongside the Diversity Leadership which includes the Special Assistant to the President for Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement (DICE) and the Director for Academic Diversity and Inclusion to set the diversity agenda of the College.

Also, the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences Creating Inclusive Communities (CIC) group and the Teaching and Training Subcommittee (TTS) of the Diversity Council are launching the Marist College Diversity Leadership Institute (MCDLI) on June 15, 2020. This endeavor would allow eight faculty/staff members and two students to develop awareness and skills to further implement and sustain diversity and inclusion initiatives on the Marist College campus. MCDLI would bring together faculty, staff, and students to participate in weeklong (June 15 – June 19) didactic, experiential, and peer-mentored workshops. To apply, please fill out this application pdf icon

Diversity Council Membership


  • Patricia Ferrer-Medina, Assistant Professor of Spanish, School of Liberal Arts
  • Christine Mulvey, Director of Special Projects, Telecommunications, and Networking, Information Technology


  • Addrain Conyers, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice/Director for Academic Diversity and Inclusion, School of Social & Behavioral Sciences


Communication - Coordinate all communication and representation of the Council’s work.

  • Al Abdelrahman, Co-Chair & Associate Director of Safety and Security, Safety and Security

Student Life - Facilitate student experiences of diversity.

  • Colin McCann, Co-Chair & Associate Director of First-Year Programs/Leadership Development, Student Affairs
  • Alyssa Gates, Co-Chair & Director of Student-Athlete Enhancement, Academic Affairs
  • Brother Michael Flanigan, Campus Ministry, Student Affairs
  • Iris Ruiz-Grech, Director of the Center for Multicultural Affairs and the Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program, Academic Affairs

Training and Teaching - Facilitate faculty and staff experiences of diversity.

  • Maryellen Guardino, Co-Chair & Associate Director of Accommodations & Accessibility, Student Affairs
  • Stacy Williams, Co-Chair & Assistant Professor, School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Katy Silberger, Librarian/Digital Content Service, Student Affairs
  • Dashawn Jones, Investigator/Security Officer, Safety and Security

Creating and Learning - Facilitate experiences of diversity in academics.

  • James Snyder, Co-Chair & Associate Professor, School of Liberal Arts
  • Haseeb Arroon, Co-Chair & Database Manager, Institutional Research
  • Jessica Macias, Financial Analyst, Budget, Planning & Analysis
  • Tim Murray, Director of Athletics, Student Affairs