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SUNY Diversity Leadership and Staff

 
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Dr. Rodmon King
Deputy Chief Diversity Officer
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email: rodmon.king@suny.edu

Rodmon King joins SUNY System Administration on special assignment as Deputy Chief Diversity Officer. In addition, Dr. King serves as the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at SUNY Oswego. He has dedicated his career to community service and empowering individuals to become agents of positive social change. For twenty years, he has facilitated workshops and training sessions on diversity, community activism, full participation, structural inequality, microaggressions, implicit bias, unearned privilege, cultural humility, and non-violent communication.

Before coming to SUNY Oswego in 2018, Dr. King served as Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs and Diversity Initiatives at Centre College. Prior to joining Centre College, he spent 10 years as a faculty member in the Department of Philosophy at Hobart and William Smith Colleges where he served as faculty advisor to Sankofa: the Black Student Union and one of the NAACP award winning co-founders of the community transformation initiative, Tools for Social Change.

In the past, Dr. King has served on the steering committee for the Consortium for Faculty Diversity and as Interim Chair of the American Philosophical Association Committee on the Status of Black Philosophers. Since 2019 he has served as the Chair of Mayor Barlow’s City-Campus Relations Committee, and is a member of the Upstate New York Higher Education Recruitment Consortium Advisory Board, the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education, and Syracuse NY NAACP.

King is a native of Rochester, NY. He earned his M.A and Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Rochester, and a BA in Religion and Philosophy from Roberts Wesleyan College.

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Jennie Durán
Assistant Vice Chancellor and System-wide Affirmative Action Officer
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email: jennie.duran@suny.edu

Jennie Marie Durán is an Assistant Vice Chancellor and SUNY's Systemwide Affirmative Action Officer. Jennie has almost two decades of experience working with policies and regulations related to affirmative action, equal employment opportunity, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and diversity management. The crux of her work has been providing diversity and equity compliance guidance to higher education institutions. Prior to joining SUNY, Jennie served at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Northern Arizona University. Outside of education, Jennie has held many roles, including serving as a tribal lawyer for the Havasupai Nation in Arizona and as the President of the Association for Chicanos in Higher Education (AACHE). Jennie also worked for the U.S. Department of State and the public interest law firm Public Counsel Law Center in Los Angeles, where she led children's rights and homelessness prevention programs. When Jennie was in law school, she worked with migrant farmworkers in rural Colorado and then for Human Rights Watch in Mexico City.

Jennie has a juris doctorate from the University at Buffalo Law School, a master's degree in library information science from the University of Illinois, and a bachelor of arts degree from Northern Arizona University. She holds certifications in EEO Counseling, EEOC Investigation, and is a Certified Diversity Management Professional from the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations. Jennie is a first generation college graduate and proud mother of twin daughters Preeya and Paloma.

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Kimberly Bobb
Associate for Administration and Program Coordinator for SUNY’s Hispanic Leadership Institute
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email: Kimberly.bobb@suny.edu

Kimberly Bobb is the program coordinator of SUNY's Hispanic Leadership Institute (HLI), which aims to identify, foster, and support the development and retention of current and emerging Hispanic/LatinX leaders for an increasingly diverse university system and nation. In this capacity, Kimberly plans and coordinates the day-to-day administrative, and operational activities of the HLI. Her responsibilities include program implementation and administration, internal and external operational/administrative liaison, program marketing, and reporting.

Kimberly has been a member of the SUNY System community for three years, beginning her journey with the Office for Academic Health and Hospital Affairs before transferring to the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Kimberly holds a Graduate Certificate in Not for Profit Management and a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Affairs from SUNY Empire State College, as well as an associate's degree in liberal arts from Hudson Valley Community College. Kimberly is currently working towards a masters degree in social and public policy, also with SUNY Empire State College.

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Kendra Cadogan
Senior Associate for Program Policy and Evaluation
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email: kendra.cadogan@suny.edu

Kendra is the Senior Associate for Program Policy and Evaluation in the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. In addition to creating and managing strategic timelines for ODEI projects and initiatives, creating qualitative assessments for various programs, and helping coordinate day-to-day operations, Kendra oversees the SUNY-wide Empire State Diversity Honors Scholarship Program (ESDHSP) and the Graduate Diversity Fellowship Program (GDFP).

Prior to joining the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Kendra served as Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the University at Buffalo School of Law where she oversaw all strategic planning and assessment efforts related to fostering an inclusive campus climate. She also supervised and administered all diversity pipeline programs including Discover Law, a nationally competitive and immersive academic experience for high achieving and diverse undergraduate students considering law school.

Kendra is an alumna of the Daniel Acker Scholars Program at the University at Buffalo, where she received a Master of Education in Social Foundations of Education from the Graduate School of Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology from the College of Arts and Sciences. During her graduate career, Kendra focused on strategies and best practices related to the retention of academically gifted URM students both in her work as a graduate assistant and her research as a graduate student. 

Upon earning her graduate degree, Kendra spent two years at the College at Brockport as a Resident Director where she focused on developing inclusive academic living environments for first-year and upperclassmen communities. Afterward, Kendra returned to the University at Buffalo as an Academic Advisor/Coordinator for the Daniel Acker Scholars Program. In this capacity, Kendra created several new program components designed to create a sense of community and belonging for academically gifted URM students and to aid in the University’s retention efforts. 

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Joseph Skrivanek
Director, ODEI Replications and Pipeline Initiatives
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email: joseph.skrivanek@suny.edu

Joseph Skrivanek is a Distinguished Service Professor of Chemistry at Purchase College and the founding Director of the Baccalaureate and Beyond Community College Mentoring Program (BBCCM) at Purchase College. The program is designed to support students at seven SUNY community colleges in a seamless transition to Purchase College. The BBCCM Program received the President’s Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) from President Obama in 2011.

Skrivanek is presently leading the SUNY Replication Project that is replicating the activities of the Purchase BBCCMP throughout the SUNY System. Dr. Skrivanek received his bachelors and masters degrees in chemistry from the University of Scranton and his Ph.D. in biochemistry from Pennsylvania State University. After postdoctoral work at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, he joined the faculty at Purchase College in 1979. Dr. Skrivanek has held numerous leadership positions at Purchase College including Dean of Natural Sciences, and Chair of the two Middle States Steering Committees.

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Meaghan Laraway
Associate for Program Administration and Policy
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email: meaghan.laraway@suny.edu

Meaghan Laraway is an Associate for Program and Policy with ODEI. Along with the programs she is overseeing, she spends much of her time working on the PRODiG initiative and works closely with the campus Chief Diversity Officers. Meg has been with SUNY for five years now, having worked in both the Chancellor's Office and the Office of the Provost at SUNY System Administration before ODEI. 

Prior to SUNY, Meg spent years working in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries. Earlier in her career, she worked at Albany Medical Center's AIDS Treatment Center. In this role, she conducted studies on patients’ adherence to drug regimens in regards to their geographical and socio-economic statuses. This experience fueled her ambition to serve underrepresented communities which she continues to do today in her work.

Meg is an Albany-area native, though her work has taken her to Denver, Colorado, Providence, Rhode Island – and most of her time after college was spent in the New York City Metropolitan area. She is enjoying being back home in the Capital District where she lives with her family and many animals.

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Ruirui Sun
Associate for Metrics and Data Metrics and PRODiG Coordinator
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email: ruirui.sun@suny.edu

Ruirui Sun is an Associate for Metrics and Data Metrics as well as the PRODiG Coordinator. Ruirui serves as a key adviser to ODEI and Vice Chancellor Miller on the measurement of diversity, equity, and inclusion progress across the SUNY campuses, particularly by creating dashboards and ongoing tracking and analysis of crucial diversity, equity, and inclusion indicators at SUNY System Administration and on the campuses. As the PRODiG coordinator, she is responsible for advancing the PRODiG initiative by processing and analyzing data submitted by participating campuses, facilitating communications with campus PRODiG contacts, and coordinating with ODEI team members accountable for the programmatic elements.

Ruirui is also a doctoral candidate in educational policy and leadership at the University at Albany, expecting to earn her doctoral degree in December 2021. Her dissertation research focuses on how the timing of college decisions may affect individuals' earnings trajectories from high school graduation to more than 30 years later, and how these effects may vary by gender, ethnicity, socio-economic status, as well as college type. For this work, she has won the AERA (American Educational Research Association) dissertation grant, funded by the National Science Foundation.

Before joining the ODEI team, Ruirui worked at the Rockefeller Institute of Government as a research analyst. There, she worked on a series of reports that aim to evaluate and inform SUNY and the New York State's higher education policies and practices, including the economic impact of SUNY graduates, the effects of applied work-based learning at SUNY, and the college level correctional education in New York State.

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Taryn Rackmyer
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Fellow
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email: taryn.rackmyer@suny.edu

Taryn Rackmyer is a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Fellow and a second-year graduate student at the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the University at Albany, expecting to earn her MA in Political Science in December 2021. Previously, Taryn earned a bachelor degree in public policy from the University at Albany in December 2020 and two associate degrees from Mohawk Valley Community College (MVCC) in 2018 and 2019 in public policy and accounting.

Taryn is currently writing her master’s thesis on women's representation in government. Her passions and professional interests have always been to produce a more equitable society through progressive, innovative policy developed with universal design; something she feels she is empowered to work towards at SUNY System Administration. Taryn has been a part of the SUNY team for two years; prior to this fellowship, Taryn was a graduate assistant to the Secretary of the SUNY Board of Trustees and a student assistant in Government Relations and Marketing.

During her undergraduate studies at MVCC and the University at Albany, Taryn held a number of student leadership positions, including serving as Chief of Staff of the systemwide SUNY Student Assembly, where she worked with hundreds of students across the state. Taryn's contributions to her campuses and the SUNY system earned her the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence, the New York State Comptroller Student Achievement Award, and a national 'Achieving the Dream' DREAM Scholar nomination, among other accolades.

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