SUNY Diversity Leadership and Staff

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Ricardo Nazario y Colón
Senior Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer

Dr. Nazario y Colón is SUNY's senior vice chancellor for diversity, equity, and inclusion and chief diversity officer. He was born in the South Bronx, New York, and raised in the highlands of Puerto Rico. He is an accomplished administrator with over 30 years of experience in various industries including higher education, business, the U.S. Military, and state government. He was the inaugural chief diversity officer at Western Carolina University, a role he held for seven years.

Dr. Nazario y Colón's research interest focuses on African American faculty and staff retention, Black culture centers, and multiracial identity development. His current board involvement includes the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education, past president of the Appalachian Studies Association, Appalachian Regional Commission's Leadership Institute, and the University Press of Kentucky Appalachian Futures: Black, Native, and Queer Voice advisory board. His other board experiences include former Chair of Governor Cooper's Advisory Council on Hispanic Latino Affairs, the Fort Bragg Renaming Commission, the Kentucky Native American Commission, the NASPA Latinx Knowledge Community state representative for Kentucky and North Carolina, and the University of North Carolina System Racial Equity Task Force.

He is a published poet with numerous publications in journals and anthologies. He has authored two full and one chapbook, The Moor of the Bronx, Finishing Line Press 2023, Of Jíbaros and Hillbillies, Plain View Press 2011, and; The Recital, Winged City Press 2011. Dr. Nazario y Colón's research interests are Black culture centers, multiracial identity experience, and student leadership development. His doctoral research focused on African American faculty and staff retention. He is a former U.S. Marine and division one cross country athlete, a DeWitt Clinton high school graduate, a life member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., and co-founder of the Affrilachian Poets.

Dr. Nazario y Colón earned a Doctorate in Higher Education Leadership from Western Carolina University, a master's degree in Secondary Education from Pace University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Literature and Latin American Studies from the University of Kentucky.

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Willie Williams
General Consultant

email: willie.williams@suny.edu


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Joseph Skrivanek
ODEI Faculty Fellow in Residence, Distinguished Professor, Purchase College

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
Assistant Director/Operations Manager

email: meaghan.laraway@suny.edu

Meaghan Laraway is Assistant Director/Operations Manager 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. In her time at SUNY, Meg has worked in both the Chancellor's Office and the Office of the Provost at 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

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 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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