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Diversity Council

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 2018 – 2019


  • 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.

  • Melinda E. Martinez, Co-Chair & Director of the Marist College Liberty Partnerships Program, Student Affairs
  • Al Abdelrahman, Co-Chair & Associate Director of Safety and Security, Safety and Security
  • Julio A. Torres Jr., Senior Assistant Director/Coordinator of Multicultural Enrollment, Enrollment Management

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

Diversity Council Spotlight

Maryellen GuardinoName: Maryellen Guardino

Job Title: Associate Director of the Office of Accommodations and Accessibility

Diversity Council Committee: Teaching and Training

1. What is something that people would be surprised to learn about you?

I love to travel and enjoy learning about other cultures and people. Every summer, my family and I go to a different place in the world to experience it. Also, I met my husband at Marist College and we got married in the Marist Chapel on June 6, 2015.

2. What was your best moment at Marist?

I enjoy seeing the students I work with for four years in the Learning Support Program graduate every May. I am so proud of my students and enjoy working with them. They are intelligent, creative, inspiring, and most of all, care about making a difference in the world.

3. How have you seen Marist grow and change since you started working at Marist?

Marist has grown so much since I started school here in August 2003. Many buildings have been built, and the campus, continues to become even more beautiful. Additional clubs have been started by students, new majors have been implemented, and the academic arena has even heightened to a new level. Our international population of students has increased and I am so proud to work at Marist. Marist has always been about community and that is one aspect about it that has never changed.

4. What do you perceive to be some challenges at Marist?

I would love to see Marist have a permanent testing center for students with disabilities to test in. Furthermore, it would provide the Office of Accommodations and Accessibility with a space for students to collaborate and study in.

5. Based on your perception of the Marist culture, what opportunities do you see at Marist?

I see Marist continuing to thrive academically and socially. Marist is a competitive school and the students are innovative, creative, smart, and caring. I also, look forward to Marist becoming even, more diverse. Diversity allows for the world to be a unique and inclusive place.