Diversity Ambassadors Program

The Diversity Ambassadors Program fosters a multidimensional, transformative commitment to diversity in staff, faculty, and administrators as they aspire to ensure that all students and other members of the APU community feel respected, are successful, and thrive in their experience at APU.

Over the past six years, more than 300 faculty, staff, and administrators have been trained as diversity ambassadors, who are influential in designing and facilitating professional development for schools and departments and have developed a diversity curriculum and other resources for use by staff and faculty. In partnership with APU leadership, diversity ambassadors have been influential in the facilitation of faculty and professional development, the integration of department-specific, diversity-focused resources, and support of the university diversity strategic plans. As a result, all levels of the university are actively involved in significant conversations regarding diversity, including the president and cabinet members in their diversity ambassador training—the Executive Diversity Academy (EDA).

The Diversity Ambassadors Program is designed for APU faculty, staff, and administrators and is facilitated as a six-session intensive, available each semester. If you have recommendations for the program, send us an email at cdeie@apu.edu.

Administration

Office of the President

  • Andrew Barton, Ed.D.

    Vice President for Strategic Planning and Mission Integration

    Ambassador since Spring 2017

  • Keith E. Hall, Ed.D.

    Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer

    Ambassador since Spring 2018

Colleges and Schools

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

  • Denzil Barnett, M.Ed., MAT

    Adjunct Professor, Department of Global Studies, Sociology, and TESOL, and American Language and Culture Institute

    Ambassador since Spring 2016

  • Joshua Canada

    Director of Strategic Partnerships, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

    Ambassador since Spring 2018

  • Kevin Chan, M.A. TESOL

    Adjunct Professor, American Language and Culture Institute

    Ambassador since Spring 2017

  • Manar Metry

    Program Coordinator, Department of Global Studies, Sociology, and TESOL

    Ambassador since Fall 2015

  • Nicole Mulcahy

    Lab Manager and Chemical Hygiene Officer

    Ambassador since Spring 2017

  • Michelle Pilch

    Administrative Assistant, Department of Biology and Chemistry

    Ambassador since Spring 2019

  • Sarah Richart, Ph.D.

    Professor, Department of Biology and Chemistry

    Ambassador since Spring 2019

  • Theodore Szeto, Ph.D.

    Executive Director, Academic Success Center; Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics, Physics, and Statistics; Affiliated Faculty, Department of Engineering and Computer Science

    Ambassador since Fall 2015

  • Willetta Toole-Simms, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor, Department of Biology and Chemistry

    Ambassador since Spring 2017

  • Yun-Lan Wong

    Chemistry Research Assistant and Administrative Assistant, Department of Biology and Chemistry

    Ambassador since Fall 2017

  • Jennifer Young, Ph.D.

    Interim Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Biology and Chemistry

    Ambassador since Spring 2016

College of the Arts

School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences

School of Business and Management

School of Education

  • Kathleen Bautista, Ed.D.

    Assistant Professor, Division of Teacher Education

    Ambassador since Fall 2017

  • Catherine Hahs Brinkley, Ed.D.

    Chair, Elementary & Secondary Education, Liberal Studies, and Masters in Teaching Programs; Program Director, Multiple Subject Credential Program; Assistant Professor, Division of Teacher Education

    Ambassador since Spring 2019

  • Rose Brito

    Administrative Assistant, Department of School Counseling and School Psychology

    Ambassador since Spring 2016

  • Michelle Cox, Ph.D.

    Director, School Counseling and Professor, Department of School Counseling and School Psychology

    Ambassador since Fall 2014

  • Ie May Freeman, Ed.D.

    Assistant Professor, Division of Teacher Education

    Ambassador since Fall 2016

  • Evan Gallagher

    Multiple and Single Subjects Records Coordinator

    Ambassador since Fall 2015

  • Maureen E. Latham, Ed.D.

    Assistant Professor and Superintendent in Residence, Department of Educational Leadership

    Ambassador since Fall 2017

  • Julie Magana

    Coordinator, Special Education Credential Programs

    Ambassador since Spring 2019

  • Andrew Park, DMA

    Assistant Professor, Piano Studies

    Ambassador since Spring 2016

  • Carol Tuthill

    Program Representative, Department of School Counseling and School Psychology

    Ambassador since Fall 2016

School of Nursing

  • Ethel MacGregor

    Program Manager

    Ambassador since Fall 2016

  • Belén McDaniel

    Program Manager, Department of Public Health

    Ambassador since Spring 2019

  • Anthony S. Persad

    Program Manager, Azusa Campus and Monrovia Classrooms

    Ambassador since Fall 2015

  • Jennifer Reeve

    Administrative Assistant

    Ambassador since Spring 2018

  • Kim Rysell

    Administrative Assistant

    Ambassador since Spring 2019

  • Brent A. Wood, PhD

    Nursing Site Director, Monrovia Site and Associate Professor

    Ambassador since Fall 2015

School of Theology and Azusa Pacific Seminary

University Libraries

Centers, Offices, and Student Affairs

Center for Academic Service-Learning

  • Rebecca “Becca” Payne

    Program Coordinator

    Ambassador since Spring 2018

  • Michelle McDonald

    Program Coordinator, Center for Academic Service-Learning

    Ambassador since Spring 2019

Career Center

  • Stephanie Cothran

    Career Consultant

    Ambassador since Fall 2017

  • Corrie Hawes

    Client Experience Coordinator

    Ambassador since Spring 2018

Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Excellence

  • Stephanie Haskins

    Executive Assistant to the Office of the Vice President/Chief Diversity Officer

    Ambassador since Spring 2017

Center for Global Learning and Engagement

  • Asti Altenritter

    Program Coordinator

    Ambassador since Fall 2017

  • Suzie Fox

    Department Coordinator

    Ambassador since Fall 2017

  • Kate Kimanzi

    Assistant Director of Communication and Recruitment

    Ambassador since Spring 2017

  • Allison Smith

    Program Coordinator, Study Away

    Ambassador since Spring 2018

  • Erin Thorp

    Assistant Director

    Ambassador since Fall 2016

  • Carrie Ullmer

    Director

    Ambassador since Spring 2016

Center for Student Action

  • Joshua M. Fieldson

    Assistant Director for Mobilization

    Ambassador since Spring 2017

  • Colie Krueger

    Program Coordinator for Local Engagement

    Ambassador since Spring 2017

  • Karen Rouggly

    Director for Mobilization

    Ambassador since Spring 2017

  • Laurelyn Shaw

    Senior Program Coordinator for Action Teams

    Ambassador since Spring 2017

Center for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment

  • Stephanie Fenwick, Ed.D.

    Executive Director of Curricular and Instructional Effectiveness, Center for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment; Adjunct Professor, M.A. in Leadership Program

    Ambassador since Spring 2016

  • Stephanie Juillerat, Ph.D.

    Associate Provost for Institutional Effectiveness, Center for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment; Professor

    Ambassador since Spring 2018

Department of Campus Safety

  • Timothy Collins

    Campus Safety Officer

    Ambassador since Spring 2018

Graduate and Professional Enrollment

  • Mae Gill

    Associate Director, Graduate and Professional Student Financial Services

    Ambassador since Spring 2016

  • Michelle Johnson

    Associate Vice President, Enrollment Management

    Ambassador since Spring 2018

  • Andrea Picazo

    Assistant Director, Graduate and Professional Student Financial Services

    Ambassador since Spring 2016

  • Caitlyn Ratliff

    Academic Records Specialist, Graduate and Professional Registrar

    Ambassador since Fall 2017

  • Lauren Simon, M.S.

    Client Services Coordinator, Graduate and Professional Center

    Ambassador since Spring 2019

  • Jacqueline Soto

    Student Account Counselor, Graduate and Professional Student Financial Services

    Ambassador since Spring 2019

  • Garnet Tipton

    Assistant Registrar, Graduate and Professional Registrar

    Ambassador since Spring 2018

  • William Watkins

    Program Representative, Graduate and Professional Admissions

    Ambassador since Fall 2017

Information and Media Technology

  • Frank Dubisz

    Library Systems Analyst

    Ambassador since Fall 2017

  • Holly Magnuson

    Technology Training Coordinator

    Ambassador since Spring 2018

  • Lara Meeks

    Senior IT Project Manager

    Ambassador since Spring 2018

Office of Corporate Worship

  • Jason Le Shana

    Director

    Ambassador since Spring 2018

  • Fritzie Umana

    Administrator

    Ambassador since Fall 2016

Office of Facilities Management

  • Andre Garces

    Warehouse Operations Manager

    Ambassador since Fall 2016

Office of Human Resources

  • Paola Martinez

    Vice President for Human Resources

    Ambassador since Spring 2018

  • John Baugus

    Executive Director

    Ambassador since Fall 2017

  • Terri Drechsler

    Assistant Director, Compensation and Benefits

    Ambassador since Fall 2016

  • Luchy Guerra

    Executive Assistant to the Vice President for Human Resources

    Ambassador since Spring 2017

  • Lisa Handy

    Adjunct Faculty Recruitment Manager

    Ambassador since Fall 2017

  • Stephanie Martin

    Assistant Director of Talent Acquisition

    Ambassador since Fall 2014

Office of Military and Veteran Services

  • Everette Brooks III

    Executive Director

    Ambassador since Spring 2017

  • Vannessa Weber

    Assistant Director, Military and Veteran Education Benefits

    Ambassador since Fall 2017

Office of Alumni Engagement

  • Angelica Echevarria

    Alumni Engagement Officer

    Ambassador since Fall 2015

Office of University Advancement

  • Bernice Hong

    Director of Development

    Ambassador since Spring 2018

  • Ayodele Steward

    Assistant Director of Foundation Relations

    Ambassador since Spring 2018

  • Audrey Yeoh

    Director of Foundation Relations

    Ambassador since Spring 2017

Office of University Relations

  • David Peck

    Vice President for University Relations

    Ambassador since Spring 2018

  • Maureen Taylor

    Associate Vice President for External Affairs

    Ambassador since Spring 2018

  • Rafi Maljian

    Executive Director of Marketing

    Ambassador since Spring 2018

  • Carmen Gustin

    Senior Director of Operations

    Ambassador since Spring 2018

  • Christian Brazo

    Senior Creative and Internet Director

    Ambassador since Spring 2017

  • Jordan Abbott

    Digital Marketing Analyst

    Ambassador since Spring 2018

  • Evelyn Allen

    Senior Editor

    Ambassador since Spring 2018

  • Brett Barry

    Associate Director of Marketing

    Ambassador since Spring 2018

  • Jason Cunningham

    Senior Copy Editor for Catalog and Curriculum

    Ambassador since Spring 2018

  • Jason Flicker

    Art Director

    Ambassador since Spring 2018

  • Sylvia Gex

    Office Manager

    Ambassador since Spring 2018

  • Jessica Granados

    Senior Operations Specialist

    Ambassador since Spring 2018

  • Silvia Hanna

    Web Developer

    Ambassador since Spring 2018

  • Nathan Ingalls

    Senior Video Producer/Visual Storyteller

    Ambassador since Spring 2018

  • Sung Lee

    Assistant Front End Development Manager

    Ambassador since Spring 2018

  • Erick Mock

    Junior Web Developer

    Ambassador since Spring 2018

  • Tim Myers

    Associate Director of Operations

    Ambassador since Spring 2018

  • Allison Oster

    Editorial Director/Social Media Specialist

    Ambassador since Spring 2018

  • Dustin Reynolds

    Associate Director of Digital Marketing

    Ambassador since Spring 2018

  • Nicole Spano

    Senior Marketing Specialist

    Ambassador since Spring 2018

  • Michelle Stys

    Assistant Creative Director

    Ambassador since Spring 2018

  • Rachel White

    Associate Director of Public Relations

    Ambassador since Spring 2018

Student Center for Reconciliation and Diversity

  • Aaron Hinojosa

    Executive Director

    Ambassador since Spring 2016

Student Affairs

  • Arissa Alvarez

    Administrative Assistant, Office of Campus Ministry

    Ambassador since Spring 2018

  • Mary Grams

    Director, International Students and Scholars

    Ambassador since Fall 2014

  • Jannet Guzman

    Assistant Campus Pastor, Office of Campus Ministry

    Ambassador since Fall 2017

  • Adam Higginbotham

    Program Coordinator, Residence Life

    Ambassador since Spring 2016

  • Elaine Richardson, Psy.D.

    Director, Office of Women's Development; Adjunct Professor, Department of Higher Education

    Ambassador since Fall 2014

  • Jared Votaw

    Residence Director, Alosta Place

    Ambassador since Spring 2019

Undergraduate Enrollment Services Center

  • Melinda Blunt

    Senior Transfer Evaluation Specialist

    Ambassador since Spring 2019

  • Emmaleigh Carlson

    Academic Records Specialist

    Ambassador since Spring 2016

Undergraduate Support Services

  • Alexa Johansen, M.A.

    First-Year Seminar and Special Projects Coordinator

    Ambassador since Spring 2019

  • Bryce Kuboyama, M.Div.

    Academic Success Coach, Academic Success Center

    Ambassador since Spring 2019

  • Stephanie Gala

    Director, Academic Success Center

    Ambassador since Fall 2016

  • Jessica Posey

    Academic Success Coach, Academic Success Center

    Ambassador since Fall 2017

  • Anneliese Trujillo, M.S. ’14

    Academic Success Coach, Academic Success Center

    Ambassador since Spring 2019

  • David Zovak, D.Min.

    Academic Success Center

    Ambassador since Fall 2016

Writing Center

  • Deborah Escalante, M.A., MFA

    Director

    Ambassador since Fall 2018

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