Diversity Ambassadors Program

The Diversity Ambassador Program is designed to foster 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.

Since 2016, more than 370 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 Ambassador Program is designed for APU faculty, staff, and administrators and is facilitated as a six-session intensive each semester. The program is offered online and face to face.

If you have recommendations for the program, send us an email at cdeie@apu.edu.

Administration

Office of the President

  • Andrew Barton, EdD

    Vice President for Strategic Planning and Mission Integration

    Ambassador since Spring 2017

  • Keith E. Hall, EdD

    Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer

    Ambassador since Spring 2018

  • Daren Bachman, MA

    Director of Events, Office of the President

    Ambassador since Spring 2020

  • Teri Griffith, MEd

    Executive Assistant, Office of the President

    Ambassador since Fall 2020

Regional Locations

  • Jennifer Jordan

    Director, San Diego Regional Campus

    Ambassador since Fall 2020

  • Drake Levasheff, PhD

    Senior Director, Orange County and Murietta Regional Campuses

    Ambassador since Fall 2020

  • Joel Powell

    Assistant Director, San Diego Regional Campus

    Ambassador since Fall 2020

Colleges and Schools

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

College of the Arts

School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences

School of Business and Management

School of Education

School of Nursing

School of Theology and Azusa Pacific Seminary

University Libraries

  • Jennifer Blair, MSLIS, M.A.

    Assistant Professor, University Libraries; Head of User Services

    Ambassador since Spring 2018

  • Myrna Brown

    Circulation Coordinator, Stamps Library

    Ambassador since Fall 2015

  • Cheryl Chesler

    Manager, Marshburn Library

    Ambassador since Spring 2018

  • Mona Girgis

    Administrative Assistant

    Ambassador since Spring 2018

  • Margot McLaren

    Information Specialist II (Cataloging), Darling Library

    Ambassador since Fall 2019

  • Irene Molano

    Circulation Coordinator, Marshburn Library

    Ambassador since Fall 2017

  • Maria Pacino, Ed.D., MLS

    Interim Head of University Libraries; Professor, University Libraries; Chair, Department of Library and Information Studies

    Ambassador since Fall 2014

  • Evelyn Shimazu Yee, MLIS

    Associate Professor, University Libraries; Head of Library Community Relations; Librarian/Curator in Special Collections, University Libraries

    Ambassador since Fall 2016

  • Luba Zakharov, MLS, M.A., MTS, MFA

    Associate Professor, Librarian, and Curator, University Libraries

    Ambassador since Fall 2016

Centers, Offices, and Student Affairs

Athletics

  • Steven Garrett

    Recruiting Coordinator/Assistant Coach (Baseball)

    Ambassador since Fall 2020

  • Jack Hoyt

    Head Coach (Track and Field)

    Ambassador since Fall 2020

  • Josh Linker

    Assistant Coach (Track and Field)

    Ambassador since Fall 2020

Center for Academic Service-Learning

  • Moriah Holmes, MSW

    Program Coordinator

    Ambassador since Spring 2020

  • Michelle McDonald

    Program Coordinator

    Ambassador since Spring 2019

  • Rebecca “Becca” Payne

    Program Coordinator

    Ambassador since Spring 2018

Career Center

  • Corrie Hawes

    Client Experience Coordinator

    Ambassador since Spring 2018

  • Victoria Leigh Julien

    Employer Partnership Coordinator

    Ambassador since Fall 2019

  • Peter Ou, MDiv

    Experiential Learning Manager

    Ambassador since Spring 2020

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

  • Mieke Cahyadi Plattner

    Program Coordinator, Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Excellence

    Ambassador since Spring 2020

Center for Global Learning and Engagement

  • Asti Altenritter

    Program 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

  • Austin Welty

    Local Engagement, Program Coordinator

    Ambassador since Fall 2019

Center for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment

  • Stephanie Juillerat, Ph.D.

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

    Ambassador since Spring 2018

  • Anayanci Rubalcaba

    Ambassador since Fall 2019

Department of Campus Safety

  • Brian Dodson

    Campus Safety Supervisor

    Ambassador since Spring 2019

  • Jonathan Ingles

    Sergeant

    Ambassador since Fall 2020

  • John Kirstenpfad

    Special Services Supervisor

    Ambassador since Fall 2020

  • Nathaniel Smith

    Campus Safety Manager

    Ambassador since Fall 2019

Graduate and Professional Enrollment

  • Jacquelyn Babikian

    Graduate and Professional Admissions Representative

    Ambassador since Fall 2019

  • Melissa Carpenter

    Student Account Specialist, Graduate and Professional Student Financial Services

    Ambassador since Spring 2021

  • Crystal Coil

    Admissions Data Specialist, Graduate and Professional Admissions

    Ambassador since Spring 2021

  • Iris Cordova

    Student Account Specialist, Graduate and Professional Student Financial Services

    Ambassador since Spring 2020

  • 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

  • Ashley Kerr

    Associate Director, Graduate and Professional Center

    Ambassador since Fall 2020

  • Jenny Lee

    Student Account Specialist, Graduate and Professional Student Financial Services

    Ambassador since Spring 2019

  • Heidi Marti

    Graduate and Professional Admissions Representative

    Ambassador since Fall 2020

  • Cheryl Mendoza

    Graduate and Professional Registrar

    Ambassador since Spring 2020

  • Debra Nasipak

    Graduate and Professional Admissions Representative

    Ambassador since Fall 2020

  • 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, MS

    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

  • Sa Lisa Thomas

    Student Account Specialist, Graduate and Professional Student Financial Services

    Ambassador since Spring 2020

  • Hope Thompson

    Student Account Specialist, Graduate and Professional Student Financial Services

    Ambassador since Fall 2020

  • Jeremiah Yang

    Graduate and Professional Admissions Representative

    Ambassador since Fall 2020

  • Theresa Yen

    Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions

    Ambassador since Spring 2020

Information and Media Technology

  • Dante Cordova

    Product Manager

    Ambassador since Fall 2020

  • Frank Dubisz

    Library Systems Analyst

    Ambassador since Fall 2017

  • Christopher Kelly

    Director, Athletics Broadcasting, Media, and Live Events

    Ambassador since Fall 2020

  • Holly Magnuson

    Technology Training Coordinator

    Ambassador since Spring 2018

  • Lara Meeks

    Senior IT Project Manager

    Ambassador since Spring 2018

  • Yasha Sojwal

    Broadcast/Production Operations and Event Engineer, IMT: Media Services

    Ambassador since Spring 2021

  • Ashlie Valencia

    Administrative Assistant

    Ambassador since Spring 2021

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 Faculty Evaluation

  • Sue Olson

    Program Manager

    Ambassador since Fall 2020

Office of Human Resources

  • John Baugus

    Executive Director

    Ambassador since Fall 2017

  • Terri Drechsler

    Assistant Director, Compensation and Benefits

    Ambassador since Fall 2016

  • Robbyn Gibson

    Office of Human Resources

    Ambassador since Spring 2020

  • Luchy Guerra

    Executive Assistant to the Vice President for Human Resources

    Ambassador since Spring 2017

  • Katie Guyer

    Talent Manager

    Ambassador since Fall 2020

  • Lisa Handy

    Adjunct Faculty Recruitment Manager

    Ambassador since Fall 2017

  • Stephanie Martin

    Assistant Director of Talent Acquisition

    Ambassador since Fall 2014

  • Paola Martinez

    Vice President for Human Resources

    Ambassador since Spring 2018

  • Dayana Williams

    HR Generalist

    Ambassador since Spring 2021

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

  • Ariel Williams

    VA School Certifying Official, Military and Veteran Education Benefits

    Ambassador since Fall 2020

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

Division of Strategic Communication and Engagement

  • 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

  • Rafi Maljian

    Executive Director of Marketing

    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

  • Maureen Taylor

    Associate Vice President for External Affairs

    Ambassador since Spring 2018

  • Rachel White

    Associate Director of Public Relations

    Ambassador since Spring 2018

Enrollment Marketing and Communications

  • Morgan Rogers

    Writer/Content Developer

    Ambassador since Fall 2020

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

  • Rebekah Loufik, MDiv

    Discipleship Mentoring Coordinator/Campus Pastor, Office of Campus Ministry

    Ambassador since Spring 2020

  • Kody Schneider

    Area Director, Residence Halls

    Ambassador since Spring 2020

  • Jared Votaw

    Residence Director, Alosta Place

    Ambassador since Spring 2019

Undergraduate Admissions

  • Lucille Flores, MA

    Admissions Counselor

    Ambassador since Fall 2020

  • Sara Ruiz

    Manager, Admissions Recruitment

    Ambassador since Fall 2020

  • Carol Tuthill

    Admissions Representative, Department of School Counseling and School Psychology

    Ambassador since Fall 2016

  • Bethany Versoza

    Admissions Representative

    Ambassador since Fall 2020

Undergraduate Enrollment Services Center

  • Melinda Blunt

    Senior Transfer Evaluation Specialist

    Ambassador since Spring 2019

  • Saicha Crawford

    Academic Records Specialist

    Ambassador since Spring 2020

  • Angelina Di Claudio

    Director, Integrated Enrollment Services

    Ambassador since Spring 2021

  • Angee Haro

    Undergraduate Student Financial Services

    Ambassador since Fall 2020

  • Ashley Luna

    Vice President, Enrollment Management

    Ambassador since Fall 2020

Undergraduate Support Services

  • Armando Bustos, MS

    TRIO Upward Bound Project Director, Academic Success Center

    Ambassador since Spring 2020

  • Stephanie Gala

    Director, Academic Success Center

    Ambassador since Fall 2016

  • Kristyn Hernandez, MS

    Academic Success Coach, Academic Success Center

    Ambassador since Fall 2020

  • Alexa Johansen, MA

    First-Year Seminar and Special Projects Coordinator

    Ambassador since Spring 2019

  • Rhonda Jones

    Director, TRIO Student Support Services

    Ambassador since Fall 2020

  • Bryce Kuboyama, MDiv

    Academic Success Coach, Academic Success Center

    Ambassador since Spring 2019

  • Patricia Larson

    Program Coordinator, Testing and Tutoring Services, Academic Success Center

    Ambassador since Fall 2020

  • Jessica Posey

    Academic Success Coach, Academic Success Center

    Ambassador since Fall 2017

  • Ana Quiroz

    Coordinator, Accessibility and Disability Resources, Academic Success Center

    Ambassador since Fall 2020

  • Anneliese Trujillo, MS ’14

    Academic Success Coach, Academic Success Center

    Ambassador since Spring 2019

  • Andrea Yanes, MS

    Academic Success Coach, Academic Success Center

    Ambassador since Fall 2020

  • David Zovak, DMin

    Academic Success Center

    Ambassador since Fall 2016

University Counseling Center

  • Patricia Becerra, MSW, LCSW

    Clinical Care and Crisis Coordinator

    Ambassador since Spring 2020

University Services

  • Heather Snyder

    Director

    Ambassador since Spring 2021

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