Meet Our Team
Richard S. Martinez, Ed.D.
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Richard S. Martinez, Ed.D., is the executive director of the Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Excellence (CDEIE). He designs and facilitates professional development opportunities for faculty and staff in the area of inclusive learning environments, and integrates culturally proficient tools and coaching skills into the APU Diversity Ambassador Program. Richard has also facilitated groups as they address issues arising from diversity and organizational culture. His experiences in education include classroom teaching; school, district, and county office of education administration; professional development design and facilitation; and university teaching in educational leadership. He has facilitated nationally on the art of leadership, culturally proficient environments, and transformative approaches to systems change. He is co-author of a best-selling Corwin Press publication, Culturally Proficient Coaching: Supporting Educators to Create Equitable Schools (2020).
Mieke Cahyadi Plattner
Program Coordinator, Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Excellence
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Mieke Plattner graduated from Tarumanagara University in Jakarta, Indonesia, where she majored in marketing management. She held several positions in Jakarta, creating and implementing marketing protocols for national and international companies. Her experiences have cultivated in her a fascination with and passion for engaging different cultures around the world. As a newcomer to Southern California, the inspiration of Los Angeles life—especially the women’s empowerment movement—led her to become the director of marketing and communications for the Indonesian Woman Alliance, a nonprofit organization based in Los Angeles. Other endeavors, such as various volunteer experiences and her previous employment for the Indonesian government, have increased her enthusiasm for diversity and its intricate inner workings. She is excited to apply her hospitality and years of experience in marketing to make a positive impact on others through expanding and creating conversion and action in diversity, equity, and inclusion.