Division of University Engagement

Diversity Institute Associates

Julie Burrell, PhD

Position at CSU: Associate Professor, English and Black Studies

Related organizational affiliations: Women’s and Gender Studies, Faculty Advisor, The Vindicator

Recent courses taught:  African American Literature: James Baldwin; Major Authors: Langston Hughes; Senior Seminar: African American Experimental Writing; Womanism and Feminism 

Current research related to diversity, equity, inclusion, racial justice, social justice:Julie Burrell’s research focuses on African American drama and performance related to radical and civil rights movements. Her book, The Civil Rights Theatre Movement in New York, 1939-1966: Staging Freedom (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019), examines the intersections of political theatre and the black freedom movement. She has also published articles about Black playwrights Lorraine Hansberry and Alice Childress in MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States and Continuum: The Journal of African Diaspora Drama, Theatre and Performance.

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Katie Clonan-Roy, Ph.D

Position at CSU: Assistant Professor

Department: Curriculum & Foundations, College of Education and Human Services

Related organizational affiliations: Member of the following associations: American Educational Research Association; Association for Women in Psychology; National Women’s Studies Association; The National Association for Multicultural Education

Related courses taught (if any): EDB 241: The Social Context of Urban Education; EDB 242: Introduction to Education; EDB 604: Social Issues and Education; EDU 807: Introduction to Qualitative Research in Education

Current research related to diversity, equity, inclusion, racial justice, social justice: My research falls at the intersections of education, adolescent development, and gender and sexuality studies. My current projects examine: 1) the impact of dynamically changing migration patterns on education in the U.S.; 2) adolescent girls’ development of critical literacies; 3) LGBTQ youth’s education, development, and health, and access to sexual health information; 4) the experiences of girls of color in independent schools; 5) best methods for nurturing pre-service teachers’ critical social justice literacy.

Other areas of diversity, inclusion, equity, racial justice, social justice interest: I believe in connecting research to practice, and enjoy working with students, educators, schools, and educational organizations to imagine how to best promote equity and social justice within school communities.

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Cyleste C. Collins, M.A., M.S.W., Ph.D.

Position at CSU: Assistant Professor

Department: Social Work

Related organizational affiliations: Evaluator: Case Center for Reducing Health Disparities, Birthing Beautiful Communities 

Related courses taught (if any): SWK 503, Human Behavior in the Social Environment, SKW 693 (1): Health Inequities 

Current research related to diversity, equity, inclusion, racial justice, social justice: Infant mortality, birth outcomes, housing issues, homelessness

Other areas of diversity, inclusion, equity, racial justice, social justice interest: Health and poverty, refugee health, health-related organizations and community-based participatory research

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Anne Galletta, Ph.D

Position at CSU:  Professor & Chair 

DepartmentDepartment of Curriculum & Foundations

Related organizational affiliations: American Educational Research Association (AERA); American Psychological Association (APA); Society for Qualitative Inquiry in Psychology

Related courses taught (if any): Introduction to Qualitative Research, Social Context of Urban Education, Cultural Foundations II, Philosophy of Education

Current research related to diversity, equity, inclusion, racial justice, social justiceAnne Galletta is professor in the College of Education and Human Services at Cleveland State University.  Her training is in social psychology, and she employs critical social theory to address structural violence and liberatory impulses within public institutions.  With particular strengths in participatory action research, case study, and oral history, Dr. Galletta works with educators, youth, and community members in studying issues affecting neighborhoods and schools, tracing their history, and engaging in collective action to address these issues. 

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Wendy M. Green, PhD

Position at CSU: Assistant Professor

Department: Counseling, Administration, Supervision, and Adult Learning (CASAL)

Current research related to diversity, equity, inclusion, racial justice, social justice:  Social identity based affinity groups, diversity and organizational culture.

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Michele L. Heath, DBA

Position at CSU: Assistant Professor 

Department: Management

Related organizational affiliations: National Black MBA Association Lifetime Member 

Current research related to diversity, equity, inclusion, racial justice, social justice

Heath, M. L. (2019). Social Class Matters: Rejoinder to “The Menace of Misinformation: Faculty Misstatements in Management Education and Their Consequences”. Journal of Management Education, 1052562919846184.

Other areas of diversity, inclusion, equity, racial justice, social justice interest: Disparities in Healthcare 

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Megan E. Hatch, PhD

Position at CSU: Associate Professor, Urban Studies

Related organizational affiliations: Academic Women in Public Administration (AWPA) Leadership Board Member, Heights Community Congress Board of Trustees member and Fair Housing Committee Chair

Related courses taught: Urban Policy and Development Seminar, Special Topics: Source of Income Discrimination

Current research related to diversity, equity, inclusion, racial justice, social justice: My research is driven by a concern with social justice and questions of how state and local public policies are made and the impact they have on people. It focuses on the causes and consequences of public policies that disproportionately affect vulnerable populations. Within the broad themes of causes and consequences, I examine two policy areas: state redistributive policies and state and local rental housing policies.

Other areas of diversity, inclusion, equity, racial justice, social justice interest: Inclusive and diverse pedagogy, particularly the inclusion of women, people of color, LGBTQ+, and other underrepresented groups into all courses.

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Tracy H. Porter, PhD

Position at CSU: Assistant Professor, Department of Management

Related organizational affiliations: Affiliate Academic Staff, St. Vincent Charity Medical Center

Academic Affiliate, Center for Behavioral Health Sciences, CSU

Recent courses taught:  African American Literature: James Baldwin; Major Authors: Langston Hughes; Senior Seminar: African American Experimental Writing; Womanism and Feminism 

Current research related to diversity, equity, inclusion, racial justice, social justice:

  1. Baran, B. E., Valcea, S., Porter, T. H., & Gallagher, V. C. (2018). Survival, Expectations,    and Employment: An Inquiry of Refugees and Immigrants to the United States. Journal of Vocational Behavior. 105:102-115.
  2. Porter, T.H., Case, S., & Mitchell, M. (2018). Is it Freedom of or Freedom From Religion in Organizations? Journal of International Business and Law. 17 (1). 1-24.
  3. Porter, T. H., Day, N., & Meglich, P. (2017). City of Discontent? The Influence of   Perceived Organizational Culture, LMX, and Newcomer Status on Reported   Bullying in a Municipal Workplace. Employee Responsibilities and Rights Journal, 1-23.
  4. Porter, T. H., & Mitchell, M. C. (2016). Spiritual institutional entrepreneurs: an    introduction and examination. Journal of Management, Spirituality & Religion, 13(1), 50-63.
  5. Porter, T.H. (2014). Serving those who served us: a case study of service learning. American Journal of Business, 29(3/4).190-196.
  6. Norris, S. E., & Porter, T. H. (2017). The Influence of Spirituality in the Workplace and Perceived Organizational Support on Organizational Citizenship Behaviors for Strategic Success. In Encyclopedia of Strategic Leadership and Management (pp. 1140-1162). IGI Global.
  7. Rosado-Solomon, E., & Porter, T. H. (2016) Spiritual Stigmata: The Perception of Workplace Spirituality within an IT Context. In Sengupta, S (Eds). Compendium on Integrating Spirituality and Organizational Leadership, Vol. 5.    The Power of Mind and Managerial Decision Making, (pp. 147-159). Delhi,  India: ISOL Publications.
  8. Porter, T. H., & Norris, S. E. (2013). Workplace spirituality: A best practice toward  organizational integrity. In Integrity in Organizations (pp. 429-438). Palgrave Macmillan, London.
  9. Porter, T.H., Rathert, C., Lawong, D. & Hrivnak, M. Service Learning Surprises: A Qualitative Analysis of Student – Military Veteran Experiences in a Job-  Seeking Skills Program. (Human Resource Development Quarterly, Revise &     Resubmit).

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Julia C. Phillips, Ph.D.

Position at CSU: Director of Doctoral Studies and Associate Professor of Counseling Psychology

Department: Office of Doctoral Studies; Counseling, Administration, Supervision, and Adult Learning (CASAL)

Related organizational affiliations: American Psychological Association; Council of Counseling Psychology Training Programs

Related courses taught (if any): CNS 504 Social and Cultural Foundations of Counseling

Current research related to diversity, equity, inclusion, racial justice, social justice: Integrating Diverse Identities in Clinical Supervision; Diversifying the Leadership Pipeline in Professional Psychology; Sexual and Gender Minority Issues in Education and Training in Psychology

Other areas of diversity, inclusion, equity, racial justice, social justice interest: Access to Basic Veterinary Care for Urban Populations

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Mamadou M. Seck, PhD

Position at CSU:  Associate Professor

Department:  School of Social Work

Related organizational affiliations:  National Association for Social Work (NASW), International Association for Social Work with Group (IASWG), Ohio Program Evaluators Group (OPEG)

Related courses taught:  SWK 150: The Black Experience, SWK 509: Fundamentals of Research: Evidence Based Practice

Current research related to diversity, equity, inclusion, racial justice, social justice: Edwards A. & Seck, M. M. (2018). Ethnicity, Values and Value Conflicts of African American and White Social Workers. The Journal of Social Work Values and Ethics. 15(2), p. 37

Seck, M. M. & Edwards A. (In progress). Comparative Analysis of American White, Hispanic, Asian, and Biracial American Social Workers Regarding Values and Value Conflict.

Seck, M. M. (2015).  West African Female Immigrants in the United States: Challenges and Empowering Strategies. Social Development Issues, 37(2), 68-79

Other areas of diversity, inclusion, equity, racial justice, social justice interest: Social workers’ cultural sensitivity or cultural awareness; conundrums facing immigrants in the United States

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Miyuki Fukushima Tedor

Position at CSU: Associate Professor

Department: Criminology, Anthropology, and Sociology

Related organizational affiliations: Criminology Research Center; Center for Social Science Research in Health and Health Care 

Related courses taught (if any): Juvenile Delinquency; Drugs, Alcohol, and Crime

Current research related to diversity, equity, inclusion, racial justice, social justice: race/ethnicity and juvenile delinquency; gender and crime

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J. Rosie Tighe, PhD

Position at CSU: Associate Professor  
Department: Urban Studies
Related organizational affiliations: I used to chair the Levin Dean’s Diversity Committee. I currently serve on Faculty Senate, Academic Affairs, and UFAC.

Related courses taught (if any): UST 302 - contemporary urban issues (GE: AAE; WAC); UST 607 - History and Theory of Planning; UST 662/762: Housing Policy and Planning; UST 660/760: Neighborhood Development
Current research related to diversity, equity, inclusion, racial justice, social justice: All of my research focuses on issues of equity, racial justice, and social justice. Current research includes:

1) Book under contract w/ Routledge: Comfort Zones: White Privilege and Power in Metropolitan America. Anticipated publication: 2020

2) Racial justice and Nuisance Ordinances: work with colleagues Joe Mead & Megan Hatch focusing on the application and enforcement of nuisance ordinances in Northeast Ohio

3) Research and Advocacy on various issues related to affordable housing, including Source of Income Discrimination, exclusionary zoning, tax incentives, and NIMBY
Other areas of diversity, inclusion, equity, racial justice, social justice interest: engaged learning projects that bring students out of the classroom and into Cleveland’s neighborhoods to promote greater understanding of the racial and class inequality that persists in the region.

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Michael Wiitala, PhD

Position at CSU: Assistant College Lecturer

Department: Department of Philosophy and Comparative Religion

Related courses taught (if any): Introduction to Philosophy, Medieval Philosophy, Modern Philosophy, Special Topics in the History of Philosophy: Women Philosophers.

Other areas of diversity, inclusion, equity, racial justice, social justice interestI am interested in inclusive teaching, in teaching philosophy in a way that highlights the diversity of voices within the history of philosophy, and in the philosophical foundations of human identity that make living, working, and deliberating together in a multicultural and pluralistic society possible.

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Valerie Wright, Ph.D.

Position at CSU:  Associate Professor

Department:  Criminology, Anthropology, & Sociology

Related organizational affiliations:  Racial Democracy, Crime and Justice Network (RDCJN) 

Related courses taught (if any):  All of my criminology courses include a racial component given the racial disparity in the criminal justice system (i.e. Media & Crime, Juvenile Delinquency, Sociology of Law, and Corrections)

Current research related to diversity, equity, inclusion, racial justice, social justice: Inter-racial and Homicides in the Media; Depictions of Race in Reality TV; and Perceptions of Injustice to Salient Criminological Events.