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Meet The CEC: Jennifer Swann

Dr. Jennifer Swann, professor of biological sciences.What is your role here at Lehigh?

I have many roles. I am a professor in biology, I am the co-chair of the Faculty and Staff of Color Network and the Tri-Chair of the CEC, along with Lori Bolden McClaind and Joe Sterrett.

Why are you involved in the CEC?

I have always been interested in inclusion and diversity.  I have been working on these issues for close to a decade at Lehigh.   

What working groups or initiatives are you involved in?

I am a member of the Executive Committee.  Our goal this year is to complete our 12-month plan, which includes creating a road map for the next 3 years.  We also want to create a permanent structure for the CEC.  We are also in the process of incorporating the CEC into the policies of the University.

What do you hope your work will result in?

My hope is that our work will engage the entire university in creating a welcoming, inclusive and equitable university where everyone feels their contributions are encouraged and appreciated.

What advice or direction do you have for someone who wants to be engaged in making Lehigh more diverse and inclusive?

Welcome!   We need all the help we can get - please join us.  We are collecting information on all the activities on campus and will soon have a comprehensive list of other groups who could use your help. 

For more information on Professor Swann and her work, please go to her website.



Meet The CEC: Tyrone Russell

What is your primary role here at Lehigh?

My key responsibility as Director of Multicultural Affairs at Lehigh is to create and manage systems of support for historically underrepresented students. This includes but isn't  limited to assisting in programming, advising, and supervising students.

Why are you involved in the CEC?

I am involved with CEC selfishly because it provides comfort to know there are a host of Lehigh professionals dedicated to inclusion on our campus.

What working groups/initiatives are you involved in?

I am part of the Executive Committee.

What are you hoping for as a result of your involvement with the CEC?

I hope my work will result in a genuine valuing of challenge and support for all who bear and represent the Lehigh brand. I want people to welcome the differences and diversity that challenge their comfort zones.

What advice or direction do you have for someone who wants to be engaged in making Lehigh more diverse and inclusive?

Start by challenging yourself and the biases that you have. Get involved with someone or something that you typically ignore or shy away from. Be the only one of "you" in a room and leave an impression. 

For more information about Tyrone and his work, please go to the OMA website.


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