PDG - Creating a Vibrant Equity and
Inclusion Community In the Midst of COVID-19
In less than a year, the Educational Equity team at the University of Phoenix has reinvented their approach to diversity, equity, and inclusion; creating a vibrant and active learning community of employees, working together to learn and to take actions to address equity gaps - at work, with our students, and in the community. This session will explore the process of building that community and offer tips and traps for the audience.
Saray Lopez is a Director of Educational Equity at University of Phoenix. Prior to her joining the university Saray had over 8 years' experience in building and designing competency-based education programs in a private liberal arts college and a community college setting. Prior to transitioning to higher education, she worked in the international sector, developing partnerships between universities in Utah and South America, as well as having lived in China while working as a buyer. Saray has a Master's in Business Administration from Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah and a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing and French from Utah State University, currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Leadership and Change from Antioch University. Saray recently completed the New Leadership Academy Fellowship at University of Michigan in partnership with the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education. Saray is a first-generation Ph.D. student and is passionate about creating access to education and career opportunities to enhance the quality of life of individuals regardless of their ethnicity, country of origin, socio-economic status, or any circumstance. She currently sits on the National Association of Hispanic Nurses Corporate Advisory Board, Tempe Union High District Community Diversity Advisory Committee, and the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce DATOS Committee. Saray also serves on the Board of Directors for the Association of Latino Professionals for America-Phoenix Chapter and is a mentor to the organization's student chapter. Saray was featured on the cover of Diverse Issues in Higher Education magazine Hispanic Heritage issue highlighting her work in the Hispanic community. Outside of work and her PhD studies, Saray enjoys mentoring youth, traveling abroad, and exploring different cultures.
Tondra Richardson is a Director of Educational Equity at University of Phoenix. Tondra is a UOPX graduate completing her Bachelor of Business Management, Master of Business Administration specialized in Human Resource Management with certificates in Project Management and Marketing. Tondra is also certified by the National Diversity Council as a Diversity and Inclusion Practitioner and completed Cornell University's Diversity and Inclusion certificate program. She worked in the University’s Office of Dispute Management (ODM) at UOPX for 15 years. Her most recent role in ODM was as a Senior Manager overseeing the team that manages all escalated student issues for the university as well as the relationship with the Department of Education Ombudsman office, Better Business Bureau and several loan guarantors. While in ODM Tondra assisted with Title IX cases and is certified by the Association of Title IX Administrators as a Title IX Coordinator. Her goal is to find ways in which she can use opportunities to utilize the skills she has acquired in conflict resolution along with her studies in Diversity, Equity & Inclusion to facilitate spaces of understanding, inclusion and belonging. Recent Publications: Lopez, S. (2020, April 28). Diversity matters, so make it a matter of business when going remote. Phoenix News.
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