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Assistant Dean of Diversity and Inclusion
As the Assistant Dean of Diversity and Inclusion, Dana serves as the senior leader responsible for advancing diversity and inclusion efforts across Harris. She leads the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and works with Harris leadership and the Dean to engage with students, alumni, staff, and faculty. She also collaborates with partners across the University and externally.
Dana has been a higher education administration professional for more than 17 years. She has trained students, faculty, staff, and private organizations for more than 12 years in diversity and leadership-related topics. She has executed diversity consulting for Microsoft and Britannica most recently. Dana is a current member of the Diversifying Faculty in Illinois Board. She has supported graduate and professional students at Loyola University, Northwestern University, and most recently she served as the Director of Diversity of UChicagoGRAD here at The University of Chicago.
Dana holds a bachelor’s degree in human resource management with dual concentrations in Psychology and Training & Development. She also holds a master of arts in Organizational Leadership. She is currently a doctoral candidate in the Education Policy and Organizational Leadership Program with a Diversity and Equity concentration at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
Associate Director for Student Diversity & Inclusion Programs
Rich is the Associate Director for Student Diversity & Inclusion Programs at the Office of Diversity & Inclusion at Harris.
Rich brings over 15 years of experience within higher education leadership in student services, student affairs, and career services roles. Outside of higher education, Rich has also leveraged a passion for D&I and meaningful impact to facilitate the development of workplace identity groups, nationwide D&I initiative/program rollouts, civic engagement programs, and inclusive training pedagogy within corporate environments. Through a diverse industry and global perspective, his work in these sectors enabled him to develop a strong commitment to D&I, especially in his influence and support for companies/organizations seeking to explore developing meaningful and informed D&I programs and initiatives.
Rich holds a M.S. in international intercultural education and a B.A. in international relations with a certificate in middle east and south Asian studies from Florida International University. He also studied abroad in the United Kingdom at Kingston University, where he focused on international relations and Black & Asian British cultural studies through the lens of media and policy studies.
In his free time, you can find Rich running the Lake Shore Trail, cooking dishes from around the globe with his husband, and using every opportunity to speak and learn different languages. Rich strives to assist students and organizations to navigate the often complex and delicate intersections of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the pursuit of both academic and career readiness.
Associate Director of Diversity & Inclusion
Aremu Mbande (he/him) is the Associate Director of Diversity & Inclusion. He brings nearly a decade of experience working with diverse students at the community college, undergraduate, and graduate levels to Harris. He is most excited to work with Harris’ affinity organizations and build upon a foundation of inclusive and dynamic student programming.
Prior to working at Harris, Aremu served as the Director of the African American Male Resource Center at Chicago State University. In this role, he spearheaded a department that radically addressed the social, cultural, and educational needs of CSU’s black male students. In five years, he became known for promoting robust cultural heritage month programs, facilitating critical race and gender dialogues among students and staff, mentoring and advising various identity-based student organizations, and pioneering the first study abroad program within the Division of Student Affairs.
Aremu is a PhD student at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he is studying educational psychology with an emphasis in human development and a concentration in black studies. He has taught undergraduate and graduate courses at UIC related to youth development, emerging adulthood, and social research methods. His current academic work explores how gender and race socialization emerge in community-centered spaces for men of color. He previously earned his BS in psychology from Howard University and his MS in applied psychology from Sacred Heart University.
Aremu is an active member of the Brotherhood of Elders Network (BOEN) and Southsiders Organized for Unity & Liberation (SOUL). He is a loving parent of four beautiful children and a proud partner to a brilliant birth worker.