The Council for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
The Council for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion was formed during the Fall of 2019 to align with and support Pierce@60, the University’s strategic plan.
Focusing on the key themes including inclusion and innovation, Pierce@60 will guide Franklin Pierce’s future, and build on the progress made with the previous plan, “Engage: Advancing and Sustaining Raven Nation”.
The conception of the Council for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion began with the work of Phebe Robinson ’05. During her time on staff, Phebe’s passion and commitment to the work of equity and inclusion formed the African American, Latino/a, Native American, Asian American Diversity Initiative (A.L.A.NA) program, and called on the University to strengthen and expand the values of multiculturalism, diversity, equity, and inclusion. For years, A.L.A.NA has spearheaded programs that challenge injustice and exclusion while celebrating students’ efforts to advance social justice.
The Council seeks to be a discerning body able to further these goals and address issues pertaining to diversity, equity, and inclusion across all areas of the University. It is comprised of faculty, staff, administrators, students, alumni and other constituents within our community. Notably, it also seeks to unite A.L.A.NA, the Gender and Sexuality Acceptance Club, Safe Spaces, Students of Faith, the Justice in Action Athletic Alliance (J.A.A.A) and other groups focused on race, diversity, gender identity, first-generation students, neuro-diversity, disability, and socio-economic challenges.
Within the framework of the Council, each group and initiative remain autonomous, but share in the opportunity for greater collaboration and support ‒ all while we work together to further the University’s Mission, Vision and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement.
Current priorities of the Council include:
Council Development & Structure
Ongoing Community Conversations
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council Members
Director of Human Resources and Risk Management
Professor of English
Carina Dillon ’21,
Kobe Given ’21
Director of the MPAS Program and Associate Professor
Himani Mor ’22
Pierre V. C. Morton
Chief Diversity Officer &
Andrew Nguyen ’22
Head Strength and Conditioning Coach
Director of Retention and Diversity and Council Co-Chair
Associate Professor, Composition and Writing Program Coordinator
Dean of Student Affairs
To contact the Council of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, please email us at .