Ariana González Stokas, Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Barnard College

Reporting to President Sian Leah Beilock and working in partnership with campuswide constituencies, González Stokas will lead strategic initiatives that cultivate a more inclusive and equitable learning environment. She will join Barnard in July 2019, as the 129-year-old college welcomes its most diverse and selective admitted class in its history. Barnard students come from nearly every state and close to 60 countries, with about half identifying as women of color, and 13% as first-generation college students.

As Barnard’s Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, González Stokas will report directly to President Beilock and be an integral part of the College’s senior leadership team. She will chair the Council on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and work closely with the dean of faculty diversity and development and the executive director for equity, among others, to envision and actualize programs that promote diversity, establish accountability, and support inclusivity among Barnard’s community.

González Stokas brings a wealth of experience to Barnard as a committed educator and researcher. She has worked as an administrator, faculty member, and scholar of philosophy and education, with a proven track record of being dedicated to equity and access. González Stokas currently serves as the Dean of Inclusive Excellence at Bard College in New York and oversees a variety of programs and initiatives. She was instrumental in identifying working groups to establish a clear and strategic vision for Pell-eligible and DACA students. She also supports the development and institutionalization of student-initiated projects and created the Alexander Gilson Place for interracial and intercultural dialogue. Prior to her role at Bard, she was an assistant professor of interdisciplinary studies at Guttman Community College of the City University of New York (CUNY).

González Stokas has a B.A. in philosophy and studio arts from Bard College. She earned her Ph.D in philosophy and education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Her doctoral research examined the intersections of aesthetics, education, and inequality. Her professional affiliations include the American Philosophical Association, the Caribbean Studies Association, the Philosophy of Education Society, the Latin American Philosophy of Education Society, the Caribbean Philosophical Association, and the American Educational Research Association.

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Brent Dickman – Vice President for Finance & Operations at Union Theological Seminary

Since August 2016, Brent Dickman has been the Vice President for Finance and Operations at Union Theological Seminary. He has over 20 years of experience working in higher education administration. Prior to his joining Union Theological Seminary, Brent worked at Yale University for seven years, first as the Associate Dean for Finance and Administration at the Law School and then as the Executive Director of Business Operations for the University. Brent has also served as the Director of Finance and Planning at the University of Michigan Law School and as the Administrative Manager of the College of Liberal Arts at Wayne State University, his alma mater. He earned his undergraduate degree from Western Michigan University and his MBA from Wayne State University.

Brian Simpson – Director of Communications & Strategy at Riverside Church

Since 2015, Brian Simpson has served in a variety of director-level communication and information technology roles at The Riverside Church in the City of New York, playing a key role in Riverside’s branding efforts and new website launch. He came to Riverside from Arizona, where he served as director of communications at the Association of Arizona Food Banks (AAFB). Brian spearheaded all marketing, public relations, and outreach efforts on behalf of AAFB, which provides public policy advocacy and logistics services to five member food banks and their network of 1,200 partner agencies in all fifteen Arizona counties. Brian received his MBA from Ottawa University, where he also worked as a Marketing Manager, and he graduated with a BA in Communication from the University of Arizona.

Carlton Davis – President of the General Grant Houses Tenant’s Assocation

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Deborah Sack, Vice President, Operations, Office of Communications and Public Affairs

Deb oversees the ongoing operations of Columbia University’s Office of Public Affairs. With a staff of approximately 225, the Office of Communications and Public Affairs handles media, content, marketing communications, government affairs, public relations, and community affairs for the University’s three undergraduate and seventeen graduate schools.

Before joining Columbia in 2007, Deb was acting vice president of institutional advancement at Hunter College and executive director of the Hunter College Foundation. Prior to Hunter, she worked in the for-profit sector as vice president of marketing communications at MasterCard International and DealTime, which is now owned by eBay under the name Deb began her career working in politics and government. She has a BA from Pomona College. 

Elise Dowell – Vice Chancellor for Communications and External Affairs at Jewish Theological Seminary

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Loftin Flowers – Associate Vice President for Government Relations at Columbia University

Loftin Flowers is the Associate Vice President for Government Relations and leads the University’s engagement and advocacy efforts with federal, state and city government. Loftin holds a B.A. in History from Haverford College and an M.P.A. from Columbia University. Prior to his role at Columbia, Loftin worked in Washington, DC at the national offices of the Children’s Defense Fund, the Democratic National Committee, and John Kerry’s 2004 campaign for President.

Marian Scott – Director of Community Health Education at Mt. Sinai Morningside

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Matthew J. Camp – Director of Government Relations at Teachers College

Matthew Camp is a government relations expert with 15 years of experience in politics, public policy, and advocacy and is currently the Director of Government Relations for Teachers College, Columbia University, where he cultivates relationships with government officials, develops innovative education programs, and secures funding for the College. He is also completing a Ph.D. in Politics & Education at Columbia University. In the past, Camp has taught political science at Columbia University, political advocacy at Teachers College, and SAT, ESL, GED/TASC courses though organizations including New York Cares, the New York Public Library, and Columbia Community Impact. He holds a Masters of Public Policy from Rutgers University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware with a double major in political science and psychology. Camp currently serves on boards of Community District 9 in Manhattan and Good Shepherd Services Springboard, and he volunteers with Broadway Community Church and Team Rubicon.

Paula Mayo – President and Executive Director of The Interchurch Center

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Phoebe Arnold – Director of Community Affairs at Columbia University

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Rachel Rivera – Tenant Relations Manager for The Interchurch Center

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Rev. Michael Livingston – Executive Minister of Riverside Church

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Robin Reese – Vice President of Marketing & Communications at Union Theological Seminary

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Virginia Connor – Head of School at St. Hilda’s & St. Hugh’s

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Virginia Ryan – Secretary to Board of Trustees & Assistant General Counsel at Barnard College

Virginia Ryan has worked in the Barnard College’s Office of the General Counsel since June 2014. Prior to that, she practiced at Fordham Law School for 6 years doing Public Finance transactions. She switched her focus to Higher Education Law and worked at Fordham University Office of the General Counsel and then at Columbia University in an administrative role. She works closely with the offices of the Dean of the College, Dean of Studies, Residential Life, Disability Services, and also on faculty matters. Virginia has lived in NYC’s Upper West Side for 24 years and has maintained a longstanding personal connection to the Morningside Heights neighborhood. Two of her children attended the Riverside Church Weekday School and one attended the Barnard College Toddler Program, and Ryan herself attended Barnard College before going on to Fordam Law School. She very much enjoys the Morningside Heights community and looks forward to the opportunity to work with the Morningside Area Alliance.