ODIEX Office Staff
Georgine Speranzo, Administrative Assistant
Georgine Speranzo has a BA in French from Penn State University and a BA in Linguistics from The University of Arizona. She moved to Tucson from Philadelphia in 1998 and has worked at the University of Arizona for 18 years. Georgine joined the Office for Diversity and Inclusive Excellence in October 2016.
Mel Ferrara, Graduate Assistant
Mel Ferrara is a PhD student in the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies, with a minor in Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory. Their research interests are in transgender, intersex, and queer studies. Mel is a University Fellow and a 2016 Point Foundation Scholar. They received their BA from Muhlenberg College in 2015, with a double major in Gender & Sexuality Studies and Philosophy/Political Thought. At Muhlenberg, they were heavily involved in multicultural life and student activism, including co-founding the Muhlenberg College Trans Advocacy Coalition (MTAC) and serving as a student representative on Muhlenberg’s Diversity Strategic Planning Committee (DSPC). Directing projects such as the Sedehi Diversity Project, Mel has been involved in inter-communal work, efforting to practice intersectional approaches to social justice based on the belief that systems of oppression are integrally tied to one another.
Tamara Carter, M.S., Graduate Assistant
Tamara Carter is a PhD student in the Rhetoric, Composition, and the Teaching of English Program at the University of Arizona. She graduated with a MS in psychology from the University of Central Missouri, and a BA in psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Before joining the Dean of Students Office at University of Arizona in 2013, Tamara served as a Mental Health Counselor, Director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs, and an adjunct instructor at William Woods University (MO). In 2013, she was certified as a Conflict Resolution Mediator by the Office of the Arizona Attorney General: Public Advocacy and Civil Rights Division. Her research Interests include: Rhetorics of Non-Standard Englishes, theories of SRTOL, Ebonics and composition pedagogy, and the dilution effect as a rhetorical tool for reducing negative attitudes toward Non-Standard Englishes. She currently serves as a Graduate Assistant with the Office of Diversity and Inclusive Excellence.
Charlinda Haudley, M.Ed., Program Coordinator Senior
she/her/hers pronouns; tribal affiliation: Navajo
Charlinda Haudley is from the Navajo tribe and is currently the Program Coordinator Senior in the Office for Diversity and Inclusive Excellence. Prior to this, Charlinda served as the Coordinator for Student and Cultural Engagement at Arizona State University. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a minor in American Indian Studies from the University of Arizona and a Masters of Education from the University of California, Los Angeles. Her areas of interest are social justice and intersectionality.
Laura Hunter, Ph.D., Associate Diversity Officer and Coordinator of Faculty Development
Laura Hunter earned her PhD in sociology at the University of Arizona and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Notre Dame. Her dissertation research focused on unconscious bias against women in STEM fields. Another line of her research focuses on gender differences in academic careers. For example, she investigated gender differences in the impact of parenthood on publications and citations, which was published in Social Studies of Science. Since returning to the University of Arizona in 2013, Dr. Hunter has worked to better recruit, retain, and support faculty, particularly those from underrepresented groups. For example, she created the Diverse Faculty Career Discussions, a peer-mentoring network of faculty from all ranks and disciplines who gather monthly to discuss a topic related to faculty careers. She also developed a comprehensive set of faculty development workshops, including three series: getting published, advancing faculty careers, and diversity in the classroom.
Jesús Treviño, Ph.D, Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence and Senior Diversity Officer
Dr. Jesús Treviño joined the University of Arizona in August of 2016. Prior to this, Trevino served as the Associate Vice President for Diversity at the University of South Dakota. Trevino earned both a Ph.D. and a master's degree in education from UCLA. He also received a master's degree in language and international business and a bachelor's degree in social work from Eastern Michigan University. Between 2002 and 2012, Dr. Trevino served as associate provost for multicultural excellence and clinical associate professor in education at the University of Denver. He also served as assistant dean for cultural diversity and director of the Intergroup Relations Center at Arizona State University from 1992 to 2002.