Initiatives for Organizational Inclusion (IOI) Staff

For more information about Initiatives for Organizational Inclusion (IOI), please review our Mission Statement.

Teresa Graham Brett, J.D., Assistant Vice Provost, Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement

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Teresa earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Arizona College of Law. She is responsible for leadership of the Office and works with a team of directors and staff who lead African American Student Affairs, Asian Pacific American Student Affairs, Guerrero Student Center, LGBTQ+ Affairs, Native American Student Affairs, the Women & Gender Resource Center, Common Ground Alliance Program, and Global Experiential Learning. Teresa previously served as Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students at the University of Texas at Austin, where she established the Intergroup Dialogue Program and was as adjunct professor in the Department of Educational Psychology. Teresa also served as Associate Dean of Students and Co-Director of the Program on Intergroup Relations at the University of Michigan. She provides consulting and training at universities and colleges across the country in the areas of intergroup dialogue, social justice education, transformative learning, and dialogue facilitation training. 

Trinity Fuentes, M.A., Administrative Associate

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Trinity Fuentes earned a BA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona and an MA in Museum Studies from John F. Kennedy University. Prior to joining the Office of Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement she worked in museum registration and arts administration. She performs administrative and financial duties for the office and supports department programs and initiatives.

Laura Hunter, Ph.D., Associate Diversity Officer

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Laura Hunter earned her Ph.D. 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, Laura 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.  

Jane Pizzolato, Ph.D., Project Manager, Inclusive Strategic Initiatives

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Jane Pizzolato earned her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Michigan State University. Her body of research and related publications focus on: (a) self-authorship development processes in college students of color, (b) understanding the impact of the gap between policy and practice on TANF community college student development and success, and (c) developing culturally responsive interventions and assessments to create more inclusive models of college student development. Jane previously served as Assistant Professor of Higher Education & Organizational Change at the University of California, Los Angeles, and she spent three years on the faculty for Applied Developmental Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh. At the University of Arizona, Jane provides consulting services on culturally inclusive assessment practices in student affairs, supports the Campus Conversation Initiative, and provides dialogue facilitation training through the Division and as instructor for HED 635: Intergroup Dialogue Facilitation. Jane is also leading the cultural programming section of the UA Strategic Plan focused on increasing the retention of students identifying as men of color.  

Claudia Cruz Armenta, M.A., Graduate Assistant, Campus Conversations

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Claudia Cruz Armenta is a Graduate Research Assistant for Initiatives for Organizational Inclusion (IOI). At IOI, Claudia works on the Campus Conversations Initiative. Claudia believes that Campus Conversations is a pivotal step on promoting change to make the UA experience a more inclusive one. Previously, Claudia has worked as a Graduate Assistant for the Cultural Learning Communities Program at Thrive Center, and as a Graduate Teaching Associate for the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. Currently, Claudia is finishing her doctoral studies on Hispanic Literature in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Department. Her interdisciplinary research encompasses Hispanic literature, film studies, and critical discourse studies. She holds a M.A. in Applied Linguistics from Universidad de las Américas, Puebla, México. Outside the academia, Claudia loves hiking and watching movies.  

Tamara Carter, M.S., Graduate Assistant, Bridging Differences & Intergroup Dialogue Training

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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.

Abiola Mustapha, M.A., Graduate Assistant, Data Analysis

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Abiola is a first-generation college student and Black feminist scholar.  Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, she was the fourth of her sisters to attend and graduate from UC Berkeley. She majored in Social Welfare and Women’s Studies. She is currently working on a doctoral degree in the center for the study of Higher Education at the University of Arizona. She has earned two master's degrees from Claremont Graduate University in Women’s Studies and Higher Education/Student Affairs. Her research interests include race and gender in relation to institutions of higher learning. Her goal is to ultimately cultivate an all-inclusive, welcoming space for all students as a scholar/practitioner.

 

Lincoln Edwards, Graduate Assistant, Assessment Development & Training

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Lincoln Edwards is a graduate student at the University of Arizona where he is pursuing a Master of Science degree in Urban Planning. He currently serves as a Graduate Assistant at the Initiatives for Organizational Inclusion (IOI) and works as an Assessment Developer to assist the University of Arizona’s student centers. Lincoln is from Philadelphia, PA and attended Millersville University where he studied Geography and Political Science. His aspirations are centered around equitable urban development and communal progression. He hopes to one day become a proponent for the social wellbeing of people in underserved areas. 

 

Sophie Hungrywolf, Student Office Assistant

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Sophie currently serves as an office assistant for Initiatives for Organizational Inclusion. She is a second-year undergraduate student majoring in Elementary Education. Sophie is the President of Indigicat Student Association which is an inclusive club and directly affiliated with the Native American Student Affairs. Her recent community work has been partnering with the Native American Student Affairs (NASA) and focusing on Service Learning Projects in Native American communities with an emphasis on education, community building, and leadership. Sophie is from the Tohono O’odham Nation and her district is Chukut Kuk, she comes from a small village called Kuk, five miles away from the U.S./ Mexican border.

 

Tia Hunt, Student Office Assistant

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Tia currently serves as the Marketing Student Assistant for Initiatives for Organizational Inclusion, working specifically with social media, graphic design, and Asian Pacific American (APA) Studies programming. She is a third-year undergraduate student studying Electrical & Computer Engineering with minors in Computer Science and Mathematics. Tia is also the President of the Filipino American Student Association and the Marketing Student Assistant for the Office of Multicultural Engagement. Her recent community work is focused in the Asian Pacific American Student Affairs (APASA) cultural resource center and includes multicultural programming and education, inclusive marketing, and student leadership initiatives. She was born and raised in Tucson, AZ. 

 

Kharen Morgan, Student Office Assistant

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Kharen currently serves as the Office Assistant for Initiatives for Organizational Inclusion, working specifically with data analysis, data cleaning, and office chores. She is a third-year undergraduate student studying Animal Science & East Asian Studies (Mandarin Chinese) with minors in Veterinary Science and Public Health. Her recent community work is working with the Navajo Nation Police Department in setting up a “Fallen Officers Memorial”. She was born and raised in Tuba City, AZ.  

 

 

Fredian Tuyisenge, Student Office Assistant

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Fredian currently services as an Outreach Coordinator for Campus Conversations and Office Assistant for Initiatives for Organizational Inclusion (IOI), working specially with cultural centers, student organizations, and administrators to organize and coordinate communication for Campus Conversations. She is a third-year undergraduate student studying Public Policy and Law with an emphasis on culture and education. Fredian is a part of the Executive Board for Black Student Union on UA campus and on the board for Student Service Fees Board. Her current work is focused on connecting cultural centers and includes facilitating conversations and providing support to all IOI initiatives. She was born in Tanzania, ethnically Burundian, and arrived to UA from Phoenix, AZ.