Office of Diversity & Inclusion

Norm J. Jones

Norm J. Jones

Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer

106A Converse Hall

Pronouns: he/him

Norm Jones serves as Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at Amherst College. In this role, he works with campus partners to advance practices and programs that foster diversity, inclusivity, and accessibility. He oversees the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, which includes: Faculty Diversity and Inclusion Officers, Office of Inclusive Leadership, Queer Resource Center,  Women’s and Gender Center, Multicultural Resource Center, Center for International Student Engagement, and Office of Campus Diversity & Student Leadership. Working with the dean of the faculty and the chief human resources officer, he plays a key role in recruiting and retaining diverse faculty and staff. He ensures that the college is an active participant in national and international conversations around inclusive excellence.

Heather A. Ruggeri

Heather A. Ruggeri

Assistant to the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer

106 Converse Hall

Pronouns: she/her

Dina R. Levi

Dina R. Levi

Director of Inclusive Leadership

105-B Converse Hall

Pronouns: she/her

Dina Levi serves as the Director of Inclusive Leadership. Dina brings a passion for issues of diversity, inclusion, equity and justice, and for helping organizations create a culture shift towards one of intentional inclusion. Dina works collaboratively to bring strategic alignment that supports Amherst’s overall D&I mission and vision through development of personal cultural competency, inclusive leadership, and community engagement. Dina provides overall leadership and management of the Amherst Fellows Program and general assistant and support of diversity and inclusion training and development. Dina works to create infrastructure around diversity and inclusive leadership development across all segments of the employee community.

Jennifer A. Citarelli

Jennifer A. Citarelli

Inclusive Leadership Assistant

Pronouns: she/her

Rosemary Effiom

Rosemary Effiom

Director, MMUF Program & Student Academic Development

Pronouns: she/her  

As the program coordinator of Amherst’s Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship [MMUF] Program, Rosemary Effiom serves as advisor to the College’s MMUF fellows and directs various academic opportunities and activities of the MMUF fellowship, including summer research program. In collaboration with colleagues in the Office of Diversity & Inclusion, Rosemary Effiom actively advises students from diverse backgrounds on a wide range of topics pertaining to graduate studies and other post-graduate opportunities.

Allen J. Hart

Allen J. Hart

James E. Ostendarp Professor of Psychology; Faculty Diversity and Inclusion Officer

D214 Science Center

Pronouns: he/him

The FDIO serves as an advocate for diversity and inclusion in the overall academic program, partnering with the Dean of the Faculty supporting individual faculty members and academic departments.  The Officer advances principles of inclusive excellence in three significant domains (1) recruitment and retention of top-rate scholar-teachers (2) ongoing professional development that allows faculty members to thrive throughout their careers (3) confidential consultations with faculty members as needed.

In his role as faculty diversity and Inclusion officer, Allen helps facilitate faculty search processes, assists with faculty workshops on topics of diversity and inclusion, and works to develop insights into demographic data across academic departments.

He also helps faculty and instructional staff navigate concerns around profession, climate, and community.  In his research, Allen explores the role of interpersonal expectations in guiding human behavior. To that end, an important theme has been to understand the basic processes of interpersonal expectations informed by how real people make decisions and judgments about real people.  His research investigates issues related to judicial behavior, jury decision-making, and the social and neural foundations of stereotyping and prejudice. Allen was a senior administrator in student affairs for more than ten years.

Marisa Parham

Marisa Parham

Professor of English; Faculty Diversity and Inclusion Officer

108 Johnson Chapel

Pronouns: she/her

The FDIO serves as an advocate for diversity and inclusion in the overall academic program, partnering with the Dean of the Faculty supporting individual faculty members and academic departments.  The Officer advances principles of inclusive excellence in three significant domains (1) recruitment and retention of top-rate scholar-teachers (2) ongoing professional development that allows faculty members to thrive throughout their careers (3) confidential consultations with faculty members as needed.

In her role as faculty diversity and Inclusion officer, Professor Parham assists with faculty search processes, helps develop faculty workshops on topics of diversity and inclusion, and seeks creative ways to assure that Amherst is an active participant in national and international conversations around inclusive academic excellence.  Like Allen Hart, she is also available for individual conversations regarding profession, climate, and community.  Professor Parham's current teaching and research projects focus on texts and technologies that problematize assumptions about time, space, and bodily materiality.  She is particularly interested in how such terms share a history of increasing complexity in texts produced by African Americans, and how they also offer ways of thinking about intersectional approaches to digital humanities and technology studies.  

Ryan A. Murray

Ryan A. Murray

Office Assistant

Pronouns: he/him

As assistant to the Faculty Diversity & Inclusion Officers, Ryan is responsible for aiding the search processes for new, diverse faculty, and fostering lasting connections between the office and faculty across campus. He supports a diverse workforce and participates in Amherst College’s efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment. Ryan is also a visual artist whose body of work explores and promotes the discussion of mental health in communities of color.