College of Education Diversity in Action Committee

The DEI Champion Spotlight features Rowan community members who are leading the way in DEI initiatives across campus.  Champions featured in the spotlight serve as a great example of how DEI can be reflected throughout the campus. Meet the faculty and leaders in the College of Education who host the Diversity in Action committee as well as read about their important DEI initiatives. 

The Diversity in Action comittee consists of: 

  • Dr. Angela Beale-Tawfeeq, STEAM Education 
  • Dr. Susan Browne, Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Education 
  • Dr. Xiufang Chen, Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Education 
  • Dr. Jeremy Glazer, Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Education 
  • Miguel Greenup, Educational Services and Leadership
  • Dr. Kara Ieva, Educational Services and Leadership
  • Dr. Kate Kedley, Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Education 
  • Dr. Valarie Lee, Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Education 
  • Dr. Marjorie Madden, Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Education 
  • Dr. Jill Perry, STEAM Education 
  • Dr. Kate Seltzer, Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Education 
  • Dr. Beth Wassell, Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Education 
  • Dr. MaryBeth Walpole, Educational Services and Leadership

Diversity in Action Group picture

 Diversity in Action (DIA) is a dynamic, action-oriented committee focused on social justice and equity within Rowan University's College of Education and larger community.
​ Diversity in Action (DIA) collectively represents faculty from departments across the College of Education and draws on years of experience and commitment to social justice work. This work spans international contexts with research in countries such as Guatemala, Honduras, and Spain. Faculty are equally engaged in work that supports English language learners, students, and faculty in urban settings and includes allyship with LGBTQ+ populations and addressing issues related to textbook affordability and food insecurities. Believing that the existence of racial unrest across the nation and the impact of a global pandemic are unavoidable topics in the university classroom, DIA has most recently established monthly college wide events called Coffee, Critical Conversations, and Community (C^4 ). Faculty have facilitated conversations on topics such as immigration, wellness, inclusion, and antiracist pedagogy. The C^4 expanded to a campuswide Faculty Center PLC last spring and this academic year. DIA will engage in a book study of The Racial Healing Handbook (Singh, 2019) and will lead the college in a book study using Reading, Writing and Racism by Bree Picower. As a follow up,  Dr. Picower will speak to the college and share her expertise on teaching for social justice and antiracist pedagogy in January 2022. DIA is moving forward in efforts to develop a space Dean Jean-Marie has provided in our building where we can provide resources for students and faculty.

Diversity in Action This Rowan Prof

 This Rowan Prof 2.0 is Diversity in Action's second version of the poster. It is a living document that welcomes feedback and is ready to evolve to represent who faculty aspire to be in the College of Education.