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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion


Concord University and its Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ODEI) is committed to attracting the best students, staff and faculty with a wide range of backgrounds, ideas and viewpoints. We will accomplish this by building a safe and open environment for everyone to learn from one another. Concord University's commitment to all aspects of diversity, equity and inclusion are essential to our academic excellence.


The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion’s Committee’s vision is to strengthen the knowledge and skills of the Concord community in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion. This will be accomplished through leading, developing, and delivering campus wide efforts and initiatives to educate and provide a forum for open discussion.

Message from the President

Joining the Concord faculty many years ago, it was apparent to me that the values of excellence, respect for others, kindness, and welcoming attitudes were important here; they were valued and practiced by the University’s leadership and by my colleagues. As I have moved through several campus leadership roles, I have been proud to recognize that Concord University is now, and has always been, a place of excellence designed for all students to come, to grow, and to learn. Concord not only invites, but celebrates diversity, equity, and inclusion among our students, faculty and staff.

I believe that hearing the voices of those unlike me is one of the best ways to grow and to become a more enlightened thinker. I have been inspired by so many colleagues, staff members, and students to think about ideas in different ways. Higher education settings are the places that can open our minds to new ideas, while also providing specific new skill sets, so that by commencement, our students are ready to enter careers or graduate studies ready to make their marks on the world. In the meantime, students have made impressions on each of us and made us think about the world in new ways. I continue to be ready, as are the faculty and staff of Concord University, to continue productive discourse and conversations so that diversity, equity, inclusion, and growth will accelerate in our community and beyond.

My goal at Concord is to be certain our community recognizes that all respectful, individual voices will always be welcomed here with enthusiasm. I want each of us to be encouraged to remember that listening is a skillset each of us must practice vigilantly. We are committed to listening to one another deeply and to shaping our conversations towards increasingly positive change.

Dr. Kendra Boggesse
President of the University

Our Commitment to You

Concord University is committed to the mission and vision of diversity, inclusion and equity in which all of our students, faculty, staff, and visitors are welcome and respected. As a committee, we are committed to creating a climate of inclusion that is anti-racist, anti-sexist, and anti-bigotry of all kinds, and combats prejudice, hostility, or discrimination toward any culture or group.

Message from The Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Our mission here at Concord University is to lead, develop, deliver, and engage our campus wide efforts and initiatives to both help with diversity, equity and inclusion. Here at Concord University all populations will feel valued and respected, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation or identity, education, or disability. This is an ongoing collective process uniting students, faculty, staff, administrators, alumni and community. Concord University's commitment to all aspects of diversity, equity and inclusion are essential to our academic excellence.

Dr. Michael Bean
Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council
Manjunath Burdekar Manji Burdekar
Assistant Professor of Psychology
College of Science, Mathematics, and Health
Department of Social Sciences
Admin 116
Nancy Burton Nancy Burton
Professor of Education
College of Professional and Liberal Studies
Department of Education
Admin 104B
Dr. Brad Lane, OD 2nd Vice Chair Rodney Tigaa
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences
Nancy Ellison Nancy Ellison
Director of Multicultural Affairs, Disability Services Coordinator
Shukhrat Usmanov Shukhrat Usmanov
Assistant Professor of Mathematics
College of Science, Mathematics, and Health
Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
Darrick Scott Darrick Scott
Educational Councilor II
Student Support Services
Student Center 202
Jill Nolan Jill Nolan
Assc. Prof. Health Edu/Master of Arts in Health Promotion Coord.
College of Science, Mathematics, and Health
Counseling Center/Department of Health Sciences
Susan Williams Susan Williams
Director of the Beckley Campus and Professor of Marketing
College of Professional and Liberal Studies
Rahall 216
Upcoming Meetings
Pillars of CU DEI