Announcement - April 25

Dear Campus Community:

Below is biographical information, along with a photograph, that each finalist candidate has prepared for the position of Vice President, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (VPEDI), also known as the Chief Diversity Officer (CDO).

Each finalist candidate is listed in chronological order below. Please come to their campus presentations on the dates indicated below and provide feedback on the forms provided then. All campus presentations will take place from 12:30 to 1:50 p.m. in Foster Auditorium. Each finalist will also present at 3:45 p.m. on their scheduled day at the MSSD Orientation Room.

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1) Thursday, April 27, 2017: Elavie Ndura

Dr. Elavie Ndura is a transformational collaborative leader, practitioner, and scholar with over 30 years of university experience. Proficient in four languages and a recognized catalyst for positive institutional and social change, Dr. Ndura is a professor of education at George Mason University and the 2015-16 presidential fellow for diversity and inclusion. Her interdisciplinary expertise in curriculum and instruction, bilingual and multicultural education, peace education, and conflict analysis and resolution forms the core of her versatile people-to-people leadership style and skills that inform her vision, strategies, and execution to advance institutional equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Dr. Ndura has first-hand experience in developing a campus-wide diversity and inclusion vision and initiatives, with supporting strategies, and engaging faculty, staff, and students in diversity professional development. She has a demonstrated record of inclusive diversity-focused interdisciplinary scholarly achievements, a proven track record in grant writing and solicitation of funding for research and diversity and inclusion initiatives, demonstrated skills to solicit and utilize feedback and develop consensus among groups and constituencies with diverging priorities and perspectives, and time-tested problem-solving and courageous dialogue facilitation skills. Dr. Ndura has extensive experience with shared governance structures with faculty and other key stakeholders, and with birth-to-12 academic environments.

Her transformative work has been affirmed by two Congressional testimonies and many awards including the 2010-2011 Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, the Peace and Justice Studies Association's 2011 Peace Educator of the Year Award, the 2008 United Burundian Community Association Imboneza Award, and the 2004 Reno-Sparks NAACP Brown v. Board of Education 50th Anniversary Award.

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2) Tuesday, May 2, 2017: Donna Hay-Jones

Donna Hay-Jones has held positions of responsibility in colleges and universities and in education consulting roles across the nation, including the medical school and business school of Dartmouth College, New York Law School, and as an adjunct professor at the University of Redlands. Most recently, she has worked with hundreds of colleges and universities in professional networks, partnering with leaders at the highest levels. As Associate Director of the Education Advisory Board, she met weekly with college Presidents, Boards of Trustees, Provosts, Vice Presidents and their staff to address institutions' most pressing needs. Then, as Director of the Teaching and Learning Center of American Honors, a community college honors program, she oversaw course development and faculty professional development across 17 campuses. Currently, as Managing Director of Maplewood H68, the education company she founded, she works with colleges and universities to engage students and alumni through career programming and inclusion strategies to reach underrepresented groups.

Her extensive background in higher education diversity affairs includes developing recruitment and financial aid strategies to attract diverse students, creating initiatives to recruit diverse faculty and staff, overseeing an annual Diversity Conference, instituting diversity content for an annual Faculty Conference, serving as Diversity Facilitator in campus group discussions, leading a faculty/staff affinity group, and currently, presenting diversity programs to students and alumni.

She holds a B.A. in Spanish from Oakwood College, a Historically Black College in Alabama, an M.A. in Higher and Postsecondary Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a law degree from Georgetown University.

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3) Thursday, May 4, 2017: Charity Warigon

Charity Reedy Warigon is a proud Gallaudet alumna who has been working at her beloved alma mater for 22 years in various leadership roles with extensive shared governance experience, including as the Chief Enrollment Management Officer and Senior Engagement Officer. She brings a deep understanding of the institutional and Deaf cultures, as well as the unique needs of students, faculty, staff, and administrators at Gallaudet. Through a heightened awareness of intersectionality, her professional career and personal life embody a genuine respect for the spectrum of human diversity, inclusion, and equity. She is a colleague and friend to diverse people on and off campus.

Ms. Warigon grew up on the foot of the Appalachian Mountains in Virginia where poverty meets hard work and marginalization. As a White Deaf privileged female, she was educated in self-contained classes, fully mainstreamed schools with and without interpreters, and at Model Secondary School for the Deaf. A member of six generations of Deaf, oral deaf, hard of hearing, late-deafened, and unilaterally deaf families, she was the first to attend and earn college degrees, paying some of the attendant educational expenses by selling her cattle.

Ms. Warigon is bilingual in American Sign Language and English. She is quite comfortable conversing in ProTactile with DeafBlind individuals. Married to an African-American, she has exposure to the rich and diverse African cultures. She also has a daughter who is member of the LGBTQA community. She currently lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband. Her hobbies include cooking, traveling, calligraphy, landscaping, interior design, and genealogy.


Gaurav Mathur
Dean of the Graduate School and Continuing Studies

Heather Harker
Chief of Staff to the President