OADI Office Staff
Located in South College, the Office of Academic Diversity and Inclusiveness is open from 8:00am to 4:00pm.
Nicole Truesdell, PhD is the Senior Director of Academic Diversity and Inclusiveness and holds a secondary faculty appointment in the Department of Critical Identity Studies. Dr. Truesdell’s, known as Dr. T to students, general interests are in radical pedagogy, academic hustling, and social justice. Her research focuses on the intersections of race, racism, gender, class, citizenship and belonging, nationalism and the nation-state, community organizing and activism, social movements, and radical black thought. As a trained socio-cultural anthropologist, Nicole examines larger systems of oppression and focuses on local means of resistance within marginalized communities.
Dr. Truesdell is a first-generation college woman of color from a low-income background who received her PhD in Anthropology from Michigan State University in 2011 (focusing on political/legal anthropology), her MA in forensic/biological anthropology from Louisiana State University in 2005, and her BA from Beloit College in Anthropology in 2003.
Marijuana P. Sawyer serves as the Director of the Student Excellence & Leadership (SEL) Program. A TRIO alumnus and Beloit native, she completed her Bachelor’s degree in Education at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, earned a Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from Georgia Southern University, and is a PhD candidate at Cardinal Stritch University studying Higher Education Leadership.
In her work, Marijuana encourages students to overcome adversity, discover their strengths, and transform their lives. A graduate writes “Marijuana is fully dedicated to her work. She challenges her students and pushes them hard to make sure they are reaching and exceeding their full potential. She is an outstanding role model who relates very well to students. She is Wonder Woman!” (Maria, M.).
In her spare time, Marijuana enjoys reading, camping, and traveling with her son Isaac and dog Mya.
Maria Scarpaci serves as Assistant Director for the Student Excellence & Leadership (SEL) Program, where she is able to nourish her personal and professional passion for social justice through education. Being a first-generation college student, Maria attributes part of her educational success to the support she received from faculty and staff throughout her collegiate journey.
Originally from Wisconsin, Maria came to Beloit College from Memphis, TN. As a Teach For America corps member, she enjoyed working in the classroom, however, knew she could do more towards educational equity in a different capacity. She now has the opportunity to give back by providing excellent support to Beloit students.
Maria holds a B.S. in Sociology, emphasis in Ethnic and Racial Studies, from UW-La Crosse and an M.A. in Sociology, emphasis in Gender, from UW-Milwaukee.
Daryl T. Saladar serves as the Academic Coordinator for the Student Excellence & Leadership (SEL) Program. Previous to this position, he spent 20 years, teaching English at his alma mater, Beloit Memorial High School. His valuable time spent in public education provided him the excitement and opportunity to serve students in higher education at Beloit College.
He enjoys spending time with his wife and four children, being outdoors and physically active, and riding his motorcycle. He also serves as the Strength and Conditioning Coach for Beloit Tide, the local USA swim club.
Daryl earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in English Literature at Wheaton College and a Master’s in Education, Curriculum and Instruction, from National-Louis University.
Steven McAfee Jr serves as the Program Coordinator for for the Student Excellence & Leadership (SEL) Program. He is from Chicago, IL and spent his entire life on the South Side of the city. He is a graduate of the SEL program here at Beloit as part of the 2016 class. Steven was a four-year starter and 3-year captain for the Men's Basketball team, and now serves as volunteer assistant coach for the Men's Basketball team and a volunteer and mentor for high school students in the Upward Bound Program. Steven received his BA in English and Literary Studies and wants to use those skills to further his education and/or complete his goal of writing a book.
Atiera Coleman, PhD serves as the Director of the McNair Scholars Program. Responsible for the daily operation and delivery of program services, Atiera engages students with aspirations to attend graduate school, while working to advance inclusion and equity at Beloit College. Atiera has been a mentor to hundreds of students through her extensive work with TRIO programs over the last seven years.
As a first-generation college student, Atiera holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Beloit College, and an MA and PhD in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM). Her research interests are in education and inequality, with focal points in residential segregation, school level inequality, and the racial achievement gap.
Kristin Frey has served as the Program Coordinator for the McNair Program over the last seven years, and was formerly Program Coordinator for SEL. She has been at Beloit College since 2000, and brings a wealth of campus knowledge to our office, having previously worked in both the Registrar’s Office and with Financial Aid. Having found her home here, Kristin enjoys working one on one with students to help them meet their personal, academic, and professional goals.
Paul Dionne serves as the Inclusive Success Coordinator (ISC) and collaborates with partners across campus to design and execute programs directed toward student success and graduation. His work places particular focus on the successful academic and social integration of students from populations traditionally underserved by higher education. The ISC also contributes to faculty and staff development promoting inclusive success.
In his work, Paul draws from his background as the first in his family to attain an B.A. (Middlebury College) and his graduate training as a cultural anthropologist (ABD, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill). His research interests include race and ethnicity, religion, institutions & bureaucracies, and social conflict/change. In his spare time, Paul enjoys running, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.
Jesse Carr, PhD is a Postdoctoral Fellow who works primarily with the Mellon Decolonizing Pedagogies Program and the Mellon Graduate School Exploratory Fellowship (GSEF). He co-facilitates a faculty pedagogy series focused on building more equitable and accessible classrooms, mentors underrepresented students as they prepare to apply to graduate school, and assists with research and assessment for both programs.
Jesse is a proud "second generation queerspawn" (he is transgender and was raised by lesbian parents). He has a longstanding dedication to social justice issues and has been particularly involved with feminist and antiracist organizations, starting in high school and continuing through college and beyond. After receiving his B.A. (Oberlin '04), he worked in nonprofit development and administration before returning to graduate school. He earned his PhD in American Culture from the University of Michigan ('15), where his doctoral research focused on patterns of systemic violence in the U.S. Jesse is thrilled to have found a position that combines his administrative and academic experience and looks forward to serving Beloit students, staff, and faculty during his time here.
When he's not thinking about equity, diversity, and social justice, Jesse enjoys the company of two furry cat monsters, watches an embarrassing amount of television, and gets most of his exercise hunting for Pokemon.
- Lisa Anderson-Levy, Co-PI, Mellon Decolonizing Pedagogies Project
- Catherine Orr, Faculty Fellow, Mellon Decolonizing Pedagogies Project
- Jim Schulte, Co-PI, Wisconsin Alliance for Minority Participation (WiscAMP)
- Tawnya Cary , Co-PI, Wisconsin Alliance for Minority Participation (WiscAMP)