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The Council for Action and Advocacy United for Social Justice and Equity (CAUSE)

The Council for Action and Advocacy United for Social Justice and Equity (CAUSE) formed in 2016 as the Steinhardt Diversity Council and initially served as the School's advisory committee on diversity, equity, and inclusion matters. The Council was renamed in the fall of 2020 to align with the new office of Equity, Belonging, and Community Action. The Council serves as a safe space for members to discuss any challenges, share accomplishments, and plan for upcoming changes in higher education. Under the leadership of the inaugural Associate Dean of Faculty Development and Diversity Dr. Charlton Mcllwain, the previous leadership of Dr. Stella Flores and Dr. David E. Kirkland, the Council has established a caring community of faculty and staff and has worked to support initiatives such as the Faculty First-Look program, the Steinhardt Visiting Artist in Residence, the Diversity Innovation grants, and Black History Month presentations. The Council will now partner with the Office of Equity, Belonging, and Community Action and other community members to advise and support all equity initiatives at the School.

The Council

Alisha Ali

Associate Professor of Applied Psychology

Audrey A. Trainor

Professor of Special Education; Content Director, Programs in Special Education

Charlton McIlwain

Vice Provost for Faculty Engagement and Development; Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication

Fabienne Doucet

Executive Director, Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools and Associate Professor of Early Childhood and Urban Education

Hua-Yu Sebastian Cherng (程華宇)

Vice Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Belonging; Associate Professor of International Education

Janet Njelesani

Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy

Lisa M. Stulberg

Associate Professor of Sociology of Education

Mara Mills

Associate Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication; PhD Director

Maria Ramirez

Director of Equity Initiatives

María Rosa Brea-Spahn

Clinical Associate Professor; Director, Bilingual Extension Track

Michael Funk

Program Director of Higher and Postsecondary Education; Clinical Associate Professor

Nija Monet Leocadio

Assistant Director, Graduate and Inclusive Engagement and Services

Noel Anderson

Executive Director, Leadership and Innovation and Clinical Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Noel W. Anderson

Clinical Assistant Professor of Printmaking

Offiong Aqua

Clinical Associate Professor

Shondel Nero

Professor of Language Education

Usheevii King

Program Director, Center for Faculty Advancement

Ying Lu

Associate Professor