Our mission is to promote equity, diversity, and inclusion by helping students from underrepresented backgrounds successfully apply to, complete, and thrive in graduate and professional programs.

The Program uses an expanded conception of “success” that focuses on academic success as well as mental and emotional health. The Program attends to students’ needs as both scholars and human beings to help students craft and navigate personalized paths to graduate school that will allow them to build careers and lives that bring them fulfillment and joy.  


This program is housed under three different offices on campus:

Africana Studies 

Career Center 

Multicultural Life 

Program Co-Directors:

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Giancarlo Cuadra, PhD

Assistant Professor of Biology

Chair of IRB (Institutional Review Board)

Emanuela Kucik, PhD

Assistant Professor of English and Africana Studies

Co-Director of Africana Studies Program

Committee members:

By division:

  Professor Sharon Albert, Senior Lecturer in Religion Studies
  Dr. Ioanna Chatzidimitriou, Associate Professor of French
  Professor Heidi Cruz-Austin, Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance
  Dr. Elena FitzPatrick Sifford, Assistant Professor of Art History
  Dr. Kassie Hartford, Assistant Professor of Music
  Dr. Margo Hobbs, Professor and Chair of Art History, Co-Director of the Africana Studies Program
  Dr. Leticia Robles-Moreno, Assistant  Professor of Theatre
  Dr. Dawn Lonsinger, Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing
  Dr. Ethan Philbrick, Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre.
  Professor Frederick Wright Jones, Assistant Professor of Art.
 Natural Sciences
  Dr. Matthieu de Wit, Assistant Professor of Neuroscience
  Dr. Amy Hark, Professor of Biology
  Dr. Silvia Porello, Lecturer in Chemistry
  Dr. Jorge Silveyra, Assistant Professor of Computer Science
  Dr. Leah Wilson, Assistant Professor of Neuroscience
 Social Sciences
  Dr. Jacqueline Antonovich, Assistant Professor of History
  Dr. Binta Bah - Consortium for Faculty Diversity Fellow, Visiting Assistant Professor in Education
  Dr. Irene Chien, Assistant Professor of Media and Communication
  Dr. Maura Finkelstein, Associate Professor of Anthropology
  Dr. Mohsin Hashim, Professor of Political Science
  Professor Cathy Kim, Senior Lecturer in Education, Coordinator of Professional Programs
  Dr. Justin Preddie, Consortium for Faculty Diversity Fellow, Visiting Assistant Professor in Psychology
  Dr. Ranajoy Ray-Chauduri, Associate Professor of Economics, Director of Muhlenberg Scholars Honors Program
  Dr. Sarah Runcie, Assistant Professor of History
  Dr. Sahar Sadeghi, Assistant Professor of Sociology
  Dr. Harry Simón Salazar, Assistant Professor of Media & Communication
 Staff and Administration committee members
  Dean Michele Deegan, Dean of Academic Life and Professor of Political Science
  Ms. Eveily Freeman, Associate Director of the Office of Community Engagement
  Ms. Beth Halpern, Director of the Office of Community Engagement
  Ms. Tina Hertel, Library Director
  Ms. Samantha Hof, Director, Employer Engagement, Career Center
  Ms. Aliya Kenyatta, Counselor and Licensed Social Worker
  Ms. Cailin Pachter, Director of Health Professions Advising
  Ms.Robin Riley-Casey, Associate Dean of Students, Director of Student Diversity Initiatives
  Mr. Ryan Smolko, Associate Director of the Career Center
  Ms. Courtney StephensAssistant Dean of Students & Director of Housing & Residence Life
  Dr. Brooke Vick, Associate Provost for Faculty and Diversity Initiatives and Associate Professor of Psychology
  Dean Allison Williams, Vice President for Campus Life and Dean of Students

Current Students:

By division:

 HumanitiesNatural SciencesSocial Sciences
  Nancy Agosto Ava Duskic Adonis Brooks
  Aevyn Barnett Auroni Hashim Alexandra Caban-Echevarria
  Michaela Colahan (Micha) Lindsay Helock Isabella Caban-Echevarria
  Lili Daskais Megan Lyttle Robert Awuah
  Maereg Gebretekle Laurie O'Neill Kelsey Casimir
  Amoy Gill Larissa Mai Pasco (Lacey)  Emely Minaya De La Cruz
  Audrey Morton (Miriam) Anna Riordan  Katherine Dickey (Katie)
  Ayanna Roberts Jessica Rostron (Jess)  Robert Fehnel (Rob) 
  Miriam (Mary) Roeder Anna Shigo   Cindy Jasmine Funes (CJ) 
    Eunice Umubyeyi  Simone Kaye 
    Rebecca Zipper  Giovanni Merrifield
      Isabella Mohrey 
      Allison Piotte 
      Trevon Young (Trey) 
      Shelly Zaid-Kunz 

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