The mission of the Department of Campus Inclusion and Community is to work collaboratively with the university community to cultivate inclusive learning environments through the intentional engagement with difference across and within various identities.
We pursue our mission by providing opportunities for dialogue, leadership development, cultural competency education, social justice training, and advocacy.
Meet the Staff
Dr. Lesley-Ann Brown-Henderson, Executive Director
Office Phone: (847) 467-3419
Dr. Lesley-Ann Brown joined the Division of Student Affairs as the Director of Campus Inclusion and Community in September 2012. Dr. Brown is responsible for overseeing and responding to bias incidents reported through the RespectNU website; supporting students who are recipients of bias incidents; working with staff, faculty and students to engage in ongoing dialogue centered on social justice, respect, and inclusion; developing cultural competence training for staff and students; and collaborating with departments focused on student engagement by integrating cultural competency/inclusion programs in their activities.
Dr. Brown earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology with minors in Chemistry and African Caribbean Studies from the University of Miami, master’s degrees in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education and Counseling Psychology and her doctorate in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis on multicultural issues in higher education from Texas A&M University. Prior to arriving at NU, Dr. Brown worked in the Counseling Center at Michigan State University and in the Department of Multicultural Services at Texas A&M University. She has also been heavily involved with NASPA, a leading association for administrators working in higher education.
Dr. Brown has dedicated her educational and professional career to creating inclusive environments where college students can understand and appreciate differences while gaining knowledge of cultural competence through cross-cultural dialogue and experiential learning. Dr. Brown is excited to be at NU and looks forward to working with students, staff, and faculty to strategically advance NU’s vision and goals of creating an inclusive campus community for all students!
Michele Enos, Assistant Director
Office Phone: (847) 467-5486
Michele Enos is the Assistant Director for Campus Inclusion and Community. Born in Chicago, IL and raised in Evanston, Michele joins CIC after serving as an Assistant Director for Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution at Northwestern, where she used her certification as a licensed Restorative Practices trainer to build relationships with students and hold them accountable for their behavior. Prior to Northwestern, Michele worked as a Residence Director at The University of Vermont where she used restorative practices philosophies and theories to build community and respond to issues of bias. Michele also co-taught an undergraduate diversity and social justice course for Resident Assistants and facilitated white affinity spaces for staff and students. Michele is especially interested in race and white privilege and has presented at national conferences on ally development and co-published an article titled, “Ally Promises.” Michele holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Santa Clara University and a Masters of Higher Education Administration from Loyola University Chicago. In her free time, Michele enjoys traveling, exploring Chicago, and spending time with family and friends.
Andrés Carrasquillo, Program Coordinator
Office Phone: (847) 467-3485
As Program Coordinator for Campus Inclusion and Community, Andrés Carrasquillo provides programmatic and administrative support for the department. He has been involved in Student Affairs since 2011, having had worked in Food Services and Conference Planning. Additionally, he serves on the Staff Engagement Committee, coordinating the Division's Book Group and providing Spanish translation and interpretation services. Andrés is also an independent researcher in popular culture studies at the University, having presented research on such topics as semiotics in urban public spaces, the intersection of science fiction and immigration narratives, and the traditional and subversive qualities of Christmas songs. He holds a B.A. in English in Writing from Northwestern.
Nick Royal, Graduate Assistant
Originally from Tecumseh, Michigan, Nick is a Graduate Assistant for Campus Inclusion and Community and an Assistant Residence Director in the J1F Area. He earned his B.S. in Economics and Law from Central Michigan University and is a second year graduate student in Northwestern’s M.S. in Higher Education Administration and Policy program. His master's research centers around Queer student leaders and how their campus leadership positions affect their sexual and gender identity. When he finds free time, Nick enjoys baking, exploring Chicago, traveling, and spending quality time with family and friends.
Student Enrichment Services
Kourtney Cockrell, Director
Office Phone: (847) 491-5591
Kourtney Cockrell has spent close to 15 years working with organizations to increase access and opportunity for young people from traditionally overlooked backgrounds. She is passionate about diversity and began her racial justice work with the Intergroup Dialogue (IGR) program at the University of Michigan. Kourtney has expertise in college and career advising, diversity facilitation, nonprofit management, talent management, alumni relations, and organizational change.
Kourtney spent over seven years with The Posse Foundation working in both the Chicago and National offices, and directed and executed the first National Posse Alumni Conference in New York City during the Summer 2010. Kourtney also worked with the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business to recruit diverse talent to their full-time MBA program and has advised a number of companies and organizations on best practices in the world of diversity recruitment and inclusion.
At Northwestern, Kourtney directed the Project EXCITE program through the Center for Talent Development at Northwestern University, a program focused on closing the achievement gap in Evanston. Kourtney was responsible for developing the EXCITE tutoring program that engaged close to 50 Northwestern undergraduates each year as volunteers and she established the EXCITE Parent Committee. She helped the committee develop social and education programs for EXCITE families and established a number of partnerships across the Northwestern community that expanded access for students and parents. Kourtney also co-authored a chapter on the impact of Carol Dweck’s work on Black and Latino students in middle school. Most recently, Kourtney served as the Associate Director of Talent Management with Alumni Relations and Development (ARD), during which she developed and oversaw the diversity and inclusion strategy across the division.
Outside of work, Kourtney facilitates parent seminars on college access and preparation and provides independent consultation to first generation prospective college students. Kourtney has presented at the National Association of Gifted Children Conference in Washington, D.C. and the Illinois State Bi-Lingual Parent Summit, and is interested in building sustainable programs that support the long-term growth and development of underrepresented students. Kourtney is on the One Book One Northwestern Advisory Committee, is a member of the Diversity Council at Northwestern University, and sits on the YWCA Steering Committee for the Understanding Race Exhibit. On October 22, 2014, Kourtney was honored as the Young Woman of Promise through the YWCA YWomen’s Awards Dinner. Kourtney is an alumna from the University of Michigan and is currently pursuing her MS in Learning and Organizational Change from Northwestern.
Christine Mendoza, Administrative Assistant
Office Phone: (847) 491-5592
Christine Mendoza is the Administrative Assistant for Student Enrichment Services and Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution. Her prior experience includes working in the New Student Orientation and First Year Experience Department at the College of Lake County. Born and raised in Evanston, she is excited to make the transition from a community college to a university in her hometown. She is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Business with a major in Human Resource Management at Columbia College of Missouri. In her free time, she enjoys movies, music, dancing, and spending time with her son.
Marisol Mastrangelo, Graduate Assistant
Office Phone: (847) 467-4248