The mission of the Department of Campus Inclusion and Community is to work collaboratively with the university community to cultivate an inclusive learning environment through the intentional engagement with difference.
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, 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!
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 previously worked in the Office of Food Services before moving to his current position. Andrés also serves as a translator and interpreter for staff engagement events in the Division of Student Affairs.
Jazzy Johnson, Program Assistant
Jazzy Johnson earned her bachelor's degree in Communication Studies with a minor in Sociology from Northwestern. As a student, Jazzy dedicated much of her Northwestern career to constructing inclusive environments and building relationships across campus. Post-grad, she works with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship's Chicago Urban Program, an immersion program on the west side of Chicago that invites students to live intentionally and explore issues of justice and racial reconciliation. As a program assistant for the Department of Campus Inclusion and Community, Jazzy helps oversee Sustained Dialogue and the Peer Inclusion Educators.
Epiphany Acevedo, Graduate Assistant
Epiphany Acevedo is a Graduate Assistant working with both Campus Inclusion and Community and Residential Services. At Campus Inclusion and Community, Epiphany oversees the Dinner Dialogue program and advises the Inclusion Task Force. In 2011, she graduated from Oberlin College with a degree in Hispanic studies and previously worked with City Year, a non-profit organization in leadership development through education reform. Epiphany is currently studying broadcast journalism at Medill.
Joy Fernandez, Intern
Joy Fernandez graduated from Lawrence University in 2011 with a Bachelor's degree in Gender Studies and Psychology with a History minor. She is currently a master's student in the Higher Education Administration and Policy program, holding internships with both Campus Community and Inclusion and Multicultural Student Affairs. She has previously worked with Northwestern's Office of Undergraduate Admission and Health Promotion and Wellness, the latter through which she oversaw Red Watch Band, an alcohol overdose bystander intervention program. In her role in Campus Community and Inclusion, she helps support the Step UP! program.