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Staff

Meet the staff from the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion. Click here to view our organizational chart. 
Dr. Sekile M. Nzinga, PhD, MSW

Dr. Sekile M. Nzinga, PhD, MSW

Interim Associate Provost and Chief Diversity Officer

Phone: 847-467-3488
s.nzinga@northwestern.edu 
Meeting requests: zenani.greenwell@northwestern.edu

Sekile Nzinga, PhD, MSW received her PhD from the University of Maryland in Human Development (2001), her Masters of Social Work from Ohio State University (1994), and her Bachelor's of Science in Social Work from Morgan State University (1993).

Nzinga previously was a tenured Associate Professor of Social Work and is the founding director of Nazareth College’s Women and Gender Studies Bachelor of Arts program. Her scholarship and prior teaching have centered on the intersections of race, class, and gender in reproduction and parenting; critical feminist university studies; and child welfare & family policy. She is the editor of Laboring Positions: Black Women, Mothering and the Academy (Demeter, 2013) and her second book manuscript Lean Semesters: The University as Hyper Producer of Inequity is under review with Johns Hopkins University Press.

In addition to her academic career, Nzinga social work practice and community engaged work have focused on Black women’s and girls’ health and mental health, reproductive justice, healing from sexual trauma, program development & evaluation, and intersectional feminist leadership. She previously served as a board member for the Chicago Abortion Fund and is a member of the Illinois’ statewide Women’s Justice Taskforce. In 2019, Nzinga was the recipient of the YWomen Award from the Evanston YWCA.

Mónica Russel y Rodríguez

Mónica Russel y Rodríguez

Assistant Provost, Diversity and Inclusion

Phone: 847-491-3277
mryr@northwestern.edu
As the University's Assistant Provost for the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, Mónica Russel y Rodríguez provides strategic and tactical assistance to the associate provost for diversity and inclusion, and facilitates and supports critical activities for the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion. Full Bio. 
Louie Lainez

Louie Lainez

Manager, Diversity and Inclusion

Phone: 847-467-5197

Louie.Lainez@northwestern.edu 

 

Louie Lainez serves as Manager for Diversity and Inclusion in the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion.  Louie engages in the communication, outreach and advancement of institutional diversity and inclusion initiatives for students, faculty, staff, alumni and community partners. Full Bio

Jasmine Gurneau

Jasmine Gurneau

Manager, Native American and Indigenous Initiatives

Phone: 847-467-6368
jasmine.gurneau@northwestern.edu

Leads the development and implementation of university-wide initiatives related to the inclusion of Native American and Indigenous students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Her role includes facilitating stakeholder engagement, serving as a thought leader on campus, and building and sustaining partnerships with tribal communities. Full bio