Dr. Robin R. Means Coleman is Vice President & Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion, and the Ida B. Wells and Ferdinand Barnett Professor of Communication Studies at Northwestern University. Dr. Coleman is charged with implementing diversity accountability processes, thereby coordinating efforts to counter bigotry and exclusion while promoting inclusion, diversity, and equity. She works collaboratively with faculty, staff, and students across Northwestern’s 12 schools and colleges on three campuses.
Meet our Team
Meet the staff from the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion. View our organizational chart.
Michelle Manno, PhD(she/they)
Assistant Provost for Diversity and Inclusion
Dr. Michelle Manno is Assistant Provost for Diversity and Inclusion at Northwestern University. In this role as assistant provost, Manno will provide strategic and tactical support on critical activities for OIDI, promoting equitable culture across Northwestern. Manno will actively engage as a leader with internal and external stakeholders in support of this mission, to coordinate efforts aimed at creating a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment for the entire community.
Jasmine Gurneau 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.
Majida Kargbo, PhD(she/her)
Director for Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accountability (IDEA) Education and Training
Dr. Majida Kargbo is the Director for Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accountability (IDEA) Education and Training. As part of the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion’s leadership team at Northwestern, Maj leads in the creation, coordination, and delivery of innovative, evidence-based IDEA education and training programs.
Hilary Zimmerman, PhD(she/her)
Director for Diversity Initiatives, Evaluation, & Assessment
Dr. Hilary Zimmerman is the Director for Diversity Initiatives, Evaluation & Assessment. In her role, Hilary supports assessment and evaluation efforts related to diversity, equity and inclusion across Northwestern. She works to support data-informed initiatives, programming and growth across Northwestern by preparing reports, running analyses and creating data visualizations that provide ways to explore and assess inclusion, diversity and equity.
Associate Director for Administration and Operations
Louie Lainez serves as the Associate Director for Administration and Operations in the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion. Louie oversees the OIDI office operations and engages in the communication, outreach and advancement of institutional diversity and inclusion initiatives for students, faculty, staff, alumni and community partners.
Sarah Brown, PhD(she/her)
Women's Center Director
Sarah Brown is the Director of the Women’s Center at Northwestern University, a unit that advocates for all staff, students, and faculty subject to gender-based oppression and provides educational programming for the university and broader community.
Anthony McCray serves as the Communications Specialist for the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion. Anthony leads the development of the office’s strategic communications plan for internal and external audiences. In his role, he combines content creation, storytelling and meaningful pedagogical engagement with a broad group of stakeholders to develop and advance OIDI’s presence.
Leona Quist is the Executive Assistant for the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion. In this role, she directly supports the Vice President and Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer, Dr. Robin R. Means Coleman.