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Meet our Team

Meet the staff from the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion. View our organizational chart.

Michelle Manno, PhD

Michelle Manno, PhD(she/they)

Interim Chief Diversity Officer

Dr. Michelle Manno is Chief Diversity Officer at Northwestern University. In this role, Manno oversees The Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion (OIDI) including The Women’s Center and Native American Indigenous Initiatives. She leads the implementation of diversity accountability processes across Northwestern’s 12 schools and colleges on three campuses. This involves coordinating initiatives to address bigotry and exclusion while promoting inclusion, diversity, and equity. 

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Louie Lainez

Louie Lainez(he/him)

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.

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Jasmine Gurneau

Jasmine Gurneau(she/her)

Director, Native American and Indigenous Affairs

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.

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Majida Kargbo, PhD

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.

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Hilary Zimmerman, PhD

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.

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Sarah Brown, PhD

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.

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Anthony McCray

Anthony McCray(he/him)

Communications Specialist

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.

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Leona Quist

Leona Quist(she/they)

Executive Assistant

Leona Quist is the Executive Assistant for the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion. In this role, she directly supports the Interim Chief Diversity Office, Dr. Michelle Manno.

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Jamiece Adams

Jamiece Adams(she/they)

Facilitator & Program Manager of IDEA Education & Training


Jamiece Adams is the facilitator and program manager for the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accountability (IDEA) Education and Training.  In her role, Jamiece assists in the creation and facilitation of a wide variety of educational offerings and trainings related to inclusion, diversity, equity, and accountability (IDEA) for Northwestern’s Evanston, Chicago, and Qatar campuses.

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Ivana Zelaya Avila

Ivana Zelaya Avila(she/her)

Graduate Intern


Ivana Zelaya Avila, a graduate intern at the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, is dedicated to supporting Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accountability (IDEA) Education and Training initiatives. Currently pursuing a Master of Science in Higher Education Administration Policy Program at the School of Education and Social Policy, Ivana aspires to contribute to the field of diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education upon completing her program by serving students from underrepresented backgrounds, specifically students of color and children of immigrants.