Advisory Board Members
The Community Safety Advisory Board was formed to strengthen relationships with the campus community and public safety, to foster greater transparency and trust, and to make proposals to leadership on ways to improve the safety and well-being of all students, faculty, staff, and visitors at Northwestern. The Board is representative of the Northwestern community and serves as the principal channel to share community feedback on safety.
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Dr. Clyde Yancy, MD is the Vice Dean for Diversity and Inclusion at the Feinberg School of Medicine, and serves as chair to the Community Safety Advisory Board. Clyde is actively involved in supporting diversity in medicine and recruiting increasingly diverse classes of medical students and residents at Feinberg. He is a highly regarded author who recently published an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association addressing racial equity in academic medicine. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, he has been deeply involved in efforts to raise awareness and combat the unequal impacts of the disease on communities of color. Clyde also is chief of cardiology in the Department of Medicine and Magerstadt Professor of Medicine and Professor, Medical Social Sciences. Over 25 years, he has been a principal voice and scientific author addressing health and disease in African Americans which includes a 2017 scientific statement noting the disparities in cardiovascular disease burden suffered by African Americans and evolving a plan to narrow gaps in care and outcomes.
Dr. Robin R. Means Coleman
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. Before coming to Northwestern University, Dr. Coleman was on the faculty at Texas A&M University, the University of Michigan, the University of Pittsburgh, and New York University. At Texas A&M University, she was the Vice President and Associate Provost for Diversity. At the University of Michigan, she served as Associate Dean of Social Sciences in the Rackham Graduate School, as well as Chair of the Department of Communication Studies. Dr. Coleman is the author of Horror Noire: Blacks in American Horror Films from the 1890s to Present and African-American Viewers and the Black Situation Comedy: Situating Racial Humor.
Steven M. Adams is the Librarian for The Graduate School in Northwestern University Library. He coordinates outreach to graduate students and manages collection development, instruction, outreach, and reference to several departments in the biological and behavioral sciences. He has an additional appointment as the Faculty Mentor for Northwestern's 7th class of Posse Scholars. Steven is currently Board Chair of the Black Metropolis Research Consortium, which provides support to Chicago-area institutions with archival collections related to African American culture and history. As an experienced speaker and workshop facilitator, he creates dynamic learning experiences that spark dialogue and introspection, and nurture group cohesion. Steven is a member of Northwestern’s Diversity Leaders Group, co-chair of the Change Makers Review Committee, and has worked on several diversity and inclusion initiatives at Northwestern.
Samantha Anderson (she/her/hers) is a second-year undergraduate student from Terry, Mississippi studying in the School of Education and Social Policy. She is pursuing a double-major in social policy and statistics with a minor in African American studies. She has been on Associated Student Government‘s (ASG) Justice and Inclusion Committee since October 2019 and currently serves as Co-Deputy Officer of Justice and Inclusion. She is excited to serve as a representative on the Community Safety Advisory Board and help make sure all students feel safe and heard on campus.
Nate Daigle is a Senior Academic Advisor for the Kellogg School of Management, and has worked at Northwestern University for 7 years in student-facing positions at both Medill and Kellogg. He was part of the 2014-15 Change Makers cohort and completed the Leadership Fellowship program through the Center for Leadership. With his current position as chair of the Northwestern University Staff Advisory Council (NUSAC), he leads a group of dedicated staff members with the mission of advocacy and voice of staff to senior leadership. He is committed to advocacy, equity, education, and community development.
Melissa Foster is a Senior Lecturer of Music Theatre Voice in the School of Communication, and is Faculty in Residence for the South Campus Area. Outside of Northwestern. Melissa is on the Rock the Audition team, directing Broadway On-Demand content on the history and performance technique of rap. She serves as Resident Vocal Consultant at Lyric Opera of Chicago (Lyric Unlimited) and recently completed a teaching/lecture tour across China in Xi’an, Guangzhou, and Hong Kong. Melissa is a new faculty member for the Contemporary Commercial Music Institute with a course on approaching pop/rock styles with historical and cultural awareness, vocal health, and authenticity. Melissa’s research explores the history and influence of hip-hop music on the performing arts. Social justice is a pillar of her work and research, and she feels honored to be sharing that passion on the Community Safety Advisory Board.
Keith Herzog, MPPA is the administrative director of the Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences (NUCATS) Institute in the Feinberg School of Medicine, where he also serves as program director of the NUCATS Institute’s Trial Innovation Network Liaison Team and co-leads evaluation and continuous improvement initiatives. Prior to joining Northwestern, Keith analyzed and reported on campus-wide longitudinal indicators of diversity, equity, and inclusion and led quantitative and qualitative research efforts focused on experiences of institutional and departmental climate/culture as part of the University of Michigan ADVANCE Program’s Office of Research and Evaluation. Keith is a member of the Northwestern University Staff Advisory Council, Feinberg School of Medicine Staff Engagement Steering Committee, and Pride Parade Planning Committee. Keith earned his bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and English Literature from the University of Texas at Austin and a master’s in Public Policy and Administration from Northwestern University.
George M Langford II is the Assistant Dean of Facilities and Information Technology at the Pritzker School of Law where he has responsibility for infrastructural strategic planning and operations, including safety and security. He leads a team responsible for creating and maintaining inspiring, inclusive, and productive spaces for learning, teaching, and working. Currently, Langford is focusing on adapting space and infrastructure to strengthen the student experience, community collaboration, and faculty support.
MaryAnn Marsh is the President of the Northwestern University Black Alumni Association and holds a Bachelors degree in Economics from the university. MaryAnn is an entrepreneur and real estate investor. She is the co-owner of M Lounge, Persona, and The Park Supper Club restaurant opening this spring, and is the president of MIR Investment Corp working as a residential broker for nearly 23 years. MaryAnn Marsh is a first-generation immigrant from Nigeria and through an organization founded by her mother, Voice of a Woman for Humanity, she has subsidized efforts to bring fresh water, electricity, and health care to her village in Nigeria and its poorest residents. MaryAnn has also helped fund scholarships for Catholic schools in distressed areas of Chicago’s South Side, and a primary focus of her service on Northwestern’s Chicago regional board of donors is raising educational scholarships funds for minority students.
Rashmi Raj, Ph.D. is a postdoctoral researcher in the Chemical and Biological Engineering department in the McCormick School of Engineering. She joined the Northwestern University Postdoctoral Association (NUPA) in 2020 and currently serves as the NUPA Administrative Coordinator. Rashmi is originally from Singapore where she completed her PhD in the bioremediation of electronic waste at the National University of Singapore after completing her Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology at University College London. Her current research interests as part of the Tyo group at Northwestern include metabolic engineering to modulate bacterial stress response in valuable compound production. As one of many international postdoctoral scholars, Rashmi aims to provide perspective on issues faced by the international Northwestern community. She also aims to improve professional and social wellbeing of Northwestern’s postdoctoral community and aims to increase postdoctoral representation on other university committees by serving as a liaison for NUPA and raising postdoc issues to university administration.
Carolyn Ramirez is a Ph.D. candidate in the McCormick School of Engineering.
Ally Reith is a doctoral student in the Learning Sciences Ph.D. program in the School of Education and Social Policy. She is also involved in the student advisory board for Northwestern’s Office of Equity. Ally brings restorative and transformative justice frameworks to the Community Safety Advisory Board, and looks forward to collaboratively shaping alternatives to on campus safety and security.
Pablo Rodriguez is a second-year undergraduate student in the School of Education and Social Policy pursuing a major in Learning and Organizational Change with a minor in Transportation. He is the treasurer of Advancement for the Undocumented Community, a student organization supporting and advocating for the undocumented/DACA community. Pablo is also the Accessibility and Education Chair for the Triathlon Club and is a member of other groups like Mayfest, B.Burlesque, and Alianza Latino Student Alliance. Pablo looks forward to working with the Community Safety Advisory Board to rethink what security and safety look like at Northwestern, especially for our most vulnerable community members.
Jay Towns is a third-year undergraduate student in the School of Communication pursuing a major in Theatre with the Acting for the Screen module and a certificate in Musical Theatre, and minors in Entrepreneurship and Music Technology. Jay is an actor, music artist, photographer, entrepreneur, and content creator who collaborates with organizations across Northwestern such as STITCH Magazine, The Garage, and Undertones A Cappella. Jay believes that a supportive and safe community is essential to the work of artists everywhere and that Community Safety Advisory Board is taking important steps toward ensuring that safety on Northwestern's campus.
Teresa Vergara Miranda is a third-year undergraduate student in the School of Education and Social Policy pursuing a major in Learning & Organizational Change and a minor in Business Institutions. Teresa is an undocumented student from Michocán, México and a lifelong Chicago resident. She is the President of Alianza Latino Student Alliance, Advancement for the Undocumented Community, and Ballet Folklórico de Northwestern. Teresa has heard about community safety from the perspectives of her Northwestern peers, particularly those from Latino and/or undocumented backgrounds. She plans to bring this knowledge and her interests in institutional sociocultural reform to inform her work on the Community Safety Advisory Board to better direct our vision of what universal community safety means at Northwestern.
Andrew Wang, MPH is a doctoral student in the Health Sciences Integrated Ph.D. Program, part of the Institute of Public Health and Medicine, and a member of the Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research and the Center for Health Information Partnerships. He serves as a member of the Graduate Leadership Advocacy Council. His educational background includes a BA in Biological Sciences and Law and Society from Cornell University and an MPH in Health Policy and Management from Columbia University. He has state and federal policy experiences from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services and the VA Health Administration. His past healthcare research has been at Harvard University's School of Public Health and Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. His most recent position was in healthcare administration at Penn Medicine in Philadelphia. Andrew's current research interests are in access to care, health disparities, social determinants of health, and public health policy. His research work and past experiences have culminated into a desire for ensuring equality, equity, and justice at Northwestern University and its campuses by serving on the Community Safety Advisory Board.
Northwestern recognizes the contributions of CSAB member Stephen White to the development of these proposals prior to his passing. He was an Associate Professor of Philosophy and served as the representative from the Faculty Senate.
Therese McGuire, Professor of Strategy in the Kellogg School of Management, will temporarily serve on the CSAB in her capacity as President of the Faculty Senate.