Faculty DEI Leaders Alliance


To engage collaboratively with faculty across the schools and colleges to promote a climate that values diversity, equity, and inclusion. 


We seek to provide an environment where diversity is valued, and faculty are supported in having equitable opportunity to advance and achieve their professional goals. 


The University of Miami Faculty DEI Leaders Alliance (FDLA) strives to do the following:

  • Strengthen the recruitment, retention, and advancement of faculty from underrepresented groups. 
  • Continue to develop and implement best practices that promote a sense of belonging and align with the university’s commitment to DEI.  
  • Promote a curriculum that emphasizes academic innovation by strengthening equitable and inclusive pedagogy, and classroom environments. 


The individuals listed below are the faculty affairs Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion leaders in each school and college.

School or College
School of Architecture TBD TBD TBD 
College of Arts & Sciences Jennifer Ferriss-Hill Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs j.ferrisshill@miami.edu  
College of Arts & Sciences Adina Sanchez-Garcia Chair Committee for College Culture, Equity, and Diversity atsgarcia@umiami.edu 
Miami Herbert Business School Uzma Khan Associate Professor ukhan@bus.miami.edu 
School of Communication Terri Francis Associate Dean for Inclusion and Outreach tsf17@miami.edu  
School of Education & Human Development Kysha Harriel Associate Dean REDI, Chair of Cultural Belonging and Diversity Committee kharriell@miami.edu  
College of Engineering TBD TBD TBD  
School of Law TBD TBD TBD 
Rosenstiel School of Marine, Atmospheric, and Earth Science  TBD TBD TBD
Miller School of Medicine Nanette Vega Assistant Dean for the Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement; Chair for Diversity, Equity, and Belonging Committee nvega@med.miami.edu  
Frost School of Music Melvin Butler Co-Chair of School of Culture, Equity and Diversity Advisory Committee mlb267@miami.edu 
School of Nursing & Health Studies Tatiana Perrino Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging tperrino@miami.edu  
UM Libraries Elizabeth Gushee Librarian Associate Professor exg695@miami.edu 
Office of Faculty Affairs Nichole Crenshaw Associate Provost for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion n.crenshaw@miami.edu