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Who We Are

The Department of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion focuses on how we live out our Hallmarks of Community, Hospitality, and Love within our Benedictine community. We aspire to create a learning environment in which we prioritize critical thinking, respectful dialogue, and meaningful educational interactions. We advocate for access, equity, and inclusion for historically marginalized and systematically under-served populations. Our focus also includes initiatives that address gender-based violence through a lens of social change; cultivating healthy relationships; celebrating our diversity; and striving for an inclusive and equitable environment where we can all learn and grow together.

The Department provides training, educational programming, and outreach; advises on policies and procedures to remedy discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct, and any related retaliation. We work to create a community that is safer, more inclusive and equitable; ensuring that all individuals are treated with dignity, compassion, and respect.

About Us
  • Staff
  • Diverstiy, Equity & Inclusion Task Force
  • Intercultural Education
Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Task Force

In the Fall of 2020 President Gregory created the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Foce to address the needs of our University. Members of the Task Force are listed below. 

Mark McHorney, Task Force Co Chair, Chief Student Engagement Officer

Dr. Markisha J. Woodson, Task Force Co Chair, Assistant Professor, Public Health

Dr. Tiara Perez Morales, Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences

Dr. Ken Newbold, Provost and Chief Academic Officer

Dr. Peter Huff, Chief Mission Officer

Karen Campana, Chief Enrollment Officer

Pat Ariano, Chief of Staff

Dr. Jon-Pierre Bradley, Director of Alumni Relations

Dr. Latifa Bounou, Assistant Professor, Foreign Languages




Pat Somers, PhD, LCPC
Director of Intercultural Education & Assistant Professor of Psychology;  630-829-6443

Karl Constant

Assistant Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion   630-829-6604

Bernadette Ramsden, LSW

Violence Against Women Grant Act Coordinator      630-829-1326