TBA, OFFICE OF DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
ADVISORY BOARD BIOGRAPHIES
TAMARA BRITT is Senior Assistant General Counsel for the Office of General Counseal at Rutgers University. Ms. Britt focuses her practice on development, foundation, international, real estate and tax matters. Before joining Rutgers, Ms. Britt was an associate based in the New York office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, where she specialized in white collar defense, enforcement matters and bankruptcy litigation. Ms. Britt was also active in providing pro bono services to low-income individuals in bankruptcy and housing court proceedings and to nonprofit organizations in the New York/New Jersey area. Ms. Britt received her B.A. with honors from Hampton University, an M.P.A. from George Washington University, where she was a Patricia Roberts Harris Fellow, and a J.D. degree from Rutgers University School of Law–Newark, where she was an editor of the Rutgers Law Review and an Eagleton Institute of Politics Fellow. Before becoming an attorney, Ms. Britt worked in the nonprofit and higher education sectors. Ms. Britt is a member of the New York and New Jersey Bar and is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for New Jersey and the Southern District of New York.
JANE CLEMENTI co-founded the Tyler Clementi Foundation alongside husband because she wants to make sure that our society learns the consequences of discrimination and bullying, as she learned all too personally through the loss of her son. A native of New Jersey and devoted mother of three sons, Jane speaks passionately to parents and community leaders about the need to not merely “accept” or “tolerate” children who come out as LGBT, but to embrace them as wondrous creations of God. Jane, a registered nurse, speaks on the need for parents of LGBT children to come out and speak openly of the love they have for their children, and in doing so each one of us can impact the world around us and create accepting environments. Since losing Tyler, Jane’s spiritual journey has continued to carry and transform her in ways she never would have imagined. She left her church home of many years because she felt that while sitting in the pews of a church that condemned LGBT people she was herself a bystander to bullying. Jane leads an inspirational life through her unique experience which she shares with other parents, and speaks passionately about the need to divorce the concept of “sin” from homosexuality. She has made difficult choices in an impossible situation, and leads by example. She has spoken out in support of LGBT rights and the need for families and communities to embrace their LGBT populations. Jane has spoken at BNP Paribas Bank, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, a variety of universities including The College of New Jersey, high schools and churches.
NIKITA CORREA is the Program Coordinator of the Tyler Clementi Center (TCC) and heads up our Digital Engagement initiatives. She has over 13 years of experience working in the field of sexuality education, ensuring that all individuals have access to resources and an opportunity tothrive. Nikita is a graduate of Rutgers University-Douglass College, where she discovered her passion for advocacy, serving as a campus Sexual Health Advocate (SHA) and a Community Health Educator for Planned Parenthood of Central NJ. Prior to joining the TCC she was the Program Coordinator of the LGBTQ and Diversity Resource Center as well as the Coordinator of Health and Wellness at Rutgers University- Newark. Nikita has worked with young people and professionals in the juvenile justice system, public and private schools, universities and faith based communities. With her background in human sexuality she has served as a Trainer for Answer, providing sexuality education training to teachers and other youth-serving professionals. She has also worked with HiTOPS in Princeton, assisting with the implementation of the Teen Prevention Education Program (Teen PEP) in various high schools throughout New Jersey.
JAMES F. DOUGHERTY is an alumni trustee on the Rutgers Board of Trustees (2012-2018). He earned his BA from Rutgers College in 1974, his MS from the Graduate School-New Brunswick in 1975, and his VMD from the University of Pennsylvania in 1980. He is an internist and co-owner of Metropolitan Veterinary Associates. He lives in Collegeville, PA.
RICHARD L. EDWARDS is the Chancellor of Rutgers University-New Brunswick. He is a well-known scholar, educator and administrator in social work education and professional practice. On August 1, 2005, he assumed the position of dean of the School of Social Work at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Prior to serving as Chancellor, he was appointed as the interim vice president for academic affairs in 2011. In a career spanning 40 years, Edwards has held deanships at Case Western Reserve University’s Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences and the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he served as Interim Provost and where he most recently had been Alumni Distinguished Professor of Social Work. He is a past president of the National Association of Social Workers. He has written extensively and consulted widely on issues related to social work education and nonprofit and public management. Under his leadership at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 1992 to 2000, new doctoral and certificate programs were developed at the School of Social Work, while external funding for research, training and technical assistance increased dramatically. Under his leadership at Rutgers over the past four years, Edwards led the development of a new Institute for Families and four new academic centers. Edwards has been honored as a distinguished alumnus by the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago, where he received his master’s degree, and the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the State University of New York at Albany, where he earned his doctorate. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Augustana College in Illinois.
SUSAN FURRER (PsyD) is the executive director of the Center for Applied Psychology, a division of the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers. The Center provides a range of training, consultation, and intervention activities for graduate students in psychology. Dr. Furrer earned her doctoral degree in clinical psychology in 1990 from the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University. With extensive administrative experience in clinical and technical assistance efforts, she has directed research and program evaluation projects focusing on violence prevention, helpline programs, specialized educational programs, and two APA accredited psychology internship programs. Her clinical interests are in the treatment of children and adults with trauma.
MAREN GREATHOUSE is the current Director of the Tyler Clementi Center (TCC). Ms. Greathouse founded and served as the inaugural Director of the LGBTQ & Diversity Resource Center at Rutgers University-Newark from 2011-2016, inaugural Director of LGBT Student Development in the Center for Student Diversity at Towson University from 2008-2011, and Student Services Specialist in the LGBTQ Campus Center at University of Wisconsin-Madison from 2007-2008. These programs served as a hub for LGBTQ resources, student support, educational outreach, research initiatives, institutional advocacy and community partnership with LGBTQ stakeholders .Ms. Greathouse graduated from St. Cloud State University with a Masters of Science degree in Social Responsibility and is currently pursuing a terminal degree in Higher Education Leadership with the Rutgers Graduate School of Education. Her research interests include equity and diversity, student affairs praxis and class dynamics in higher education.
ZACH HOSSEINI is the Director of Marketing and Communications for Rutgers University-New Brunswick. In his role, Mr. Hosseini develops and implements internal and external communications strategies and manage complex communications and marketing projects for Rutgers-New Brunswick. Prior to assuming this role, Mr. Hosseini served as the chief media strategist and contact on criminal, civil, regulatory and public safety issues within the New Jersey Office of the Attorney. He led the Census 2010 field efforts in Jersey City, managing a staff of more than 1,200 over the course of the multi-phase population count. Prior to this work, Mr. Hosseini served as a journalist, starting first as a freelance reporter at The Boston Globe, then as a reporter at The Mariposa Gazette in California and later as an online editor and blogger at The Otago Daily Times in Dunedin, New Zealand. Zach earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northeastern University.
JEROME KUKOR is the dean of the Graduate School – New Brunswick at Rutgers University. He has a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, and served on the research faculty at Michigan for 10 years prior to coming to Rutgers in 1997. He is a professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences of the Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, where he served for five years as Dean of Academic Programs. Dr. Kukor’s expertise is in environmental microbiology and microbial chemistry. His research, which has been funded by the National Institutes of Health for the past 25 years, focuses on analysis of the determinants of biodegradability of xenobiotic compounds by microorganisms. He has authored more than 80 journal articles and book chapters and has mentored two dozen doctoral and master’s students, a dozen postdoctoral scholars, and nearly 30 undergraduate honors students.
MICHAEL LASALA is director of the MSW program and associate professor at the School of Social Work at Rutgers University. His research interests are the couple and family relationships of gay men and lesbians and his current work examines the role of gay and lesbian family relationships in coping with stigma and also parental influence on gay youth’s safe sex behaviors. Dr. LaSala’s forthcoming book entitled: Coming out, coming home: Helping families adjust to a gay or lesbian child (Columbia University Press) describes the findings and practice implications of a National Institute of Mental Health funded qualitative study of 65 gay and lesbian youth and their families. Other examples of Dr. LaSala’s work can be found in Social Work, Family Process, the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, Families in Society and the Journal of Lesbian and Gay Social Services. Dr. LaSala recently completed a Fulbright Fellowship during which he taught family therapy courses at Tallinn University in Estonia and where he also investigated the impacts of stigma on Estonian lesbians and gay men. Dr. LaSala has been keynote speaker at national and international family therapy conferences in Sweden, Estonia, and Italy. Before joining Rutgers University, Dr. LaSala practiced social work for 15 years at the direct practice, supervisory, and administrative levels. He is committed to practice-informed research and therefore continues to practice part-time as a licensed clinical social worker at the Institute for Personal Growth in Highland Park, New Jersey. Dr. Lasala received his Ph.D. at the State University of New York at Albany, 1998.
FELICIA McGINTY is vice chancellor for student affairs at Rutgers University. Dr. McGinty provides leadership, vision, and strategic direction for the large and complex division of student affairs. Dr. McGinty holds a doctorate in educational leadership, a master’s degree in education counseling, and a BSc in criminal justice from Northern Arizona University. In 2007, NAU honored her with the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award for outstanding service to the university and community. Dr. McGinty has a distinguished background in admissions, recruitment, student engagement, and many other aspects of student affairs. She brings more than 25 years of professional experience in student affairs as well as a notable record of public service. Prior to joining Rutgers, Dr. McGinty served as vice chancellor for student affairs at University of California Santa Cruz, associate vice president for student engagement at Pennsylvania State University, and assistant vice president for student affairs at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. In previous roles, she was the director of new student experience at Montclair State University and assistant director of the division of student services at Northern Arizona University.
MARK SCHUSTER is the Dean of Graduate Students for Rutgers New Brunswick. Dean Schuster is affiliate faculty in American Studies, Psychology, and Women’s and Gender Studies and the Graduate School of Education. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on sport, gender and sexuality, and most recently courses that focus on transforming bodies and intersecting identities in American Culture. He has presented with Patricia Griffin on LGBT athletes at the NCAA National Convention in Atlanta, was on the Executive Board of the first LGBT athlete conferences in the US, and was on the inaugural team that created the Standing Committee for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Awareness for the American College Personnel Association. Dean Schuster has been a keynote speaker on civility, and the intersectionality of sport, gender and sexuality at both the national and international level. Dean Schuster has a Bachelors in English and Communications from SUNY Plattsburgh and graduate work in Business Administration from the University of New Hampshire before he became a Vice President of Operations for a software development company. He received a Master’s in Sport Psychology and Cultural Studies of Sport concurrently with his PhD coursework in Higher Education, both from the University of Iowa before joining Rutgers.
BEN SIFUENTES-JÁUREGUI is associate professor of American studies and the author of Transvestism, Masculinity, and Latin American Literature (Palgrave, 2002). His research interests include Latino/a literature and culture, twentieth-century Latin American literature and cultural studies, gender theory and sexuality studies, and psychoanalysis. He teaches a variety of undergraduate courses on Latin American and US Latino/a literature, film, performance theory, and cultural practices. His graduate seminars include topics such as melodrama as hegemonic discourse in Latin American cultures; deconstruction and master narratives; interrogating critical concepts in gender and queer theory as they relate to a broad American context; representations of race, sexuality and gender in the cultural production of the nation; and US Latino/a identities and postcolonial theory. Presently he is working on two research projects: in The Avowal of Difference: Queer Latino American Narratives, he examines strategies of queer self-figuration in Latin American and Latino texts; in the other project, he investigates the relationship between melodrama and masochism in a series of Latin American novels, films, and essays.
KAREN R. STUBAUS is serving Rutgers University as vice president for academic affairs and administration. A 1972 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Douglass College, Dr. Stubaus received her PhD in seventeenth-century American history from Rutgers in 1984. Her professional experience encompasses positions in the Bureau of Research of the New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services, the Chancellor’s Office of the New Jersey Department of Higher Education, and the Office of the Dean of the College of Allied Health Sciences at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, before being recruited back to Rutgers in 1982. For the past thirty years her base of operations at Rutgers has been faculty and academic labor relations, in the context of which she negotiates and administers the labor agreements for Rutgers faculty, teaching assistants and graduate assistants, postdocs, and contingent faculty, as well as representing the university in any related litigation. She also practices crisis avoidance for the university on a daily basis. Dr. Stubaus also teaches whenever she is able in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies and the Department of American Studies.
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