Chief Diversity Officer Staff
Rafael Zapata, Chief Diversity Officer, Special Assistant to the President for Diversity, and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs
Rafael began his tenure as Fordham University’s first Chief Diversity Officer, Special Assistant to the President for Diversity, and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs on January 16, 2018. His charge is to work collaboratively across the University and local communities to assess and enhance Fordham’s institutional infrastructure to foster diversity, equity, inclusion, and academic excellence, and implement the diversity action plan outlined by President Fr. McShane's in November 2018. Early initiatives will focus on the support and strategic development of structures, policies and practices that promote racial justice, gender equity, disability access and full participation in the life of the university among all members the Fordham community.
Kendra Dunbar, Assistant Director for Equity and Inclusion
Kendra became a member of the Fordham University community in September 2018. As Assistant Director for Equity and Inclusion Kendra works closely alongside the Chief Diversity Officer to deepen Fordham’s institutional commitment to building a diverse, inclusive, and equitable campus environment for all students, staff, faculty, and visitors. Strengthening a campus wide sense of belonging, identifying and mediating institutional barriers to access, enhancing campus discourse and collaboration on diversity related issues and initiatives, and advancing the development of a university wide strategic plan for diversity, equity, and inclusion are among her priorities.
Kendra is a Maryland native and has had a long-standing commitment to equity, peace building, racial justice, and the transformation of communities through education, dialogue, and leadership formation. She brings approximately 20 years of experience in nonprofit management, human rights and social justice education, leadership formation, and strategic planning. Having worked with communities and institutions in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, the United States, and Europe, Kendra brings with her extensive domestic and international work experience. Kendra received a B.A. from Williams College, M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary, and an M.S. degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Loyola University Maryland.