Chief Diversity Officer Staff
Erika Marte, Administrative Program Assistant
Erika joined Fordham University in May 2018. As the Administrative Program Assistant, Erika develops and maintains systems to facilitate diversity-related programs and initiatives. She manages the office's financial budget and all office procedures.
Erika Marte was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in the Bronx, New York. Before coming to Fordham, she held positions at New York University as an Events Coordinator and at the New York City Urban Debate League as a Program Director. Additionally, Erika is a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship recipient, which allowed her to serve as a field researcher in Thailand, India, South Africa, Brazil, and Spain investigating the ins and outs of educational volunteerism. Her work in educational spaces led her to question issues of equity in policies, practices, and structures of higher education.
Erika earned a B.A. in Comparative Literature and Chinese from Hamilton College, and an M.A. in Educational Leadership, Politics, and Advocacy from New York University. She is currently a doctoral student in the Educational Leadership program at The New York University Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.
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.
Carlos Burgos, Equity and Justice Fellow for 2019 - 2020
Carlos Burgos earned his B.A. in English Creative Writing at Hunter College, CUNY and M.S.Ed. in Higher Education at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. Carlos has served as a human capital consultant; founding administrator at Guttman Community College, CUNY; and published two collections of poetry. He also created an initiative to deepen understandings of masculinities where he facilitated workshops with undergraduates and administrators nationally.