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Office of the Chief Diversity Officer

Chief Diversity Officer, Special Assistant to the President for Diversity, and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs

Chief Diversity Officer Rafael Zapata.Rafael Zapata 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. Learn More


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Erika Marte, Administrative Program Assistant
Erika Marte was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in the Bronx, New York. She 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.

Erika 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 Dunbar, a Maryland native, has a long-standing commitment to equity, peacebuilding, and the transformation of communities through education, dialogue, and leadership formation. She brings over 15 years of experience in nonprofit management, United Methodist and ecumenical leadership, and diversity and equity assessments and programming. 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 global 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.