DAVIREE L. VELÁZQUEZ
Director, A Different Dialogue
Assistant Director of Diversity Programs, Center for Multicultural Equity & Access
Daviree serves the Georgetown University community as the Assistant Director of Diversity Programs, and the Director of A Different Dialogue in the Center for Multicultural Equity and Access. For the last 7 years, Daviree has worked in Jesuit higher education, primarily in residential education, student conduct and diversity education. Daviree worked and completed her M.Ed. in Higher Education at Loyola University Chicago, and received her undergraduate degree from DePaul University. Her research interests include leadership development, social identity formation, and critical race theory. In her role at CMEA, Daviree supports diversity education and programming such as A Different Dialogue (DD), Young Leaders in Education About Diversity (YLEAD), Leaders in Education About Diversity (LEAD) and the Student of Color Alliance (SOCA), The Black House, Lasa Casa Latina and Liberatory Spaces. Outside of work, Daviree enjoys spoken word performances, farmers markets, and watching documentaries.
Claire B. Crawford
Graduate Assistant for A Different Dialogue, Center for Multicultural Equity & Access
Claire is a native of Lithonia, GA. She is a recent graduate of George Washington University with a B.A. in International Affairs and Africana Studies. Currently, Claire is a first year graduate student at Georgetown University working towards earning her Master's in Conflict Resolution. Claire joined A Different Dialogue in August 2016, and supervises the peer faciliators and leads the coordination, communication, marketing and logistical support for the program. Her research interests include identity, populations of color and state relations, and the concepts of freedom and peacemaking. Claire aspires to be an Ambassador of the United States to an African country. Ultimately, she strives to embody the words of Shirley Chisolm, “I am, was, and always will be a catalyst for change.” She works daily to be that catalyst through her service and commitment to not be a bystander to the world, but an active and evolving participant in it.
DENNIS A. WILLIAMS
Associate Dean of Students, Division of Student Affairs
Dean Williams arrived at Georgetown in 1997 to work with CMEA; as Associate Dean, he now oversees CMEA as well as the Academic Resource Center, chairs the Bias Reporting system and shares in the management of the Division of Student Affairs. The author of three novels and a former journalist, he also teaches writing classes in the English department. Dean Williams is a native of Syracuse, New York and a graduate of Cornell University and the University of Massachusetts. He enjoys writing, watching sports on television, listening to jazz and FaceTiming with his granddaughter.
DR. LESLIE HINKSON
Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology
Leslie R. Hinkson is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Georgetown University. Her research focuses on the areas of stratification and inequality, with an emphasis on the role and meaning of race across institutional contexts and its effect on educational, employment, and health outcomes. She recently completed a postdoctoral fellowship with the Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Research Fellows at the University of Michigan. There, her interests focused on racial differences in treatment, prevalence, and control of disease. Her works in process include a project on Black-White differentials in the pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatment of hypertension; the determinants of racial differences in the prevalence of premature birth and low birth weight; the link between prisoner health, prisoner re-entry, and community disease burden; and the role of medical education in influencing doctors’ beliefs about race and ethnicity in medical practice.
Beginning in Spring 2016, Dr. Hinkson's course SOCI-244-01 "Engaging Difference: Race, Ethnicity, and Intergroup Dialogue" will be connected with A Different Dialogue.