Team

DAVIREE L. VELÁZQUEZ Phillip

Assistant Director of Diversity Education, Center for Multicultural Equity & Access
Director, A Different Dialogue
Diversity & Inclusion Specialist, Center for New Designs in Learning & Scholarship

Daviree serves the Georgetown University community as the Assistant Director of Diversity Educdavation in CMEA, the Director of A Different Dialogue, and as the Diversity & Inclusion Specialist for CNDLS. For 8 years, Daviree has worked in Jesuit higher education, with experience in residential education, student conduct, and multicultural affairs. She completed her M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration at Loyola University Chicago, and received her undergraduate degree from DePaul University. Daviree works with students, staff, and faculty, to enhance their learning about diversity and to promote inclusion through dialogue, workshops, and educational programming. In her capacity with CMEA, Daviree directly advises YLEAD, LEAD, and provides training and development for SOCA, The Black House, and La Casa Latina residents. Daviree is also a member of the Provost Committee for Diversity, a Center for Social Justice Staff Fellow, and was formerly a member of the Working Group on Slavery, Memory, and Reconciliation. Her research interests include social justice and equity within higher education, student leadership development, social identity formation, and liberation theology. Outside of work, Daviree enjoys spoken word performances, farmers markets, and watching documentaries.

Joselyn Schultz Lewis​

Associate Director for Inclusive Teaching and Learning Initiatives, CNDLSJoselyn

Joselyn is Associate Director for Inclusive Teaching and Learning Initiatives at CNDLS where she started working while completing her master’s degree in Communication, Culture, and Technology at Georgetown University. Her interest in teaching and pedagogy developed from her experiences teaching in Japan and in the DC area. Through Joselyn’s early teaching experiences, she cultivated a particular interest in the relationship between cognitive and affective learning.

Joselyn works on a wide variety of CNDLS projects including the Doyle Faculty Fellows program, which works with GU faculty infusing themes of difference and diversity in their courses, and the Engelhard Project, which works with faculty bringing issues of mental health and well-being into their courses. Joselyn also leads workshops in CNDLS’ Apprenticeship in Teaching program, supports faculty with course assessment and evaluation, and is involved with the development of Georgetown’s first MOOCs.

Outside of her work, she enjoys spending time with family, traveling, and exploring the countryside.

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. 

Ijeoma Njaka

​Graduate Associate, Doyle Program and Inclusive Pedagogy Team, CNDLSIjeoma

Ijeoma is an MA candidate in the Learning & Design program and a Graduate Associate working with the Doyle Program and the Inclusive Pedagogy Team. Originally from Minnesota, Ijeoma has worked at nonprofits and schools in service of historically marginalized student populations. Prior to Georgetown, she worked at Bunker Hill Community College training student peer mentors in culutural competency and academic engagement as a rentention model for nontraditional incoming students. In her spare time, Ijeoma enjoys creative writing, visiting the zoo, and watching HGTV. 

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.

Dr. Sylvia W. Önder

Assistant Professor, Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies

Dr. Sylvia Wing Önder has been teaching Turkish Language and Culture at Georgetown since the Fall Semester of 1998, when she created Georgetown's first Intensive Beginning Turkish class (6 credits per semester) and developed Intermediate and Advanced levels for growing numbers of students. Along with language classes, she has taught a range of classes in Turkish Culture, Cultural Anthropology, Central Asian Cultures, and seminars for the School of Foreign Service's Culture and Politics major. She has been offering a course in Medical Anthropology since 2009. Other courses include: "Europe and Islam: Orientalist Fantasies and Turkish Realities" "Anthropology and Islam" "Anthropology of Youth Cultures" "Cultures and Identities" (a collaborative course with Gallaudet University exploring Deaf Culture), and, starting in the Spring of 2015 "Culture and Disability". Dr. Önder's research is primarily ethnographic, including long term stays in a Turkish Black Sea village to study women's lives and traditional healing practices. Her current research interests include political cartoons, popular music videos, and political and artistic expressions of Turkish youth groups in Turkey and in Germany, and social constructions of disability. Dr. Önder is a member of the Disability Studies Working Group, a CSJ Faculty Fellow for Global Youth Activism, and has been a Faculty Fellow with the CNDLS ITEL, Doyle, and Engelhard programs. She currently serves as Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Department of Anthropology. Dr. Önder is the Coordinator of Small Program Languages in the Georgetown College, and, as such, assists the dedicated faculty in Catalan, Greek, Hebrew, Persian, Polish, Swahili, Turkish, and Ukrainian. She has served in the past as Co-Director for the State Department's CAORC Turkish Critical Language Scholarship program. She currently is Project Director for the U.S. Department of Education's Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad ARIT Summer Fellowships Program for Intensive Advanced Turkish at Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey.