Staff Diversity Advocates
The Staff Diversity Advocates (SDA) will serve as a resource person on issues of diversity and inclusive excellence in not only their departments, but also with independent groups and/or individuals. The SDA works in collaboration with EKU’s Staff Council, University Diversity Office and the Inclusive Excellence Trainer to ensure that diversity-related issues are addressed, reviewed, and monitored. The SDA also provides recommendations to the University Diversity Office to update and give input on the implementation of the EKU diversity strategic plan.
Deniece Bell earned her graduate degrees from Wright State University and the University of Central Texas, earning both an M.S. in Counseling and a Master of Criminal Justice degree. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Dillard University where she studied English and Criminal Justice. Deniece currently serves as a Staff Diversity Advocate at Eastern University and is active in the Women of Color Leadership Network. She is currently enrolled in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Doctoral Program pursuing further studies.
Stephanie Casey joined Eastern Kentucky University in April of 2015. She works as the Office Associate- Graduate Coordinator Assistant-Graduate Admissions for the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy. She has her Associate in Business Administration and is working towards her Bachelors in the Criminal Justice department. Stephanie has lived in Germany and during that time traveled to many countries and experienced several diverse cultures. She is looking forward to serving and is excited about this experience to be able to make a difference here at Eastern Kentucky University through the Staff Diversity Advocate Committee.
Margaret Hale earned a bachelor’s degree in Sociology, a bachelor’s degree in Comparative Humanities, and a minor in Women & Gender Studies from Eastern Kentucky University. She works in the office of Interdisciplinary Programs as academic support staff for African/African-American Studies, Appalachian Studies, Asian Studies, Environmental Sustainability and Stewardship, Service Learning/Community-Based Research, Veteran’s Studies, and Women & Gender Studies. She is a certified Green Dot instructor, spends a lot of her free time working with local volunteer organizations, and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Student Personnel Services in Higher Education in the fall.
Deanna Johnson earned her Bachelor of Arts in 2014 from Georgetown College, majoring in Psychology and Sociology. She is currently working on completing her master’s degree in Public Administration here at EKU. She started working at EKU in July of 2014 and currently serves as a Data Specialist in the Office of the Registrar. During her undergraduate studies, as well as her current MPA course work, Deanna has gained an interest in community development and specifically the Higher Education community. While serving as a member of SDA, she plans to use her love for community development to cultivate diversity initiatives in the EKU community.
Patrick McKee is the Sustainability Manager at EKU, where he leads strategic sustainability initiatives impacting the campus, community, and classroom. His previous experience includes serving as a Sustainability Analyst for Legrand, North America, where he helped implement and lead a corporate volunteer program spanning 27 North American locations. He is a Punxsutawney, PA native and received a B.S. in Biology from Mount Aloysius College, Cresson, PA in 2011 and a M.S. Environmental Science & Management from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA in 2013.
My mother was a one-room school house teacher that taught in rural Kentucky. I inherited her love of education and learning. I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Marketing –Teaching as a nontraditional student and just kept going until I completed Masters in Reading and Writing and a Doctorate in Leadership and Policy Studies in December, 2014. Learning and helping others to learn is something I have always enjoyed. I am married to a wonderful guy. Our son will graduate EKU this fall with his Master's in SSEM. You could say we are a family of "Eternal Colonels."
Sabrina Moore is a recent graduate of Eastern Kentucky University earning her Bachelors of Science Degree in Mathematics with honors on May 31, 2015. She is currently pursuing her Masters of Science Degree in Applied Computing through EKU. Sabrina is an Alumni of The NOVA Program as well as The McNair Scholars Program at Eastern Kentucky University. In July 2015 Sabrina began working for Eastern Kentucky University in the Registrar’s Office as a Data Specialist in the Records Unit. She is currently assisting on a project to digitize all student records.
Fawna Playforth is a Regional Support and Outreach Agent at Eastern Kentucky University. As such, she serves as an EKU liaison for community and educational partners in Garrard, Powell, Jackson and Lee counties. In addition, she teaches classes for EKU’s Department of Public Health. Fawna received her Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A) in Management in 2008 and a Master of Public Health in Community Health Education in December 2014 from EKU. Currently, she is working on her Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at EKU.
Fawna Playforth was previously a factory worker and retail worker for 15 years before deciding it was time for a life change. She started her college courses at the EKU Danville campus as a non-traditional and first generation student. Fawna Playforth joined the EKU Lancaster Center team as a co-op student. After graduation, she joined the EKU Lancaster Center as a full-time staff member and has been with EKU for 8 years. Fawna’s main passion is to help first generation students especially those from Eastern Kentucky to go to college and recognize their potential.
I am a native of Richmond, KY and a graduate from Model Lab School. I attended EKU as a non-traditional student and have received degrees in Anthropology (BA, 2005),Psychology (BS, 2008), and Human Services/Student Personnel Services (MA, 2011). While studying Anthropology I minored in Sociology by taking courses in Appalachian Culture, Racial and Ethnic Relations, Gender Issues, and the Sociology of Language use.
Katie joined Eastern Kentucky University in January of 2012. She works in the Education Abroad Office, advising students on study abroad opportunities available at EKU. Katie has a BA in General Studies with certificates in Women and Gender Studies and African & African American Studies. She is currently finishing up a MA in Student Personnel Services in Higher Education. Katie moved around growing up and lived in many states and countries, before settling down in Kentucky. Travelling extensively while growing up and experiencing life outside the United States has made Katie appreciate the importance of higher education and the need to promote an inclusive environment on campus. She is excited to be a Staff Diversity Advocate and hopes that she can help promote a diverse and inclusive environment on campus.
John is a legacy student, his mother graduated from Eastern back in 1985 when campus looked and felt a lot different. John is an undergraduate student in Business Administration: Human Resource Management Program at Eastern Kentucky University. John has worked at Eastern since the summer of 2014. Mr. Wesley has worked in Student Services for going on five years in varying roles for multiple institutions (public, private and online). He has a passion for helping others. John is an active member of both the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) both nationally and here in Kentucky. John has been told that “he doesn’t see color”. He treats everyone equally with respect, compassion, and understand. Mr. Wesley is pleased to join his colleagues in being part of the FIRST Staff Diversity Advocates here at Eastern.
Upon graduation, Mr. Wesley plans to pursue a Master of Arts: Student Personnel Services in Higher Education here at Eastern. Go Big E!
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