Diversity and Internationalization Action Councils

The Diversity and Internationalization Action Council (DIAC) is comprised of committed faculty, staff, administrators, and students who are committed to working with the larger Wagner College and NYC communities to foster awareness, inclusiveness, prepare students for life and careers within the rapidly changing global community and celebration of diversity.
Wagner College defines diversity in the broadest of terms to include race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, ability, social class, age, geographic location, language or any underrepresented group on our campus.
We are YOUR voice!  Help shape positive change in the Wagner College campus!
Questions / concerns / suggestions?  E-mail us at intercultural.advancement@wagner.edu
If you are interested in joining the Diversity and Internationalization Action Council please email: Ellen.Navarro@wagner.edu


The charge of the Diversity and Internationalization Action Council is as follows:
Advise and report to the Provost on issues related to diversity and internationalization; more specifically to:

  • Identify ways to strengthen relationships with diverse communities outside Wagner College;
  • Suggest activities throughout the campus, curricular and co-curricular, that further address issues of diversity and internationalization;
  • Recognize and honor exemplary actions of individuals that contribute to a supportive campus climate;
  • Suggest additional approaches to recruitment and retention of faculty, staff, and students from underrepresented populations;
  • Bring to the appropriate faculty standing committees suggested changes that fall within the faculty and/or the Faculty Handbook domain.

Investigate the following questions:

  • How can Wagner College take steps to increase diversity, internationalization and retention among faculty, staff and students?
  • How can Wagner College foster a campus climate that welcomes and supports individuals from underrepresented groups?
  • How can Wagner College further integrate diversity and global content and issues across the curricula?
  • How can Wagner College Take steps to increase the breadth and depth of Wagner connections with underrepresented groups throughout New York City?

2019 Members


Dr. Ruta Shah-Gordon, Vice President for Internationalization, Intercultural Affairs, Campus Life, and Chief of Staff.
Jazzmine Clarke-Glover, SHRM-SCP Vice President of Workplace Culture and Inclusion Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO), Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) & Title IX Coordinator

Faculty :

Dr. Utteeyo Dasgupta

Dr. Rita Reynolds

Dr. Jonathan Blaize

Dr. Bernadette Ludwig

Dr. Zohreh Shahvar


Ange Concepcion, Assistant Dean of Campus Life
Ellen Navarro, Director, Center for Intercultural Advancement
Sidiq Soulemana, Assistant Director, Center for Intercultural Advancement
Dina Assante, Associate Dean, Center for Academic and Career Engagement


Alexandra Musgociu

Mohamed Lotfi

Mosaic Coalition Scholarship

Wagner College is excited to be offering the Mosaic Scholarship for students from underrepresented groups in the Wagner community.  The Mosaic Coalition is a partnership of Wagner College, the New York Center for Interpersonal Development (NYCID) and over 15 immigrant civic associations, and work with students, staff, faculty and community on year-long cultural festivals focusing on 5 cultures annually.  The Mosaic Scholarship ($13,500.00 for residential students and $11,500.00 for commuter students) is awarded as an opportunity which provides an incoming student with the financial assistance to become a part of the Wagner community.  The scholarship is used towards tuition expenses. This scholarship is renewable each year as long as the student is in good academic and disciplinary standing.
In the Mosaic Coalition mission statement, it talks about working to achieve a community enriched by and appreciative of diversity, on Staten Island and beyond.  It is an organization that wants all people live comfortably regardless of religion, ethnicity, race, color, varying abilities, or sexual orientation. The Coalition works to highlight the positive contributions of all communities to create better understanding and peace in the world.
Click Here for: Mosaic-Scholarship-Application-2016-17
Please contact the Center for Intercultural Advancement for more information about the application for the Mosaic Scholarship.



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