DEI Opportunities for the SMTD Community

Diversity and Inclusion Grants (DIGs)

SMTD grant funding is for current SMTD students, faculty, and staff to use in support of student organizations, professional development, conference attendance, or DEI-related projects. Please contact the DEI Office at for more information.

DEI SMTD Student Ambassadors

The DEI Ambassadors Program empowers a diverse group of current SMTD students who serve to strengthen our community by engaging with and learning from leaders in society and each other. Our student ambassadors are not only diverse in their age, gender, race, and sexual orientation; but also in religious affiliation, political views, and experience in diversity, equity, and inclusion work. Ambassadors receive information about events within SMTD and across campus that focus on leadership, social change and inclusion, as well as gather together a few times throughout the year for trainings, dialogue, and solidarity. More importantly, they are tasked with taking their newly found knowledge back into their respective communities to serve as an example and support to their peers. Are you interested in becoming a DEI Ambassador? Please contact the Office for DEI for more information.

Identity-based Resources and Services

  • The Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs (MESA) ,using the lens of race and ethnicity, engages the campus community and transforms the student experience to build inclusive spaces. The Program on Intergroup Relations (IGR) is a social justice education program.
  • The Office of Services for Students with Disabilities supports the University’s commitment to equity and diversity by providing support services and academic accommodations to students with disabilities.
  • ADVANCE STRIDE Committee Faculty Recruitment Workshops – The committee leads workshops for faculty and administrators involved in hiring. It also works with departments by meeting with chairs, faculty search committees, and other department members involved with recruitment and retention.

Connect with us!

Located in the Moore Building, the SMTD Office for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion has an open door policy: anytime someone is in the office and a private meeting is not in session, please feel free to stop in. We encourage students, faculty and staff to come by and express concerns they may have about the school climate, share project ideas, ask questions about DEI initiatives, or just say hello!

Dr. Amber Benton (she/her)
Chief Officer for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Shandell Bruu (she/her)
Assistant to Chief Officer for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Juan Florencia (he/his)
Assistant Director for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Caitlin Taylor (she/her)
DEI Program Manager