Assistant Dean for Diversity, The Graduate School
Director, Center for Inclusive Education
Nina Maung-Gaona is the Assistant Dean for Diversity in the Graduate School and Director of the Center for Inclusive Education at Stony Brook University. In this capacity, she oversees all the graduate diversity programs (W. Burghardt Turner Fellowship, NSF Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate, NSF Bridge to the Doctorate, GEM Fellowship) as well as a postdoctoral fellowship program (NIH Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award). She currently chairs a diversity fellowship committee, serves as a Regional Specialist for the Institute for Broadening Participation, and is a member of the Middle States Reaccreditation Committee. Nina has 16 years of experience in education programming and advocacy with previous experience in the Office of Disabled Student Services and the United Nations working in various war torn countries in East Africa and Southeast Asia. She obtained a Bachelor's degree in Sociology, and a Master of Public Administration degree from the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the University at Albany. Nina has been at Stony Brook University since May 1, 2000.
Program Coordinator, CIE & REU
Kathryne Piazzola is the Administrator for the Center for Inclusive Education and the Program Manager for the REU Site: Nanotechnology for Health, Energy & the Environment. Kathryne has been at Stony Brook since inception of the NSF-AGEP Program and the CIE in 2000 and 2002 respectively. Kathryne's main duties involve oversight of operations, fiscal matters and the programmatic events and activities of the CIE. Kathryne has over 14 years experience in higher education administration with previous professional history in finance and management.
Program Manager, Dr. W. Burghardt Turner and GEM Fellowship Programs
Toni Sperzel is the Program Manager for the Dr. W. Burghardt Turner Fellowship program, a New York state funded, recruitment-focused fellowship program supporting the academic success of underrepresented Graduate Students across multiple disciplines at Stony Brook . She also coordinates Stony Brook's participation in the National GEM Consortium and administers the GEM Fellowship here at SBU. Toni has a decade of experience in educational administration in multiple capacities including departmental administration, admissions and recruitment of graduate and international students and now, retention and persistence of underrepresented graduate students. She holds a Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from Boston College.
Ann M. Gardner
Program Manager, NIH IRACDA NY CAPS
Ann M. Gardner is the CIE Program Manager overseeing NIH IRACDA NY CAPS and other CIE activities. Ann has three decades' experience in obtaining and conducting funded projects in the areas of public policy, public health and medical research, as well as program planning and operations. She has served as an instructor for the second-year Medicine in Contemporary Society course in the School of Medicine. Ann obtained her B.A. with a History concentration from Harvard University. Her education has continued at Stony Brook with coursework in management, and she is completing her M.A. in Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care and Bioethics.
Program Manager, AGEP-T FRAME
Karian Wright is the Program Manager for the National Science Foundation funded AGEP-T FRAME (Frontiers of Research and Academic Models of Excellence) Program. Karian has extensive experience in higher education including admissions, recruitment, student services and retention. She also managed a College Now program serving over 500 high school students annually and developed a female empowerment program for over 300 young women. Karian has a firm commitment to the advancement of underrepresented minority students. She holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Monroe College.
Angel Gonzalez is a postdoctoral fellow at the CIE. He is responsible for several of the CIE core programming and activities such as the Research Cafes Series, the Keeping it Real Series, Community of Student Mentors, outreach to minority students and scholarly activities in STEM education. His research interests include how the experience of discrimination can impact thinking and emotion; and the concerns that members of historically marginalized groups may have about being rejected by fellow in-group members. During his time as a graduate student at Stony Brook, Angel was very active within the campus community serving in numerous capacities such as: Vice President of the Graduate Student Organization, Chair of the GSO Social Concerns Committee, and member of the Student Life, Campus Environment, and University Senate committees. Angel received his Ph.D. in Social/Health Psychology from Stony Brook University in 2012.
Sheri Clark is a postdoctoral associate at the CIE. She is responsible for supporting center-related scholarly activities such as data collection, data analysis, manuscript preparation, and assisting in the development of new programs. Additionally, she is currently overseeing a research project related to STEM identity and self-efficacy among underrepresented minority doctoral students and underrepresented minority postdoctoral scholars as part of the NSF funded Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) initiative. The research she conducted as a graduate student examined how people process and respond to conflicting information that is self-relevant and the factors that influence how this information is both processed and evaluated. As part of her future career goals, she would like to both develop a program of research aimed to further understand barriers that members of underrepresented groups experience in higher education as well as develop diversity programs to facilitate in the recruitment and retention of underrepresented minority students. Sheri received her Ph.D. in Social/Health Psychology from Stony Brook University in 2013.