Texas Tech University

Meet The Team

Mission

The Division of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion is committed to student success by preparing learners to be ethical leaders for a diverse and globally competitive workforce. In support of the university's priorities, we strive to create collaborative partnerships among Texas Tech faculty and staff, community organizations, and students through programs, activities and events that develop students' professional skills, individual creativity, personal excellence and social awareness.

Vision

Our vision embraces the essence of life-long success. Our vision is to be an inclusive environment where students and faculty collaboratively share ideas while cultivating a culture of inclusive excellence by engaging in programs, activities, and events that advance the university's priorities.

Administration

Dr. Sumner

Carol A. Sumner, Ed.D
Vice President
Division of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Dulcie Walters

Dulcie Walters
Executive Adminstrative Associate
Division of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Jade Silva-Tovar

Jade Silva-Tovar
Senior Director
Division of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Nina Ham

Nina Ham
Senior Administrative Assistant
Division of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Division Office Team

Ashley

Ashley Gonzales, Ph.D.
Director
Division of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Vacant

Vacant
Senior Administrative Assistant
Division of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

elouise laurent-jeffers

Elouise Laurent-Jeffers, M.S.
Business Manager
Division of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Loron Pinnock Brown

Loron Pinnock Brown
Graduate Assistant
Division of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

paul ruiz

Paul Ruiz, J.D.

Lead Administrator
Division of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Divisional Leadership

Olga Achourkina

Olga Achourkina
Director
Office of K-12 & IDEAL

Nefertiti Beck

Nefertiti Beck
Director
Council of Councils

Jon Crider

Jon Crider, Ph.D.
Director
McNair Scholars Program

Deb

Debra Crosby, M.A.
Director
Military & Veterans Programs

Marcus

Marcus Graham 
Lead Administrator
TRIO Student Support Services

martinez

Alex Onischuk
Director and Head Coach
Texas Tech Chess Program

Cory

Cory S. Powell
Director
Mentor Tech and the Office of Academic Enrichment

Jody

Jody Randall
Director
Office of LGBTQIA

Arthur Valiant

Arthur Valiant
Director
First Generation Transition and Mentoring Programs and the Dream Resource Center

Business Team

Nichoel Boyd

Nichoel Boyd
Administrative Assistant 

Bernice Flett

Bernice Flett
Assistant Director

Dominique Gonzales

Dominique Gonzales
Program Coordinator

Nina Ham

Nina Ham
Senior Administrative Assistant

Michelle Tijerina

Michelle Tijerina
Business Coordinator

Division of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion