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Center for Diversity & Inclusion

Meet The Staff


  1. Tiffany Speaks, Senior Director, Center for Diversity & Inclusion

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    Tiffany Speaks joined American University in June 2007 and was promoted to Senior Director of the Center for Diversity & Inclusion in 2012. Known as "CDI" this new university department received a 2013 Innovation Award, recognizing “exceptional achie… More

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    (202) 885-3651

  2. Sara Bendoraitis, Director, Programming, Outreach & Advocacy

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    Sara started at American University in 2007 as the Director of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Ally Resource Center and in 2011, became the Director of Programming, Outreach, and Advocacy for the Center for Diversity & Inclusion. As Dir… More

    Send email to Sara Bendoraitis

    (202) 885-3372

  3. Marlena McKnight, Assistant Director, Student Success & Retention

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    Dr. Marlena [Reese] McKnight serves as Assistant Director of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion. In this role, Dr. McKnight is responsible for the research, data analysis and coordination of programs, services and proactive initiatives to positiv… More

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  4. Matthew Bruno, Coordinator, LGBTQ Programming

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    Bruno is a double graduate of George Mason University (B.A.I.N. in Community Studies in 2005 and a M.A.I.S. in Higher Education in 2009). Currently Bruno works at American University, where they serve as Coordinator of LGBTQ Programming in the Center… More

    Send email to Matthew Bruno

    (202) 885-3346

  5. Michelle Strange, Coordinator, Dialogue & Diversity Programs

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    Michelle manages various dialogue programs, including the Intergroup Dialogue program; which offers dialogue groups on topics around race, gender, sexuality, and more. Additionally, she provides one on one advising to students regarding their academi… More

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