Student Affairs Divisional Diversity Initiatives (SADDI)

"Freedom is the bonus we still receive for knowing the truth."

— Martin Luther King, Jr.

As we turn another corner in history, higher education is challenged to be transformative in addressing demographic changes. Now more than ever we must adapt technologically and socially in order to successfully navigate COVID-19 amid efforts to promote anti-racism and multicultural inclusion. Join us on this journey as we take the steps needed for sustained and impactful change.

The SADDI Committee is a cross-section of professional staff, faculty and students that convenes monthly to strategically identify barriers that impede the success of underrepresented minority (URM) students. Culturally sensitive strategies and recommendations are sought for implementation with the divisional diversity officer’s (DDO) advisement. Initiatives will collaboratively support the goals of Binghamton University’s Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DDEI).

The SADDI Grant was created in an effort to streamline funding through Binghamton University’s Road Map strategic plan.[EKF1]  This process allows divisional offices to compete for funds that assist with student-focused programming that promotes social justice and/or celebrates diversity. Some guidelines:

  • Grant funding seeks to aid in retention initiatives for underrepresented minority students.
  • Due to limited funds, SADDI grants are not intended to sustain programming but instead are "seed" funds that help launch diversity initiatives.
  • Departments are encouraged to collaborate with each other on projects and programs.
    Student organizations must partner or be sponsored by a department of mutual interest for eligibility.
  • Creative, innovative and technological ideas are welcomed!

The grant application form and instructions can be found online.

The SADDI Committee assists the divisional diversity officer (DDO) with grant decisions. Applicants should contact the DDO for specific questions about the application process.

SADDI Committee Members:

  • Diana Castellanos, Student Affairs Divisional Diversity Officer (DDO)
  • Eleanor Grayson, Student Affairs Divisional Diversity Officer (DDO)
  • Anne Lewis, Services for Students with Disabilities
  • Barrett Brenton, Center for Civic Engagement
  • Marissa Zelman, TRIO/Student Support Services
  • Joanna Cardona-Lozado, Educational Opportunity Program
  • Tiffany Soto, Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development
  • Erica Juarez, Vice President of Multicultural Affairs (undergraduate student representative)

Critical and Conscious Conversations (CCC)

Critical and Conscious Conversations hold space for faculty and staff across divisions to come together and engage in active, collaborative discussions each month. The goal is to promote relationship-building and improve the campus climate through a social justice lens. Research indicates that this type of learning community can reduce microaggressions, increase micro-affirmations and lead to positive systemic changes through ground-up engagement (Madison, 2020; Young & Anderson, 2019; Jones & Rolón-Dow, 2019).

CCC Objectives:

  • Discuss issues relevant to social and racial injustice and engage in self-reflection to better understand privilege, power and our own intersectional identities.
  • Share ideas and identify evidence-based strategies which promote inclusion, racial literacy and bias reduction, in an effort to restore trust and improve communication for student success.
  • Learn how to be a better ally in an effort to forge authentic and strong relationships.
  • Learn ways to practice self-compassion and radical empathy.

The CCC Committee members are:

  • Diana Castellanos, Student Affairs Divisional Diversity Officer (DDO)
  • Eleanor Grayson, Student Affairs Divisional Diversity Officer (DDO)
  • Sophia Givre, Upward Bound
  • Erin Cody, Harpur Edge
  • Cherie van Putten, Center for Learning and Teaching
  • Kimberly Peabody, Health Promotion and Prevention
  • Craig Broccoli, Admissions
  • Anne Saint-Juste, Residential Life
  • Alicia Hibbard, TRIO/Student Support Services
  • Regina Nguyen, McNair Scholars Program

You can reach Diana Castellanos at 607-777-2322 or

You can reach Eleanor Greyson at 607-777-4719 or

Binghamton University Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) website.


Below is a list of resources that will help you educate yourself on diversity topics. We will continue to add to this list.