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Team Members

The BSU Social Justice Alliance Team

Kimetta R. Hairston, Ph.D.

BSU Team Lead and Point of Contact
Associate Professor, Department of Teaching, Learning & Professional Development

Dr. Hairston works directly with facilitating and connecting internal and external stakeholders on university-wide strategic initiatives and partnerships. Her research areas are Black women in higher education (leadership, disparities, social justice), with an emphasis on critical race theory, culturally responsive pedagogy, curriculum and instruction, and qualitative research.

Charles B. Adams, Ph.D.

Chair, Department of Behavioral Sciences & Human Services

Dr. Adams is a faculty member in the criminal justice program and Institute for Restorative Justice and Practices. His research focus is racial inequality in the criminal justice system.

Kim Brittingham Barnett, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Behavioral Sciences & Human Services

Dr. Barnett serves as the chair on the following committees at the department and college levels: Department Curriculum Committee, College Curriculum Committee, and Student Development Committee in the College of Professional Studies. Her research focus is investigating preparedness and readiness to integrate interprofessional education in the social work curriculum at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

Sean T. Coleman, Ph.D.

Director, Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership/Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Leadership

Dr. Coleman’s campus roles include directing the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership, being a Faculty Fellow in Center for Research and Mentoring of Black Male Students and Teachers, and Project Coordinator, Research Institute for Scholars in Education (RISE) Program. His research focus involves comprehensive schooling related to multiple factors for school success using integrity-based schooling practices to engage students’ learning, school climate, and effective leadership.

Wendy M. Edmonds, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Behavioral Sciences & Human Services

Dr. Edmonds is a researcher, facilitator, and innovator who fosters collaboration in supporting cross campus initiatives. Her research area is leader/follower dynamics, with an emphasis on  Toxic Followership, defined as the manipulation of individuals by a trusted party who transforms the mindset of others, whereby individuals become an extension of a toxic leaders' moral decay.

Adonna Bannister Green, Esq., MBA

Director, Office of Equity Compliance

Attorney Green’s role is to educate and support compliance with policies informed by Title IX and Title VII and lead efforts and ideas to create greater diversity and inclusion across campus faculty, staff, and student groups. Her expertise is in employment and discrimination law.

Ayanna M. Lynch, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology

Dr. Lynch is an expert in clinical psychology and cross-cultural psychology, a faculty member in the Department of Psychology and the Vice Chair of Faculty Senate. Her research focus is educational trauma and academic self-efficacy.

Steve Stephens, II

Coordinator, Office of Greek Life & Community Service

Mr. Stephens is a student leadership development expert, who provides guidance to fraternities and sororities, service-based organizations, along with some civic engagement work.

Jacquelyn Sweeney, Ph.D.

Associate Professor/Coordinator Graduate Reading, Department of Teaching, Learning & Professional Development

Dr. Sweeney is the graduate reading coordinator and works with in-service teachers as they prepare to become reading specialists and coaches. Her research focus is preparing pre-service and in-service teachers toward a culturally responsive/relevant/sustaining stance, as well as using the elements of Dialogic Education and Intergroup Dialogue (IGD) to bring together members of varied identity groups for discussions toward action for social change.

Derrick Hinton

BSU Student Representative
Mr. Hinton serves as the president of the Greek Leadership Council.

The UMD Social Justice Alliance Team

Georgina Dodge

UMD Team Lead and Point of Contact
Vice President for Diversity & Inclusion

Dr. Dodge has over twenty years of experience researching topics and working on issues related to diversity, equity and inclusion. She is a scholar of mutiracial and multiethnic American literatures of the nineteenth- and twentieth-centuries, with a focus on autobiography.

Aleia M. Brown

Assistant Director, Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities in the College of Arts and Humanities

Aleia Brown is the Assistant Director of the African American History, Culture and Digital Humanities Initiative. Her research and publicly engaged work explores Black women’s material and digital culture created to advance black freedom struggles.

Mia A Smith-Bynum

Associate Professor, Family Science in the School of Public Health

Dr. Smith Bynum is an expert in African American mental health, family interaction, and communication in ethnic minority families, parenting, and racial identity. She also has expertise in adolescent mental health, adolescent sexual behavior, and parent-adolescent communication about difficult topics.

Sharon LaVonne Fries-Britt

Professor of Higher Education, College of Education

Dr. Fries-Britt’s research examines the experiences of high achieving Blacks in higher education and underrepresented minorities (URMs) in STEM fields. Her recent work examines the relationship building of Black males and faculty in STEM, within group experiences of native and non-native Blacks in higher education and campus racial climate.

Jane Hirshberg

Assistant Director, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center in the College of Arts & Humanities

Jane Hirshberg is a key member of the curatorial team and is the primary program design generator and leader of all initiatives, projects, and programs in the area of campus and community engagement.

Warren L. Kelley

Associate Vice President, Division of Student Affairs

Dr. Kelley manages major financial, facilities, and administrative functions for the Division which has seen a 60 percent increase in revenues in the past ten years, and facilities valued at over $1.5 billion.

Kim J. Nickerson

Assistant Dean, College of Behavioral & Social Sciences

Dr. Nickerson is active in science education and training and is the director of the BSOS Summer Research Initiative. He has over 20 years of experience creating and administering training programs to guide underrepresented minority students into science careers across the spectrum of behavioral and social science disciplines.

Zita Cristina Nunes

Associate Professor, Department of English and Comparative Literature

Dr. Nunes teaches and conducts research in the areas of African American/African Diaspora literature, the literature of the Americas, and literary theory.

Rashawn Ray

Associate Professor, Department of Sociology in the College of Behavioral & Social Sciences

Dr. Ray’s research addresses the mechanisms that manufacture and maintain racial and social inequality with a particular focus on police-civilian relations and men’s treatment of women. His work also speaks to ways that inequality may be attenuated through racial uplift activism and social policy.

Nazish Salahuddin

Department of Psychology, Senior Lecturer and Director of Undergraduate Studies in Psychology

Dr. Salahuddin's professional interests are largely in the areas of multicultural, gender, and social justice issues including the effects of gender and race based discrimination and mental health. She teaches courses related to multicultural psychology, counseling psychology, psychology of women, and counseling skills. Dr. Salahuddin is a licensed psychologist in the State of Maryland.

Stephen B. Thomas

Professor & Director, Department of Health Policy and Management and the Maryland Center for Health Equity in the School of Public Health

Dr. Thomas is one of the nation's leading scholars in the effort to eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities, he has applied his expertise to address a variety of conditions from which minorities generally face far poorer outcomes, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, and HIV/AIDS