Diversity Programming Events


The Villanova Diversity Programming Committee aims to create programs that will engage the Villanova community, challenge perceptions, heighten empathy and create a welcoming and inclusive campus environment. All proposed projects and programs are intended to educate and promote understanding with the purpose of dissuading prejudice and discrimination based on race, ethnicity, religion, gender, body type, mental or physical differences, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, geographic location, age and other social identifiers.


The population of our country is rapidly changing. Across the business and academic world, diversity programming has also increased to ensure that with these demographic changes, individuals work together effectively and thrive personally in diverse and, sometimes, challenging work and learning environments. Institutions of higher education must take the lead in creating programming geared towards learning, understanding and the acceptance of personal, ideological and cultural differences. Villanova University strives to develop a “diverse community of scholars” conscious of social justice and working as active and engaged global citizens.


Social Identity

Social Identity at Work: Exploring Diversity in the Workplace

Sponsored by the Center for Multicultural Affairs, Career Center, Office of Disability Services, and the Gay-Straight Coalition.  

DATE:  Wednesday, March 25th
TIME:   5:30 - 7:30pm
PLACE: Villanova Room  


  • Stephen Sheridan: Director, Accountability, Accreditation & Assessment, Villanova University
  • Nora Elarbi: Elementary School Teacher, Discovery Charter School 
  • Qiana Pray: School Counselor, School District of Philadelphia
  • Mandeep Jangi: Manager, Vanguard
  • Dianna Casey; Lead Senior Project Manager, STV Construction
  • Taylor Sittig; Financial Analyst, myCIO Wealth Partners
  • Jackeline Vega; Assistant Director Internships and CoOps, Villanova
  • Joe Parisi; Sustainability Program Manager, General Services Administration
  • Dr. Sheryl Bowen; Associate Professor, Communication, Villanova

Just like in group projects, going to work in the "real world" will introduce you to all different kinds of people and views.  Wonder what it's like to have a unique social identity at work? Join us on Wednesday, March 25th from 5:30 - 7:30pm in the Villanova Room for this special event.  Hear professionals from Vanguard, the Philadelphia School District, and more share how they navigate gender, race, sexual orientation, ability, religion, and class in the workplace.  

The evening will include a panel discussion with Q & A session, dinner reception, and breakout sessions where participants have the chance to meet one-on-one with the guest speakers. Dinner will be served.  All students, faculty, and staff are welcome and encouraged to attend this FREE event.  Please reserve your seat at villanovatix.com.