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Our Diversity Commitment


The Villanova University Center for Research and Fellowships (CRF) commits to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in line with Villanova University’s Mission and Diversity Statement. We strive to create a welcoming environment in all that we do, ensuring that all identities, perspectives, and experiences are heard, respected, and valued. Our community suffers when members live in fear of injustice and prejudice. We acknowledge that silence and inaction contribute to the continuation of ongoing structural inequalities. No one should be made to feel discounted or threatened because of their race, ethnicity, or any other identity. We commend and support the work that our community members are doing in advocating for change.

Actions

  • Professional development
    o  Each CRF team member will dedicate time to learn from and engage with materials and activities that will advance our core values, especially our commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
    o  The CRF team will follow best practices for advising, including a focus on inclusive advising, in our work with students, alumni, faculty, and staff.

  • Committee composition
    o  We will encourage our Presidential Scholarship Selection Committee Chairs to examine their committees and be proactive to reflect Villanova’s diversity commitments.

  • Inclusive hiring
    o We will participate as a team in inclusive hiring training to foreground diversity in our future hires.

  • Inclusive recruitment for opportunities
    o We will continue and expand active recruitment of diverse applicant pools for all the opportunities that we cover (e.g. research, fellowships, and the Presidential Scholars Program).

Contact Information

Center for Research and Fellowships
Garey Hall 200 (top floor) 
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085
crf@villanova.edu
Phone: 610-519-8803
Fax: 610-519-6623

Michael Westrate
Director, Center for Research and Fellowships & Presidential Scholars Program
michael.westrate@villanova.edu
610-519-5928

Catherine Stecyk
Associate Director, Center for Research and Fellowships
catherine.stecyk@villanova.edu
610-519-8766

Chelsea Benincasa
Assistant Director, Center for Research and Fellowships & Presidential Scholars Program
chelsea.benincasa@villanova.edu
610-519-5935

Kelsey Fenner
Assistant Director, Center for Research and Fellowships
kelsey.j.fenner@villanova.edu
610-519-8852

Sage Milo
Postdoctoral Scholar, Center for Research and Fellowships
sage.milo@villanova.edu
610-519-5986

Denise Caramanico
Office Coordinator (Part Time), Center for Research and Fellowships
dcaram01@villanova.edu
610-519-3356