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Meet the Center for Diversity and Inclusion Staff

Meet the Staff

 

Dr. Karin Wimbley

(she/hers/hers) 

Interim-Director of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion

As Interim Director, Dr. Karin Wimbley joins the CDI staff as they continue the important work of actualizing DePauw’s support of all minoritized student populations on campus. This appointment draws on Dr. Wimbley’s strengths in diversity and inclusion work at both DePauw and University of Chicago as a graduate school mentor. As a program assistant at UChicago’s Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (OMSA), she collected data on student responses to campus climate, designed and led curricular programs devoted to student success, and advised undergraduate student affinity organizations. Since that time, Dr. Wimbley’s dedication to her alma mater has remained a constant. Yearly she serves on panels focused on life teaching at a liberal college and forums on life after graduate school as a junior faculty member of color at UChicago's annual graduate student career conference. Dr. Wimbley also speaks regularly at the Minority Graduate Student Association events to support graduate student retention, graduation, and success.

At DePauw, Dr. Wimbley’s continued leadership on issues of diversity and inclusion led to the formation of the English Department's Empowerment and Inclusion Committee (EPIC), dedicated to progressive action in all phases of departmental work, including student recruitment, alumni outreach, curriculum revision, hiring, and faculty development. She has also served on the Film Studies, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS), and Africana Studies steering committees, where the focus on curricular diversity remains a vibrant part of their work. In 2017, Dr. Wimbley was a finalist for the Woodrow Wilson National Foundation’s Malkiel Scholars Award, which in the foundation’s words, “recognizes junior faculty candidates who not only balance research, teaching, and service but in fact give great weight to the creation of an inclusive campus community for underrepresented students and scholars.” As her dedication to diversity and inclusion are deeply informed by her teaching and mentoring, Dr. Wimbley will continue teaching for the English department, Africana Studies, and WGSS during her appointment.

Dr. Wimbley earned her BA in Theater from Hamilton College, her MA in Humanities and her MA and PhD in English Language and Literature from University of Chicago.

Tamika Smith

(she/hers/hers) 

Interim-Director Multicultural Student Services 

Tamika joined DePauw in the Fall of 2018. She was raised in Moreno Valley, CA. Tamika’s work focuses on enhancing the academic, out-of-class success, retention and persistence of graduation of students from historically underrepresented identities while also supporting the intercultural development of all DePauw students. She completed her Bachelors in Interpersonal Communication at Michigan State University, a Masters in College Student Affairs at The Pennsylvania State University and a Masters in Applied Biblical Studies at Moody Bible Institute. Prior to DePauw, Tamika worked at Ball State University, Northeastern University and Michigan State University. Tamika is a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc.  In her free time, Tamika enjoys spending time with family and friends, crafting and thrift shopping.

Yoanna Sayili

(she/hers/hers) 

CDI Coordinator for International Student Services 

Yoanna joined the larger DePauw community in the summer of 2016 and the Center for Diversity and Inclusion as an employee in the fall of 2018. She was born and grew up in the Republic of Bulgaria, located in South-Eastern Europe. She completed a Master’s degree in law with Sofia University Sv. Kliment Ohridski (Bulgaria) and a Diploma program in English and EU law with Cambridge University (United Kingdom). She worked as a legal professional, before meeting her husband and moving to North America. Yoanna earned a Master of Science degree in Strategic Management from Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, and worked in the Graduate Studies and Research Office of the Faculty of Education. She has lived in 3 different countries and 5 different towns. Yoanna is passionate about learning, growing and helping others do the same. She loves traveling, meeting new people and immersing herself in new cultures. These days you can often see her and her family enjoying quality time together on campus and at Starbucks, walking downtown and dining at Hoover.

Matt Abtahi

(he/him/his) 

Assistant Director for the Center for Diversity and Inclusion

Matt joined DePauw in the fall of 2017. Matt's work on campus focuses on the educational success, celebration, and advocacy for the LGBTQIA+ community, students of color, and DACA and undocumented students. Matt serves as the CDI liason for Prism Leadership Program, Queer Students of Color (QSOC),  X-Cell Dance Team, Committee for Latinx Concerns, DPU Dreamers, Elite Percizion,  La Fuerza Latina, AAPIDA and the Brotherhood. Matt's interest and education has focused on the intersections of leadership development and critical race theory. In his free time, Matt enjoys exploring the national parks and state parks in Indiana and visiting family and friends in Indy, Chicago, and Champaign. Prior to DePauw, Matt worked at Purdue University, the University of Colorado Boulder and Loyola University Chicago. Matt earned his Bachelors in Integrative Biology at the University of Illinois and Urbana-Champaign and his Master's in Higher Education at Loyola University Chicago.  

Sarah Pearson

(she/hers/hers) 

Interim Coordinator of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion

 

 

Teresa Roberts
(she/hers/hers) 

Office Manager of Center for Diversity and Inclusion

Teresa comes to the Center for Diversity and Inclusion after working in the Office of Admission for ten years and assisting International students in their application process. She has a passion for working with students on all aspects of life and experiences and to make sure they all feel welcome when they step into the Center for Diversity and Inclusion. In her spare time, she enjoys running and spending time with her family.

 

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