Our Team

Office of Diversity, Culture and Inclusion Staff

Yvonne Torruella Ortiz, MEd
Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion 

Diamond Jackson, EdM 
Project Coordinator



We Collaborate Often with...

Leah Hooper

Senior Director of Teaching and Learning


In Leah’s capacity as Senior Director of Teaching and Learning, she provides guidance on evidence-based curricular design, instructional practice, assessment, and evaluation. Leah currently develops and leads faculty workshops and consults with school leadership on best practices in education. She has recently organized resources to help faculty and administrators build a more inclusive learning community by recognizing and addressing microaggressions in the school culture. Her areas of interest include using research-based instructional design in distance-based programs and supporting the effective use of technologies to enhance student learning and to eliminate disparities in achievement.

In collaborating with ODCI, Leah supports instructors and school leaders as we translate insights into practical changes in curriculum and classroom teaching. She works with faculty to create equitable, inclusive education experiences for all students at the Mailman School.

Robert Fullilove

Associate Dean for Community and Minority Affairs


Robert Fullilove has spent the better part of his professional life working on issues that impact poor communities of color in the United States. He has directed or co-directed programs to improve the capacity of minority students to perform at the highest levels in college and graduate school. Since 1986, he been conducting public health research and policy studies designed to understand the dynamics of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, in particular, and the pattern of health disparities, in general.

Dr. Fullilove was a member of the Board on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention at the Institute of Medicine (IOM) from 1996 to 2002. He has served on five IOM study committees. He was the co-chair of the Federal Advisory Committee to the Centers for Disease Control and the Health Services Administration on HIV/AIDS and STD Prevention from 2000 to 2004. He chaired the Advisory Commission to the Office of Minority Health for the State of New Jersey from 2003-2010. In the Department of Sociomedical Sciences, he teaches one course on race and health, another on emerging issues in urban health, and another on the urbanist's approach to chronic diseases.



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