Our Team

Raygine DiAquoi
Assistant Dean of Diversity, Culture, and Inclusion
Assistant Professor of Sociomedical Sciences
r.diaquoi@columbia.edu

Raygine DiAquoi is the Assistant Dean of Diversity, Culture, and Inclusion and an Assistant Professor of Sociomedical Sciences. In this role, she is responsible for developing a rich agenda of activities and programs that promote the recognition and understanding of historical and current social inequalities, and facilitating action steps in our institution, community, and in the broader field of public health to eliminate them.

Dr. DiAquoi is devoted to creating leaders for equity. Prior to joining the Mailman School of Public Health, she was an educational equity consultant, providing relevant training and support to communities and educational institutions to improve the academic experiences of marginalized populations. Her research interests include anti-racist education, multicultural education, applicability of anti-colonial theory in schools, and racial socialization. Her work on students of color at an elite boarding school was published in the book Educating Elites: Class Privilege and Educational Advantage (2010) and the Harvard Educational Review (2012). A former editor of the Harvard Educational Review, she is co-editor of the book Education for a Multicultural Society (2011) and has written about the specific competencies required of African American students and their families (2012; 2014; 2015; 2017a; 2017b). Her dissertation examined the way that parents speak with their children about racism and the social and historical factors that inform the content of those conversations.

She earned her Doctorate in Culture, Communities, and Education and Master’s in Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Columbia University.


Tehya Boswell
Administartive Assistant, Office of Diversity, Culture, and Inclusion
tab2174@columbia.edu

Tehya is a current MPH candidate at the Mailman School for Public Health and works as an Administrative Assistant for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. She is enrolled in the Population and Family Health Department with a certificate in the Epidemiology of Chronic Disease. She is most passionate about addressing the mental health gaps in communities of color both domestically and abroad.

Prior to joining the Mailman community, Tehya worked at a number of nonprofit organizations in New York City. She has also spent a significant time studying abroad, eventually developing her own social venture in Worcester, Western Cape in South Africa with the help of a fellow student. The venture was dedicated to raising awareness about and reducing the rate of substance abuse via an afterschool program for children and an outpatient reintegration program. She has studied and worked in other countries such as Brazil, India, Turkey, and Rwanda.

Tehya graduated cum laude from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio with a major in Psychology, a minor in Neuroscience, and a focus in public health and research. Her studies culminated in an honors thesis that examined job satisfaction and stress levels of ethnic minority faculty in higher education. Throughout college, Tehya was deeply involved in multicultural affairs, supporting and mentoring first year students, and an independent multi-year research project in Kenyon’s Department of Neuroscience.


 

We Collaborate Often with...


Leah Hooper
Senior Director of Teaching and Learning
lch2124@cumc.columbia.edu

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
ref5@cumc.columbia.edu

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.