Culture of Inclusion

Celebrating our Differences, Together

Facilities Appreciation Picnic

Mission

Our mission is to help foster an inclusive work environment where everyone, from any background and all dimensions of diversity, feels respected, comfortable to be their authentic selves, and encouraged to do their best work. We aim to create opportunities for all Facilities staff to connect and feel a sense of belonging.

Facilities DEI Training

Working to enhance our culture, being inclusive and meeting our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) goals continues to be a priority for Facilities. Staff members are encouraged to complete a DEI training session or activity each year. You can select an option through the Learning Center, click Training by Topic, click Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, click on the class of your choice, and click Enroll.

DEI Classes from HR to consider this year, register via the Learning Center:

  • Exploring our Identities
  • Leveraging Race, Equity, and Diversity in Higher Education
  • Mitigating Bias in the Hiring Process
  • Racism and Impacts on American Cities
    • "It was interesting to have a session on a Trenton study. I'm not from New Jersey so its history of events and culture and diversity was quite interesting."
    • "Understanding of how policy decision making can effect others whether intentional or unintentional."
  • Understanding Accessibility and Accommodations 

Meet the Committee

The Culture of Inclusion Committee Members actively engage in projects and events that support our diversity, equity, and inclusion at Facilities and meet on a regular basis with their subcommittees. All members are dedicated to continuous DEI learning and collaborate with colleagues across teams. 

John Argento

John Argento

Operations - Building Services

Working in this committee is important to me because it gives me the ability to help understand the differences in cultures, backgrounds and beliefs which will help us to learn from each other, despite being completely different in our backgrounds or beliefs, we can all grow and become better because of it.

Something unique about me: I became a father for the first time at the age of 40.

Tyler Cattani

Tyler Cattani

Operations - Mason Shop

It is important to me to be involved in this committee because it gives me the opportunity to learn and grow from other people's thoughts and differences.

Something unique about me: II love the outdoors and grew up on a farm.

Jeannette Darr

Jeanette Darr

Office of the Vice President

It is important to be a part of this committee because I believe no one person or group can represent our entire community; every person’s voice adds value. I am an advocate of building a culture of belonging both professionally and personally.

Something unique about me: I will try almost any type of adventure or activity presented to me. e.g., I was once an MC for a pig race at a grange fair. 

Paula Gallo

Paula Gallo

Office of the Vice President 

Being a part of this committee empowers me to be better equipped to serve my colleagues and community as a champion of action and change.

Something unique about you: I used to skateboard to school as a teenager.

Ed Ganley

Ed Ganley

Engineering and Campus Energy

Being part of the Culture of Inclusion committee is important not only for our workplace but also for the world in which we live to get a better understanding of our neighbors.

Something unique about me: I enjoy bicycling the Delaware River Canal tow path when I have time.

Sam Hyman

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Office of Capital Projects 

Danielle Matuch

Danielle Matuch

Operations - Major Maintenance

Being part of this committee is important to me because I thrive when given the opportunity to contribute to a larger forum for listening, learning, exchanging ideas and making positive impacts on society.

Something unique about me: I have a t-shirt from the first roller coaster I rode at age five, the Sooper Dooper Looper.

Paul Midura

Paul Midura

Operations - Site Protection

I’m looking forward to working with the Culture of Inclusion Committee to both share and learn more about my peers’ similarities and differences.  I would like to reach out to outside organizations when hiring to promote diversity hiring especially in facilities.

Something unique about me: I’m an avid saltwater fisherman of many species with my most memorable participating in the NOAA Pelagic (Shark) tagging program.

Danielle Overbey

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Facilities Procurement 

Being a part of the Culture of Inclusion is important to me because I want to make sure everyone feels like they can express their ideas and opinions while giving them sense of belonging while learning from their unique backgrounds.  

Something unique about me: I love to grow and propagate houseplants, currently I have 40 and counting.

Carl Savadge

Carl Savadge

Engineering and Campus Energy

Working in this committee is important to me because it allows me to gain a different perspective of people’s thoughts from many different backgrounds.

Something unique about me: I drink coffee during the week but not on the weekends.

 

 

Esther Walter

Esther Walter

Office of the Vice President

Working with the Culture of Inclusion is important to me because I want to learn more about my colleagues, and contribute to Facilities being a welcoming place for us all

Something unique about you: I grew up on a farm in Texas.

 

Our Sponsors

Our Facilities Senior Staff are dedicated to the Culture of Inclusion's overall mission and vision. As sponsors, they are updated quarterly on the Committee’s goals and provide guidance and support to projects.

  • KyuJung Whang, Vice President, Facilities
  • Michael Avanti Lopez, Assistant Vice President, Facilities
  • Ronald McCoy, University Architect
  • Dozie Ibeh, AVP, Capital Projects
  • Justin Walter, AVP, Finance and Administrative Services
  • Keith Barton, AVP, Operations
  • Thomas Nyquist, Executive Director, Engineering and Campus Energy
  • Terry Adams, Director, Organizational Effectiveness and Communications

Our Partners

Our Culture of Inclusion Partners serve as liaisons to the different departments in Facilities. In order for us to communicate effectively and gather feedback from across the organization, we lean on Partners to be our points-of-contact when needed. This is a new role within the Committee and we are actively searching for a Partner within each Facilities department to ensure we reach into all areas of the organization.

  • Capital Projects: Lynn Barbour
  • Capital Projects: Renee Weiland
  • Engineering and Campus Energy: TBD
  • Finance and Administrative Services: Maribel Quintero Gomez
  • Office of Sustainability: Matthew Brinn
  • Office of the Vice President: Cindy Suter
  • Operations: Barbara Hargadon
  • University Architect: Benjamin Petrick