In March, the University launched a new employee recognition initiative called the Values and Inclusion Program, or “VIP.” The goal of this program is to acknowledge and celebrate faculty, administrators, and staff who demonstrate a commitment to inclusion, thereby emphasizing and promulgating the University’s core values: Truth, Love, Respect, Opportunity, Excellence, and Service.
All members of the University community were invited to nominate employees for recognition. The nomination forms asked for a description of the nominee’s commitment to inclusion as demonstrated through one or more of the University’s core values, and an explanation of the ways in which the nominee sets an example for others with regard to creating an inclusive learning or working environment.
A selection committee, which included members of the Equity and Inclusion Council and the Office of Human Resources, reviewed all of the submissions and selected one faculty member, one administrator, and one staff employee to be recognized by the President at the Employee Convocation on June 4. All 26 eligible nominees are recognized as Values and Inclusion Program recipients and will be acknowledged at a separate event hosted by the Office of Human Resources.
We hope that this annual recognition program serves to inspire our community to create a more inclusive learning and working environment at St. John’s. More information about the VIP initiative can be found on the Employee Engagement webpage.
2019 VALUES AND INCLUSION PROGRAM NOMINEES
Associate Director of International Admission
Vibhuti Arya, Pharm.D.
Associate Clinical Professor, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Associate Director, Academic Service-Learning/VISA
Career and Internship Advisor, University Career Services
Department Chair Secretary, Chemistry
Desktop Support Supervisor, St. John’s School of Law, Information Technology
Manouchkathe Cassagnol, Pharm.D., BCPS, AACC
Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Clinical Health Professions
Director, Academic Center for Equity and Inclusion
Laura B. Cocchiarella
International Student Advisor, Office of International Students and Scholars
Michael B. Crossfox
Secretary, Library and Information Science
Jeremy Cruz, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Theology and Religious Studies
Secretary III, The School of Education,
Staten Island Campus
Church Secretary, Campus Ministry, St. Thomas More Church
Yolene Gousse, D.P.H.
Assistant Professor Industry Professional, Pharmacy Administration and Public Health
Assistant Director, Student Life, Staten Island Campus
Tamara Issak, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Institute for Core Studies
David Z. Jacome
Adjunct Faculty, Scientific Inquiry
Chi-Hsin Kang, D.A.
International Student Advisor,
Office of International Students and Scholars
Melissa Kubit Angelides
Assistant Director Career Development, Law School Career Development Office
Service Desk Agent, Information Technology
Department Assistant, Office of Graduate Admission
Katia Passerini, Ph.D., PMP
Dean, College of Professional Studies
Lucy A. Pesce
Executive Director for Mission and VISA
Matthew G. Pucciarelli, Ph.D.
Associate Provost, Office of Global Studies
Sheila M. Russell
Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Advisement, The Peter J. Tobin College of Business
Linda M. Sama, Ph.D.
Professor and Associate Dean for Global Initiatives
Lana Theresa Umali
Department Chair Secretary, St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, English Department