Previous Digest Stories Archive

The Celebrate Diversity Digest began in the spring of 2021. 

Thanks to our contributors and readers, the Digest has grown from an idea by a subcommittee to a comprehensive newsletter that seeks to educate and represent the people who make Stockton University the mosaic of multiculutral identities that it is today. Catch up on previous issues below. 

Fall 2023 

Stockton Cheerleaders and President Joe posing for a photo. Photos by Susan Allen.

Bev Vaughn and Jovin Fernandez posing for a photo at the Autumn Jam. Photos by Susan Allen.

EVP Terricita Sass taking a photo during the Autumn Jam. Photos by Susan Allen.

President Joe talking with staff members during the Autumn Jam. Photos by Susan Allen.

Staff members posing for a photo at the Autumn Jam. Photos by Susan Allen.

Staff members posing for a photo at the Autumn Jam. Photos by Susan Allen.

Staff members posing for a photo with President Joe at the Autumn Jam. Photos by Susan Allen.

Staff members posing for a photo at the Autumn Jam. Photos by Susan Allen.

President Joe Bertolino and Executive Vice President Terricita Sass sat down with the full Campus Committee on Diversity & Inclusion Excellence to discuss the future of diversity and inclusion at Stockton University. Below is a summary of the October conversation.

Around 30 committee members – some new, some returning – gathered in the Constantelos Hellenic Reading Room in the Richard Bjork Library to discuss the committee and its purpose on campus with the new president and vice president.

The meeting was two-fold: it served as an introduction to the initiatives that have come out of the committee’s various subcommittees and a chance for both President Joe and Dr. Sass to explore the past, present and future of diversity on campus. 


Spring 2023


Fall 2022


Spring 2022 

Kevin Locke during 2022's Unity Day
Kevin Locke (Tokaheya Inajin, First to Rise) during 2022's Unity Day. 

Galloway, N.J. – The 2022 Unity Day Conference took center stage March 31 in the Campus Center with an event that included a world-famous Indian Hoop Dancer, and speakers who discussed the importance of fostering a better understanding of the world through listening, learning and talking with people of different cultures, genders and points of view.

The theme of the Unity Day celebration was “Unity of Religions & Spirituality.” 

The Unity Day conference is organized by the Social Justice and Education subcommittee of the Committee on Campus Diversity and Inclusive Excellence (CCDIE) and co-chaired by Guia Calicdan-Apostle, associate professor of Social Work, and Valerie Hayes, Stockton University Chief Officer for Diversity and Inclusion. The focus of the event was to promote civic learning and foster an environment that values civil debate and critical thinking from multiple points of view.


Fall 2021 

Stockton Receives its Fourth Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award 

Yes, Stockton did it again, but this time in a much bigger way than before. Stockton received the 2021 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award, a national diversity award offered by INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine in Washington, D.C. 

Stockton previously received the HEED Award from 2016 through 2018 but we spent the last few years reflecting on our diversity and inclusion efforts and making improvements or enhancements before submitting another application. We have you to thank as a member of the Stockton community and for your contributions to diversity, inclusion and social justice for this year’s successful submission.


Spring 2021


About Celebrate Diversity 

The Committee on Campus Diversity and Inclusive Excellence (CCDIE) welcomes new and returning readers to the latest issue of Celebrate Diversity Digest. We invite you to learn more about issues of campus diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice covered in this newsletter. 

The CCDIE includes faculty, staff, students and alumni who contribute to the University’s efforts to support and further these four areas on our campus, as well as the University’s mission to develop engaged and effective citizens with the capacity to adapt to change in a multicultural, interdependent world. 

About the Communications Subcommittee 

This subcommittee explores best practices of marketing and raising awareness of Stockton’s diversity and inclusion programs and efforts and then implements those practices, where appropriate, in collaboration with University Relations and Marketing.

Communications Subcommittee Members 

  • Valerie HayesChief Officer for Diversity & Inclusion and convener for all subcommittees 
  • Stacey Clapp, Director of Strategic Communications, University Relations & Marketing 
  • Loukaia Taylor, '22, Multicultural Communications Specialist, University Relations & Marketing 
  • Kameika Murphy, Associate Professor of Atlantic History, School of Arts & Humanities
  • Esther Lawrence, Assistant Dean of Business, School of Business
  • Seth Richards, Associate Director for the Office of Student Conduct, Student Affairs
  • Jestina Drysdale, Assistant Director for the Office of Student Conduct, Student Affairs
  • Yesenia Pacheco, '22/'23, Coordinator of Student Transition, Access and Retention, Student Affairs
  • Van Nhi Ho, Coordinator of LGBTQ+ Initiatives, Women's Gender & Sexuality Center
  • Ashley Dalisay, '23, Student, Accelerated Bachelor's of Nursing
  • Amira Walker, '23, Student, Business Dual Degree