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Lizz Elvira (she/her/hers)

Assistant Director, Multicultural Center

Lizz (she/her/hers) brings a wealth of experience to the position having worked in higher education and nonprofits for over 15 years. Her experience on stage, in the classroom, leading professional development trainings, and in the School of Humanities has prepared her to coordinate programming, lead trainings and workshops and create relationships with stakeholders on campus and in the community. In all of Lizz’s past positions, she has championed creating opportunities and giving a voice to underrepresented students, faculty, and staff. Her personal philosophy about the importance of equity, inclusion, and social justice took her to Stony Brook University where she obtained her Master’s in Higher Education Administration with a concentration on DEI and serving students from oppressed and marginalized backgrounds. Her Master’s thesis focused on the important work of chief diversity officers and, specifically, the importance of a campus culture that fosters and advocates for multicultural education, training, events, and programming.

More About Me

In addition to her work in the Humanities Department, Lizz is also a staff success mentor for Purchase’s Student Success Program. 

Publications

Master’s thesis: Tackling Inequities and Fostering Inclusion: The Challenges and Opportunities Facing Chief Diversity Officers in Higher Education

Professional Development Activities

Public Speaking Workshop

Tell Your Story Workshops (1&2)