Brookdale Community College is pleased to announce Angela Kariotis as the College’s first Director of Diversity and Inclusion. This position will elevate and accelerate the College’s twenty-first-century vision for inclusive excellence. 

“We are fortunate to bring Angela Kariotis here to the College from Seton Hall. She already has a national name from her “Walking the Beat” initiative where she helps train police officers on diversity issues,” said Dr. David Stout, president of Brookdale Community College. “Our employees have been working on many initiatives to enhance equity and inclusion throughout our community, but there is much more to do.”  

Kariotis will coordinate and advise on activities in departments and academic programs throughout the College to develop, integrate and articulate Brookdale’s commitments to a more diverse and inclusive community. She will also manage the Community College Opportunity Grant (CCOG) program, creating innovative programs and services that attract and retain marginalized and economically challenged students. 

Angela Kariotis
Angela Kariotis in action

Kariotis’ recent position was with the Center for Faculty Development at Seton Hall, teaching anti-racist pedagogy, story circles between faculty and students for empathy, and training on managing difficult discussions in the classroom. There she was co-director of the Diversity Coalition, a faculty group dedicated to equity, diversity, and inclusion on campus, facilitating programming. 

She has three tenants that move her: collaboration, change is non-negotiable and abandoning the status quo.  

“Racism is a health crisis, and the coronavirus pandemic is another health crisis. We have two crises that we have to meet right now, and one thing we are learning is radical interconnectivity, what it means to depend on each other and doing this work together,” said Kariotis.  

Kariotis received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Seton Hall University and a Master of Arts in Communication Studies from The University of Texas at Austin. 

Ed Johnson, Executive Director of Governmental Affairs and Community Relations shares the excitement of welcoming Kariotis to the team. “Her passion for and focus on building a culture of belonging will be a major asset for the College community.”