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Equity Logic Delivery Team

Dr. Jyoti Grewal - Equity Logic Senior Facilitator & Curriculum Developer

Dr. Grewal holds a BA and an MA in history from Delhi University and a Ph.D. in history from Stony Brook University in New York. She served as the Dean of University College at Zayed University in the United Arab Emirates from 2009 - 2017 and prior to that chaired their Department of Humanities and Social Sciences. She also taught history at Luther College for thirteen years. Her curriculum vitae includes numerous publications, peer-reviewed presentations, and keynote addresses. She is fluent in English, Hindi, Urdu, and Punjabi and also speaks Bengali and Nepali.

Kate Slisz - Equity Logic Design & Delivery Manager

Kate holds a BS in Sociology and Communication Studies from the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse and an MA in Applied Sociology from Illinois State University. She has extensive cross-cultural experience, including two years with the Peace Corps in Botswana, a summer internship in Tanzania, and study abroad experiences in India, Ireland, and Spain. Her work experience includes facilitating the GALAXY program for LGBTQ youth in LaCrosse and serving as a Hate Response Liaison for the University of Wisconsin.

Mia Erickson

Mia holds an ME in Applied Kinesiology from the University of MN and a BS in Physical Education from the University of South Florida. She travelled extensively around the world as a professional athlete, having competed for eight years with the United States Women’s Bobsled National Team. She is also a two-time national champion in women's weightlifting. She currently works as a licensed financial advisor with Thrivent Financial.

Andy Kollengode

Andy spent the first half of his life in India before emigrating to the U.S. He holds a Ph.D. in Food Science and Technology from the University of Nebraska and an MBA from Washington University. He currently works as Operations Manager for the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Mayo Clinic. Andy is also the founder of Rochester Vidhyalaya, a nonprofit organization promoting the culture and arts of India. He is fluent in Tamil, Telugu, and Hindi.

Char Kunkel

Born and raised in Minnesota, Char received her BS in psychology from St. Cloud State University and her PhD in sociology from the University of Colorado-Boulder.  She has been a diversity trainer and community activist for nearly twenty years.  She is a professor of sociology at Luther College in Decorah, lA, where her teaching and research interests include gender, race and class stratifications as well as the intersections of these matrices with identity and immigration.

Margaret Gowan Mester

Margaret is a native Midwesterner with a BA in journalism and mass communications and an MA from Drake University in the same field, with an emphasis in integrated communications and the adult learner.   She brings 25 years of business experience to the Diversity Council, including work for nonprofit, small, statewide, national, and international companies. Margaret also has the passion that comes from being a member of a transracial family. 

Nicole Nfonoyim-Hara

Nicole holds a MSC in Migration Studies from Oxford University and a BA in Anthropology, Sociology, and Latin American Studies from Swarthmore College. She also studied anthropology in Spain on a Fulbright scholarship. Nicole's work experience includes researching the impact of migration on the education of children in rural communities in India, developing bilingual workshops for migrant women in California,  and serving as the Program and Development Associate for Rochester Art Center. She is fluent in Spanish.

Danny Solis

Danny Solis has been writing,teaching and performing poetry for over 25 years. He is a two-time National Poetry Slam Champion and an International Poetry Slam Champion. He was selected by the U.S. State Department to travel to Nepal and Botswana to teach and perform poetry slam as a unique American art form. Danny has traveled all over the U.S. and Europe teaching and performing poetry. He now lives in Rochester where he is a co-founder of the Rochester Art Ensemble. Danny is fluent in Spanish.

Susanna Stone

Susanna is originally from Chicago, but also lived in Missouri and Spain before moving to Rochester about a year ago. She majored in history and Spanish at Knox College, attended law school at the University of Illinois, and earned an MA in Spanish from the University of Missouri. Her work history includes stints as a nonprofit attorney, an assistant for a study abroad program in Barcelona, and a college Spanish teacher. She currently referees soccer and volunteers around the community. Susanna is fluent in Spanish.

Dr. Ivonne Tjoefat

Ivonne was born in Surinam, South America and studied psychology in the Netherlands. She has taught psychology in Boston and worked as a counselor for the University of MN and currently teaches psychology here in Rochester. When not working, she loves to travel. She has travelled to over thirty countries and is passionate about sharing her cultural experiences in her teaching and training sessions. Ivonne is fluent in Haka Chinese, Dutch, Spanish, and German.