Working Group on Equity and Inclusion

Who We Are/About Us

The Working Group on Equity and Inclusion is a network of scholars at Montclair State University with expertise in a variety of fields and disciplines. The Working Group aims to:

  • Offer support and guidance on hiring at Montclair State, including strategies for designing job descriptions and recruitment plans for producing diverse short lists and hires.
  • Take the lead in regularly providing helpful readings, offering suggestions, and hosting conversations that encourage us to understand each other and to listen to each other with empathy.

For inquiries or further information please contact our co-chairs.


Members of the Working Group on Equity and Inclusion serve 2-year, renewable terms. Anyone interested in future involvement with the Working Group can contact the co-chairs for more information.


Maisa Taha, Co-Chair (2020-2022)
Associate Professor, Anthropology
Office: Dickson Hall 128

Jason Williams, Co-Chair (2021-2023)
Associate Professor, Justice Studies
Location: Dickson Hall 326


Nailah Anderson
Graduate Assistant, Industrial Organizational Psychology Master’s Program

Jessica Bonumwezi
Student Member, Clinical Psychology PhD Program

Michael Boyle
Associate Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders
Phone: 973-655-7303
Location: 1515 Broad St., Building B – 2nd floor

Katia Paz Goldfarb
Assistant Vice President for Hispanic Serving Initiatives, Academic Affairs
Phone: 973-655-7489
Office: The School of Nursing and The Graduate School 379

Emily Isaacs
Professor, Writing Studies
Director, Office for Faculty Advancement
Phone: 973-655-5307
Office: Conrad J. Schmitt Hall 314

Peter Kingstone
Dean, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Office: Dickson Hall 401

Johnny Lorenz, Founding Chair
Professor, English
Phone: 973-655-7318
Office: Dickson Hall 359

Patricia Matthew, Founding Chair (not a current member)
Associate Professor, English
Phone: 973-655-7314
Location: Dickson Hall 357

Christopher Salvatore
Chairperson, Justice Studies
Phone: 973-655-7515
Office: Dickson Hall 347

Melissa Velez
Program Assistant, Psychology
Phone: 973-655-4079
Location: Dickson Hall 219

Leslie Wilson
Associate Dean, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Phone: 973-655-7827
Location: Dickson Hall 401