Meet The Staff – Office For Social Justice And Diversity - Montclair State University
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Meet the Staff

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Dr. Sidney Gardner
Director of the Office for Social Justice and Diversity
Pronouns: she, her, hers
973 655-7130
Student Center, Room 113A

Dr. Sidney Gardner came to Montclair State in January 2016 from Texas A&M University where she served as the Program Coordinator for their GLBT Resource Center. She has a passion for social justice and has been engaged in equity and diversity work on college campuses for over 12 years. She has been working in higher education for 14 years.

She served for two years as the Program Advisor/Graduate Assistant for the LGBT Center at Minnesota State University, Mankato. She worked for the next three years at Capella University as a university services representative and an academic advisor. In 2006, she was able to pursue her passion for equity and diversity work by becoming the Coordinator for LGBT and Women’s Services at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, MN. During this time, she was also one of the founding members and co-chair of the MN GLBTA Campus Alliance, which is a statewide coalition of students, staff, faculty, alumni and community members working towards a better campus climate for LGBTQ people on MN campuses. In the fall of 2012, she returned to her home state of Texas as the Program Coordinator for the GLBT Resource Center at Texas A&M University which she proudly ran for three and a half years before leaving to join us here to do broader equity and diversity work at Montclair State University.

She earned her AA degree from Cottey College, her BA in English at Texas Woman’s University, and her MS degree in Women’s Studies from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Recently, she completed her dissertation on “Assessing the Needs of Non-Monosexual Students Related to Campus LGBTQ Services” for her doctorate in Higher Education Administration from St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, MN.

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Ebony Jackson
Assistant Director of Office for Social Justice and Diversity/ Coordinator of the LGBTQ Center
Pronouns: she, her, hers
973-655-7130
Student Center, Room 113A

Ebony Jackson has been working in higher education for almost two years. Prior to coming to Montclair State University in February 2018, she served as the Coordinator of the Women’s Center at Ramapo College of New Jersey for a year and a half. She is dedicated to social justice programming, education and advocacy. She shapes her approach from an intersectional lens with influence from Audre Lorde’s quote: “There is no such thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives.”

Ebony Jackson is a two-time alum of Montclair State University. In 2014, she received her BA in Linguistics and in 2016 she received her MA in Counseling with a concentration in Higher Education and Student Affairs. She hopes to pursue her doctorate in the next few years.

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Sue Pasquino, BA
Program Assistant for Office for Social Justice and Diversity/Women’s Center
Pronouns: she, her, hers
973 655-4153
Student Center, Room 113

Sue Pasquino has over 18 years’ of experience working in higher education as an administrative assistant. Previously, Sue worked as the Program Assistant for the University’s Enrollment Management and Student Academic Services offices. In 2001, Sue was a charter member of Montclair State University’s Chapter of International Association of Administrative Professional, a worldwide professional association for administrative assistants.

In the spring of 2016, Sue became the Program Assistant for the Office for Social Justice and Diversity and the Women’s Center at Montclair State University. She is very excited to be working more directly with students through assisting with running the Women’s Center on campus and other programs through the Office for Social Justice and Diversity. Sue is particularly excited to be able to utilize her Women’s and Gender Studies degree that she earned in the fall of 2015.