Advisory Board

Belo Miguel Cipriani (he/him)

Dr. Belo Miguel Cipriani is a digital inclusion strategist whose books and articles have been recognized nationally and internationally for their contributions to the technology, diversity, and disability rights fields. He is the CEO and Founder of Oleb Media, a digital access consulting firm dedicated to helping companies reach and engage the disability community. He is also the founder of the publishing house Oleb Books. In 2020, governor Tim Walz appointed Belo to the Minnesota Council on Disability.

Cláudio Primo Delanoy (he/him)

Cláudio Primo Delanoy has a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS), Porto Alegre, Brazil. He has a Post-Doctorate from PUCRS in discourse theories and teaching, specifically argumentative semantics and dialogic discourse theory. He is a professor and researcher linked to the Postgraduate Program in Letters at School of Humanities, PUCRS, and leads the Research Group Discourses in Dialogue, in which he studies the analysis of discourses from the dialogic perspective of Mikhail Bakhtin. His research interests include language teaching and learning, presence of social voices in discourses, construction of identities through language, sociological analysis of discourses.

Scholarly Profile

Kerry Diekmann (they/she)

Kerry Diekmann, Ed.D., is an Associate Professor in Counseling and College Student Affairs at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Their scholarly presentations and publications focus on queer and feminist identities, support and community, discrimination, and additional topics related to counseling and college student services. Kerry has worked in numerous areas of higher education including counseling, diversity and inclusion, gender and sexuality programming, academic advising, and career counseling across a variety of settings including a community and technical college as well as private and public universities. In their student affairs and faculty roles, Kerry has co-created and co-facilitated intersectional programming that fosters equity and belonging, as well as those that address microaggressions and oppression. They are part of the managing editor team for the Journal of Equity and Social Justice in Higher Education.

Quincy Dinnerson

Dr. Dinnerson’s research interests include but are not limited to: social work education and technology, collegiate, unconscious bias, Anti-Racism in social work practice, Decolonized Supervision Practices, micro-aggressions and African American males, Afrocentric Social Work, social Work curricula and CSWE standards, and inclusive mental health treatment, assessment, and practice. As a social worker Dr. Dinnerson embrace access, diversity, equity and inclusion (ADEI) so much so, that he served on a task force with the Council on Social Work (CSWE) to create curriculum content and policies to enhance the profession of social work. Currently, Dr. Dinnerson have a three-year appointment on the Council on Social Work Education’s (CSWE) Commission on Membership and Professional Development (CMPD).

Alfredo Duplat (he/him/él)

Alfredo Duplat, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Spanish at Minnesota State University, Mankato. His field of research is modern Latin American literature and culture, with a focus on cultural debates and human rights. He is interested in the theory of narrative transculturation and different theoretical approaches that put greater weight on the social functions of the literary canon. His research projects focus on the intersections between political ideas, cultural debates, and cultural productions. Alfredo also works in topics around Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI), particularly in reducing the Diversity Gap in Higher Education. He is part of the managing editor team for the Journal of Equity and Social Justice in Higher Education.

Elizabeth Harsma (she/her/ella)

Elizabeth Harsma holds a Ph.D. in Education from Northcentral University, San Diego, California, United States. Her research interests include faculty development, teaching and learning with technology, and culturally responsive and anti-racist education. She is the Program Director for Technology Integrated Learning at Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.

Andy Johnson

Dr. Johnson’s diversity work includes a focus on disabilities and inclusion. He represents faculty seeking accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities act. He has also written and spoken on critical race theory, culturally sustaining pedagogy, and intersectionality. More information on his work is available in He is part of the managing editor team for the Journal of Equity and Social Justice in Higher Education.

Kim Park Nelson

Kim Park Nelson, Ph.D., has been doing diversity/equity/inclusion work in higher education for over 20 years. She developed programming for students and alumni of color at Macalester College and served as the coordinator of the graduate student of color recruitment and retention program in her department at the University of Minnesota. Park Nelson was the inaugural DEI lead for the IFO, the faculty union for the Minnesota State University faculty, where she focused on equity policy as well as faculty of color and LGBTQ faculty empowerment. She has been teaching on race in the US since 2002.

Mercedes Lucía Posada Meola (she/her/ella)

Mercedes Lucía Posada Meola designed the Advanced Seminar on Communication Management for Social Change and Peace at Universidad Tecnológica de Bolívar in Cartagena, Colombia. Her area of research analyses the representations of women and people with diverse sexual orientations in Latin American soap operas from the 1980s to the first decade of this century. She recently published (co-authored) the article:El amor no duele: Una mirada crítica a la representación de las mujeres en los argumentos de telenovelas latinoamericanas (“Love does not hurt: A critical look at the representation of women in the plots of Latin American soap operas”) and the book chapter (also co-authored) “¿De dónde proviene nuestra educación sentimental? Una mirada a la representación de las mujeres en los argumentos de las telenovelas latinoamericanas.” (“Where does our sentimental education? A look at the representation of women in the plots of Latin American soap operas.”) As well as various opinion columns related to gender(s) and feminism(s). He currently belongs to the Board of Directors of Caribe Afirmativo, an organization that works on the development of joint agendas of research, training, advice, defense, mobilization and promotion of the human rights of LGBTI+ people and that addresses post-conflict axes in a transversal way, gender and peacebuilding in Colombia.

Academic Profile

Laura L. Utrera (she/her/ella)

Laura L. Utrera, Ph.D., is a professor and researcher at the Instituto de Estudios Críticos en Humanidades: Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas – Universidad Nacional de Rosario (IECH, UNR-CONICET). Her field of research intersects Feminism, Social Action, Politics and Culture. As a faculty member Dr. Utrera works with young people, dissidents and minorities in feminism, political ecology and democracies in Latin America. She publishes articles, reviews and disseminations on Feminism, Environment, Social Equity, Democracies and participates in university and political spaces in which these and other problems are debated. Among them: Hipervigilancia: ¿La tecnología puede predecir nuestros miedos? (Hypervigilance: Can technology predict our fears?), La Economía Circular, una respuesta feminista para el cambio económico (The Circular Economy, a feminist response to economic change). She also publish academic works on Feminism and Dissents. Utrera is also the Executive Director of the NGO Objetivos Rosario, which is responsible for intervening in the territory with concrete actions that articulate with equal Rights and Opportunities, the environment, education and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.

Lu Yan

Lu Yan, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor and the Graduate Program Coordinator in Ethnic Studies at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Her research interests include diversity and inclusion, cultural pluralism, college student experience and success, critical thinking and qualitative research methods. Her recent scholarly publications include analyses such as “Using Topic Modeling to Understand Comments in Student Evaluations of Teaching” and “Critical-Thinking Experiences of Chinese and U.S. College Students: A Comparative Analysis Using Phenomenology”. She has also explored the experiences of international students and delved into critical thinking from the perspective of Chinese female students in American higher education. She also has actively participated in conferences, presenting research on diverse topics ranging from hate crimes to the myth of reverse racism. She is part of the managing editor team for the Journal of Equity and Social Justice in Higher Education.

Peer reviewers1

Dr. Sonika Masih (she/her)Academic Articles
Calee A.H. Cecconi (she/they)Visual and Graphic Art
Gregory T. Wilkins (he/they)Visual and Graphic Art
Jason A. Kaufman, Ph.D., Ed.D. (he/him)Academic Articles
Dr. Barbara Holmes (she/her)Academic Articles
Karen Eastman, Ph.D. (she/her)Academic Articles, Creative Writing
Lynn O’Brien (she/her)Academic Articles, Creative Writing, Audio and Video Works
Dr. Asma Shahid Kazi (she/her)Academic Articles
Dr. Elizabeth Sandell (she/her)Academic Articles
Dr. Bradley Wolfe (he/him)Academic Articles, Creative Writing, Audio and Video Works
Dr. Bernadeia Johnson(she/her)Academic Articles
Dr. Padam Chauhan (he/him)Academic Articles
Maria Kingsbury, Ph.D. (she/her)Academic Articles, Creative Writing
Carime Bersh, Ph.D. (she/her)Academic Articles, Creative Writing, Audio and Video Works
Khary Fletcher (he/him)Academic Articles, Audio and Video Works
Dr. DQ Spencer (he/him)Academic Articles
Abigail Bakke, Ph.D. (she/her)Audio and Video Works
Natalie Rasmussen, Ph.D. (she/her)Academic Articles
Rick Lybeck, Ph.D.Academic Articles
David Kimori, Ph.DAcademic Articles


1 Advisory Board Members can serve as peer reviewers.