A Message from the Director
As a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) practitioner, I strive to be a chief engineer, stakeholder, role model, coach, leader, resource, systems questioner and change maker in an effort to serve residential, online, continuing education students, faculty, staff, alumnae, Board of Trustees and Columbia communities. Creating inclusive communities at Stephens College that are welcoming to ALL is a journey of cultural humility with specific tasks: lifelong commitment to self-reflection, critique and appraisal, active engagement in checking power imbalances, accountability to historically marginalized groups, and advocating for change with and inside communities. Change is made through the vehicle of leadership — leadership that impacts structure, collegial relationships, symbols, politics, research, evaluation, continuous re-education and storytelling of lived experiences. Stephens is where womxn learn, grow and lead.
- Principles for Enacting Equity by Design (PDF)
- Project Implicit (free online tests created at Harvard University)
- Detour-spotting for white anti-racists by Jona Olsson
- Recognizing Microaggressions and the Messages They Send (PDF)
- Genderbread Person Version 4.0
- A Brief History of the Disability Rights Movement (video)
Get to Know Shaashawn
Shaashawn S. Dial ’98 has served in the newly created position of Director of Diversity, Equity + Inclusion at Stephens College since September 2019. She serves as an advocate, advises Human Resources, plans and executes cross-campus training programs, oversees assessments of campus climate, serves as the Title VI (Civil Rights) Officer, and ensures College policies and processes are consistent with best practices related to diversity, equity and inclusion.
Before Stephens, Dial was the director of equity and affirmative action and staff liaison to the Harrisburg Human Relations Commission for the capitol city of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. She previously contributed her skills, work ethic and passion in roles as coordinator, director, adviser and adjunct professor in human social services, community college, broadcast radio and higher education.
She served as the inaugural co-chair of Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s Commission on LGBTQ Affairs, the first commission of its kind in the country, and served seven years on the board of directors with the LGBT Center of Central Pennsylvania, including in the role of president.
Dial founded Voycetress Media, LLC in 2015 to empower individuals and organizations through workshops and training on equity, diversity and inclusion. She is the author of a CD and two books, and is a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.
Dial is the recipient of numerous professional awards, including the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters Award and the Change Agent Award from Amiracle4sure, Inc. As a Stephens student, she studied abroad at St. Peter’s College in Oxford, England, received the H.E. Wilkerson Outstanding Leadership and Service Award, Capstone Award, and Jean Clinton Roeschlaub Outstanding Leadership and Service Award. She served as co-captain of the inaugural Stephens soccer team (1994), member of the Searcy House Plan, show creator with KWWC radio, member of the Ten Ideals and former member of the Alumnae Association Board.
Dial earned a B.A. in Philosophy, Law and Rhetoric from Stephens College, a Master of Public Administration from Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania, and a graduate certificate in academic advising from Kansas State University. She is a doctoral candidate at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, currently in the dissertation phase for a degree in Administration and Leadership Studies.