Radha Webley, Director
Radha is the Director of HSU's Office of Diversity and Inclusion, where she works on a range of policy issues that affect our campus community. Radha's past work and research endeavors revolved around the politics of human rights and identity, and particularly focused on these topics as they arise in countries emerging from civil war and going through the process of post-conflict reconstruction and recovery. Her work has taken her across the globe, from Australia to Rwanda to Sierra Leone, and she brings to her work at HSU a passion for social justice and organizational change within a global community context. Radha is trained as a political scientist, with a M.A./M.Phil in Political Science (ABD) from Columbia University and a B.A. in Peace and Conflict Studies from UC Berkeley. In addition to her work in the Diversity & Inclusion office, Radha also teaches courses in HSU's Politics Department and International Studies Program. When not working, Radha enjoys exploring the outdoor bounty of Humboldt County and surrounding areas, from adventures in the alpine wilderness to quiet walks through redwood groves and rocky beaches.
Melissa Meiris, Associate Director
Melissa Meiris is the Associate Director in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and has been at HSU since 2011. In her role, Melissa develops and writes HSU's annual Diversity Report, implements HSU's workplace diversity initiatives, facilitates Avoiding Unconscious Bias in the Hiring Process workshops, co-coordinates the semi-annual Institute for Student Success, and coordinates diversity focus groups for students, staff, and faculty. In recent years, she co-chaired the Undocumented Students Task Force, developed the Diversity Resource Guide for students, and created the Faculty Resources for Inclusive Teaching website. Melissa came to HSU from San Francisco, where she lived and worked for 14 years. In her prior role as Director of Education at NatureBridge Golden Gate, Melissa oversaw four environmental education and youth development programs and spearheaded diversity trainings and initiatives across the organization. In addition to designing and facilitating workshops and presentations on diversity and multicultural pedagogy at regional and national conferences, Melissa has worked as an educator, program coordinator, program evaluator, curriculum developer, and grant writer with Save The Bay in Oakland, and with Crissy Field Center, Literacy for Environmental Justice, and the Sierra Club in San Francisco. Outside of work, Melissa enjoys surfing, biking, traveling, gardening, cooking, taking photos, and hiking with her dogs. Melissa holds an M.A. in Education–Equity and Social Justice and a B.A. in English–Creative Writing, both from San Francisco State University.
Amie Rodriquez, Administrative Support Coordinator
Amie is the Administrative Support Coordinator for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. She is also the Operations Coordinator for the Institute for Student Success, a bi-annual professional development event for staff, faculty and administrators. She is an alumni of HSU and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work with an emphasis in working with youth. Prior to moving to Humboldt, and during her time as an HSU student, Amie held a variety of positions, including "House Mother" at Casa De Vida, a home for pregnant teens in Reno, Nevada, Chiropractic Assistant, Office Manager, and Assistant Manager in Hospitality/Customer Service. Amie's volunteerism includes working with populations differing in age, ability, race, religion, sexual orientation and socio-economic status. She is most passionate about her work with the Northern California Girl Scouts, which focuses on addressing the social issues that middle school girls encounter. Amie is a Nationally Certified Phlebotomy Technician and is also working toward obtaining her MBA from HSU. Inside the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Amie is responsible for the coordination, marketing, and funding of events and grants awarded through the office, as well as general administrative support. On her time off, Amie enjoys reading, scrapbooking, baking and visiting family/friends out of town.
Jennifer Eichstedt, Bias Response Coordinator
Jennifer is the current HSU Bias Response Coordinator. She has been working with students, staff and faculty to develop this system over the last three years, and has been an active participant in social justice work on HSU's campus for 13 years. She serves as a Professor in the Sociology Department and also collaborates in Conflict Resolution activities. Her passions grow out of being a working class white woman within a multi-racial family. She is an artist, dog trainer, and avid reader; and understands the importance of telling one's story and working towards resolution. Come talk with her or have her come to your University unit to lead a workshop or discussion on bias response!