Director of Diversity and Inclusion
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Joanne Harris-Duff serves as the Director of Diversity and Inclusion. Joanne received her bachelor's degree in English from Bridgewater College and master’s degree in social sciences from Hollins University. Prior to coming to Stetson University, Joanne was the Director of Diversity Education and Advocacy at her alma mater, Bridgewater College in Virginia.
Joanne has a long history of supporting students in creating cultural programs and initiatives aimed at educating, embracing and celebrating diversity and encouraging inclusion excellence.
In 2013, she and her spouse, Jessica, were named plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuit challenging Virginia’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples. Her publication entitled “Just Like Other Couples — But Without Rights” details her family’s journey toward winning the right to marry in Virginia. They are the proud parents of two active children. Joanne sites her mother as being the inspiration for her work in social justice and change, stating, “I am who I am because of her.”
NDA AmeriCorps Member/ Community Outreach Educator
Amanda was raised in South Florida and came to Central Florida as an undergraduate student from Rollins College where she received a BA in Anthropology. She is an advocate for cultural relativism. She is passionate about engaging people in the concept of all cultures being equal, legitimate expressions of human existence. Through her position as a community outreach educator, she strives to further diversity and inclusion on campus. She is also a licensed Zumba instructor and has the pleasure of teaching in the Hollis Center Wednesdays at 5 p.m.
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Shelby Miller began her position at the Office of Diversity of Inclusion as a Graduate Assistant in February of 2018. She provides support and supervision to mentors of first-generation college students. Shelby Miller completed her Bachelor of Science in Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania. She moved to Florida for the beautiful weather and is currently working toward completing her M.A. in Counseling at Stetson University.
Shelby worked for four years on an inpatient psychiatric unit with bipolar teens and adults. During her time there she fostered positive coping mechanisms during group therapy sessions and provided 1:1 support to clients during crisis. She is currently also working for Providing Autism Links and Support, facilitating teen social and life skills groups and events. Shelby is very passionate about school and the counseling profession. She is working towards a play therapy certificate at Stetson University. In addition to her work with children, Shelby has always been interested in working with the college population. She’s very excited to assist the Office of Diversity and Inclusion in its rebranding phase and be a part of our campus!