Staff Directory

Joanne Harris-Duff

Director of Diversity and Inclusion | 386-822-7402

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.”

Joanne Harris-Duff

Amanda Castoire

Coordinator of Diversity & Inclusion | 386-822-7983

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.


Karissa Stewart

Graduate Assistant of Diversity & Inclusion  | 386-822-7983

Karissa was born and raised in Colorado Springs then received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Western Washington University in 2013. Prior to starting her MS in Counseling at Stetson, she's had the pleasure of working at wide variety of organizations from human resources to case management. In each of these roles, she has been able to serve a variety of unique populations with the purpose of advocacy, mentorship and empowerment. She is passionate and dedicated in changing the world one person at a time.