Next Up on 13: The Office of Equity and Diversity at Colgate

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On the latest episode of 13, Vice President for Equity and Inclusion Renee Madison, Director for Inclusion and Belonging Rodney Agnant, and Director for Diversity and Equity Amari Simpson discuss the work they do in Colgate’s Office of Equity and Diversity.

Before joining Colgate in 2021, Madison worked as the director of human resources for the City of Indianapolis and Marion County, Ind. Before joining the mayor’s cabinet in Indianapolis, Madison was chief human resources officer, senior adviser to the president for diversity and compliance, and Title IX coordinator at DePauw University. She also served as a deputy prosecuting attorney in the Domestic Violence Division of the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office and an associate director of enforcement for the NCAA. She holds a BA in sociology from DePauw and earned her JD at Indiana University’s Robert H. McKinney School of Law.

Agnant completed both his bachelor’s and his master’s degree at Colgate. His master’s thesis focused on transformational leadership and how it shapes meaning-making, resilience, and belonging. His work on campus focuses on leadership development, organizational climates, and designing group dialogue experiences. 

Simpson joined Colgate earlier this year after many years in higher education. Before starting at Colgate, Simpson worked at SUNY Brockport, the University of Rochester, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and Middlebury College. Simpson earned a bachelor of arts in psychology from Middlebury, a master of education degree from Boston University, and a PhD from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. 

Each episode of 13, Colgate’s award-winning podcast, digs into the work of University community members by asking questions. Episodes highlight the wide array of academic disciplines at Colgate, with interviews featuring faculty from political science, sociology and anthropology, physics and astronomy, women’s studies, English, Africana and Latin American studies, and many more.

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