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Diversity panel discussion guests

Asif Chaudhry, U.S. ambassador (ret.) and vice president for international programs, Washington State University

Ambassador Chaudhry became the vice president for international programs (IP) at Washington State University in June 2015. He manages WSU’s extensive internationalization program that focuses on establishing strategic partnerships with governments and educational institutions across the globe. Ambassador Chaudhry’s full bio




Hadda El Atmani Estrada, dean for global education and strategic partnerships, Community Colleges of Spokane

As the senior international officer at Community Colleges of Spokane (CCS) and passionate supporter of global education, Estrada provides leadership in the development, enhancement, and promotion of campus internationalization. Estrada serves as the cochair of the diversity, equity, and global awareness committee at CCS and member of the mayor’s advisory council for multicultural affairs for the city of Spokane.



Joseph Kinsella, assistant academic vice president, Center for Global Engagement, Gonzaga University

Kinsella has worked in international education since 1988. He earned his doctorate in anthropology from the University of New Mexico (2005), where his doctoral work explored the production of material culture within historical and contemporary political and social structures. His ongoing work explores the intersection of ethnic identity and art production during the decolonization of Africa in the middle of the twentieth century.



Pui-Yan Lam, professor of sociology, Eastern Washington University

Lam serves as director of faculty commons at Eastern Washington University and is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion in higher education. She is currently a member of EWU’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion advisory council, and the dreamers and undocumented students committee.




Jamie Nolan, associate vice president for community, equity, and inclusive excellence, Washington State University

Nolan’s efforts in the areas of diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice span 20 years and have encompassed mediation and conflict resolution, training programs, and recruitment/retention initiatives focused on faculty, students, and staff from underrepresented communities. Dr. Nolan’s full bio




Tracy Simmons, lecturer of journalism, Gonzaga University

Simmons is an award-winning journalist specializing in religion reporting, digital entrepreneurship, and social journalism. She serves as the executive director of, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane. She also writes for the Religion News Service and is a reporter and columnist for the Spokesman-Review. Simmons’s full bio



Roberta Wilburn, associate dean of graduate studies in education and diversity initiatives, Whitworth University

Wilburn is the associate dean of graduate studies in education and diversity initiatives at Whitworth University. She is a certified civil rights/Title IX level II investigator and also serves as a deputy Title IX coordinator. She is also the founder and president of Wilburn & Associates, LLC—a consulting business that focuses on training, coaching, and advocacy related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Dr. Wilburn’s full bio