Robert L. Canida
Dr. Robert L. Canida II is the diversity and inclusion officer at the University of Lynchburg. Before coming to Lynchburg, Canida spent two decades serving the University of North Carolina System's most diverse campus, UNC-Pembroke, through multicultural programs, student dialogues, and activities. The former director of diversity and inclusion at UNC-Pembroke, Canida is well-published and a frequent speaker at conferences, including the Southern Association for College Student Affairs and the Black Doctoral Network Conference. He also has extensive teaching and advising experience. In 2017, Canida received the Erskine B. Bowles Staff Service Award, given annually to a UNC-Pembroke staff member for showing "exemplary understanding, empathy, and devotion to mankind."
Canida earned his bachelor's in political science at Xavier University in Cincinnati; his master's in library science at the University of Kentucky; and his PhD in interdisciplinary leadership studies at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Amanda McGovern is the Title IX Coordinator for Lynchburg College. As Title IX Coordinator, Amanda manages the College’s compliance with Title IX and the Violence Against Women Act and reports to Steve Bright, Vice President of Business and Finance. She also manages related state and federal laws and regulations, including investigating and adjudicating cases and implementing prevention education and training programs.
Mrs. McGovern is a graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University with a BA in Political Science. She then went on to obtain her JD at University of Virginia School of Law.
Annette B. Stadtherr
Annette Stadtherr serves as the Director of Multicultural Services in the Flynn Multicultural Center. She is one of the team leaders under the Vice President and Dean for Student Development. Annette is tasked with ensuring that our multicultural students have a welcoming and successful experience at Lynchburg College.
Ms. Stadtherr is a graduate of Old Dominion University where she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Management.
Sarah Grace McCormick
Sarah Grace McCormick is the Project Coordinator for The Department of Justice/Office On Violence Against Women Campus Grant. As Project Coordinator, Sarah Grace manages grant logistics, deliverables and co-chairs the Coordinated Community Response Team.
Ms. McCormick received her BA in Psychology from Hollins University, holds a graduate certificate in Addiction and Recovery counseling from The University of Florida College of Medicine, and a MEd in Higher Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Boston University. Sarah Grace worked on the Rape Recovery Team at the Women’s Center of Jacksonville, in which she also implemented “Green Dot," bystander intervention programming at Jacksonville University. Prior to her current role, she returned to work for her alma mater, Hollins University, in Alumnae Relations.
Angelo Colon serves as the Staff Liaison for an Inclusive Community (SLIC). The SLIC works to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion among campus staff members, including training and development opportunities.
Angelo received his BS in Elementary Education from the University of Connecticut, an MEd in Counselor Education from Clemson University, and an MBA from Lynchburg College.
Hi Hornets! My name is Olayinka Basorun (also known as Ola), from Nigeria. I’m in the Ed.D in leadership program. I look forward to collaborating with student groups, faculty and staff, and ultimately contribute to the greater success of the University of Lynchburg. I like establishing new connections, soccer and scrabble. Let's make it happen Lynchburg Hornets!
Hi everyone! My name is Zuri Greene and I am a current graduate student enrolled in the Masters of Science in Athletic Training program. I completed my undergraduate career majoring in Liberal Arts at Neumann University in Aston, PA. I reside in Bear, DE with my mom and younger sister. This year will be my very first year working with multicultural services. I am thrilled to be a part of the University of Lynchburg family! In my leisure time, I enjoy meditation, trying new food and shopping. I also love to watch movies and cooking shows. I am so excited to meet everyone, see you soon!
Hey everyone! My name is Stephanie Brown. I’m from Woodbridge, VA, but I currently reside in Lynchburg, VA. I’m a sophomore at the University of Lynchburg pursuing my Bachelors in Communications: Public Relations with a minor in Music Media. This is my first year working in the Office of Equity and Inclusion as an intern; I am excited to help the office create newsletters and develop new marketing techniques. I want my classmates and all those who are impacted by my school to know they have a purpose on campus and feel at home! In my leisure time, I love to sing, watch New Girl, and play club volleyball here at the institution. I’m eager to be part of positive change and something new for my campus!
Our office here at the University of Lynchburg serves as a hub for inclusivity, diversity, and equity. We provide outreach, programming, training, and development for all campus members. One of our goals is to ensure that Lynchburg’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is apparent in a campus community climate where all faculty, staff, and students feel welcome and are treated with respect.
We’re located in the Drysdale Student Center (Flynn Multicultural Center). The Office of Equity and Inclusion works hard every day to ensure an inclusive and open environment both within the office and the entire campus community.
Office hours are generally 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. We’re closed on weekends, but students are invited to use our office for studying and group meetings.
The Office of Equity and Inclusion upholds University of Lynchburg’s commitment to integrity, diversity and an inclusive community by implementing diversity initiatives, multicultural services, Title IX compliance, discrimination and harassment policies, and ongoing education of the campus community.