The Office of Equity and Inclusion is located on the second floor of the Drysdale Student Center, in Flynn Multicultural Center.
Office of Equity and Inclusion
1501 Lakeside Drive
Lynchburg, VA 24501
Robert L. Canida II, PhD
Vice President for Inclusive Excellence
- PhD, Leadership Studies — North Carolina A&T State University
- MSLS, Library Science — University of Kentucky
- BA, Political Science — Xavier University
Before coming to the University of Lynchburg, Dr. Robert L. Canida II 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, he 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.”
Cheree Johnson ’23
Administrative Assistant for the College of Health Sciences
Liaison for Staff for an Inclusive Community (SIC)
Cheree Johnson has been part of the Hornet family for nearly 10 years. Before working in the College of Health Sciences, she served as the payroll coordinator for 8 years in the human resources department. She is a member of the African American Affinity Group, COHS DEI Committee, and is one of the advisors for Woman2Woman. Her work has earned her the Lois Daniel and Dawn Cloyd Office/Administrative/Technical Support Staff Recognition Award (2016-17) and the Unsung Hero Award (2017-18).
Amanda McGovern, JD
Title IX Coordinator/Compliance Officer
- JD — University of Virginia School of Law
- BA, Political Science — Virginia Tech
As Lynchburg’s Title IX coordinator, Amanda McGovern manages the University’s compliance with Title IX and the Violence Against Women Act and reports to the vice president for 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.
Annette B. Stadtherr
Director of Multicultural Services
- BSBA, Management — Old Dominion University
As director of multicultural services in Flynn Multicultural Center, Annette Stadtherr is one of the team leaders under the vice president and dean for student development. She ensures multicultural students have a welcoming and successful experience at the University of Lynchburg.