Meet the Team

Wardell Powell

Interim Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer

Phone Number: (508) 626-4830

Offices: Dwight Hall 311, O'Connor Hall 136

Dr. Wardell Powell is an assistant professor of Education at Framingham State University. He received his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, with an emphasis on Teaching and Learning in Science, from the University of South Florida, Tampa. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and a Master of Science in Science Education from the Herbert H. Lehman College of New York City.

Before coming to Framingham State University, Dr. Powell was a Biology teacher with the New York City Department of Education and the District School Board of Pasco County, Florida. He also worked as a regional science coach with Polk County Schools in Bartow, Florida. Dr. Powell's scholarly interests center on effective science instruction for students with and without specific learning disabilities and the development of accessible science curricula for all students. He is especially interested in using socioscientific issues as a critical pedagogical strategy to enhance scientific literacy among marginalized students. Dr. Powell spent over a decade and a half working in the K-12 system.

At Framingham State University, Dr. Powell teaches special education, elementary and secondary science methods, and graduate-level STEM courses. He also supervises student teachers. Throughout his career at Framingham State University, he has worked to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion. During Summer 2022, Dr. Powell helped to facilitate Framingham State University's STEM Racial Equity Institute with his colleagues, Drs. Dignam, Mills-Henry, and Knapp. The purpose of the Institute is to teach participants about a range of issues related to race and equity as they develop professional skills and pedagogy to fight racism through their work as faculty. The Institute's ultimate goal is to increase the success of first-generation and underrepresented students in STEM subjects and reduce the nationwide opportunity gaps.

Additionally, Dr. Powell participated in the When Cultures Meet Summer 2022 Workshop. This workshop aims to provide participants with an experience that illuminates the issues faced by both the dominant cultures and the "others" as the two meet. Since this workshop, Dr. Powell has worked with Eric Nguyen, the director of Framingham State University's Center for Inclusive Excellence, and others to facilitate a When Cultures Meet Workshop with Framingham State University Resident Assistants (RAs).

As a member of a minoritized group in the United States, Dr. Powell is committed to ongoing work for diversity, equity, and inclusion in all facets of society.

Eric Nguyen

Director of the Center for Inclusive Excellence

Phone Number: 508-215-5888

Office: Center for Inclusive Excellence, O'Connor Hall

Eric joined the Framingham State University fRAMily in June 2021 as the Director of the Center for Inclusive Excellence. Eric brings extensive experience developing programs that prioritize equity, social justice, and belonging for all students through identity-based affinity groups, inclusive programming such as Heritage Awareness Months, and collaboration with campus and community partners. In particular, Eric is committed to an intersectional approach that centers and uplifts the voices and narratives of students who hold historically marginalized identities.

Prior to joining FSU, Eric’s work focused on expanding academic opportunities and building community to empower first-generation, undocumented, and low-income students of color in middle school, high school, and college settings. Eric currently serves the town of Natick, MA, as a member of the Equity Task Force, and he previously worked on the town’s planning committee for Earth Day celebrations.

In his free time, Eric enjoys outdoor activities including rock climbing, trail running, and mountain biking. He is also an avid photographer, and he enjoys birdwatching, hiking, and gardening with his wife Bonnie. Eric holds a masters degree in education leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a bachelors degree in psychology from Amherst College. He is currently enrolled in the doctor of education program at Northeastern University. His research interests are shaped by critical race and community cultural wealth theories and focus on the ways in which minoritized students navigate power dynamics throughout their college experience.

Cecilia Reyes Alarcón

Executive Administrative Assistant

Phone Number: 508-626-4512

Office: Dwight Hall 311

Cecilia joined Framingham State University in June 2022 and brings extensive experience in cultures, languages, and community engagement.

Cecilia has lived the majority of her life in Chile and Norway. These two countries enriched her life culturally, socially, and linguistically. Her interest in staying connected to Latin America led her to earn her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Latin American Studies. Looking at Latin America from another perspective helped Cecilia appreciate cultural differences.

Her studies and projects have led her to investigate governance and environmental justice, public policies, economics, and languages. During her years in Oslo, Norway, Cecilia worked for Norlarnet, an initiative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to strengthen knowledge about Latin America in Norway. Following this position, she was the administrator of the Embassy of Chile. Her main responsibilities were financial planning, coordinating Embassy events, and human resources. Her desire to stay connected to Latin America led her to be responsible for the honorary Consulate of Ecuador in Norway. This allowed her to open pathways and help people coming from Ecuador to begin integrating into Norwegian society.

Cecilia loves to learn new languages and about other cultures, and is fluent in Spanish, English, Norwegian, and Portuguese. She believes that when we learn about different cultures, we become more empathetic to differences. Cecilia is grateful to work for a place that is committed to inclusive excellence.