Meet the Team

Dr. Constanza Cabello

Vice President of Diversity, Inclusion & Community Engagement

Phone Number: 508-626-4515

Constanza joined the university in July of 2019. She provides broad vision, management, counsel, and strategic planning to enhance the learning, living, and working community of all campus members. Her foundations in leadership, social justice, and student development guide her efforts to advance inclusive excellence on campus and in the community.

Constanza is a leading voice in professional associations that aim to advance the field of higher education. She has held several leadership positions with NASPA (Student Affairs Professionals in Higher Education) and was selected to participate in the Social Justice Training Institute and the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education Standards of Professional Practice Institute. She also serves on the teaching faculty at the University of Southern California Race and Equity Center for their Equity Institutes. In addition to her professional involvements, she enjoys serving her hometown as a board member for the Randolph Dream Project, which is a nonprofit focused on college support and mentorship for Randolph, Massachusetts public school students.

Constanza’s intersecting identities shape her leadership, instruction, and research interests. She is a proud Chilena, child of immigrants, and first-generation college graduate. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, discovering new eateries, and spending time with family, friends, and her pup, Luna.

Colleen Coffey

Executive Director of the College Planning Collaborative

“Colleen Coffey launched the MetroWest College Planning Center as Director in December of 2014. The College Planning Center is a regional joint college access initiative founded by Framingham State University and Mass Bay Community College through the Department of Higher Education’s Vision Project. Colleen has spent more than twenty five years working in higher education, workforce development and national and international community development.” To learn more about Colleen and the CPC team click here:

Erika Reyes

Assistant Director, Metro West College Planning Center.

Erika Reyes is the Assistant Director at the Metro West College Planning Center. Before joining the CPC in 2015, Erika worked at the Metropolitan Regional Career and Technical Center in Providence, Rhode Island as an advisor. She taught ninth grade literacy and current events as well as coordinated her students’ internships. She has also worked as an ESL Support Provider for Woonsocket Public Schools where she ensured students’ acquisition of content knowledge and English as a second language. To learn more about Erika and the CPC team click here:

Patricia Birch, MSW, MBA

Director of Inclusive Excellence Initiatives

Phone Number: 508-215-5888 Office: Center for Inclusive Excellence, O'Connor Hall Patty joined the Framingham State University family in June 2019. She is the Director of Inclusive Excellence Initiatives and directs the Center for Inclusive Excellence (CIE). The five areas for Inclusive Excellence in the CIE is to provide Diversity in Curriculum, Access & Equity, Community and Civic Engagement, Climate and Intercultural Learning and Development. She provides leadership and support for students, faculty and staff that are engaged in work related to the mission of the CIE. Patty is an avid Equity Advocate and continues to work to advance student, staff and faculty social justice perspective to build narratives of life giving truth to our FSU community. She has held several leadership positions in previous institutions and regional student affairs organizations in the New England area. Prior to coming to FSU, she served as an Adjunct Faculty member in the School of Social Work at Boston College, taught a Thinking Intercultural course and served on a number of Equity Diversity and Inclusion committees in the School of Social Work, Residential Life and as a member of the Office of Institutional Diversity Annual Diversity Summit. She is a Qualified Administrator for the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) and is a trained Campus of Difference and MBTI facilitator. In addition, to her professional work she is an Area 32 Director for Toastmasters International, District 31, Division C. She serves as the Director of Mutualove Inc. a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide self-empowerment group support to survivors of domestic violence. She enjoys volunteering in her local community through supporting the school district. Patricia’s work and volunteer experience is a perfect complement to her professional Social Work experience and research interest. Patricia’s research focus is on URM students sense of belonging, persistence and educational engagement. In her free time, she enjoys reading, swimming, camping and spending time with family and friends.

Roxana Marrero

Executive Administrative Assistant

Roxana Marrero is the Executive Administrative Assistant to the Vice President of Diversity, Inclusion & Community Engagement. She joined Framingham State University in August 2013 as the Administrative Assistant to the Director of the Henry Whittemore Library. In March 2015 she joined the Division of Diversity, Inclusion & Community Engagement. Prior to her employment at Framingham State University, Roxana worked for five years at Amcomm Wireless Inc. as an Executive Assistant and the Assistant Director of Human Resources. She held various positions in the administrative field at Tufts Health Plan including supervisory responsibilities of the clerical and administrative assistant staff for seven years. In all, Roxana has over 20 years of administrative assistant/executive assistant experience.