Meet the Team

Jeffrey K. Coleman, Ph.D

Vice President, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer

Phone Number: (508) 626-4512

Office: Dwight Hall 311

Dr. Jeffrey K. Coleman joined Framingham State University as the Vice President for Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement on January 3, 2023. His experience in higher education includes positions as Deputy Chief Diversity Officer at Kennesaw State University, Inaugural Director of the Multicultural Center at Georgia State University, Assistant Director of Multicultural Affairs at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and Program Coordinator and Manager of Cultural Themed Houses at Trinity College in Hartford, CT. Dr. Coleman is also a Qualified Administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI), facilitating understanding of the developmental stages of the intercultural sensitivity for individuals and groups to guide them in moving towards greater intercultural effectiveness.

Dr. Coleman has researched and presented extensively on identity development, cultural competency, sense of belonging and student success on college campuses, African American male student retention and graduation in higher education, and professionals of color in higher education. He has published an article entitled, “Cultural Competency Activities: Impact on Student Success,” in the Metropolitan Universities Journal as well as chapters in The Handbook of Research on Black Males and the third volume of No Ways Tired: The Journey for Professionals of Color in Student Affairs.

Dr. Coleman is a native of Bloomfield, Connecticut. He holds a Ph.D. in Educational Studies and Cultural Studies from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a Master of Science in Counseling with a Concentration in Student Development in Higher Education from Central Connecticut State University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy Studies from Trinity College (Hartford, CT).

Director of the Center for Inclusive Excellence

Phone Number:

Office: Center for Inclusive Excellence, O'Connor Hall

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.