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Crasha V. Townsend, M.Ed.
Director
157 Heth Hall
P.O. Box 6979
Radford, VA 24142
Phone: 540-831-5765
ctownsend3@radford.edu

Mrs. Crasha Townsend is the Director of Engagement and Intercultural Development at Radford University. In this role she oversees Greek Life, Diversity and Inclusion, Student Leadership, Clubs and Student Organizations and Student Media.  Social justice and leadership development have long been passions and foci for Townsend.  Her undergraduate work in Integrated Public Relations at Central Michigan University and Higher Education Administration with an emphasis on College Student Affairs Leadership at Grand Valley State University served as a strong foundation. She worked in building diverse communities for eight years at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In her early career as a Resident Director, she assisted in establishing a successful living learning community, Intersections, that was rooted in intergroup dialogue and multicultural competency development. Also while at UIUC she worked for several years as the Program Director of Social Justice and Leadership Education, developing a peer-based Multicultural Advocacy curriculum and program; implementing and facilitating diversity education for the residential population and beyond on campus.

 At Radford University she has been able to provide dynamic leadership in rebuilding and branding diversity initiatives on campus through engaging programming, speakers and community outreach. While at Radford University, Mrs. Townsend has ignited the campus in discourse and innovation around issues of social justice, inclusion, and leadership.  She has encouraged progressive thinking and action with her intentional efforts to bring nationally renowned speakers to campus, her international recruitment efforts, and her involvement with pedagogical development and leadership initiatives. On a broader scope, within NASPA she has served as the National Chair for the African American Knowledge Community (AAKC). During her tenure as Chair, active membership increased, leadership positions were created, the AAKC profile was raised within the NASPA organization, there was increased communication amongst membership and expansion in cross collaboration efforts in the KC. Mrs. Townsend brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, and energy in promoting social justice and leadership development throughout student affairs. 

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Natalie Fajardo, M.S.
Assistant Director
157 Heth Hall
P.O. Box 6979
Radford, VA 24142
Phone: 540-831-7736
nfajardo2@radford.edu

Natalie is originally from the sunny state of California.  She received her Master of Science degree from the University of Central Missouri's College Student Personnel Administration (CSPA) program. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Sciences from California State University-San Bernardino.  Asian identity development and Diversity and Inclusion Excellence are two areas of interest. She loves CDI because it helps our students enhance student growth and development outside the classroom.

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Chadea Cooks: I am a freshman here at Radford Universitymajoring in business management. I was born and raised in the city Washington D.C. and love it. What I like most about being apart of CDI is the environment and how welcoming everyone is, no matter who you are everyone is generous to you.

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Shane Mansfield: I am a sophomore here at Radfird Universty majoring in marketing with a minor in communications. An interesting fact about me: out of my family, I am the only boy from my parent’s family (32 cousins). I like CDI because its such a social hub and I love meeting new people, which is one of the reasons why I wanted to work here.

Ana Portillo: I am a sophomore at Radford University majoring in Social Work with a Minor in Psychology, with a concentration in Mental Health and Gang Violence. I am actively involved in multiple organization such as the Latino Student Alliance, The National Residence Hall Honorary, and serve as a Deputy Registrar and Global Ambassador Mentor on the Radford campus. Another position that I uphold is being a Residential Assistant in Ingles Hall. Lastly, I am part of the executive board of the Spanish Honors Society here on campus and Sigma Delta Pi, as Vice President. I’m honored to be part of the CDI family because diversity and inclusion are big parts of my life and they allow me to feel proud of who I am everywhere I go. 

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Nasyah Price: I am a Sophomore majoring in Political Science with a concentration in Foreign and National security. I’m an intersectionality feminist who loves to read Stephen King novels, making collages and lasagna. I enjoy hiking, indie/folk/show tunes/punk rock music, makeup, and badminton. I love the Center for Diversity and Inclusion because it allows a way for people from all over to connect and express themselves while benefiting the student body with programs that contribute to personal growth and self-discovery. 

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Nehemiah Bester-Lewis: I am a sophomore studying Media Studies Major with a concentration in Production Technology. In addition to being a member of the CDI family, I write for the school’s newspaper, The Tartan, and am an executive board member of the The Diversity Awareness Programming Board (DAP) and The African Student Association (ASA). I am also one of the founders of Radford newest male organization; Independent Men Achieving Goals in Education (I.M.A.G.E.). What I love most about The Center for Diversity and Inclusion is the sense of family, diversification and opportunity. There isn’t a place on Radford’s campus that has made more of a considerable impact on my college experience as the Center for Diversity & Inclusion has. 

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