Our Staff

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

Mrs. Crasha Townsend is the Director of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion at Radford University. 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
25 Tyler 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.

Student Office Assistant

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Alexis Womack: I'm a sophomore majoring in Elementary Education with a concentration in Special Education and History. I love working for the Center for Diversity and Inclusion because the office has provided me with resources in order to feel welcome and as if I have a home here on campus. 

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Bernard Keen Jr. (BJ): I am a Social Work Major with a Minor in Psychology. I am senior this year and plan to graduate in the spring of 2017. I am a two-year cancer survivor and I love CDI because it has been like family to me with connecting with great faculty and students.

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Cilicia FergusonI am a Sophomore majoring in Social Work with a double minor in Sociology and Criminal Justice. An interesting fact about myself is that I love meeting new people and also I laugh at everything. I like that CDI embodies diversity, no one is left out, making it a home for everyone.

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Lawrence Davin: I am junior from Washington, D.C. currently studying political science major with a minor in economics. Coming into CDI feels like home, at all times I know I have someone who can support me. It also provides a place of constant learning. Working here will truly be a pleasure, and I hope you will come join our family. 

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Michael Facey: I am a Sociology major. I am an incoming Junior and am very engaged and active around campus. I am currently President of the NPHC and the President of The Rho Zeta Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. An interesting fact about myself is that I tend to study better with no socks on my feet. I LOVE CDI because of the department's purpose of Unity and embracing one another.

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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. 

Graduate Student Interns/Assistants

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Nicole Flood: I am a first year graduate student studying Speech-Language Pathology at Radford. I am originally from Toronto, Ontario and my favorite thing about CDI is having the opportunity to meet and learn from so many new and amazing people.

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Kyle Lynch: I'm a graduate student seeking a Master's in Social Work. I plan to open my own practice dealing with at risk teens and adolescents. In my spare time, I enjoy playing sports and writing poetry. I like the CDI because I feel it’s an open forum where everyone's voice is heard with no judgement no matter their values, beliefs, religion, sexual orientation, or ethnicity. 

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Jenni Williams: I am from Chesapeake, VA, where I am only thirty minutes from the beach. I love being here in the mountains though, where I have the amazing opportunities to study speech pathology and be a part of the CDI family. I love CDI because of the impact it makes on RU’s students and campus. 

Student Interns

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Carmelle Coby: I am a senior at Radford University where I now study interdisciplinary studies. I one-day hope to become a professor in history to help progress the community and influence students. I am looking forward to an amazing semester and can't wait to share wonderful experiences with you all. 

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Derek Walker Jr: I am a Junior, Business Management Major with a concentration in Entrepreneurship and I am from Chester, Virginia. I am involved with the Office of Housing & Residential Life as a Resident Assistant and I am also the Secretary of Diversity Promotion for SGA. I am a huge sneaker fanatic and I love the home-like vibe that I feel whenever I walk into the CDI office.

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Darnell Wilkins: I am a Junior, majoring in Communication, with a concentration in Public Relations. I am from Newport News, Va. I am a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. I am also the Captain and President of Are U HYPE! Dance Team. I love to dance, play volleyball, and to just be around goal driven people. I love the CDI Office because I have met people that want to succeed like myself, but are from many different backgrounds, which surrounds me with a fun diverse group of friends.