Our Staff

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

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. 


Natalie Fajardo, M.S.
Assistant Director
25 Tyler Hall
P.O. Box 6979
Radford, VA 24142
Phone: 540-831-7736

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.


Tasia Persson, MA
Administrative Assistant and Program Coordinator
25 Tyler Hall
P.O. Box 6979
Radford, VA 24142
Phone: 540-831-6343

Tasia has a background in ethics and nonprofit work experience.  Her hometown will always be Chicago, but she has fallen in love with the beauty of rural Virginia.  She enjoys hiking, traveling, and reading and watching thrillers and mysteries, especially of the British cozy variety.  She loves CDI because it provides a great opportunity for student development of their passions and talents, turning them into opportunities for pursuing social justice.

Student Office Assistant

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. 

Shaina Figueroa:  I am a sophomore and a Interior Design major. My hobbies include playing tennis, watching movies, listening to music, and spending time with friends. I always aim to be a helping hand and to inspire those around me. I am from the Philippines.  I love CDI because it gives off a warm, homey feeling which invites everyone to be involved in! 

Terrance Maynard:  I am a Junior and a Political Science Major with a Minor in History. My  interests are sports, hanging out with friends, campus involvement, and outdoors. I enjoys CDI because I enjoy seeing the objectives and goals we set forth achieved and diversity in on the rise at RU!

Jasmine Wallace: I am a Junior at Radford University and my major is Finance. An interesting fact about myself is that I am bi-racial. I LOVE CDI because it provides a home away from home for me. Also CDI provides an environment where everyone is welcomed with open arms!



Graduate Student Interns/Assistants

Hyisheem Calier: I am from Harlem, New York and recently finished my undergraduate degree at Virginia State University. I am currently a Graduate Student on my way to receiving my Masters in Social Work. In my free time I enjoy recording, writing, and reciting poetry. My goal is to attend Law School after I am finished with my degree. What I love most about CDI is that it is my Home away from Home.

Tiara Jeffery: I am a Graduate student working on my receiving my Masters in Social Work. I enjoy getting to know others, listening to music, and cooking. I love animals and enjoy building new relationships with others. I love CDI because it incorporates diversity into campus programs and activities available to all students.

Student Interns

Mariah Brooks: I am a senior Marketing Major, and I am also the treasurer for Diversity Awareness Programming Board.  I love CDI because it is my home away from home, and I have an opportunity to help with various events and programs, allowing me to grow as a leader on campus.

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