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Celebrating Cultural Uniqueness – DE&I Part V

Episode #113



As we wrap up the five-part series with Tiffin University’s Center for Intercultural Excellence on this episode of Side Affects, Kenzie, and Anne Marie welcome back Nadia Lewis and Julia Porter along with Jacob Simon, Assistant Vice President for Intercultural and Community Engagement. As Dean of Students, Jacob shares how they support the students with a strong sense of belonging. They embrace the diversity that each student brings to the table, learning that there is “far more that brings us together than what separates us.” Join in and discover how we can learn from the aspects we don’t have in common.

About Our Guest

Jacob Simon

Jacob Simon serves as the Assistant Vice President for Intercultural and Community Engagement and Dean of Students at Tiffin University. As an alumnus of TU, he truly cares about the learning, growth, and development of the students. Originally from Morral, OH, Jacob has lived in Tiffin for about 12 years. Before becoming the Dean of Students in 2021, he served in various Student Affairs roles since graduating from TU in 2013. Jacob holds a Master of Arts degree in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University.

Nadia Lewis, SHRM-CP

Nadia Lewis is the Vice President for Human Resources and the Center for InterculTUral Excellence at Tiffin University. She received her B.A. from the University of Cincinnati in International Business and her Masters of Science in Organizational Leadership with a focus in Human Resource Management along with a certification in Strategic Global Organizational Leadership from Colorado Global campus.  Nadia has over 15 years working as an HR business partner for industries such as aerospace, engineering, robotics, healthcare, behavioral health, higher-education, factory automation and manufacturing.  She is a certified facilitator in Bridges out of Poverty, Fierce Conversations, the Color Code and CQ (Cultural Intelligence).  Helping to train organizations in the opportunities that exist to maximize the various pathways in creating a culture of engagement, under a culture of inclusion. Nadia has served consecutive years as a chair and a board member for the Northwest Ohio Human Resources Association (a state chapter of SHRM) most recently consecutive years as the Diversity Chair.  She is also a member of the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) previously served in the role of President on the board for CUPA-HR.  She has also served as a keynote speaker/presenter at national, regional and state conferences. Presented on topics such as “Creating conditions that lead to retention, productivity, and engagement in entry-level workers”,  “Getting results through individual and organizational accountability” at conferences such as the NOHRA-SHRM Diversity Conference of 2017, Keynote Speaker CUPA-HR Conference 2017, 2018 & 2019, Keynote Speaker for Health Care 2016, Staffing World conference and varies SHRM chapters.  Outside of her professional HR environment, Mrs. Lewis has served on the Lucas County Mental Health Board as well as NAMI as an advocate for creating opportunity and equitable access for the underrepresented population. Mrs. Lewis holds a SHRM-CP (Certified Professional) in Human Resources. Nadia Lewis currently resides in Maumee, Ohio with her husband Kevin and their two boys KJ (10) and Camden (7).

Julia Porter, PhD

Dr. Julia Porter is an educator, consultant, and writer. At Tiffin University, she is the Director of the Center for InterculTUral Excellence. Julia started her career as a high school teacher in Brooklyn, NY and went on to work in the nonprofit sector before landing in higher education. She holds a BS in English Education from Indiana University/Purdue University-Indianapolis, an MA in English Literature from Brooklyn College, and a PhD in Global Leadership from Indiana Tech. Julia is the first in her family to not only earn a four year degree, but to get a PhD. She and her husband, Kyle, built their family through adoption and raised awareness about the unique nuances of being a part of a transracial family, as well as the complexities of the adoption triad. Learn more about the Center for InterculTUral Excellence here!

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