The ODI Team
Chief Diversity Officer
Karen Morrison, recently hired as the first Chief Diversity Officer at the University of Central Florida, is responsible for coordinating the university’s effort to build a culture of inclusion and respect for all students, faculty and staff as part of the university’s educational mission. Her duties include developing diversity and inclusion as a university leadership priority, initiating and supporting relevant training programs, and engaging the campus and larger community in collaborative initiatives and partnerships that advance a culture of respect for and celebration of diverse experience.
Morrison served eight years as the director of inclusion for the National Collegiate Athletic Association and was responsible for overseeing the education of the membership, national office, public, and media on diversity and inclusion topics impacting students and staff.
Before arriving at the NCAA, she served 16 years at the University of Colorado as associate athletics director/SWA and basketball coach. Morrison earned a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Notre Dame Law School; and a Bachelor of Business Administration (with honors) from the University of Oklahoma, where she played basketball for the Sooners.
Associate DirectorTraining, major events and faculty
Ms. Thompson is the Assistant Director of Diversity Education and Faculty Engagement in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Central Florida. She has more than 20 years of experience as a coordinator of training, curriculum developer, and workshop facilitator. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Psychology and is a published author in the fields of human memory and concept development. She is a Certified Public Accountant in Florida, and prior to going into the field of Diversity Education, she performed audit and tax work. Barbara often shares that she and her husband, Jim, met while completing a tax return.
Barbara is a committed community volunteer, serving on both the Board of Directors and the UpStanders Advisory Committee at the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida. Ms. Thompson is a recipient of the Walt Disney World Teacherrrific award and a two-time recipient of The Outstanding Educator award in Business Industry Services.
Educational/Training Programs CoordinatorTraining
A proud Leadership Enhancement Program (LEP) graduate, Rachel Luce-Hitt is the Coordinator of Educational/Training Programs at the Office of Diversity and Inclusion for the University of Central Florida. She is responsible for the development of curriculum as well as the facilitation of workshops, dialogues, and experiences that aim to build an inclusive university community.
Coming from a diverse family, Rachel has always been interested in dimensions of culture. She identifies as both Filipino and Jewish, but has family spanning the globe from different nations, faiths, and perspectives. As a first generation college-bound student, she utilized the resources of Talent Search (TRiO program) in her educational journey. Along the way, she fueled her interest for people and cultures with numerous study abroad experiences bringing her to Australia, England, Greece, and Mexico. Ultimately, she earned both a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology and a Master of Business Administration from Rollins College.
For the last 10 years, Rachel has dedicated her career to making higher education more diverse, inclusive, and socially just. In that time, she worked as the Assistant Director of Multicultural Affairs at Rollins College and the Coordinator of Inclusive Excellence at Valencia College, in addition to serving in other capacities such as Equity Commission Chairperson of the Association of Florida Colleges, SEED Leader (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity), Peace and Justice Institute Instructor, and Board Member of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando.
Rachel is excited to have joined the UCF family and looks forward to creating and facilitating educational experiences that open hearts and minds.
Senior Executive SecretaryAdministration
Susan Laden comes to the Office of Diversity and Inclusion as a Senior Executive Secretary. She serves as the initial point of contact for visitors and callers. Susan undertakes a wide range of administrative tasks. She is proud recipient of the University of Central Florida Diversity Excellence Award for exemplary service and gracious support. Susan is enthusiastic to work with the impressive team at the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.
Susan has worked at the University since 1995. Her first three years were at Convenience Copiers/Printing Services and then moved in 1998 to serve the Office of the President for 19 years.
Susan is dependable and professional with excellent people skills. She has 22 years of experience at UCF in providing effective and comprehensive support to the students, senior executives, including, VP’s, President and Board of Trustees.
Susan has lived in Oviedo for 23 years with her family. She has been married to her husband, Rand, for 37 years and is the mother to two grown adults, as well as, a grandmother to three.
Katie Pomp joined the Office of Diversity Initiatives in April 2007, as the Administrative Assistant to the Director. She started her career at UCF in October 2003 as a receptionist. Within one year, she had been promoted to office manager and within two years was named Employee of the Year for the College of Health and Public Affairs. Katie’s professional background includes over 20 years of management experience.
Graduate Research AssistantResearch
Krystyn Ramdial is the Graduate Research Assistant at the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. She is responsible for the collection and analysis of data and the development of reports related to UCF, peer institution and community demographic data and trends, UCF diversity initiatives, higher education inclusion best practices, and qualitative data to inform UCF regarding cultural inclusion practices.
Krystyn earned her B.S. in Business Management and her B.A. in Psychology from the University of South Florida (she is a very proud USF Bull) and is now working on her Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology at the University of Central Florida. Her research is primarily on leadership and team development and training, especially in the context of culture and cross-cultural differences. She strongly believes that as the world “flattens” and the workplace becomes more global, it is essential for organizations to know how to effectively train and develop their employees so that they can work together in an environment which respects and leverages diversity in all of its forms. Naturally, Krystyn loves to travel and she hopes to work abroad after earning her Ph.D.