Diversity Institute


Ronnie DunnDr. Ronnie A. Dunn
Executive Director
Phone: 216.523.7292
Email: r.dunn@csuohio.edu

Dr. Ronnie A. Dunn, is the Executive Director of the Diversity Institute and an Associate Professor of Urban Studies at Cleveland State University. In his role as the Chief Diversity Officer he is responsible for developing policies and practices that enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion within the university and the broader community. Dr. Dunn’s research interests include issues affecting minorities and the urban poor with expertise in race, crime, and the criminal justice system and the issue of racial profiling in particular.  His research and public policy analysis led to the use of traffic cameras in the city of Cleveland and municipalities throughout the state, Governor John Kasich’s appointment of a statewide advisory board on Community-Police relations, and the introduction of bias-free policing legislation before the Cleveland City Council and as a statewide policing standard.  He is a Cleveland native, a CSU alumnus, an U.S. Air Force veteran and a frequent media commentator on various racial and social issues. He is the past the chair of the Cleveland NAACP’s Criminal Justice Committee, and of the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority Board of Commissioners

Dr. Tawanda Greer-MedleyDr. Tawanda Greer-Medley
Associate Director
Phone: 216-523-7143

Dr. Tawanda Greer Medley is the Associate Director of The Diversity Institute.

Dr. Tawanda Greer-Medley of the College of Education and Health Services is a professor of counseling psychology with significant experience in conducting research on discrimination and the health-related impacts of racism. Her work also includes the use of fMRI technology to understand and measure neural correlates of implicit racial bias.  Dr. Greer-Medley developed and implemented many of the DEI protocols and training provided at her former institution, Southern Illinois University, prior to joining CSU in 2020.  She is presently under contract to publish a book utilizing some of her training protocols, some of which she and her publisher have agreed may be utilized for this initiative. 

Caitlin_HawkinsCaitlin Hawkins, MSSA, MNO
 Director of DEI Training

Caitlin Hawkins is the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Training at The Diversity Institute in the School of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University. She has over 12 years of experience facilitating dialogue around diversity, equity, and inclusion topics, and spent the last 6 years developing, facilitating, and evaluating DEI workshops and DEI organizational consulting and strategic planning for businesses, nonprofits, and government agencies across Ohio and nationally. 

Caitlin earned a Master of Science in Social Administration (Community Social Work) and a Master of Nonprofit Organizations degree from Case Western Reserve University, for which she earned membership to the Nu Lambda Mu Honor Society. She earned her Bachelor’s in Women’s and Gender Studies with an emphasis on Black Feminist Theory from Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts. 

Elliot DavidDr. David L. Elliott
Research Associate

Dr. Elliott has been Research Associate at Cleveland State University since March 2020, first in the Division of Diversity, Inclusion, and University Engagement and in The Diversity Institute in the School of Urban Affairs since October 2021. As Research Associate at the Diversity Institute, he applies his expertise in quantitative, qualitative, and mixed social science research methods, using an equity lens, in a variety of projects focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education and in the organizations and communities it serves. In this capacity, he works with institutional quantitative data and qualitative archival documents, constructs, manages, and analyzes social surveys, and participates in the design, implementation, and analysis of focus group, case study, and interview data.