Mandel School Names Interim Co-Assistant Deans of Diversity and Inclusion

Dawn Ellis & Kim McFarlin headshot

Dawn Ellis and Kimberly McFarlin have been appointed interim co-assistant deans of diversity and inclusion at the Mandel School, effective immediately.

Adrianne Fletcher, permanent assistant dean of diversity and inclusion, was appointed to the Ohio Supreme Court as their inaugural director of diversity, equity and inclusion this past spring and will be on a leave of absence.

Dawn Ellis currently serves as the grants and department administrator for the Begun Center. She is also chair of CWRU’s Staff Advisory Council and a member of the Diversity Leadership Council. Dawn was a member of our school’s Ad-Hoc Group for Diversity and Inclusion and the Addressing Gender Bias Together Group, and has received training in Diversity 360 and Sustained Dialogue facilitation.

Kim McFarlin currently serves as assistant dean of student services and career planning. She has collaborated closely with numerous university partners, such as the Office for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity (OIDEO), the Office of Equity, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, International Student Services and the Office of Disability Resources, to provide supportive programming for our students. She is also a member of the International Student Services Advisory Council and the faculty advisor for LINK student group, which has partnered with the Mandel Council and the Black Student Association to host cross-cultural programs for CWRU. Kim has presented on the valuable impact of internationally diverse and inclusive communities in Cleveland, as well as completed certificates and training in sustained dialogue, diversity and inclusion, emotional intelligence, and women in leadership.

Dawn and Kim’s role will primarily focus on student and staff concerns—faculty concerns can be directed to OIDEO. For support related to student diversity planning and programming, please contact For additional campus support and programming, please see the resources below:

Equity, diversity and inclusion are all of our responsibilities, and we are deeply grateful to Dawn and Kim for their invaluable service and support to the Mandel School in this joint role.