Congratulations to the following Team Union members for continuing the mission of transforming lives and communities.

President Webb’s Service on Boards

Union President Dr. Karen Schuster Webb has been appointed to the Indiana University School of Education Advisory Board in Bloomington, and the Hoxworth Blood Center Community Advisory Board in Cincinnati. She also serves on the board of directors for Every Child Succeeds and Women Walking West, both in Cincinnati.

Dr. Soto Participates in Fireside Chat

Dr. Nelson Soto, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Union Institute & University, participated in “Adaptability and Resiliency in a Changing World,” a fireside chat with John Baker, president and CEO of D2L, and Steve Rogalsky, senior director and project manager for D2L. D2L is the creator of Brightspace, Union’s learning management system. View the VIP roundtable.

Dr. Gore is a Keynote Speaker

Dr. Shanda Gore, vice president of institutional innovation and economic development at Union Institute & University, was the keynote speaker for the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists Toledo Chapter’s 32nd Annual Black History Celebration on February 27. Watch a video of the event and learn more about the chapter.

Dr. Alidou Works with UNESCO

Dr. Hassana Alidou, Ph.D., is a Union faculty member and the first Scholar in Residence for the Institute for Social Justice. UNESCO requested Dr. Alidou to coordinate a team of bi/multilingual education for the elaboration of a training guide to be used by African countries in conceptualizing their competency-based teachers. UNESCO and OIF, (Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie), will publish the guide in 2021. Dr. Alidou participated as a panel member for the celebration of International Mother Language Day on February 19. Learn more about the event on YouTube, or view the PowerPoint.

Alumni/Student Achievements


Alumna named Superintendent for Human Resources

The Glen Cove City School District (New York) announced the appointment of Kim H. Rodriguez, Ph.D. as the district’s new assistant superintendent for Human Resources. In addition to having her own private practice in counseling, Dr. Rodriguez brings over 30 years of experience in public education to the district. Dr. Rodriguez earned her Ph.D. in 2004, with a concentration in Counselor Education. Read more.

New Chief of Police

Union alumnus Kevin Kilgore has been selected as Sebastopol’s (California) new Chief of Police. Kilgore, an Ohio native, earned his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Management from Union Institute & University in 2012.  Read more.


Union Ph.D. Student Named to Top 100 Diversity Officers Listing

Diane McDaniel, Ph.D. student, has been named one of the Top 100 Diversity Officers in the country by the National Diversity Council. She is the inaugural vice president, chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer for Community Health Network in Indianapolis, IN. McDaniel leads and guides the network’s strategic work for positioning and achieving DEI organizational goals and serves as the Senior DEI Officer for 16,000 + employees, overseeing a $10 million budget. Read more.

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