BRS Team Biographies
G. Dean Patterson, Jr. serves as the Bias Reporting System Coordinator and has worked in the field of higher education for more than thirty years. He has worked with students and families teaching, counseling, and acting as an advocate for their positive development. He has worked with institutions of higher education to help them better understand the needs of all students regardless of their culture, ethnicity, age, gender, religion, or sexual orientation. Patterson is currently Associate Vice President for Students Affairs and Dean of Students. In this position, he works to build campus community, manages student crisis situations and works to help others understand issues related to diversity and inclusion. He previously held a clinical faculty appointment at CWRU's Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing.
DaShawn Hickman is from Columbia, South Carolina and earned a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering from Yale University. He is a fourth year student in the Medical Scientist Training Program (MD/PhD). He has completed two years of medical school and is currently a second year PhD student in the Biomedical Engineering Department. DaShawn works in the lab of Dr. Erin Lavik where he focuses on engineering hemostatic nanoparticles and translating them to the clinic. He is enthusiastically involved at CWRU and was recently elected as the National Chair for the Student National Medical Association.
John Killings is the Assistant Director of Student Advocacy & Programming in the Office of Multicultural Affairs. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Black World Studies from Miami University of Ohio and a Masters of Art in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University. His current role in OMA is assisting multicultural student organizations and clubs, facilitating training for Diversity 360, and helping with the OMA's mentoring network. His hobbies include cooking, traveling, and music.
Sylvia Marrero is currently the Assistant Director for Student Outreach in the CWRU Career Center. Sylvia is originally from the Chicagoland area and has a Master's in Community Counseling from National Louis University (CACREP-accredited program). She is also a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and MBTI Certified Practitioner. In her current role, Sylvia has developed strong partnerships with the Office of Multicultural Affairs, LGBT Center, the Flora Stone Mather for Women and WISER. She is involved in several programs and initiatives at CWRU that advocate for and empower our diverse body of underserved and underrepresented minority students.
Tolulope (Tolu) Rosanwo is a first year medical student at CWRU. She hails from Chicago, IL where she graduated from the University of Chicago with a degree in Biology. Tolu aims to be a part of improving social inequalities leading in health disparities within and outside the hospital. She believes that conscious and unconscious bias can be unhealthy for medical students, all healthcare providers, and their patients. Tolu is currently the Co-Diversity Chair on the Committee of Student Representatives at the SOM as well as the SNMA Political Action Chair.