BRS Biographies

Kenny Fountain

T. Kenny Fountain is an associate professor in the Department of English, whose research focuses on rhetorical theory, science communication, and gender and sexuality studies. He is the author of Rhetoric in the Flesh: Trained Vision, Technical Expertise, and the Gross Anatomy Lab (2014). The courses he teaches often focus on issues of race, gender, and sexuality. At CWRU, he has served as the chair of the Faculty Senate Committee on Minority Affairs and a member of the LGBT Committee.

DaShawn Hickman

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.

Vincent Johnstone

Vincent K. Johnstone has been employed with the Case Western Reserve University Police Department for over eight years. He currently serves as the Police Operations Commander overseeing all three shifts and makes sure that Patrol Operations runs properly. Over the years he has built a great relationship with Student Affairs, Human Resources, Multicultural Affairs and many other departments. It is Johnstone's goal to make sure that every student, staff, and employee our treated fairly and to assist in every way possible to make everyone feel safe and like they belong here at Case Western Reserve University.

John Killings

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

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 Rosanwo

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.

Laura Saavedra

Laura Saavedra, MA, serves as the Assistant Director of Program Centers and Student Organization Engagement in the Office of Student Activities and Leadership. She earned her bachelor's degree in communications, as well as her master's degree in college student personnel at Bowling Green State University. She has over five years of experience specializing in efforts to enhance the recruitment and retention of underrepresented college students. She is very passionate about and actively engaged with advancing efforts towards social equity, diversity and inclusion at CWRU.

Imani Scruggs

Imani Scruggs is a first year masters student in the Mandel School of Applied Social Science. Born in Akron, Ohio, he spent the past four years at CWRU getting his bachelors degree in Psychology. He has recently found his passion in working with urban youth through several programs, including The Brotherhood, Alchemy Inc., the Provost Scholars program here at CWRU, as well as two local high schools.

Mano Singham

Mano Singham, PhD is currently the Director of Case's University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE) and Adjunct Associate Professor of Physics. In 2001 he won Case Western Reserve University's Carl F. Wittke award for distinguished undergraduate teaching, and has received numerous other awards for teaching and service to education. His recent research interests are in the fields of education, theories of knowledge, physics, and philosophy. In 2005 he wrote a book entitled, The Achievement Gap in U. S. Education: Canaries in the Mine, dealing with the educational achievement gap between white and black students.

Sueji Smith

Sueji Smith is currently a First Year Coordinator reporting to the Office of Residence Life and Services and the Office of Undergraduate Studies. She has her Masters of Education in Higher Education Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations. As a First Year Coordinator, Sueji assists in resolving residential concerns, serves on-call handling crises and emergencies, supervises RAs and the Assistant Coordinator, hears student conduct cases, and more. Additionally, Sueji provides academic support as an extension of the Office of Undergraduate Studies by assisting students in developing academic action plans, connecting students with resources, and more.

Andrew Torres

Andrew Torres is a third year undergraduate student from the greater Los Angeles area. He is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with minors in Spanish and Public Policy. Andrew is an active student group member at CWRU, currently serving as the Public Relations chair in La Alianza and having formerly served as the Vice President of Public Relations for the Undergraduate Student Government. Andrew also works as a Student Coordinator in the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA). In this role he assists the OMA in providing valuable programs such as the Multicultural Leaders Roundtable which works to bring together leaders of the cultural student groups.