William Robinson, Interim Vice Provost for Strategic Initiatives
William H. Robinson is the Interim Vice Provost for Strategic Initiatives and is a professor of electrical and computer engineering at Vanderbilt University. In this role, he oversees the Office for Inclusive Excellence. He also works to advance the Provost's priorities focusing on faculty recruitment, retention, and development; student success; curriculum; and a culture of respect, dignity, and care.
Robinson served on the Chancellor's Committee on Diversity, Inclusion and Community, and he was the recipient of a Chancellor's Award for Research on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in 2016 for his work to broaden minorities' participation in engineering, which has significantly informed the understanding of factors that often discourage Black scholars from pursuing academic careers.
Robinson joined the Vanderbilt University faculty as an assistant professor after earning a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He earned his bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University.
Robinson's research explores the hardware and software tradeoffs to improve system performance, system reliability, and system security. He leads the Security and Fault Tolerance Research Group at Vanderbilt, whose mission is to design, model, verify and implement robust computing systems that positively benefit stakeholders with consumer, defense, industrial and medical applications. He also co-leads the Explorations in Diversifying Engineering Faculty Initiative (EDEFI) (pronounced "edify"). EDEFI investigates the institutional, technical, social, and cultural factors that affect the decision-making, career choices, and career satisfaction for doctoral students, postdoctoral scholars, and faculty who have been marginalized by race and/or gender.
Jermaine Soto, Director of Faculty Development
Jermaine Soto holds a B.A. in English from Cornell University, an M.S. in Cultural Foundations of Education from Syracuse University and is a Ph.D. Candidate at Syracuse University.
In addition, Jermaine recently received a Diversity and Inclusion Certificate from Cornell University. His research interests include: the use of Intergroup Dialogue practices and pedagogy to critically engage social issues and the role of counter-narratives and ‘testimonios’ in creating culturally relevant educational spaces. Soto has spent much of his career in Education engaging topics of equity, diversity and inclusion. At Syracuse University, he was a Lecturer, researcher, and facilitator for the Intergroup Dialogue Program and directed the Conversations about Race/Ethnicity (C.A.R.E) program for the Office of Multicultural Affairs. Upon his arrival to Tennessee, Soto was awarded a Dissertation Fellowship in the Sociology department at Middle Tennessee State University and has been a featured panelist and speaker focusing on issues of race and ethnicity at various events throughout Tennessee.
Soto came to Vanderbilt University to serve as Director of Operations for the Vanderbilt University’s Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion where he developed and facilitated diversity education training for university staff and consulted with various divisions and areas on their diversity initiatives. Jermaine Soto’s current responsibilities as Director of Faculty Development for the Office of Faculty Affairs include: developing faculty engagement experiences that supplement the faculty life cycle from recruitment to retirement; leading inclusive excellence training in collaboration with the Office for Inclusive Excellence; representing the Office of Faculty Affairs on various committees and initiatives; leading Vanderbilt’s participation in the SEC Academic Leadership Development Program and other duties as necessary in supporting faculty success.
Jermaine is also a certified Cook Ross trainer of Unconscious Bias for the Vanderbilt University campus as well as an experienced Intergroup Dialogue facilitator.
Mytrice Allen, Program Coordinator
Mytrice Allen joined the Office for Inclusive Excellence in August 2019. She graduated with her A.A. in Foreign Languages and her B.S. in Healthcare & Public Administration.
She joins the office leaving Florida State University, where she worked as an Administrative Assistant for the College of Medicine’s Office of Information Technology (OIT).
In addition, Mytrice joined the college’s Council on Diversity and Inclusion in April 2016, where she helped create and apply many initiatives, such as the implementation of gender-neutral bathrooms and the policy analysis of a culture change survey. She later helped create and Chair the Subcommittee to Address Bias or Discrimination and became the Assistant to the Dean of Diversity and Student Affairs. She also received her certificate in Diversity and Inclusion from Florida State University and used her Theory to Action project to change and update the Office of Information Technology handbook, dress codes, and strategic plan.
Mytrice is passionate about creating spaces that are welcoming for all. In her free time, she enjoys Live Action Role-Playing (LARP), playing video games, and hugging her two cats, Emma and Sophie.
Alyssa Aloyo, Program Coordinator
Originally from New Jersey, Alyssa moved to Nashville in 2012 to study Business Management and Music Business at Belmont University. During her experience as an involved student leader at Belmont, her focus shifted toward an unveiled passion for higher education, leadership, and equity, diversity, and inclusion work.
Aloyo continued to earn her Bachelor of Business Administration, and after graduation in 2016, she joined Lipscomb University's College of Leadership and Public Service as a Program Coordinator. Shortly after, she enrolled in the Master of Arts Conflict Management program in efforts to strengthen her skills in negotiation, dispute resolution, and mediation - a toolset she has found not only useful but necessary for approaching complex and nuanced problems and conversations.
Through her work as an employee and student at two of Nashville’s universities, she has, does, and will continue to dedicate herself to work that fuels her passions for leadership; equity, diversity, and inclusion work; and civic engagement.
Aloyo is now a part of the Office for Inclusive Excellence team as a Program Coordinator at Vanderbilt, where she is looking forward to building sustainable practices that promote thriving communities across campus.
Alyssa loves to travel and eat great food. If you are looking for her though, you can probably find her somewhere around Nashville with her labrador retriever puppy, Apollo!
Ingrid Laubach, Executive Assistant
Ingrid Laubach is the Executive Assistant for the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs and the Office for Inclusive Excellence.
Ingrid earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Photography at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas.
Ingrid came to Vanderbilt University in 2017 as a Faculty Assistant in the Law School, and previously worked as an Administrative Assistant II in the Department of Anesthesiology at VUMC. Recently she was elected to serve as a Staff Representative on the University Staff Advisory Council. In her free time, she enjoys working with photography, pottery and spending quality time with her Shiba Inu pup, Sasha.
Oscar Guzmán, Graduate Assistant
Oscar Guzmán joined the Office for Inclusive Excellence in August 2019.
He is currently pursuing his Masters of Education in Human Development Counseling, with a specialization in School Counseling at Vanderbilt's Peabody College.
Prior to his graduate studies, Oscar received his Bachelor's of Science in Education from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI, where he majored in Educational Studies and English Language Arts. Although his appreciation for English literature and rhetoric is tenacious, after serving as an academic counselor in an urban all-boys high school, Oscar now welcomes the intersectionality between various disciplines and how curriculum integration manifests onto the wellbeing of diverse students as it relates to race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and socioeconomic status. Alongside his graduate studies and work in the Office for Inclusive Excellence, Oscar is also actively engaged in a research assistantship in the Department of Teaching & Learning, more specifically, math education and race studies.
In his spare time, Oscar enjoys reading, biking, spending time with friends, FaceTime-ing with his family from Chicago, and going on aimless drives throughout Nashville and its surrounding communities - you may occasionally catch him Sunday mornings enjoying brunch at Tavern on Broadway.