"Coming to American and Making it Better"
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Rhonda L. Brown

Associate Vice President

Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, Advocacy and Leadership


Rhonda has been a direct report to 10 college presidents, serving in various capacities ranging from Special Assistant to the President, Interim Dean of Students, Affirmative Action Officer, Counsel, Director of Institutional Equity and Associate Vice President for Multicultural Affairs.  "It’s odd to think of my career in terms of the institutions and presidents I’ve served.  Each one was different and each one taught me a lesson that prepared me to do the job at hand."

Rhonda started her academic career at her alma mater, Albright College.  Albright is a small college, deeply rooted in liberal education.  "My experience at Albright was the perfect combination of education, preparation and nurturing.  My professors knew me and helped guide me.  I consider myself especially fortunate that many of my college mentors were also my first administrative mentors."  After Albright, Rhonda accepted the position of Affirmative Action Officer at the College of the Holy Cross.  "Holy Cross taught me the value of Jesuit education and social justice.  It left me with the idea that higher education could and should enforce the credo, 'to whom much is given, much is required.'"  Finally, before coming to Temple, Rhonda...more [PDF]


Tiffenia "Tiff" Archie
Faculty Recruitment and Retention


Tiffenia “Tiff” Archie, Ph.D., has worked in higher education for over 20 years, gaining experience in a number of departments, including financial aid, disability support, academic support, and minority retention.  Most recently, Tiff worked in academic affairs where she served as an assistant dean.  While Dean, Tiff also acted as an affirmative action representative where she collaborated closely with faculty search committees to increase the pool and hiring rate of women and minority candidates; work she continues as Director of Faculty Recruitment and Retention for IDEAL. 

Throughout her career, Tiff has been committed to advancing the ideals of social justice through mentoring, training, program development, service, and teaching and counts these activities among her hobbies. While she lectures on a number of topics, she focuses mainly on issues around race, class, and gender, including minority faculty, staff, and student recruitment and retention, racial micro-aggressions, and African-American Muslim women and veiling.

Tiff has undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Sociology and earned her doctorate in Sociology from Temple University.  She resides in Brewerytown. [more PDF]


Tchet Dereic DormanTchet Dereic Dorman

Center for Social Justice and Multicultural Education


Tchet Dereic Dorman has a wide variety of experiences in higher education and community development, as a university professor, administrator, and community activist.

Tchet has had numerous experiences with middle school, high school and undergraduate students as a professor/instructor/teacher, administrator, counselor, and advisor. He has been the director or assistant director of several educational programs designed to assist students in matriculating to and/or graduating from high school, college and graduate school while at Temple University, LeMoyne-Owen College (Memphis, Tennessee), Swarthmore (PA) College, the University of Pennsylvania, Albright College, the Pennsylvania Institute of Technology, Vassar College, LaGuardia Community College, Oberlin College and Lebanon Valley College.

Tchet is an advanced doctoral student in African American Studies at Temple University, where he also received his Master’s in African American Studies. He received his bachelor’s degree in Black Studies and Government from Oberlin College in Ohio. [more PDF]


Tomas SanchezTomas Sanchez
Procurement and Business Relations


Tomas Sanchez, JD was born and raised in the shadow of Temple University, first living on 4th & Diamond Sts. then moving to the North Broad Street neighborhood of Logan.  Tomas graduated from Central High School of Philadelphia before attending Harvard University where he studied Government.  He is also a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Tomas has a wide range of experience in various sectors including the corporate, non-profit, and public arenas.  Among other positions, he is a former Chief of Staff to a member of the City Council of Philadelphia, a founding member and Executive Director of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, and a Government Affairs Representative for PECO Energy.  He was raised in a business family and has owned/operated business enterprises in the past.

Tomas is a resident of Norris Square, is married to Maria Quinones Sanchez and is the proud parent of two children, Edgar and Tomasito.

Lizet Ortiz-ScalesLizet Ortiz-Scales
Administrative Assistant


Lizet Ortiz-Scales has been employed by Temple University since 1990. During this time she has worked in several departments including the offices of the Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Vice President for Operations, and Admissions prior to coming to IDEAL in 2011. Lizet is responsible for the administrative functions of the office and loves working with the populations the office serves.

Born to Puerto Rican emigrants from Salinas, Lizet was raised in North Philadelphia and graduated from Jules Mastbaum Vocational/Technical High School and Thompson Technical School. She currently resides in New Jersey and is the proud mother of two sons, Greg and Gabriel. She met her husband Michael at Temple.