Our Staff

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Crasha V. Townsend, M.Ed.
Director
25 Tyler Hall
P.O. Box 6979
Radford, VA 24142
Phone: 540-831-5765
ctownsend3@radford.edu

Mrs. Crasha Townsend is the Director of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion at Radford University. Social justice and leadership development have long been passions and foci for Townsend.  Her undergraduate work in Integrated Public Relations at Central Michigan University and Higher Education Administration with an emphasis on College Student Affairs Leadership at Grand Valley State University served as a strong foundation. She worked in building diverse communities for eight years at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In her early career as a Resident Director, she assisted in establishing a successful living learning community, Intersections, that was rooted in intergroup dialogue and multicultural competency development. Also while at UIUC she worked for several years as the Program Director of Social Justice and Leadership Education, developing a peer-based Multicultural Advocacy curriculum and program; implementing and facilitating diversity education for the residential population and beyond on campus.

 At Radford University she has been able to provide dynamic leadership in rebuilding and branding diversity initiatives on campus through engaging programming, speakers and community outreach. While at Radford University, Mrs. Townsend has ignited the campus in discourse and innovation around issues of social justice, inclusion, and leadership.  She has encouraged progressive thinking and action with her intentional efforts to bring nationally renowned speakers to campus, her international recruitment efforts, and her involvement with pedagogical development and leadership initiatives. On a broader scope, within NASPA she has served as the National Chair for the African American Knowledge Community (AAKC). During her tenure as Chair, active membership increased, leadership positions were created, the AAKC profile was raised within the NASPA organization, there was increased communication amongst membership and expansion in cross collaboration efforts in the KC. Mrs. Townsend brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, and energy in promoting social justice and leadership development throughout student affairs. 

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Natalie Fajardo, M.S.
Assistant Director
25 Tyler Hall
P.O. Box 6979
Radford, VA 24142
Phone: 540-831-7736
nfajardo2@radford.edu

Natalie is originally from the sunny state of California.  She received her Master of Science degree from the University of Central Missouri's College Student Personnel Administration (CSPA) program. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Sciences from California State University-San Bernardino.  Asian identity development and Diversity and Inclusion Excellence are two areas of interest. She loves CDI because it helps our students enhance student growth and development outside the classroom.

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Tasia Persson, MA
Administrative Assistant and Program Coordinator
25 Tyler Hall
P.O. Box 6979
Radford, VA 24142
Phone: 540-831-6343
tpersson@radford.edu

Tasia has a background in ethics and nonprofit work experience.  Her hometown will always be Chicago, but she has fallen in love with the beauty of rural Virginia.  She enjoys hiking, traveling, and reading and watching thrillers and mysteries, especially of the British cozy variety.  She loves CDI because it provides a great opportunity for student development of their passions and talents, turning them into opportunities for pursuing social justice.

Student Office Assistant


Michael Facey: I am a Sociology major. I am a incoming Junior and am very engaged and active around campus. I am currently President of the NPHC and the President of The Rho Zeta Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. An interesting fact about myself is that I tend to study better with no socks on my feet. I LOVE CDI because of the department's purpose of Unity and embracing one another.

Cilicia Ferguson: I am a Sophomore majoring in Social Work with a  double minor in Sociology and Criminal Justice. An interesting fact about myself is that I love meeting new people and also I laugh at everything. I like that CDI embodies diversity, no one is left out, making it a home for everyone.

Nehemiah Bester-Lewis: I am a sophomore studying Media Studies Major with a concentration in Production Technology. In addition to being a member of the CDI family, I write for the school’s newspaper, The Tartan, and am an executive board member of the The Diversity Awareness Programming Board (DAP) and The African Student Association (ASA). I am also one of the founders of Radford newest male organization; Independent Men Achieving Goals in Education (I.M.A.G.E.). What I love most about The Center for Diversity and Inclusion is the sense of family, diversification and opportunity. There isn’t a place on Radford’s campus that has made more of a considerable impact on my college experience as the Center for Diversity & Inclusion has. 

 

 

Nasyah Price:  I am a Sophomore majoring in Political Science with a concentration in Foreign and National security. I’m an intersectionality feminist who loves to read Stephen King novels, making collages and lasagna. I enjoy hiking, indie/folk/show tunes/punk rock music, makeup, and badminton. I love the Center for Diversity and Inclusion because it allows a way for people from all over to connect and express themselves while benefiting the student body with programs that contribute to personal growth and self-discovery. 

 

 

 

 

 

Graduate Student Interns/Assistants

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Student Interns

Carmelle Coby: I am a senior at Radford University where I now study interdisciplinary studies. I one day hope to become a professor in history to help progress the community and influence students. I am looking forward to an amazing semester and can't wait to share wonderful experiences with you all. 

 

Derek Walker Jr: I am a Junior, Business Management Major with a concentration in Entrepreneurship and I am from Chester, Virginia. I am involved with the Office of Housing & Residential Life as a Resident Assistant and I am also the Secretary of Diversity Promotion for SGA. I am a huge sneaker fanatic and I love the home-like vibe that I feel whenever I walk into the CDI office.

 

Darnell Wilkins: I am a Junior, majoring in Communication, with a concentration in Public Relations. I am from Newport News, Va. I am a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. I am also the Captain and President of Are U HYPE! Dance Team. I love to dance, play volleyball, and to just be around goal driven people. I love the CDI Office because I have met people that want to succeed like myself, but are from many different backgrounds, which surrounds me with a fun diverse group of friends.