Syracuse University Welcomes New Diverse Staff Members

Armando Martinez, Joshua Seguí-Rodríguez, Beverly Kirk, Alexis Trujillo

Armando Martinez G’21 joined Syracuse University as the inaugural director of inclusion and belonging for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Martinez plays a critical role in advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) on campus. Reporting to the vice president for diversity and inclusion, Martinez is responsible for developing, implementing and evaluating programs and interventions to cultivate and sustain a culture of inclusion and belonging at Syracuse University. In addition, Martinez provides consultation and guidance to campus partners promoting inclusive and equitable policies and practices to help foster a positive campus climate. Martinez has deep DEIA expertise and is a tremendous community steward within the city of Syracuse.

Joshua Seguí-Rodríguez joined Syracuse University as the executive director of intercultural engagement in the University’s Student Experience division. In this role, he provides leadership to the Intercultural Collective (consisting of the Disability Cultural Center, LGBTQ Resource Center and Multicultural Affairs), and advances divisional diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility (DEIA) initiatives. He came to Syracuse from the Latino Policy Institute, where he served as senior policy associate. Prior to that, he was the director of Brown University’s Center for Students of Color, as well as interim director of the Multicultural Student Services Center at the University of Rhode Island.

Beverly Kirk joined the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications as director of Washington Programs. In this position, she will expand and lead the school’s Washington, D.C. student programs across multiple communications majors with a primary focus on journalism. She is based in Washington and is part of the new Syracuse University Institute for Democracy, Journalism and Citizenship. A seasoned journalism professional, Kirk has worked for local and national news organizations including NBC, NPR and PBS. Most recently, she served as executive director of Journey to Lead, a nonprofit women’s leadership initiative. She is a non-resident senior associate of the Center for Strategic and International Studies International Security Program.

Alexis Trujillo joined the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications as associate director of development. Trujillo oversees the Newhouse School’s annual fund messaging and fundraising efforts for appeals such as Boost the ’Cuse and the Make Your Mark campaigns, and manages Newhouse volunteer leadership groups, including the Newhouse 44 Emerging Leaders. She works closely with SU Advancement and External Affairs teams to identify, cultivate, and solicit donors. Previously, she served as assistant director of development for engagement and outreach at the Arizona State University Foundation and as recruitment and admissions coordinator for the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications.