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2019–2020 Presidential Fellows

The Presidential Fellows work with the president and Vice President for Institutional Diversity & Equity, creating research to address diversity and inclusion issues with a commitment to intellectual grounding of actions in research and program innovation.

Photo of inaugural Presidential Fellows.
Christina Rivers, associate professor of political science (left) and Alyssa Westring, associate professor of management and entrepreneurship, were named the inaugural Presidential Fellows.
Christina Rivers, associate professor of political science, and Alyssa Westring, associate professor of management and entrepreneurship, were selected as the inaugural Presidential Fellows. 

Rivers will launch an intense effort for diverse faculty and students to form strong bonds through research, and a post-prison higher education initiative. Her teaching and research interests include African-American politics and political thought, civil and voting rights law. Her current work is on mass incarceration, particularly felon disenfranchisement laws and prison-based gerrymanders.

Westring will evaluate DePaul’s culture to identify opportunities to enhance the engagement, retention and career advancement for women and faculty of color. She teaches management courses with an emphasis on organizational behavior and career management. Westring’s research focuses broadly on the interplay between work, family and other life domains.​