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Myatt Center for Diversity and Inclusion

The Myatt Center for Diversity and Inclusion assists the University in promoting cultural diversity, awareness, and sensitivity throughout the campus community. Its programs, services and activities promote cultural identity and understanding within a multicultural environment.

All members of the University community – regardless of background – are welcome and encouraged to stop by and chat with the Director, browse the Student Center, and attend the Center’s sponsored events.

  • Meet the Staff

    Juan Hernandez
    Director for the Myatt Center for Diversity and Inclusion 

    Juan M. Hernandez has been the Director of the Myatt Center for Diversity and Inclusion at the University of New Haven since September of 2016 where he advocates for under-represented students, educates the campus community on issues of identity, diversity and inclusion, and facilitates interaction between diverse groups of students within an environment that respects and celebrates the uniqueness of all community members. He has implemented a year-long diversity and inclusion programming calendar for the University community and has developed and implemented diversity training as needed.

    Before his work at the University of New Haven, he served as a Council aide to former Hartford City Council President and current State Treasurer Shawn T. Wooden and to current City Council President Glendowlyn L.H. Thames. Juan also currently serves as an elected member of the Hartford Board of Education, first appointed in February 2017 and elected in his own right in November of 2017. He serves as Vice-Chair for the Board and Chair of the Teaching and Learning Committee.

    Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Juan was awarded the prestigious Posse Foundation Leadership Scholarship to attend Trinity College in Hartford. He graduated in 2013 with a B.A. in Political Science and History and in 2015 with an M.A. Public Policy with a concentration in Education Policy. Juan is currently a student at the University of Hartford where he is pursuing his Doctorate of Education (Ed.D) in Educational Leadership. Juan lives in the South End of Hartford with his fiancée, Rose, and their two chihuahua’s, Toby and Mia.

    Zanaiya Léon
    Coordinator for Leadership, Diversity, and Inclusion

    Zanaiya Léon has been the Coordinator for Leadership and Diversity & Inclusion at the University of New Haven since August 2019 where she works in the Myatt Center for Diversity and Inclusion and the Center for Student Engagement, Leadership, and Orientation (CSELO). In her work for CSELO, Zanaiya teaches a Beginners Understanding of Individual Leadership Development (BUILD) course, assists with curriculum oversight of BUILD, and oversees the Leadership Living and Learning Community. In her work for the Myatt Center, she supports the Director in the development and implementation of the Center’s programming and diversity training, serves on, or chairs, planning committees, and supervises the Diversity Peer Educator (DPE) program.

    Before her work at the University of New Haven, she served as the Interim Development Coordinator for the New Haven Symphony Orchestra as well as their Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee. She has also served on a racial justice task force operated by Bergen County’s YWCA during her undergraduate years. Currently, she serves on their Gala committee and is the Chair of the Junior Board for the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. At the University of New Haven, Zanaiya has worked with the Non-Profit Institute and the Community Building Workgroup of the Division of Student Affairs.

    A native of northern New Jersey, Zanaiya attended the University of New Haven, where she graduated in 2018 with a B.S. in Business Management. Zanaiya is also currently pursuing her Master of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Strategic Leadership from the University of New Haven. Zanaiya currently lives in New Haven, Connecticut.

  • Get Involved

    Students can get involved in the work of the Myatt Center for Diversity and Inclusion as a Diversity Peer Educator or as a student employee ! Contact the Director for more information on these opportunities!

  • Diversity Peer Educators

    The mission of the Diversity Peer Educators is to generate a comfortable climate where students can accept themselves while discovering similarities and embracing differences within the community. 

  • Safe Zone

    The mission of the University of New Haven Safe Zone Program is to create a safe environment for anyone who is questioning or wishes to celebrate differences in sexuality, sexual identity, and/or gender identity.  Through education, outreach, community resources, and identifying allies, we will promote understanding and support to students, faculty, staff and families.