Bias Education Response Team

Duquesne's Bias Education Response Team (BERT) is a multidisciplinary team that was founded to educate the campus community, to monitor and report on trends, and respond to bias incidents through restorative practices.

The purpose of BERT is to provide educational and restorative responses to Bias Incidents that occur within the campus community. It exists to engage people who act in biased ways, as well as the people affected by such behavior, and to help restore feelings of belonging.

Bias Education Response Team 2022-23 Members

Crystal McCormick Ware, CDO**


  • Tracie Ballock, Assistant University Librarian for Collections & Metadata Services, Gumberg Library
  • Quincy Stephenson, Director, Center for Excellence in Diversity and Student Inclusion

Ex-Officio Members

  • The Rev. Ray French, C.S.Sp., Senior Vice President for Mission & Identity**
  • Dr. Doug Frizzell, Senior Vice President for Student Life**

Working Committee

  • April Barton, Dean, Thomas R. Kline School of Law of Duquesne University
  • Dr. Kristine Blair, Dean, McAnulty College and Graduate School of LIberal Arts
  • The Rev. Bill Christy, C.S.Sp., University Chaplain
  • Dr. Luci-Jo DiMaggio, Director of Mission Animation*
  • Jennifer Fink, Senior Legal Counsel & Director of Risk Management
  • Dr. Valerie J. Harper, Director of Inclusive Excellence, Thomas R. Kline School of Law of Duquesne University
  • Dr. Jessica Mann, Assistant Vice President of Community Engagement
  • Dr. Mary Parish, Associate Director of Online Learning & Strategy*
  • Anne Sawa, Director of Student Conduct
  • Dr. Darlene Weaver, Associate Provost for Academic Affairs

* indicates new member
** indicates new appointment