Equity & Inclusion Staff
Beenish Saeed serves as the Office/Program Manager where she provides administrative and program management support for the office’s ongoing responsibilities and initiatives. Prior to joining Hofstra, Ms. Saeed served as a program director and office manager for the Islamic Center of Long Island. In her role as program director she managed office relations, memberships, and programs that supported over 500 active members. In addition to her professional experience, Ms. Saeed has been an active member of the Westbury community where she has offered her translation services to help bridge language barriers and cultural gaps in the local school communities.
Ms. Saeed received her BS in Computer Science from the International Islamic University and her Associates in Nursing from Nassau Community College.
Aisha Wilson-Carter, Ed.D
Associate Director of Equity and Inclusion
Dr. Aisha Wilson-Carter serves as the university’s inaugural Associate Director of Equity and Inclusion where she provides expertise, consultative support, and oversight of the university’s strategic Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives. Prior to accepting her new position, Aisha served as an adjunct faculty in Hofstra’s Writing Studies and Rhetoric department and Writing Center, along with being a lecturer at Columbia University. During her time in the Hofstra Writing Center, Aisha assisted tutors and students and led initiatives within the center to make DEI a focal point for development.
Outside of her professional experiences, Aisha has been actively involved in the Long Island community. She is a Co-founder and Vice President of the Long Island Strong School Alliance, a nonprofit organization that aims to support policies that strengthen education in public schools with a focus on civic engagement, diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Aisha received her BA in Mass Media Arts from Clark Atlanta University as well as her MFA in Creative Writing from City College of New York. She completed her Doctorate of Education in Educational Administration and Instructional Leadership at Saint John's University (NY).
Cornell L. Craig
Vice President for Equity and Inclusion
As the Vice President for Equity and Inclusion, Cornell Craig provides vision and leadership in promoting an institutional culture that values and supports diversity and inclusion. He guides the University’s overall diversity and inclusion agenda by developing and facilitating strategies and structures that advance diversity and equity within campus units, in collaborations across campus, and through engagement of the surrounding communities.
Prior to joining Hofstra in 2019, Mr. Craig served as the Director of Multicultural Affairs and International Student Counselor at Bellarmine University (KY), and as the Assistant Dean of Diversity & Inclusion at Pace University (NY).
Mr. Craig has a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Mass Communications from Southern Illinois University (SIU-Carbondale) and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Bellarmine University.