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Suzanne Onorato, EdD
Assistant Vice President for Community
318C University Center
404-727-7190

As Assistant Vice President for Community, Dr. Suzanne Onorato leads Emory Campus Life’s community-focused organizations, including the Career Center and the Center for the Advancement of Student Agency and Advocacy (CASA2) which includes the Barkley Forum for Debate, Dialogue and Deliberation, Center for Women, Civic and Community Engagement, LGBT Life, Racial and Cultural Engagement (RACE), Social Justice Education, Student Involvement, Leadership and Transitions, as well as Health Promotion, Sorority and Fraternity Life, Student Conduct, Student Success Programs and Services, Recreation and Wellness, and Residence Life.

Suzanne began her career in higher education in Residence Life at Eastern Washington University and held student affairs positions at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and at Agnes Scott College. She also served in student affairs and as adjunct faculty at Florida International University. Earning her doctorate in higher education administration at FIU, Suzanne studied the implications of gender and ethnicity on leadership identity development among college women.  Suzanne joined Emory Campus Life in summer 2015. 

Suzanne’s professional and personal engagement centers on social justice.  She currently serves on the Steering Committee for Emory’s Commission on Racial and Social Justice (CRSJ), is a member of the  National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Center for Women Board, and is a past co-chair for NASPA’s Women in Student Affairs knowledge community.  Suzanne was a member of a task force whose work led to the establishment of Florida International University’s first LGBT Office and co-founded UNLV’s first Safe Zone program. 

Ed Lee, EdD
Executive Director, Community Portfolio and the Center for the Advancement of Student Advocacy and Agency
University Center
404.727.6189

As Executive Director of Community in Emory Campus Life, Dr. Lee leads the Center for the Advancement of Student Advocacy and Agency which houses Emory’s nationally acclaimed debate team, an outstanding civic and community service programs, Emory’s cutting-edge programs focused on student belonging and social justice and its student leadership and orientation activities.  Additionally, he also serves as the deputy to Assistant Vice President of Community.

While he continues to work with Emory’s Alben W. Barkley Forum (BF) working directly with Emory Admissions, the Woodruff Scholars Program, and the Glee Pelham Alumni Foundation, Ed is formerly Emory’s Senior Director of Debate. In that capacity, he was the 2015 National Coach of the Year and three-time recipient of the James Unger Award given to the coach of the best debate team in the country. Before coming to Emory, Ed served as the Director of Debate at the University of Alabama and the Director of UC Berkeley’s Bay Area Urban Debate League.

Ed is a relentless advocate for public debate and dialogue. He is a national media commentator for U.S. Presidential Debates and the use of arguments in public discourse. He is routinely seen on CNN discussing presidential debate strategies and their impact on national politics. Additionally, he is the Principal Creative of the Emory Conversation Project (ECP), a program that trains students in the art of facilitation and negotiation to equip them to lead public and engaging conversations about and across their differences. 

Ed is a highly sought-after workshop facilitator. His work focuses on the interplay between communication, culture and diversity and how those can be harnessed to improve the workplace and other communities. 

Michael Shutt, PhD
Senior Director, Community Portfolio
University Center
404.727.2136

As Senior Director for Community Michael oversees institutional and Emory Campus Life priorities including the Bias Incident Response Team, Open Expression Observers Program, President Jimmy Carter Town Hall, and Campus Life’s strategic plan. Prior to his current role at Emory, he served as the Assistant Dean for Campus Life and Director of the Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Life in addition to the Interim Sr. Director for the Center for Diversity and Inclusion. As an engaged professional and community member, Michael Co-Chaired the Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals and is currently the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Equality Foundation of Georgia and is on the Advisory Board for the LGBT Institute at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. Michael received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Public Administration from Michigan State University and Doctor of Philosophy in Student Affairs Administration from the University of Georgia, where he currently serves as an adjunct faculty member in the College of Education’s Department of Counseling and Human Development.