The Office of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Decolonization is in Wemple Hall, Room W146.

If you have questions, comments, or concerns, you can leave us a note in our mailbox, just outside our door. You can also reach all of us at

Phone: 519-433-3491
Toll Free: 1-800-265-4406

EDID Team Members

Portrait of Jennifer Slay

Jennifer Slay, Director of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Decolonization

Jennifer has spent the last 23 years as a registered social worker, working with a diversity of groups in the community. She is also a certified life coach, motivational speaker, trainer and author. Jennifer, a graduate of King’s University College School of Social Work in ‘99 has earned two honors bachelor’s degrees, a master’s in social work and is a certified Extended DISC trainer. She was chosen as one of the recipients of the Queen Elizabeth the II Diamond Jubilee medal in 2013 for her community work and as one of Canada’s women of confidence in the national publication, Chatelaine magazine. Jennifer is a multi-award-winning speaker. Her speeches are memorable, entertaining, and dynamic. She has spoken for educational institutions, businesses, and companies like Western, King’s & McMaster, TD Canada Trust and Learners Law Firm to name a few. In recent years, Jennifer has co-created All Women L.E.A.D. – an initiative to support women learning how to use and become increasingly more self-aware in their leadership abilities. She is also the co-creator of the Anti-Racism Education Program, Shifting Perspectives. When she’s not working, Jennifer spends much of her time volunteering in the community. She cofounded the Black London Network, served as the Vice-President of the Congress of Black Women London Chapter and co-executive produced an award-winning talk show called Melanated View – to help to engage conversation with the community through television and social media platforms about issues related to the Black community. Jennifer is currently a Board member of The Grand Theatre and is the host of the Rogers Community Television Show – What’s Up London. In 2022 she was asked to serve as the Director of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Decolonization at King’s University College. In 2023, she was awarded the Alumni Award of Distinction by King’s University College and the Alumni Association Board of Directors. With three children, a dog and amazing parents, siblings and friends, she lives by the motto: To whom much is given much is required.

Portrait of Nikki Sasso Mitchell

Nikki Sasso Mitchell, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Decolonization Coordinator

Nikki has been part of the King's family for nearly nine years. She began her time at King's in the Communications and Media Relations Department, doing most of the design work, newsletters, and events promotion. She moved over to the Office of EDID as the EDID Coordinator in July 2023 and her duties include supporting and leading EDID initiatives across campus, and coordinating EDID-focused events such as Community Conversations and EDID Awareness Week.

Currently, Nikki is working on her Master of Public Relations at Mount Saint Vincent University. She is also serving as the London District Catholic School Board’s Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) representative for Autism Ontario. As the mother of a child with autism, she is eager to help bring more acceptance and understanding of children with autism, along with resources to their parents. She has her BA with Honours in History from York University, and a post-graduate diploma in Corporate Communications and Public Relations from Fanshawe College.

Nikki is the child of Jamaican immigrants and has always been passionate about EDI-related issues. Living between both worlds as a white-passing bi-racial individual, she saw the need for more EDI champions in the community. There is so much to learn and unlearn, and Nikki is here for it. She wants to ensure barriers are removed, and that everyone has an equal opportunity to pursue higher education. 

Nikki is the proud mommy to Aiden, Winston and Clark.

Portrait of Angela Core

Angela Core,
Sign Language Interpreter

Portrait of Maria Vargas
Maria Vargas, - Summer
Work Study. Maria is entering her third year at King's and is in the Childhood and Youth Studies program. "As a first-generation immigrant, I'm eager to make an impact!"
Portrait of Medina Birani

Jillian Beretta - Summer Work Study. Jill is in her third year of the Early Childhood and Youth Studies program. She has severe hearing loss beginning in early childhood. "I want to share my story of navigating university life with deafness. EDID matters to me because it encompasses core values that allow us to experience empathy for others.