Assistant Director, Center for Diversity and Inclusion
Hi! My name is Kellie Raffaelli (it rhymes) and I am one of the assistant directors of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI). I was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. After studying cultural anthropology and education, I’ve found the perfect home at CDI.
I’m married to Richie, a local Yooper, and we have two beautiful daughters, Fiona and Lilyanna; we also have a border collie named Isabel. I come from a very large, loud, talkative, and loving family who all still live in New York City. I love to travel and be outdoors. My family and I love camping, hiking, and kayaking. Before settling in the UP, my husband and I lived in Utah, New Mexico, Oregon, and Colorado.
At CDI, I work with a variety of students providing academic support and outreach. Specifically I plan, implement, and administer services and programs for African American and other underrepresented students. I work directly with the Black Student Association (BSA) and support the programming efforts of the National Society of Black Engineers (NBSE), Society of African American Men (SAAM), Society of Intellectual Sisters (SIS), African Students Organization (ASO) and Praise in Effect (PIE). I also work with students to plan and implement the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Week and Black History Month programs and events.
I am dedicated and deeply invested in seeing students succeed, not only academically and professionally but also as human beings. I love to encourage students to try new things, to set the bar high, and to celebrate all of their accomplishments. If you’re looking for a cheerleader, I’m your woman!