Center for Equality and Justice


Adina Nack, Ph.D.

Director of the Center for Equality and Justice

A Professor of Sociology, Dr. Adina Nack was the Founding Director of CLU’s Center for Equality & Justice; she has also served as the Director of CLU's Gender & Women's Studies Program and Chair of the Sociology Department. Nack received her Ph.D. from the University of Colorado, Boulder and joined CLU in 2003, after having been faculty at the University of Maine.

She is a medical sociologist whose research has focused on sexual health, social psychology, social inequality, gender, and sexuality. An award-winning teacher, she has also won national research awards, published articles on the stigma of sexually transmitted diseases, and authored a book on women living with genital herpes and HPV infections published by Temple University Press in 2008. Her current research collaboration examines traumatic childbirth narratives of women, their significant others, and health care providers.

A proponent of community-based action research, Nack was a Co-Principal Investigator for Ventura County’s two recent studies of Latinos/as receiving HIV/AIDS services (funded by the California State Office of AIDS). The first study inspired the 2006 countywide HIV & Latinos: A Leadership Summit which led to the creation of the Latino HIV Taskforce. In addition to her work with VCPH, she has also served as a research consultant for the ELCA Sexuality Studies Taskforce, Western Institute of Hearing, United Women's Leadership Council, and AIDS Desk (Chennai, India).

A member of the HIV/AIDS Coalition of Ventura County since 2003, Nack chairs the county's World AIDS Day Committee.


Colleen Windham-Hughes, Ph.D., M.Div.

Associate Director of the Center for Equality and Justice

An Assistant Professor in the Department of Religion, Dr. Windham-Hughes designed an undergraduate major in Theatre History and Dramatic Criticism around her passion for the arts at Whittier College. A lifetime of experiences in church and at camp plus one life-changing course in Latin American Liberation Theologies in the spring of her junior year convinced her to pursue the study of religion in graduate school.

Colleen completed a Master's degree in Divinity at Claremont School of Theology and shaped a doctoral degree in Religious Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, around interdisciplinary connections among Christian thought, practical engagement, and critical reflection. A Deacon in the United Methodist Church, Colleen's experience includes university teaching, ministries with youth, children, and adults, and curriculum development for religious studies at an elementary school in Santa Barbara, California.


Rahuldeep Singh Gill, Ph.D.

Associate Director of the Center for Equality and Justice

An Assistant Professor in the Department of Religion, Rahuldeep Singh Gill is interested in the relationship between texts, subtexts, and contexts, as well as the nexus between the social and the religious. In particular, he examines the evolution of Sikh institutions over five hundred years of the tradition's history, as well as the interaction of Sikhs, Muslims, and Hindus. His research explores the life and works of the Sikh tradition's most important interpretive writer, Bhai Gurdas Bhalla (d. 1636).


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