Center for Diversity and Inclusion
Dr. Kahan Sablo was born and raised in the Marble Hall Projects of the Bronx, New York. A graduate of Mt. Vernon High School, he left the New York metropolitan region to pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Justice and Master of Science degree in Counseling and Psychological Services at SUNY Oswego. He later earned a Doctor of Education degree in Administration and Leadership Studies from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Currently, Dr. Sablo is pursuing a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree at Fordham University.
Dr. Sablo attended college with aspirations of becoming a New York City Police Officer. However, while away at school, Dr. Sablo was the victim of two significant acts of racism and homophobia that ended with a New York State Supreme Court hearing. These challenging incidents ignited his passion for collegiate diversity and inclusion work.
Prior to Adler, Dr. Sablo was the founding director of three campus multicultural centers and served as a senior diversity officer for two additional institutions. In addition, he has an extensive student affairs career, which includes serving as a Dean of Students, Assistant Vice President for University Life, and Vice President for Student Affairs. As the Vice President, Dr. Sablo served as the academic dean of the Academic Support and Student Affairs department for faculty matters related to tenure and promotion.
In addition to his passion for higher education, Dr. Sablo has over 30 years of experience in Emergency Medical Services (EMS), which includes volunteer work as a certified paramedic. Furthermore, he is the National Facilitator/President of Adodi, an African American same gender-loving men’s spiritual organization and a member of the leadership team of the International Black/African Heritage Constituency Caucus – an affiliate of the National Coalition Building Institute. Also, he is a proud brother of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., the nation’s first collegiate fraternity for African American men.
Past community service activities include serving as an elected school board member, a cub scout den leader, Gay Professional Men of Color, and a volunteer first aid/CPR instructor. In his free time, Dr. Sablo loves to play volleyball, garden, and cook “soul food.” In addition to 30+ years of experience leading church and collegiate gospel choirs as a pianist and choir director, Dr. Sablo is a licensed minister.