The Diversity Advisory Board is a broadly representative, deliberative group that considers matters that concern the campus community especially with regards to diversity. Its mission concerns the well-being of the community—its capacity for collegiality and the pursuit of the community while preserving an excellent education for all students. 

The goals of the Committee shall include, but not be limited to the following:

  1. To work with and advise the Vice President for Institutional Equity and Diversity, and other senior officers as appropriate, to promote diversity and develop a welcoming and inclusive campus climate.

  2. Identify ways to educate the community about diversity and provide guidance for dealing with community issues.

  3. To develop an effective means of communication about diversity issues with all parts of the community.

Membership

The membership shall consist of the Vice President for Institutional Equity and Diversity; the Vice President for Campus Life and Student Services;  faculty members, staff members, a minimum of two undergraduate students, two graduate students and two medical students. Members shall serve staggered two-year terms.

Chair and Staffing

The Board Chairs shall be the Vice President of Institutional Equity and Diversity and the Vice President for Campus Life and Student Services.  The Council shall be staffed by the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity.

Procedures

An Executive Committee, consisting of at least the Chairs, shall set the agenda for Board meetings. The Board shall meet at least twice per semester. 

The Board shall report annually in writing to the Faculty. The report is to be given by the Chair.

Appointment of Members

Faculty members will be appointed by the Vice President for Institutional Equity and Diversity with advice from the Faculty Executive Committee (FEC). Student members will be appointed by the Vice President of Institutional Equity and Diversity with advice from the Undergraduate Council of Students (UCS), the Graduate Student Council (GSC) and the Medical Student Senate. Staff members will be appointed by the Vice President of Institutional Equity and Diversity with advice from the Staff Advisory Council (SAC).

Diversity Advisory Board Members 2018 - 2019

Board Administrator

Shontay Delalue, Vice President for Institutional Equity and Diversity

Faculty

Christian Arbelaez, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
Kory Stiffler, Assistant Professor of Physics (Research)

Staff

Hannah Aponte, Advancement

Students

Shivani Guturu (Undergraduate)

Jennifer Nino Tapia (Undergraduate)

Jeremy Lomax  (Graduate)

Arjee Restar (Graduate)

Krissia Rivera (Medical)

Pranav Sharma (Medical)

Appointed Administrators

Catherine Axe, Associate Dean and Director (SEAS)

Maitrayee Bhattacharyya, Senior Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion (The College)

Christina Bonnell, Director (Global Brown Center for International Students)

Gail Cohee, Director (Sarah Doyle Women’s Center)

Rev. Janet Cooper-Nelson, Chaplain of the University (Office of the Chaplains and Religious Life)

Marlina Duncan, Associate Dean of Diversity Initiatives (Graduate School)

Eric Estes, Vice President for Campus Life and Student Services

Kelly Garrett, Program Director (LGBTQ Center)

Medeva Ghee, Practice of Behavioral and Social Sciences

Lynn Hernandez, Director of University Inclusion Programs (OIED)

Myra Liwanag, Director of Regional and Multicultural Programs (Asian American Studies)

Julio Reyes, Director (First Generation College and Low Income Students)

Ruth K. Rosenberg, University Ombudsperson

Joshua Segui, Director (Brown Center for Students of Color)

Joi Danelle Whitehead, Associate Director (School of Professional Studies)