The Diversity Advisory Board is a broadly representative, deliberative group that meets to consider 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 commonweal while preserving an excellent education for all students.
The goals of the Committee shall include, but not be limited to the following
- To work with and advise the Associate Provost and Director of Institutional Diversity and other senior officers as appropriate concerning the promotion of diversity and the development of a welcoming and inclusive campus climate.
- Identify ways to educate the community about diversity and provide guidance for dealing with community issues.
- To develop an effective means of communication about diversity issues with all segments of the community.
The membership shall consist of the Associate Provost and Director of Institutional Diversity; the Vice President for Campus Life and Student Services; a minimum of three faculty members; a minimum of two undergraduate students, two graduate students and two medical students; and a minimum of four staff members. Members shall serve staggered two-year terms.
3. Chair and Staffing
The Board Chair shall be the Associate Provost and Director of Institutional Diversity. The Vice Chair shall be a faculty member who is elected by the Board at the end of his/her first year of service. The Council shall be staffed by the Office of Institutional Diversity.
An Executive Committee, consisting of at least the Chair and Vice Chair, 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 Vice Chair or, in his/her absence, by the Chair.
5. Appointment of Members
Faculty members will be appointed by the Associate Provost and Director of Institutional Diversity with advice from the Faculty Executive Committee (FEC). Student members will be appointed by the Associate Provost and Director of Institutional 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 Associate Provost and Director of Institutional Diversity with advice from the Staff Advisory Council (SAC).
Liza Cariaga-Lo, Associate Provost for Academic Development and Diversity
Mary Grace Almandrez, Interim Vice President for Campus Life & Student Services
Don Operario, Associate Professor/Associate Dean of Public Health – to June 2016
Sohini Ramachandran, Assistant Professor of Biology – to June 2016
Nancy Safian – Theatre Arts and Performance Studies – to June 2016
Jim Hutchinson – BioMed Administration – to June 2016
Jamelle Watson-Daniels (undergraduate) to June 2016
Kimberley Charles (undergraduate) to June 2016
Chinedu Irofuala (undergraduate) to June 2017
Nancy Truong (undergraduate) to June 2017
Jennifer Tsai, MD ‘16
Natasha Coleman, MD ‘16
Amamah Sardar (graduate) to June 2017
Keith Spangler (graduate) to June 2017
Ida Yalzadek (graduate) to June 2017
Eric James (graduate) to June 2015
Bryan Rippee (undergraduate veteran representative)
Appointment Diversity Administrators
Wendy McRae-Owoeye – Director of Staff Diversity
Catherine Axe – Director of Disability Support Services
Gail Cohee – Director, Sarah Doyle Women’s Center
Allyson Brathwaite Gardner - Psychotherapist - Psychological Services
Janet Cooper-Nelson, University Chaplain
Shontay Delalue - Director of International Student/Visitor Exp & Assistant Dean
Maitrayee Bhattacharyya – Associate Dean for Diversity Programs
Myra LIwanag – Director of Regional and Multicultural Programs
Karen McNeil - Program Director, Student Veterans & Commissioning Programs
Ricky Gresh - Director of Campus Life Projects
Marc Peters – Health Educator, Health Services
Joshua Segui, Interim Director of the Brown Center for Students of Color
Kelly Garrett, Program Director, LGBTQ Center