This committee is charged with providing recommendations and proposals to cultivate a diverse and inclusive learning environment at Washburn. Current areas of focus include recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty and supporting faculty development opportunities, including those aimed to diversify curriculum and pedagogy and foster an inclusive academic community. Membership includes representation from academic units across the University. Throughout the fall and spring semesters, the committee meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 1 PM. 

Allan Ayella, College of Arts and Sciences, Natural Science Division

Shelley Bearman, Washburn Tech

Graciela Berumen, Center for Student Success and Retention

Leah Brown, School of Nursing

Melanie Burdick, CTEL

Isaiah Collier, Office of Student Involvement & Development

Gillian Chadwick, School of Law

Megan Dorantes, Student Representative

Danielle Dempsey-Swopes, Univeristy Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Joseph DeSota, Academic Affairs

Kaydee Emperley, Center for Student Success and Retention

Kelly Erby, College of Arts and Sciences, Social Science Division (Committee Chair)

Dennis Etzel, Jr., College of Arts and Sciences, Humanities Division

Yalitza Gonzalez, Center for Student Success and Retention

Erin Grant, School of Applied Studies, Criminal Justice Department

Kris Hart, Learning in the Community 

Chaz Havens, Washburn Tech

Norma Juma, School of Business

Kara Kendall-Morwick, College of Arts and Sciences, Humanities Division

Maddy Lambing, Leadership Institute

JoAnna Marks, Student Representative

Kelly McClendon, International Programs

Jason Miller, College of Arts and Sciences, Social Sciences Division

Kim Morse, College of Arts and Sciences, Social Science Division

Matthew Nyquist, College of Arts and Sciences, Creative and Performing Arts Division

Beth O'Neill, School of Applied Studies, Social Work Department

Melisa Posey, University Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Takrima Sadikot, College of Arts and Sciences, Natural Sciences Division

Jim Smith, School of Applied Studies, Social Work Department

Keith Tatum, School of Applied Studies, Human Services Department

Andrea Thimesch, Mabee Library

Muffy Walter, CTEL

Izzy Wasserstein, College of Arts and Sciences, Humanities Division

Tina Williams, International Programs and CTEL

Kerry Wynn, Honors Program

Meeting Agendas and Minutes

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