Diversity Committee

The Diversity Committee assesses how well the university promotes and achieves a broad representation of people and ideas in the life of the institution. The committee recognizes, rewards, and supports efforts by individuals or groups that enhance diversity, and also looks for ways the university can improve diversity. The committee recommends solutions to the problems that the university must face in order to best represent society as a whole.


2018-2019 Chair

Pat Enciso

Committee Members

Member Source Term Expires
Rachel Bowen Faculty Council 2021
Eugenia Costa-Giomi Faculty Council 2021
Andrej Rotter Faculty Council 2020
Deanna Wilkinson Faculty Council 2019
Jesus Lara Faculty Council 2019
Abdoul Sam Faculty Council 2019
Russell Hassan Presidential 2021
Patricia Enciso Presidential 2020
Megan Sayres Staff - USAC 2020
Derek West Staff - USAC 2018
* Open Seat Staff - Presidential 2019
Lei Guo USG 2019
Jasmine Richardson CGS 2019
Jordan Vajda IPC 2019
James Moore III Provost / Designee (Non-Voting)
Molly Driscoll AVP OHR / Designee (Non-Voting)

Rules / Responsibilities

The diversity committee shall consist of sixteen members.

(1) Eight tenure-track faculty.

(a) Six tenure-track faculty selected by the faculty council.

(b) Two tenure-track faculty appointed by the president.

(2) Three staff members.

(a) Two staff members selected by the university staff advisory council. The term of service is three years.

(b) One staff member appointed by the president. The term of service is three years.

(3) Three students.

(a) One graduate student.

(b) One professional student.

(c) One undergraduate student.

(4) Two administrators, non-voting.

(a) The executive vice president and provost, or designee.

(b) The associate vice president for human resources, or designee.

The committee shall study issues that relate to the implementation of the university nondiscriminatory policy. It shall recommend policies that foster an environment of civility, tolerance, and mutual respect. It shall perform the following functions with appropriate administrative support from the office of academic affairs and the office of human resources.

(1) Study and evaluate issues affecting diversity from an overall university perspective.

(2) Be informed on external requirements on the university affecting diversity.

(3) Advise the president, the executive vice president and provost, the associate vice president for human resources, and the vice president for student life about the institutional climate, policies, and priorities for ensuring justice, fairness, and equitable treatment to all members of the university.

(4) Educate and inform the university community on issues of diversity, including the letter and spirit of all Ohio and federal rules regarding members of protected classes.

(5) Oversee administration of university affirmative action grants and awards.

(6) Report annually to the university senate.

(1) The committee shall elect a chair from among its voting members.

(2) As a standing committee of the senate, this committee is also governed by the provisions of rules 3335-5-46 and 3335-5-48 of the Administrative Code.

(Board approval dates: 7/12/1996, 4/3/1998, 12/4/1998, 6/1/2001, 7/6/2005, 5/14/2010, 6/6/2014)