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Committee on Diversity and Inclusion

The College of Arts and Sciences Diversity and Inclusion Committee at Western Michigan University aims to foster and support an inclusive and respectful environment for all members of the college community. The committee will make recommendations to the dean’s office on diversity-related issues and sponsor initiatives that support efforts to understand and celebrate the differences among us. The committee may also function in an advisory capacity to provide guidance to the Office of the Dean in addressing diversity-related concerns.

Objectives

  • Raise awareness of existing formal and informal barriers to diversity and inclusivity and recommend changes
  • Develop programs and policies to enhance awareness of and respect for diversity in the college
  • Encourage and support student, staff and faculty experiences that that enhance diversity
  • Encourage and support diversity-related collaborations between and among students, faculty and community members
  • Serve as liaison and communicate with relevant WMU committees as necessary and appropriate, for example, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Committee members

Jacquelyn Bizzell, College of Arts and Sciences Advising
Lisah Crall, Geological and Environmental Sciences
Whitney DeCamp, Sociology
Sharon Gill, Biological Sciences
Rebecca Huntley, Political Science
Ilana Nash, Gender and Women Studies
David Paul, Philosophy
Stephanie Peterson, College of Arts and Sciences Associate Dean
Nathan Robinson, College of Arts and Sciences Advising
Mckenzie Vliek, College of Arts and Sciences Advising
Carlos Pimentel, World Languages and Literatures
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