President Ross announces equity and inclusion task force

Committee will review diversity and inclusion data, recommend action steps

Central Michigan University President George E. Ross has established a new equity and inclusion task force, which comprises faculty and staff, students, alumni, and community representatives. The new task force will review the findings of a recently released diversity and inclusion report, as well as other information, and provide recommendations that will strengthen diversity and inclusion throughout the university.

The new 16-member group — identified through suggestions from the campus community — includes:

  • Co-chair Shaun Holtgreive, executive director, student affairs;
  • Co-chair René Shingles, chair, School of Rehabilitation and Medical Sciences;
  • Jazmin Biernat, president, Student Government Association;
  • Andrew Blom, faculty, philosophy and religion;
  • Sapphire Cureg, director, diversity education;
  • Laura Gonzales, member, Alumni Association board of directors;
  • Jason Hall, undergraduate student;
  • William Holmes, executive director, international affairs;
  • Eileen Jennings, community member;
  • Katherine Lasher, executive director, Office of Civil Rights and Institutional Equity, and Title IX coordinator;
  • Lynne L'Hommedieu, director, student disability services;
  • Charles Mahone II, graduate student;
  • Shannon Martin, director, Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe Ziibiwing Center;
  • Ahmed Sharaf, undergraduate student;
  • Teri Spooner, administrative assistant, president's office; and,
  • Kevin Williams, senior associate director, admissions.

"I have high expectations for these task force members as advocates for the entire university, building bridges and identifying recommendations that will further cultivate a community that respects, values and upholds diversity," Ross said.

Goals of the task force, which will begin meeting in March, include:

  • reviewing the latest report, as one resource, and other related surveys and information published by CMU faculty and staff; 

  • evaluating recommendations for programs, initiatives and funding; 

  • discussing additional actions; 

  • identifying other stakeholders; and, 

  • developing and delivering recommendations for the immediate and long-term future to help inform the university's way forward. 

December's diversity and inclusion assessment report is available online.