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