Diversity Council advances Inclusive Excellence principles

The University of Akron

Martin H. Belsky, J.D., Randolph Baxter Professor of Law, and Lee A. Gill, J.D., Associate Vice President for Inclusion & Equity/Chief Diversity Officer, lead the council together.

The University's award-winning Diversity Council is being reconstituted to effectively integrate the inclusive excellence mission across all university departments and programs.

Adopting a best-practices model, each college will now have a representative on the council, according to Lee Gill, associate vice president for inclusion and equity and the University's chief diversity officer.

"The representatives will help develop measurable and specific goals, processes, programs and outcomes to intertwine inclusive excellence in each college’s educational, research, hiring and service efforts," Gill said. The deans and the Office of Inclusion and Equity will work together to ensure that performance measures are met.

Lee expects the college-specific approach to yield new initiatives tailored to meet the needs of each college and, at the same time, contribute to the University’s overall inclusive excellence goals expressed in Vision 2020.

The reconstituted counsel will be led by Gill and Martin H. Belsky, J.D., Randolph Baxter Professor of Law.  Gill and Belsky led the original Diversity Council, whose strategic planning will underpin the new council's work.

Council membership

Council members represent students, the colleges, the community and the administration. In addition to Gill and Belsky, members are:

College representatives:

  • Brant T. Lee, J.D., School of Law
  • Sandie Crawford, M.Ed., Summit College
  • Aimee deChambeau, Ph.D., University Libraries
  • William Hauser, Ph.D., College of Business Administration
  • Gordon Holly, M.Ed., UA Wayne College
  • Varunee (Faii) Sangganjanavanich, Ph.D., College of Education
  • Carrie Spangler, Au.D., College of Health Professions
  • Shaddrick Stinson, M.Ed., Honors College
  • Mark Tausig, Ph.D., Graduate School
  • Mesfin Tsige, Ph.D.,College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering
  • Sheldon Wrice, Ed.D., Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences
  • Julie Zhao, Ph.D., College of Engineering

Student representatives:

  • Chelsi King, president, Undergraduate Student Government
  • Ian Schwarber, president, Graduate Student Government
  • Joe Gogins, president, Student African American Brotherhood
  • Alvaro Rodriguez, president, Hispanics and Latinos Organized (HALO)
  • Darnell Davis, student representative  

Community representatives:

  • David James, superintendent, Akron Public Schools
  • Judi Bevly Hill, community leader and former director, Community Partnerships and Customer Service, Akron Public Schools
  • Russel Neal Jr., Akron 4th Ward councilman
  • Fred Wright, president/CEO, Akron Urban League

Administrative representatives:

  • Candace Campbell Jackson, J.D., vice president for student success
  • Becky Hoover, Ph.D., associate provost for talent development
  • Holly Harris-Bane, associate vice president, strategic initiatives & Engagement
  • Kathleen M. Kulick, director, office of accessibility

Ex-Officio members:

  • Dr. Scott Scarborough, president
  • Dr. William “Mike” Sherman, senior vice president and provost/COO

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