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. Diversity Council members are:

Co-Chairs:

  • Lee A. Gill, J.D., Associate Vice President for Inclusion & Equity/CDO - Council Co-Chair
  • Martin H. Belsky, J.D., Randolph Baxter Professor of Law, Council Co-Chair

 College Deans:

  • David Gordon, Ph.D., Dean, College of Health Professions
  • Chand Midha, Ph.D., Dean, Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences
  • Phyllis G. O’Connor, Interim Dean, University Libraries

 College representatives:

  • Brant T. Lee, J.D., School of Law
  • Amy Shriver Dreussi, Ph.D, College of Applied Science and Technology
  • 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 B. 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
  • Angel Poole, President, Pan-African Student Organization

Community representatives:

  • David James, Superintendent, Akron Public Schools
  • Judi Bevly Hill, President, Akron Chapter, NAACP
  • Russel Neal, Jr., Akron 4th Ward Councilman
  • Fred Wright, President/CEO, Akron Urban League

 Administrative representatives:

  • 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 L. Scarborough, President
  • Dr. William “Mike” Sherman, Senior Vice President and Provost/COO