Subcommittees

Diversity Council subcommittees

The Diversity Council is supported by seven subcommittees.


1. Focus on University Climate

Co-Chairs:

Dr. Linda Subich Dr. Linda Subich, Associate Dean, Professor, Psychology
Dr. John Queener Dr. John Queener, Department of Counseling
  • Member:
    • Dr. Juanita Martin, Director, Counseling Center

Goals

Develop strategies to assess and improve the cultural and organizational climate at The University of Akron.

Ensure that everyone feels welcomed and that ours is an inclusive community with an environment characterized by equal access and respected participation for all groups and individuals irrespective of cultural differences and, more importantly, where the multiplicity of characteristics possessed by persons are not simply tolerated, but valued and celebrated.

  • Diversity Council Members:
    • Dr. Julie Yuhua Zhao

Report::

Nov. 18, 2009, presentation titled "UA Employee Racial Climate Survey"


2. Focus on Improving Student Recruitment, Retention and Graduation

Co-Chairs:

Charlton Lewis, Jr. Mr. Charlton Lewis Jr., Coordinator, Academics for Football
Ms. Nancy Roadruck Ms. Nancy Roadruck, Assistant Vice President for Student Success
Dr. Mark Tausig Dr. Mark B. Tausig, Associate Dean - Graduate School
  • Members:
    • Dr. Charlene Kemp-Queener
    • Ms. O. Dee Dee Pitts

Develop strategies to assess and improve programs designed to increase the enrollment and completion rates of students from minority and first-generation populations, accurately identifying both general and demographically specific challenges and opportunities.

Diversity Council Members:

  • Mr. J. Dean Carro
  • Mr. Gordon Holly
  • Ms. Fedearia Nicholson
  • Dr. Julie Yuhua Zhao

Reports:


3. Focus on Faculty Diverse Hiring

Co-Chairs:

Dr. Sheldon Wrice Dr. Sheldon B. Wrice, Chair/Professor, Associate Studies, Summit College
Bill Lyons

Dr. William T. Lyons, Jr., Director and Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for Conflict Management

  • Members:
    • Dr. Fannie L. Brown, Senior Lecturer, Associate Studies
    • Dr. Heather Burton, Director, McNair Program
    • Dr. Rosa M. Githiora, Associate Director, Multicultural Development Programs
    • Dr. Patricia Hill, Associate Professor, Communications
    • Dr. Baffour K. Takyi, Associate Professor, Sociology
    • Dr. John Queener, Associate Professor, Psychology
    • Ms. Patricia Wallace, Chair, Public Service Technology, Summit College
    • Dr. Zachery R. Williams, Associate Director, Pan African Studies

Develop strategies for recruiting, developing, and retaining faculty from underutilized populations, accurately identifying both general and demographically specific challenges and opportunities and ensuring adherence to disciplinary and professional standards of practice.

  • Diversity Council Members:
    • Dr. Jennifer Milam
    • Dr. Becky J. Hoover

Reports:

  • Presentation on Diverse Faculty Hiring Click Here
  • Subcommittee Report on Diverse Faculty Hiring Click Here

4. Focus on Staff Diverse Hiring

Co-Chairs:

Kathy DuBose Ms. Kathy DuBose, Manager, Comp Based Assessment and Evaluation
Jim Walczyk Mr. James Walczyk, Director, Student Recreation & Wellness Services
  • Members:
    • Ms. Valerie Cox, Coordinator, Scheduling Student Union
    • Ms. Kristina K. Feagan, Manager, Employment Services
    • Mr. Christopher E. Painter, Manager, Membership, Student Recreation & Wellness
    • Ms. Rosalyn S. Pinkard, Coordinator/ Recruiter Employment Services

Develop strategies for recruiting, developing and retaining staff from underutilized populations, accurately identifying both general and demographically specific challenges and opportunities.

  • Diversity Council Members:
    • Mr. Tom Wistrcill
    • Dr. John F. Zipp

Report:


5. Focus on Business Outreach and Supplier Diversity

Co-Chairs:

John Myers Mr. John Myers, Research Foundation, Executive-in-Residence

Alan Parker

Mr. Alan Parker, Financial Analyst, Department of Purchasing

As a major regional employer, diversity and inclusion provide a competitive advantage that drives business results and supports our brand identification. An integral part of our mission is a commitment to purchase from a supplier base representative of our employees, students, and communities. Developing partnerships with minority-owned and women-owned suppliers helps us build the world-class supplier base we need. It creates mutually beneficial relationships that expand the University's sphere of activity.

  • Diversity Council Members:
    • Mr. Tom Wistrcill

Report:


6. Focus on Community Outreach

Co-Chairs:

Judi Bevy Hill

Ms. Judi Bevly Hill, Retired, Akron Public Schools

Russell Neal

Mr. Russel C. Neal Jr., Ward 4 Akron City Councilman

Develop strategies that continue to improve programs and initiatives that provide a greater outreach to the Akron community forging collaborative partnerships and strategic engagement.

  • Diversity Council Members:
    • Ms. Roxia Boykin
    • Mr. J. Dean Carro
    • Ms. Mary Beth Clemons
    • Ms. Starla Fry
    • Dr. William J. Hauser
    • Ms. Dorothy Jackson
    • Ms. Bernett Williams

7. Diversity and Internationalization

Anne Bruno Ms. Anne Bruno, Director, Student Life
Rosa Githiora Dr. Rosa M. Githiora, Associate Director, Multicultural Development Programs

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