Diversity Council


The purpose of the Diversity Council is to educate all students, faculty and staff of Sam Houston State University on diversity.  The Diversity Council works continually to educate on issues of diversity and multiculturalism including how to effectively address these issues in higher education and student leadership. Through programs, events and the Diversity Leadership Conference, the Diversity Council vows to educate the campus community on diversity, leadership and multiculturalism. 


In 2005, the then named Office of Multicultural and International Student Services, housed under the Department of Student Activities, created the Diversity Council.  The Council was primarily created to plan and implement the Diversity Leadership Conference but has grown to serve a higher purpose.  The Council is made up of a eight member Board of Directors and an Advisor that all work for one purpose, serving the students, faculty and staff of SHSU while educating those on diversity.  


The purpose of the Diversity Council is to provide an equal-opportunity environment within the Sam Houston State University campus that promotes diversity in all aspects of life. Through programs and an annual Diversity Leadership Conference, the council strives to educate students and professors alike in an effort to eliminate stereotypes. The goal of the Diversity Council is to create a positive environment for individuals who face diversity on the basis (but not limited to) age, culture, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, or social status. By challenging discrimination through education, the Diversity Council strives to supply a stepping stone toward a more inclusive environment for the Sam Houston State University community.

Diversity Council Board of Directors


Name: Victoria Adeniran

Position: Co-Executive Director

Major: Bio-Medical Sciences/ Pre-Med

Hometown: Houston, TX

"Diversity means that acknowledge that everyone is uniquely different but at the same time, accepting and respecting those differences." - Victoria

Fun Fact: I've lived in 4 different continents.


Name: Ashley Lewis

Position: Co-Executive Director

Major: Criminal Justice

Hometown: Dallas, TX

"People from different walks of life work together to make society peaceful for one another." - Ashley

Fun Fact: I can draw.


Name: Paige Ruiz

Position: Coordinator

Major: English

Minor: Secondary Education

Hometown: Houston, TX

"Diversity means inclusion, acceptance, respect, compassion, and harmony. It is a group of people coming together, regardless of differences, and creating a positive space." - Paige

Fun Fact: My favorite Pixar film is Monster's Inc.


Name: Nkem Anyasinti

Position: Programming

Major: Healthcare Administration

Hometown: Katy, TX

"Diversity is accepting, respecting, and valuing individuals and their culture, despite their ethnicity." - Nkem

Fun Fact: I adore children ... they're so intelligent, it's crazy!


Name: Grace Macjones

Position: Marketing

Major: Computer Science

Hometown: Ashburn, VA


Name: David Eller

Position: Secretary

Major: English

Hometown: Silsbee, TX

"Without diversity, everyone would not be considered unique. As an advocator for diversity at SHSU, I want to educate the campus about the true meaning of diversity & what it means to accept diversity around campus!

It means understanding, acceptance, and love. We have to realize that everyone has a different background and that everyone brings something to different to the table. If we as a campus accepts diversity, we can unite as whole and be stronger together." - David

Fun Fact: If you ever hear that one person screaming for Orange Pride excessively, that's me. Orange Pride is LIFE!


Name: Amy Sanford

Position: Outreach

Major: Victim Studies

Hometown: Houston, TX

"Diversity includes having an open mind." - Amy

Fun Fact: I ran in the Junior Olympics.


Name: Matthew Dancy

Position: Treasurer

Major: Business Management

Minor: Marketing

Hometown: Houston, TX

"Diversity is the variety of ethnicities, cultures, and perspectives coming together to coexist and accomplish a goal of unification." - Matthew

Fun Fact: I can design clothes.