Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

COM DEI Initiatives


To foster educational excellence, promote community engagement, and embrace a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion among all members of our COM. The committee will advance recommendations to other committees and the leadership of the COM in support of diverse students, faculty, and staff, as well as broader action towards increasing diversity across the community surrounding the College. The committee seeks to promote understanding and facilitate dialogue and scholarship intended to inform its stakeholders about the diversity characterizing members of our campus community and beyond, thereby combating racism, sexism, ableism, classism, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia, and any other form of prejudice and discrimination.


Educate and facilitate integration of all COM members into a mutually affirmative community while emphasizing the need for an environment conducive to holistic growth consistent with the fundamental principles of the college.  


  1. raise awareness of the diversity existing within our multiple professional roles;
  2. promote diversity, equity, and inclusion among faculty, students, and staff of our COM;
  3. encourage integration of diversity training throughout our curriculum; and promote awareness of university and community events related to diversity and inclusion.        


The Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is composed of five faculty and staff members and five students for two-year, staggered terms. Five student members, including at least two from each of the first-year and second-year classes, are elected by the SHSU-COM student body.  With the approval of the Executive Committee, the Dean may also appoint up to three additional faculty members to represent diverse perspectives within the College as are deemed appropriate. The committee shall meet at least three times per academic year. A representative of the College Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee shall attend appropriate university meetings.

22-23 Chair: Dennis Wooten
Support: TBD
22-23 Members:
Keith Ahee
Cenaiyda Carranza
Christine Coursey
Perla Marquez Dominicis
Rachel Erickson
Jaime Hinojosa
Tess Johnson
Kendal Krumes
Mary Manis
Sureni Mullegama
Doris Newman
Talrah Pantallion
Amber Sechelski
Natasha Shah
Christopher Truong
22-23 Student Members:
Laura Knittig
Radhika Patel
Samyukthaa Saiprakash
Monica Wojciechowski


Upcoming Events:

  • January
    • National Blood Donor Month
    • National Mentoring Month
    • National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month (International)
    • Poverty Awareness Month
  • February
    • African American Heritage Month / Black History Month
    • Ethnic Equality Month
    • International Month of Black Women in the Arts
    • North American Inclusion Month (NAIM)
  • March
    • Gender Equality Month
    • National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month
    • National Women’s History Month
    • Spiritual Wellness Month
  • April
    • Autism Acceptance Month (Previously Autism Awareness Month)
    • Celebrate Diversity Month! (International)
    • Genocide Awareness Month
    • National Minority Health Month
  • May
    • Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month / and Indian Heritage Month
    • Speech and Hearing Awareness Month
    • International Civility Awareness Month
    • Mental Health Awareness Month
  • June
    • Pride Month
    • African American Appreciation Month / and African American Music Appreciation Month
    • Black Lives Matter Month
    • Children’s Awareness Month
  • July
    • National Make a Difference to Children Month
    • Social Wellness Month
  • August
    • Happiness Happens Month
    • American Artist Appreciation Month
    • Black Business Month
  • September
    • National Suicide Prevention Month
    • Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
    • Healthy Aging Month
  • October
    • AIDS Awareness Month
    • Breast Cancer Awareness Month
    • Fair Trade Month
    • Family History Month
    • Global Diversity Awareness Month
    • LGBTQ+ History Month
  • November
    • Military Family Month
    • Nation Native American Heritage Month
  • December
    • The Month of Giving
    • Universal Human Rights Month
    • Spiritual Literacy Month

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee at SHSU-COM acknowledges that our webpage may not represent an exhaustive list of all holidays and events, but we recognize, appreciate, value, and support all people, populations, and cultures. We understand that the process of creating a truly inclusive environment is an ongoing journey. We strive to create a safe, equitable, and just space that embraces and celebrates diversity, encourages dialogue, and promotes understanding. We welcome feedback from our community members and encourage you to reach out to us via email at com-dei@shsu.edu with suggestions for events that should be included.

Current Events:

DEI Cookbook March 2023 

Past Events:

SNMA Flyer

DEI Resources: