University Diversity Committee


Appointed by: President

Reports to: President

Number of Members:  23

Chair/Co-Chair:  2

Faculty:  11

Staff:  5

Students:  5

Updated:  September 2021


Purpose.  The University Diversity Committee will provide coordination to existing diversity and inclusion programs and initiatives, create and maintain successful diversity and inclusion programs and initiatives, and provide recommendations for improving diversity throughout the institution. This will further SHSU’s goal to foster a lifelong learning environment in support of a diverse student body, faculty, staff, and advance the University’s Diversity Plan.

Member Appointments. The Committee shall consist of the following members: one faculty member from each of the academic colleges, one faculty member from the Newton Gresham Library, and one faculty member from the University Faculty Senate. The President of the University shall make all appointments from nominations submitted by the Academic Deans. The faculty members shall serve rotating three year terms.  The University Faculty Senate representative will be nominated by the Provost and will serve a one- to three-year term commensurate with their term length on the Senate.  The President shall make all appointments of staff members from nominations submitted by the President’s Cabinet. Staff members will serve indefinite terms associated with their administrative responsibilities. The President shall make all of appointments of students from nominations submitted by the Vice President for Student Affairs. Students will serve a one-year term with re-appointments possible.

Chair Appointment. The co-chairs of the committee are nominated by the Cabinet and appointed by the President. The co-chairs will serve an indefinite term.


Committee Members

Co-Chairs - Indefinite Terms
Frank Parker, Vice President for Student Affairs

Jeffrey Littlejohn, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Faculty - Terms expire August 31, 2022
Tarek Trad, College of Sciences and Engineering Technology

Aaron Brown, College of Arts and Media
Dennis Wooten, College of Osteopathic Medicine
Vlad Radoias, Faculty Senate Representative

Faculty - Terms expire August 31, 2023
Bill Wells, College of Criminal Justice

Carla Jones, College of Business Administration
Mary Petron, College of Education
Dianna Kim, Newton Gresham Library

Faculty - Terms expire August 31, 2024
April O'Brien, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Benita Brooks, College of Education
Yue Xie, College of Health Sciences

Staff - Indefinite terms
Jeanine Bias, Director - Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Jordan Chang, Director - Center for Diversity and Intercultural Affairs
Angie Taylor, Director of Admissions -  Enrollment Success
Heather Self, Senior Academic Advisor - Athletics
Christene Hughes, Senior Manager - Human Resources

Students - Terms expire May 31, 2022
Cecilia Hendrickson, Center for Diversity and Intercultural Affairs, Student

Dierra George, Center for Diversity and Intercultural Affairs, Student
Cesar Amaya, Center for Diversity and Intercultural Affairs, Student
Jesus Martinez, Center for Diversity and Intercultural Affairs, Student
Lauren Denman, Center for Diversity and Intercultural Affairs, Student


To Report Errors

All errors in committee listings should be reported in writing to:
Tama Hamrick
Mail: Campus P.O. Box 2394
Email: thamrick@shsu.edu