University Diversity Committee


Appointed by: President

Reports to: Provost

Number of Members: 22

Chair/Co-Chair: 2

Faculty: 10

Staff: 5

Students: 5

Correct as of: August 2019


Purpose.  The UDC 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 respected Academic Deans. The faculty members shall serve rotating three year terms.  The University Faculty Senate representative will serve one- to three-year term commensurate with their term length on the Senate and will be nominated by the Provost.  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 reappointments 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, Humanities and Social Sciences

Faculty - Terms expire August 31, 2021

Ching-In Chen, Humanities & Social Sciences
Miguel Zuniga, Health Sciences
Burcu Ates, Education

Faculty - Terms expire August 31, 2022

Tarek Trad, Sciences and Engineering Technology
Donald Shorter, Arts and Media
Diego Alvarez, Osteopathic Medicine

Faculty - Terms expire August 31, 2020

David Gangitano, Criminal Justice
Zijun Luo, Business Administration
Michelle Martinez, Newton Gresham Library
Vlad Rodoias, Faculty Senate Representative

Staff - Indefinite terms

Jeanine Bias, Director - Equity & Inclusion
Jordan Chang, Director - Center for Diversity & Intercultural Affairs
Angie Taylor, Director of Admissions -  Enrollment Management
Chuck Taylor, Assistant Basketball Coach - Athletics
Heather Varela, Diversity Coordinator - HRS

Students - Terms expire May 31, 2020

Saranya Srikanth
Davion Banks
Lucero Nava
Willie Kinch
Guillermino (Angela) Vasquez


To Report Errors

All errors in committee listings should be reported in writing to:
Heather Adams
Mail: Campus P.O. Box 2394
Email: heatheradams@shsu.edu