Diversity Council


In 2005, the then named Office of Multicultural and International Student Services, housed under the Department of Student Activities, created the Diversity Council. The Diversity Council was primarily created to plan and implement the Diversity Leadership Conference but as of 2015, has been responsible for more programs throughout the academic year, including the Heritage/History Month Celebrations and Chat & Chew's. The Diversity Council housed under the Center for Diversity & Intercultural Affairs is made up of eight (8) students and an advisor that all work to educate the Sam Houston State University community on diversity through its programming. 


The mission of the Diversity Council is to create a positive, educational and inclusive experience for all constituents at Sam Houston State University. Through programs and the annual Diversity Leadership Conference, the Diversity council strives to educate the Bearkat community so that they may be global citizens upon graduation.

Diversity Council


Saranya Srikanth, Co-Executive Director

Major: Biomedical Sciences

Hometown: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Fun Fact: I can't cook, but I love to cook

"Every individual's circumstances and differences brought together creates diversity." - Saranya


Davion Banks, Co-Executive Director

Major: Criminal Justice

Hometown: Houston, Texas

Fun Fact: I've never watched a single episode of Game of Thrones.

Diversity is our openness to a variety of people and our willingness to embrace others."– Davion

Jordan Johnson

Jordan Johnson, Coordinator

Major: Mass Communications

Hometown: Round Rock, Texas

Fun Fact: I am the youngest of 7 children.

Diversity means being educated and informed on cultures that are different than your own." Jordan



Kayla Smart, Marketing

Major: Victim Studies

Hometown: Houston, Texas

Fun Fact: I like thriller movies and mystery books

 “Diversity is more than just a variation of culture, ethnicity, religion, gender identity, or sexual orientation. Diversity can also be about how we choose to set ourselves apart from the communities that we identify with.” Kayla


Carlos Perez, Programming Director

Major: Business Management 

Hometown: San Juan, Puerto Rico

Fun fact: My first language was Spanish.

Diversity to me means bringing another small piece of uniqueness into the world and embracing your identity.” Carlos


Charlotte Ford, Secretary

Major: Family and Consumer Science & Communication Studies

Hometown: McGregor, Texas

Fun Fact: I am half Panamanian.

 “Diversity is recognizing, understanding, accepting, and praising our differences as a whole to provide inclusion to everyone/all." – Charlotte


Layauna Bonds, Outreach

Major: Marketing

Hometown: Houston, Texas

Fun Fact: At hotels, my barefoot has never touched the ground!

Diversity means realizing that everyone is different in their own unique way - and that it is something that we should be proud of." – LaYauna


Tiana Hale, Historian

Major: Mass Communication

Hometown: Missouri City, Texas

Fun Fact: I have never had a hamburger.

 “Diversity encompasses understanding and respecting all of the qualities that make us unique as individuals." – Tiana