Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

About the Committee

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee is charged with developing recommendations related to diversity and inclusion issues, including developing appropriate institutional responses to specific diversity and inclusion issues and developing and implementing introductory and ongoing cultural competency training for all students, faculty, and staff.

The committee will bridge the University with the greater Big Bend, Mexico Border, and Trans-Pecos communities to promote community-engaged scholarship by fostering education, outreach, and awareness and assess, evaluate, and advocate for cultural inclusivity and diversity initiatives on campus, including the provision of a regular open forum for students, faculty, and staff.

The committee will review institutional communications, policies, and procedures actively promoting diversity and inclusion using best practices and ensuring a safe, welcoming community climate that values a culture of inclusivity including, but not limited to, ability, age, national origin, religious beliefs, ethnicity, race, gender, social economic status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.

Primary Responsibility Area: University-wide

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Membership as of Fall 2020
Dr. Savannah Williamson, Chair Coordinator for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion  ex-officio
Brandy Snyder Dean of Students ex-officio
Karlin DeVoll Title IX Coordinator ex-officio
Dr. Dexter Wakefield, College of Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences Faculty Assembly Appointee through 2022
Nathaniel Smith, College of Education and Professional Studies Faculty Assembly Appointee through 2021
Dr. Alicia Trotman, College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Assembly Appointee through 2023
Dr. Jorge Hernandez, Rio Grande College–Humanities Faculty Senate Appointee
Dr. Mary Jane Sauceda, Rio Grande College–Business Administration Faculty Senate Appointee
Dr. Martin Urbina, Rio Grande College–Natural and Behavioral Sciences Faculty Senate Appointee
Dr. Jesse Salazar, Rio Grande College–Education Faculty Senate Appointee
vacant Alpine SGA Appointee
vacant RGC SGA Appointee
vacant Alpine Community Representative
Susan Rios RGC Community Representative through 2021
Becky Wren Office of Counseling and Accessibility Representative
Jazell Diaz Vice President’s Appointment – RGC
Melissa Payan Residential Living Appointee
Antuan Washington Athletics Program Appointee
Dr. DeMetris Reed, College of Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences Faculty Appointee through 2022
Dr. Carlos Gonzalez-Gonzalez, College of Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences Faculty Appointee through 2021
Dr. Rosemary Briseño, College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Appointee through 2022
Dr. Jeanne Qvarnstrom, College of Education and Professional Studies President’s Appointee