Committees

Council Members are assigned to one of the five committees to assess and address the University's multifaceted, complex needs. Our committees are charged with reviewing current practice, researching best practices, supporting the development of diversity education and learning and providing recommendations that assist Wichita State University achieve its strategic plan goals.

Committees may change over time to reflect the evolving nature of diversity work and strategic objectives, as determined by the President and the Council.

Enrollment, Admissions and Recruitment (EAR)

The Enrollment, Admissions and Recruitment (EAR) committee researches and advices best practices on the recruitment of diverse faculty, staff and students, while making policy recommendations that would improve processes revolving around recruitment. The committee works with the vice president of Diversity and Community Engagement and University departments on creative programs and initiatives that assist in accomplishing the Council's goal of recruitment.

Committee Members:

  • Danielle Johnson, Chair
  • Gergana Markova, Co-chair
  • Larry Burks
  • Doug Parham, Ph.D.
  • Sheelu Surender
Retention and Engagement of Diverse Groups

The Retention and Engagement of Diverse Groups committee focuses on creating an engaged campus climate where diverse faculty, staff and students feel welcomed and included. The committee works with the vice president of Diversity and Community Engagement and University departments on creative programs and initiatives that assist in accomplishing the Council's goal of recruitment.

Committee Members:

  • Jaya Escobar-Bhattacharjee, Chair
  • Alex Johnson, Co-chair
  • Krishna Krishnan, Ph.D.
  • Ana Lazarin
  • Mehmet Barut, Ph.D.
Marketing and Communications

The Marketing and Communications committee focuses on all forms of strategic communications, including University websites, social media platforms and other communication channels, to provide a comprehensive marketing message that showcases Wichita State University's efforts in diversity. Each year, the committee coordinates a diversity showcase for the University in efforts to give Shocker Nation a glance of the successes from individuals, departments and organizations in the campus community that were made possible through diversity.

Committee Members:

  • Quang Nguyen, Chair
  • Moniqueka Holloway, Co-chair
  • Major Eric Hollingsworth
  • Kevin Harrison
  • Carmen Hytche
Benchmarking, Research and Analysis

The Benchmarking, Research and Analysis committee concentrates its efforts on researching internal, state and national data to utilize a perinent assessment tool that would create a diversity and inclusion scorecard. The data would also be reviewed in order to create and implement a diversity and community engagement survey. In addition, the committee prepares an annual report for the Council with updates and recommendations revolving around diversity.

Committee Members:

  • Gary Brooking, Ph.D., Chair
  • Voncella McCleary-Jones, Ph.D., Co-chair
  • Aleks Sternfeld-Dunn, Ph.D.
Campus Culture and Student Outreach

The Campus Culture and Student Outreach committee is the voice of undergraduate and graduate students at Wichita State University. This committee focuses its efforts to communicate with student organizations and Student Government Association (SGA) to address diversity challenges, topics and opportunities. Every quarter, the committee will coordinate a diversity town hall just for students, while working actively to assess the campus climate and make recommendations.

Committee Members:

  • Bobby Berry, Chair
  • Riccardo Harris, Co-chair
  • Janice Thacker
  • Breann Gilkey
  • Robert Weems, Ph.D.
Bias Incident Response Team (BIRT)

The purpose of the Bias Incident Response Team (BIRT) is to address reports of bias incidents in ways that support those most impacted, promote education and dialogue, and affirm Wichita State University's commitment to equity and diversity, free speech and academic freedom. The BIRT coordinates the University's response, but does not have an investigative or disciplinary role.

Committee Members:

  • Aaron Hamilton, Chair
  • Alicia Sanchez, Co-chair
  • Jean Griffith, Ph.D.
  • Rhonda Lewis, Ph.D.
  • Janet Twomey, Ph.D.