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The College of Arts & Sciences Dean’s Faculty Diversity Advisory Committee (DFDAC) aims to improve the climate for diversity in the college by advising the Dean on diversity issues, proposing strategies for creating more diversity in the College as a whole, and supporting diversity efforts in departments and units. Additionally, the committee is charged with critically reviewing the progress of the College in the area of diversity and making recommendations to the Dean on strategies to create a culture of inclusive excellence for faculty, students and staff.

Goals and Responsibilities of the Committee

  • Serve in an advisory capacity related to implementation and monitoring of key action steps outlined in the College’s diversity plan (in progress). Prepare an annual report that assesses the College’s progress towards these objectives.
  • Provide consultation and feedback on overall College and campus climate.
  • Consult on the development of programs within the College that aid in the recruitment, retention, productivity and success of faculty from historically underrepresented groups.
  • Serve as a liaison between faculty and the Dean’s Office, soliciting feedback and sharing communication.


Effective July 1, 2021, the Dean’s Faculty Diversity Advisory Committee will consist of three (3) members of the faculty from each of the three academic divisions of the College of Arts & Sciences – two tenure-track/tenured and one fixed-term faculty member per division. All permanent fixed-term and tenure-track/tenured faculty are eligible to serve on the committee. Committee members will serve two-year terms, with the option to renew for an additional one-year term.

Interested individuals should click here to contact the Dean’s office . As vacancies on the committee arise, selections for committee members will be made in May. Committee members will be chosen by the Dean, in consultation with the College Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI).

Chair and Staffing

The College Associate Dean for DEI serves as chair of the committee. The committee receives staff support from the associate dean for human resources, director of College initiatives and the executive assistant to the dean.

Meeting Schedule

The DFDAC meets monthly. If you would like to submit items to the DFDAC for consideration, please contact Lachonya Thompson.

Current Advisory Committee


James W.C. White
Craver Family Dean
Iheoma Iruka
Research Professor of Public Policy
Isaac Unah
Associate Professor of Political Science
John Majikes
Teaching Assistant Professor of Computer Science
Kathy Williams
Teaching Associate Professor of Dramatic Art
Priscilla Layne
Associate Professor of Germanic & Slavic Languages and Literatures
Charlene Regester
Associate Professor of African, African American and Diaspora Studies
Leslie Hicks
Associate Professor of Chemistry
Heidi Kim
Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature
Zach Kerr
Assistant Professor of Exercise and Sport Science