Chancellor’s Workgroup

In the fall of 2015, Chancellor Kent Syverud announced the creation of a new University-wide Chancellor’s Workgroup on Diversity and Inclusion.

The Chancellor’s Workgroup, co-chaired by Francine D’Amico, associate professor in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, and Barry L. Wells, special assistant to the Chancellor, was tasked with developing solutions on how to further create a more diverse and inclusive climate at the University.

Last spring the Chancellor’s Workgroup provided recommendations directly to Chancellor Syverud, who shared them with the campus community. Implementation of those recommendations by University leadership is already underway. To learn about the status of each recommendation, please click here.

The following students, faculty, and staff were among the members of the Workgroup, which has since completed its charge:

  • Co-Chair Francine D’Amico, Associate Professor, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs
  • Co-Chair Barry L. Wells, Special Assistant to the Chancellor
  • Secretary to the Workgroup: Jean M. Pellegrino, Senior Administrator, University College
  • Keith A. Alford, Associate Professor, School of Social Work
  • Justin Bachman, Undergraduate Student, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications
  • Shobha Bhatia, Meredith Professor, College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Tammy M. Bluewolf-Kennedy, Admissions Counselor/Native American Liaison, Office of Admissions
  • Harriet Brown, Associate Professor, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications
  • Pedro Castro, Historically Black Church Chaplain, Office of Student Affairs/Hendricks Chapel
  • Keith DiBello, Patrol Sergeant, Department of Public Safety
  • Tiffany M. Gray, Director, LGBT Resource Center
  • Aaron Hodukavich, ADA/503/504 Coordinator, Director, Equal Opportunity, Inclusion and Resolution Services
  • Jane Hong, Undergraduate Student, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications
  • Nithin Katragadda, Graduate Student, College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Paula MacDonald, Associate Director, Development and Training, Human Resources
  • Suzette Melendez, Lecturer and Director of Children’s Rights and Family Law Clinic, College of Law
  • Cathryn R. Newton, Provost’s Faculty Fellow and Dean Emerita, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Mara Sapon-Sevin, Professor, School of Education
  • Alex Umstead, Graduate Student, School of Education
  • Jordan Shelby West, Graduate Student, School of Education
  • Chanté Williams, Undergraduate Student, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Bea González, Dean, University College and Special Assistant to the Chancellor, ex officio
  • Sheila Johnson-Willis, Interim Chief, Equal Opportunity and Title IX Officer, ex officio