Charge to the Council on Diversity & Inclusion

The mission of the Council on Diversity & Inclusion is to provide strategic recommendations to the President on how to develop and sustain an inclusive and diverse campus community and to evaluate the effectiveness of the College's practices. It is also charged with:

  • Working closely with others on campus to develop programs related to the recruitment and retention of faculty, staff, and students from underrepresented groups.
  • Evaluating diversity in the curriculum and co-curriculum.
  • Monitoring campus climate and recommending policies, practices, and programs designed to improve it for all faculty, staff, and students.
  • Reviewing, revising, and implementing the Grinnell College Diversity Plan.

The membership of the 2016-2017 Council on Diversity & Inclusion includes:

Lakesia Johnson - Chair and Co-convener
Maure Smith-Benanti - Director of Intercultural Affairs and Co-convener
Amador-Lacson, Patricia - Coordinator of Multicultural Recruitment
Roepke, Holly - Assistant Athletic Director, Diversity Coordinator in Athletics
Baratta, Toby E - SGA Diversity & Outreach Coordinator 
Behounek, Michele - Staff Council
Benjamin, Shanna – Associate Professor of English (FOC Appointed, 2016-2018)
Brooks, Jordan - Assistant Director of Intercultural Affairs 
Caruso, James – Posse representative
Chaney, Jayn – Director of Alumni & Donor Relations
DeWitt, Anita L - SGA President
Downs, Julia S - Multicultural Leadership Council
Edwards, Karen - Director of International Student Affairs
Galloway, Lily - Queer Leadership Council
Greiner, Mary - Assistant Vice President of Human Resources
Hughes, Emily C - Accessibility
Jones, Randye  - Faculty & Staff of Color Caucus (staff representative)
Kulstad, Tess – Faculty and Staff of Color Caucus
Shorb, Deanna - Dean of Religious Life
Sinnett, Laura - Associate Professor of Psychology (FOC Appointed, 2015-2017)
Ukabiala, Chinyere - Ombudsperson
Wilke, Autumn - Disability Resources Coordinator
Willig Onwuachi, Jacob - Associate Professor of Physics (Executive Council Representative)

Road Map to Articulating the Value of Diversity in Grinnell’s Liberal Arts Education and Implementing that Vision

Campus Climate Next Steps, October 2011