Committee on Diversity & Inclusion

The mission of the Committee on Diversity & Inclusion (CDI) 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:

  • Consulting and serving as a resource for campus in developing, implementing, and assessing their diversity initiatives.
  • Assessing campus climate every 3–4 years in consultation with the institutional research office.
  • Recommending policies, practices, and programs designed to improve campus climate for all faculty, staff, students, alumni, and guests.
  • Annually reviewing, revising, and facilitating the implementation of the Grinnell College Diversity Plan.

The membership of the 2019–20 Committee on Diversity and Inclusion includes:

  • Lakesia Johnson — Chair and Co-Convener; Chief Diversity Officer
  • Maure Smith-Benanti — Co-Convener and Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Patricia Amador-Lacson — Coordinator of Multicultural Recruitment
  • Donna Dorothy — Secretary of the CDI; Administrative Assistant
  • Regina Logan — SGA President
  • To be determined — Posse Representative
  • Karen Edwards — Director of International Student Affairs
  • Mary Greiner — Assistant Vice President of Human Resources
  • Tucker Haddock — SGA Diversity and Outreach Coordinator
  • To be determined — Multicultural Leadership Council Representative
  • John Hirschman — Coordinator of Disability Resources
  • Cecilia Knight — Executive Council Representative
  • Kirsten Koester — FOC Appointed, 2019–21; Assistant Professor of Physical Education
  • Tess Kulstad Gonzalez — Faculty and Staff of Color Caucus; Assistant Professor of Anthropology
  • Joe Neisser — FOC Appointed, 2019–21
  • Grace Lloyd — Staff Council Representative; Senior Admission Counselor
  • Marc Reed — Diversity Recruiting Manager
  • Holly Roepke — Assistant Athletic Director, Diversity Coordinator in Athletics
  • Deanna Shorb — Dean of Religious Life
  • Laura Sinnett — FOC Appointed, 2018–20; Associate Professor of Psychology
  • Sarah Smith-Benanti — Assistant Director of Alumni and Donor Relations — Diverse Communities
  • Daniel Tedeschi — Stonewall Resource Center Student Staff
  • Maya Larson — Accessibility Committee Representative
  • Chinyere Ukabiala — Ombudsperson
  • Autumn Wilke — Assistant Dean for Disability Resources

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

Campus Climate Next Steps, October 2011

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