The diversity committee has the mission to foster an environment that values the diversity of the individuals in the department and to promote multicultural awareness and competence of the faculty members, staff, graduate and undergraduate students. The diversity committee consists of 4 faculty members, an undergraduate student and a graduate student (students are elected by their peers). The 2012-2013 committee members are: Drs. Astrida Kaugars, Debra Oswald, Mary Anne Siderits, and Steve Saunders, and student representatives Christina Caiozzo and Nicolas Saldivar.
One of the functions of the diversity committee is to provide guidelines, advocacy, or support for dealing with faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate studentsí grievances that are based on discrimination or prejudices related to their diverse identities. Please contact a faculty member of the committee if you would like to discuss any diversity-related concerns.