Diversity Council

Mission

The mission of the FIU Diversity Council is to drive the strategy toward increasing ethnic diversity and inclusion and promoting understanding within the campus community and more broadly. The Council will support efforts to foster accountability that will ensure respect for all students, faculty, and staff. 

 Specifically, the Council works to: 

  1. Support strategies that will make FIU a leader in taking action and establishing permanent reforms to eliminate disparities that might exist in our work and learning environment;
  2. Examine the campus climate with a broad definition of diversity including, but not limited to, race/ethnicity, gender, ability, sexual orientation, economic status, and/or religious and spiritual practices;
  3. Make recommendations on policy-related issues including ways in which current policy and practices strengthen or detract from the diversity of the composition of the faculty, staff, and student body;
  4. Present recommendations to the FIU Executive Committee that include strategies, individuals responsible for specific actions, timelines for implementation, and measurable outcomes that reflect continuous improvement of campus climate and diversity and inclusion. 
History

The Diversity Council was established in Fall 2020, to build on work done over the previous decade by the Diversity Committee and the Equity Action Initiative. The Diversity Council reports to the Vice Provost of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

 
Council Committees

Education Committee: responsible for educational events and curriculum recommendations.

Data and Reporting Committee: contributes to data collection, surveys, and reporting.

Policy Committee: reviews institutional policies and makes recommendations to the Council about diversity related policy issues.

Attraction, Retention, and Engagement Committee: reviews institutional policies and programs related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Marketing and Communication Committee: responsible for communication with the campus community, promoting campus-wide policies and events, and overseeing campus-wide consistency across the University on DEI matters.

Health and Wellbeing Committee: responsible for enlisting appropriate qualified support to create programming around space for intergroup/safe space dialogues, healing of racial trauma events, and/or programming toward creating a healthier campus community.

Committees  Lead 
Education  Erica Caton/Phillip Carter
Data and Reporting  Kerrie Montgomery Orozco  
Policy Committee  Erica Caton  
Attraction, Retention and Engagement  Michael Hearon  
Marketing and Communication  Phillip Carter  
Health and Wellbeing  Carleen Vincent  

Interested in volunteering in a committee?

Email diversity@fiu.edu with your committee interests and our team will connect you with the committee lead.

 
Meet the members of the Diversity Council
Elizabeth Bejar

Elizabeth Bejar

Committee Member, Faculty Administrator

Senior Vice President, Academic and Student Affairs

Candice Ammons-Blanfort

Candice Ammons-Blanfort

Committee Member, Faculty

Assistant Teaching  Professor,      Criminology and Criminal Justice

Isaac Burt

Isaac Burt

Committee Member, Faculty

Associate Professor, Counseling Recreation and School Psychology

Phillip Carter

Phillip Carter

Committee Member, Faculty

Associate Professor, English and Linguistics; Director, Center for the Humanities in an Urban Environment

Erica Caton

Erica Caton

Committee Member, Faculty Administrator

Director of Educational and Faculty DevelopmentCenter for the Advancement of Teaching

Gricel Dominguez

Gricel Dominguez

Committee Member, Faculty

Academic Librarian, Information & Research Services (BBC); Faculty Senate Rep

Ashney Francis

Ashney Francis

Committee Member, Student

Director of Education & Enrichment

Phillip Lloyd Hamilton

Phillip Lloyd Hamilton

Committee Member, Staff

Director, Student Access and Success; Associate  Faculty Fellow, Honors College

Michael Hearon

Michael Hearon

Committee Member, Staff

Assistant Vice President, Biscayne Bay Campus; Assistant Vice President, Regional & World Locations

El pagnier "EK" Hudson

El pagnier "EK" Hudson

Committee Chair

Sr. Vice President of Human Resources, Vice Provost of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Hilary Landorf

Hilary Landorf

Committee Member, Faculty

Executive Director, Office of Global Learning Initiatives; Assoc. Prof., Int’l and Intercultural Education

Carleen Vincent-Robinson

Carleen Vincent-Robinson

Committee Member, Faculty

Associate Teaching Professor and Associate Chair, Criminology and Criminal Justice

Pete Markowitz

Pete Markowitz

Committee Member, Staff

Assistant Dean, Honors College

Martha Meyer

Martha Meyer

Committee Member, Faculty

Associate Teaching Professor, Educational Policy Studies; Faculty Senate Representative

Kerrie Montgomery Orozco

Kerrie Montgomery Orozco

Committee Member, Staff

Director, Campus Life

Amelia Raudales

Amelia Raudales

Committee Member, Student

Senator, Student Government Association

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