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President’s Commission on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion


The President’s Commission on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is appointed by the president and charged with examining diversity, equity and inclusion practices, recommending a vision for diversity, equity and inclusion to the president, recommending high-impact action steps, and assessing the implementation of those action steps.

Commission Charge

The President’s Commission on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is appointed by the president and charged with the following actions:

  • Examine current diversity, equity and inclusion practices at BU
  • Recommend to the president a vision for BU that demonstrates an institutionalized, sustainable, and enduring commitment to actualizing the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Recommend to the president high impact action steps that reflect best practices across the nation. These recommendations will comprise a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Action Plan.
  • Monitor and assess the implementation of the recommended action steps (i.e. the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Action Plan) in collaboration with appropriate university entities such Cabinet, Leadership Council, Forum, etc.

Commission Members

  • Shavonne Shorter, Commission Co-Chair, Associate Professor, Department of Communication Studies
  • Madelyn Rodriguez, Commission Co-Chair, Director of Multicultural Affairs
  • Jung Kim, Associate Professor of Marketing
  • Amy Eitzen, Associate Dean, College of Education
  • Phillip Amarante, Assistant Director, Payroll, Benefits, Org. Management
  • Carolyn Reid-Brown, Assistant Professor of Exceptionalities
  • Angela Pang, Professor of Exceptionalities
  • Albra Wheeler, Coordinator of the Women’s Resource Center
  • Lauren Polinski, Professional Development Manager, Alumni and Professional Engagement
  • Asa Kelley, Video Production Specialist
  • Heather Feldhaus, Dean of Graduate Studies, Interim Assistant Vice President
  • Michael Hamlin, Assistant Men's Basketball Coach
  • Michaela Maw, Undergraduate Student in Sociology
  • Doreen Jowi, Associate Professor, Department of Communication Studies
  • Krystal Garcia, COLA Student/CGA President
  • Mahmoud Darwich, Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science
  • Adrienne Mael, Bloomsburg Alumna, CEO/President of the United Way of Columbia and Montour Counties

Recurring Guests

  • Peter Kelly, Chief of Staff
  • Erin Brummett, Associate Professor of Communication Studies (Campus Climate Survey for Diversity and Inclusion Liaison)
  • Mary Lou D'Allegro, Associate VP, Office of Institutional Effectiveness