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Division of Student Affairs

Diverse Faculty and Staff Work Group


  • Increase transparency and availability of faculty and staff diversity data (e.g., department, college, division, campus)
  • In alignment with relevant state and federal statutes, develop proactive programs, targeted outreach, and recruitment plan for diverse faculty and staff
  • Recommend and propose communication plan about progress on efforts to recruit and retain diverse faculty and staff
  • Develop and propose institutional practices to ensure accountability in search and hiring process for managers and supervisors
  • Formalize administrative support for current and future affinity groups for faculty and staff
  • Identify current and future professional development programs for diverse faculty and staff

Responsible Administrators

      Lead: Theresa Elliot-Cheslek, Associate Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer, Human Resource Services, Pullman
      Dan Bernardo, Provost, Executive Vice President, Pullman
      Mary Jo Gonzales, Vice President, Division of Student Affairs, Pullman

Work Group


Aaron Oforlea, Associate Professor, English, College of Arts and Sciences, Pullman
Kelly Ward, Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Recognition, Pullman
Marquelle Boone, Comparative Ethnic Studies Major, Pullman


Courtney Benjamin, Graduate Staff Intern, Multicultural Student Services, GPSA Recruitment & Retention of Students & Faculty of Color Committee, Pullman
Renny Christopher, Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs, Vancouver
Renee Coleman-Mitchell, Executive Director, Health & Wellness Services and Counseling & Psychological Services, Pullman
James Dalton, ASWSU Senate, All Campus
Phyllis Erdman, Executive Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, College of Education, Pullman
Obie Ford III, Campus Director, Equity and Diversity, Vancouver
Sandra Haynes, Chancellor, Tri-Cities
Fran Hermanson, Executive Director, Institutional Research, Pullman
Chip Hunter, Dean, Carson College of Business, Pullman
Terlona Knife, Queer People of Color and Allies, Pullman
Adam Malcolm, Assistant Attorney General, WSU Division, Pullman
Kate McAteer, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Tri-Cities
Emma Noyes, Native American Outreach Coordinator, Spokane
Stacy Pearson, Vice President, Finance and Administration, Pullman
Jeff Peterson, University Marketing and Communications, Pullman
Dan Records, Coordinator, Office for Equal Opportunity, Pullman
Mary Rezac, Dean, Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture, Pullman
Phil Weiler, Vice President, Marketing and Communication, Pullman

WSU Pullman campus at night

Work Group Updates & Resources

May 3, 2018