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President's Council on Diversity & Inclusion

Building an Inclusive Campus Culture

The President's Council on Diversity and Inclusion was convened in a August 31, 2016 memorandum from President Kerwin and is charged with monitoring and reporting progress on elements of the Diversity and Inclusion Plan, which was drafted in February 2016 and reaffirmed in April 2016. The initial meeting of the committee was September 29, 2016, organized by President Kerwin and council chair Caleen Sinnette Jennings. Members of the community who wish to communicate with the council may do so at

  • Caleen Sinnette Jennings, chair, Council on Diversity and Inclusion; professor of performing arts, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Kelly Alexander, chair, Diversity Committee; member, Staff Council; director of public relations, University Communications and Marketing
  • Samssa Ali, program coordinator, Pakistan Women’s Council, School of International Service
  • Sara Bendoraitis, director of programming, outreach and advocacy, Center for Diversity and Inclusion, Office of Campus Life
  • Tristan Cabello, director of American studies, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Lia Epperson, professor and associate dean for faculty and academic programs, Washington College of Law
  • Alan Kraut, professor of history, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Lauren Lumpkins, director of diversity and inclusion, Student Government
  • Sara Nieves-Grafals, member, AU Alumni Board; clinical psychologist
  • Thi Nguyen-Southern, associate general counsel, Office of the General Counsel
  • Mark Schaefer, university chaplain, Kay Spiritual Life Center, Office of Campus Life
  • Kenya Sumner, president, SOC Graduate Student Council


September 29, 2016 campus memo -- Toward Greater Inclusion (Provost Scott Bass & VP-Campus Life Gail Hanson)

September 19, 2016 campus memo -- Recent Events & Climate of Inclusion

August 31, 2016 campus memo -- President's Council on Diversity & Inclusion

April 22, 2016 campus memo -- Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan and Next Steps

February 29, 2016 campus memo -- Immediate Actions to Build a More Diverse & Inclusive University