University Committee on Inclusiveness and Campus Climate

University Committee on Inclusiveness and Campus Climate (UCICC) reports to the President and is charged to provide guidance to the President and other members of the university as we build a supportive, inclusive and diverse community and create a climate open and welcoming to persons from diverse backgrounds. The committee represents the views of students, staff, administration, and faculty. It will help the University fulfill its institutional values that stress the importance of the individual and respect for others.

Reporting directly to the President, the committee's specific charge is to:

  1. Produce an annual report on our campus climate, especially with respect to inclusiveness and diversity, that charts the University's progress on key longitudinal measures.
  2. Advise the president on matters related to inclusiveness and campus climate.
  3. Address from time to time particular issues of concern, such as gender or racial relations across campus, through focused study and analysis, and make recommendations to the President for further action by appropriate University officials, committees or administrative bodies.
  4. Provide an institutional platform to address issues of inclusiveness and diversity, in response to concerns within the campus community.

The committee membership consists of the following: Executive Director of Human Resources; Associate Provost; four faculty members, appointed by the Provost and to include representation from each of the three academic units; a representative of the Center for International Education or a representative from the Committee on International Education; Head of the Department of Physical Education, Athletics, and Recreation; Assistant Dean for Law Student Affairs in the School of Law; an Associate Dean of Student Affairs; head of the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program or a representative from that program's core faculty selected by the Provost; three non-exempt staff members, appointed by the Vice President for Finance and Administration upon the recommendation of the Executive Director of Human Resources, chosen from the operations and support staff to attain broad representation; one supervisor/administrator, appointed by the Vice President for Finance and Administration upon the recommendation of the Executive Director of Human Resources; and four students, to include at least one law student, nominated by the Executive Committee of the Student Body and appointed by the Vice President for Student Affairs. Student appointments will take place in the spring term preceding the academic year in which appointed students begin service.

Members serve three-year terms, with the exception of the students who will serve one-year terms but also be eligible for additional terms through re-nomination by the Executive Committee and subsequent re-appointment by the VPSA/Dean of Students. The terms of the initial members of the committee will be staggered to ensure continuity of membership in the committee's formative years.

The committee is co-chaired by the Associate Provost and the Executive Director of Human Resources.

Paul Youngman and Mary Main, Co-Chairs, 2018-2020

Ex officio members:

  • Melina Bell, Core Faculty, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, 2018-2021
  • Tamara Futrell, Dean for Diversity, Inclusion and Student Engagement
  • Janine Hathorn, Head of the Department of Physical Education and Athletics
  • Mary Main, Executive Director, Human Resources
  • Trenya Mason, representative of the Law School
  • Leonard Satterwhite, Associate Dean of Admissions
  • Hunter Swanson, Associate Director, International Education
  • Paul Youngman, Associate Provost

Four faculty members, appointed by the Provost (three-year terms):

  • Elicia Cowins - 2017-2020
  • Helen I'Anson - 2017-2020
  • Shikha Silwal - 2019-2020 (replacing Lynny Chin - 2018-2021 while on leave)
  • Elizabeth Denne - 2018-2021

Three non-exempt staff members and one supervisor/Administrator, recommended by the Executive Director of Human Resources and appointed by the VP for Finance and Administration (three-year terms):

  • Donald Sensabaugh (non-exempt) - November 2019 - June 2022
  • Katherine Brinkley (non-exempt) - July 2019 - June 2021
  • Ethan Kipnes (supervisor/administrator) - July 2019 - June 2022
  • Jessica Wager (non-exempt) - January 2018-June 2021

Four students, nominated by the EC and appointed by the VPSA/Dean of Students:

  • Roy Abernathy '20L - 2019-2020
  • Bella Frazier-Pool '22U - 2019-2020
  • Selion Gobeze '22U - 2019-2020
  • Elizabeth Herman '22U - 2019-2020