2010-11 Committees of the University

Affirmative Action and Diversity Resources Committee

Membership of Affirmative Action and Diversity Resources Committee

A.        Mission

The committee will promote collaboration and communication by bringing together leaders from identified constituency groups to initiate cooperative programs and facilitate opportunities for multicultural dialogue.  The committee will stress the importance of celebrating our unique differences while focusing on the commonalties of themes and issues that unite us.

Reporting to and advising the Director of Affirmative Action and Diversity Resources, the Affirmative Action and Diversity Resources Committee can give a stronger voice to the university's diverse populations by establishing a unified body and encouraging coordinated action.

The AADR Committee representative will fill the communication role of Presidential Liaison and will be the voice of their respective commissions, committees and constituencies.  The AADR committee will be a mechanism to report issues to the AADR director who will report concerns directly to the president and designated administrative officers.

B.       Vision Statement

The Affirmative Action and Diversity Resources Committee will be evolving in nature and reflect the changing dynamics of NIU demographics in student population,  faculty and staff and assist in the strategic planning and incorporation of diversity initiatives throughout the university.  Consequently, the committee's membership can change and grow as NIU constituency groups change, grow and are added to the university community; and the committee's goals and objectives can be revised to reflect the changing diversity at NIU.

C.         Objectives

  1. The committee shall advise the Director of Affirmative Action and Diversity Resources on the development and implementation of policies and programs designed to improve the campus environment for members of all university constituencies, maximize training, and prepare student to live in a diverse society.
  2. The committee will consider issues and problems on campus that may be especially relevant to specific population groups and will advise the Director on potential remedies.
  3. The committee will provide a forum for highlighting events that address diversity issues.
  4. The committee will report on its work as appropriate to the university President and shall file a year-end report with the President, who will share the report with university community.

D.           Membership

The AADR Committee shall serve as an advisory board to the Director of AADR.  Its membership shall include the following:

The President or his/her representative;
Director of Affirmative Action & Diversity Resources;
one representative from the Presidential Commission on the Status of Women;
one representative from the Presidential Commission on the Status of Minorities;
one representative from the Presidential Commission on Persons with Disabilities;
one representative from the Presidential Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity;
one representative from University Resources for Women;
one representative from the Center for Black Studies;
one representative from University Resources for Latinos;
one representative from the Unity in Diversity Committee;
one representative from the Committee on the Undergraduate Academic Environment;
one representative from the International Student and Faculty Office;
the Faculty Personnel Advisor;
the Ombudsman;
the Assistant to the Graduate Dean for Recruitment;
the Student Association Director of Cultural Affairs;
one representative from the University Programming and Activities Office responsible for Lesbian/Gay/Bi-Sexual/Transgender programming;
one representative from the Asian American Task Force;
one Native American representative;
one representative from the Center for Access-Ability Resources Office.

Each representative constituency shall establish a procedure for selecting its AADRC representative.  The committee shall be chaired by the Director of  Affirmative Action and Diversity Resources, and the Affirmative Action and Diversity Resources Administrative Assistant shall provide staff support for the committee.

Affirmative Action and Diversity Resources Committee

MEMBERSHIP 2009-2010 2010-2011
++Affirmative Action Associate Admasu Zike Admasu Zike
++Assistant Vice President, Human Resource Services  Karen Baker Karen Baker
Presidential Commission on the Status of Women representative **Monique Bernoudy *Monique Bernoudy
Presidential Commission on the Status of Minorities representative Kay Shelton
Presidential Commission on Persons with Disabilities representative
Presidential Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity representative Joy Mutinda Adam Riegle
Women's Resource Center representative Jill Dunlap Jennifer LeBaron
Center for Black Studies representative Laverne Gyant Laverne Gyant
University Resources for Latinos representative Angelica Mendoza Angelica Mendoza
Unity in Diversity Committee representative Angelica Mendoza
Committee on the Undergraduate Academic Environment representative Wendell Johnson Wendell Johnson (Fall 2010)
Melanie Koss (Spring 2011)
International Students and Faculty Office representative  Deborah Pierce Deborah Pierce
+Faculty & SPS Personnel Advisor David Wade David Wade
+Ombudsman Tim Griffin Tim Griffin
+Graduate School, Director of Recruitment and Student Support Services Shyree Sanan ***Shyree Sanan
+Student Association Director of Cultural Affairs Alsenio Nelson Alyssa Ford
Center for Assess-Ability Resources Jennifer Montag Jennifer Montag
Task Force on Asian Americans Michelle Bringas Michelle Bringas
Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender Resource Center *Margie Cook Molly Holmes
Native American Representative    
Supportive Professional Staff Rachel Xidis Dee Abrahamson
Operating Staff Glenda Jones Glenda Jones
Affirmative Action/Administrative Assistant for Committee Diane Tyrell Roselyn Snell

*      Chair
**    Vice Chair
***  Secretary
+     Ex officio
++   Ex officio, nonvoting