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Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion at ECU: DEI Committee

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Committee

The mission of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee is to identify, develop, recommend, and support initiatives that advance diversity, equity, and inclusion on ECU’s campus.

Charge of the DEI Committee

The committee will focus its work on historical sources of bias in the United States and work to end racism, sexism, classism, ageism, heterosexism, ableism, homophobia, transphobia, religious intolerance, and xenophobia.

Committee members serve as advocates for mutual respect, appreciation of differences, and cross-cultural understandings for all university community members.

Committee duties include:

  1. Advising the ECU President and other administration officials on issues relating to diversity on campus such as encouraging assessment of climate and encouraging diversity in hiring and retention; 
  2. Selecting the winner of the Spirit of MLK Award;
  3. Planning and implementing the Louise Young Diversity Lecture;
  4. Providing a forum for ECU students, staff, and faculty, to present ideas and issues related to diversity and make recommendations to the ECU administration;
  5. Support student clubs related to diversity;
  6. Maintain Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion LibGuide;
  7. Create and maintain diversity calendar.

Committee meetings will be open to the ECU community to ensure all voices are heard on the committee.

Committee Structure: 3 faculty members; 3 staff members; 1 librarian; 3 students; Ex Officio member will be an Advisor from any student association focused on diversity and inclusion, including but not limited to PRIDE, Black Students Association, Native American Students Association, Asian Student Association, and Latinx Student Association.

Tiger Alert Reporting

East Central University is committed to academic excellence and integrity within a safe and supportive learning and working community for all our members.

Our first value states, “We are humble, kind and generous, caring for our students and one another.” One of the ways we demonstrate this value is seeking help for those in our ECU community who are exhibiting concerning behaviors. We depend on all community members to help identify and report behaviors of concern so that the University can provide appropriate support for those in need.


What if I am unsure of which report to fill out?

  • If the nature of the report includes interpersonal violence or sexual misconduct, it is best to file a Title IX report.
  • For all other incidents that may be unclear, please use the Tiger Alert: General Concerns report. 

2023-2024 Committee Members

If you have suggestions or concerns regarding diversity, equity, and/or inclusion at East Central University, please feel free to contact any member of the DEI Committee or fill out the Feedback Form.


Shirley Mixon

Shirley Mixon
Committee Chair

Interdisciplinary Studies Program, Director
(580) 559-5279

Steven Martin
Committee Administrator


 Christine Pappas

Christine Pappas
Department of Politics, Law, & Society, Chair
Native American Legal Clinic, Director
Water Resource Policy and Management Program, Director
(580) 559-5640

Amanda Kashwer

Amanda Kashwer
Assistant Professor
Department of Kinesiology
(580) 559-5441 


Amy Ward
Assistant Professor
Department of Professional Programs in Human Services
Social Work Program, Director
(580) 559-5402


Vivian Eldridge
Committee Secretary
Collection Services Librarian
Linscheid Library
(580) 559-5369

                Chandra Miller             

Chandra Miller

Office of Purchasing
(580) 559-5262

Trevor McCane
Campus Suicide Prevention Grant Coordinator
Brandon Whitten Institute
(580) 559-5161

Kim Rogers

Kim Rogers

Office of Testing and Accessibility Services
(580) 559-5297

Nichole Beyer
Data Specialist

Nathaniel Berman

Nathaniel Berman
Associate Professor
Department of Performing Arts
(580) 559-5356

Delanie Seals

Delanie Seals


Legal Studies major, Spanish minor