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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. 

2021-2022 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.

Amanda Kashwer

Amanda Kashwer
Committee Chair
Assistant Professor
Department of Kinesiology

amadkas@ecok.edu
(580) 559-5441

Shirley Mixon

Shirley Mixon
Committee Secretary
Professor

Interdisciplinary Studies Program, Director
smixon@ecok.edu
(580) 559-5279

 Christine Pappas

Christine Pappas
Professor
Department of Politics, Law, & Society, Chair
Native American Legal Clinic, Director
Water Resource Policy and Management Program, Director

cpappas@ecok.edu
(580) 559-5640

 Nathaniel Berman

Nathaniel Berman
Associate Professor
Department of Performing Arts

nberman@ecok.edu
(580) 559-5356

 

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

 Casey Lowry

Casey Lowry
Digital Services Librarian
Linscheid Library
clowry@ecok.edu
(580) 559-5842

                Chandra Miller             

Chandra Miller
Director

Office of Purchasing
chalmil@ecok.edu
(580) 559-5262

Jennifer Cox

Jennifer Cox
Director, Student Counseling Center
Student Health Services

jcox@ecok.edu
(580) 559-5714

Kim Rogers

Kim Rogers
Director

Office of Testing and Accessibility Services
kimmrog@ecok.edu
(580) 559-5297

Delanie Seals

Delanie Seals
Student

Sophomore

Legal Studies major, Spanish minor
delmsea@email.ecok.edu

Yolanda Turner

Yolanda Turner
Student
Senior

English major
yolmtur@email.ecok.edu

Aislinn Beak

Aislinn Beak
Student
Junior

Political Science major
aisbea@email.ecok.edu