Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 45.38
Liaison James Taylor
Submission Date Nov. 18, 2011
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Anne Arundel Community College
PAE-6: Diversity and Equity Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Richard Cerkovnik
STEM Center
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Does the institution have a diversity and equity committee?:

The charter or mission statement of the committee or a brief description of the committee's purview and activities :

Anne Arundel Community College values diversity of race, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, ethnicity, ability, socioeconomic status, and culture, among its own students, faculty, and staff as well as within our local, national, and global communities. We are committed to creating and sustaining a college culture and climate that is welcoming, inclusive, respectful and free from discrimination, intolerance and harassment. We prioritize recruiting, retaining, and supporting a diverse student population and a diverse workforce. And we believe that the study of diversity is an essential part of contemporary education, so our students study how ideas about diversity are shaped by culture, affect the way people think and live, and depend on complex systems of power and privilege. This Diversity Plan is the product of collaboration among all members of the Anne Arundel Community College and it reflects our mutual commitment to recognizing, appreciating, and supporting diversity. The Diversity Plan is intended to identify activities to help achieve the mission goals and objectives in the College Plan, focusing on Goal 4. Diversity, Objective 1: promoting a campus climate that is inviting to and supportive of diverse populations (dimensions of diversity include race, color, age, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, ability, genetic information, and veteran status). The Diversity Plan includes five sub-objectives:

Objective1: Create and sustain a college culture and climate that welcome and support diversity

Objective 2: Develop and implement a comprehensive system of responsibility and accountability for advancing the goals of the diversity plan

Objective 3: Recruit, retain, and support the success of a diverse student population, especially those from underrepresented groups

Objective 4: Infuse diversity into the curriculum

Objective 5: Recruit, hire, retain, and promote a diverse workforce

Members of the committee, including affiliations :

Diversity Committee FY11
Julie Strongson, Assistant Professor, English
Tera Mikula, Associate Professor, Psychology
Anna Binneweg, Assistant Professor, Music
Matthew Klos, Instructor, Art
Gretchen Mester, Associate Professor, Economics
Robert Lowe, Assistant Professor, Architecture/Interior Design
Jeffrey Layne, Assistant Professor, Business Administration & Management
Beth Potter, Associate Professor, Human Services
Pamela Osuri, Assistant Professor, Nursing

Stephanie Smith-Baker, 1 academic dept. chair/director from Learning (by VP Learning)
Terry Portis, 1 rep. of Continuing and Professional Studies (by VP Learning)
Scot Shaffer, 1 rep. of Workforce Development & Business Services (by VP Learning)
Chris Wirth, 1 rep. from Learning Resources Management (by VP LRM)
Robin Ward, 1 rep. of Public Relations & Marketing (by VP LRM)
Rosalies Toledo Ramirez, 1 rep. of Admissions (by VP LSS)
Stacey Gustavson, 1 rep. of Learner Support Services (by VP LSS)
Vacant, 1 rep. from Community Advisory Board on Diversity (by President)
Deb Collins, 1 at-large rep. (by President)
Mimi Stoops, Director of Counseling, Advising & Retention Services
Suzanne Boyer, Executive Director of Human Resources
Ricka Fine, Dean, Planning, Research and Institutional Assessment
Janice Whatley, Project Director Student Achievement & Success Program
Karen Cook, Federal Compliance Officer
James Jackson, Coordinator of Multi-Ethic Recruitment
Heather Reilhan, Coordinator of Gender & Sexuality Studies
Mim Gray, PSSO Rep
Kimberly Herrerra, PSSO Rep
Fatima Bhatti, Student Rep
Louis Pough, Student Rep

The website URL where information about the diversity and equity committee is available:
Does the institution have a diversity and equity office?:

A brief description of the diversity office:

The college has a Federal Compliance Officer, who is an attorney tasked with handling complaints of discrimination or sexual harassment by college employees or students. The Federal Compliance Officer is also responsible for preparing the Affirmative Action Plan, updating/implementing policies and procedures related to diversity compliance, and serving on the college’s diversity committee. A diversity manager will soon be recruited to work with the Federal Compliance Officer and Human Relations Office on diversity issues.

The number of people employed in the diversity office:

The website URL where information about the diversity and equity office is available:
Does the institution have a diversity and equity coordinator?:

Diversity coordinator’s name:
Karen Cook, Esq.

Diversity coordinator's position title:
Federal Compliance Officer, Karen Cook, Esq., can be reached at 410-777-7370 or kcook@aacc.edu.

A brief description of the diversity coordinator's position:

No one is employed full-time as diversity coordinator. This is shared responsibility by the Federal Compliance Officer and the Executive Director of Human Resources.

The website URL where information about the diversity and equity coordinator is available:

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