Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.39
Liaison Dayna Cook
Submission Date Oct. 8, 2012
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Northern Arizona University
PAE-6: Diversity and Equity Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Bryan McLaren
NAU Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
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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 :

The Advisory Council on Diversity and Equity’s main objective is to create and sustain a campus atmosphere that is inclusive, respectful, and accommodating of human differences. The council works to coordinate diversity initiatives at NAU by bringing together various commissions and other members of the University who advocate on matters of diversity and equity. The council is also involved in efforts to recruit more international and 1st generation students to the University.

Members of the committee, including job titles and affiliations :


Christine Lemley
Assistant Professor, College of Education Teaching & Learning
P.O. Box 5774
(928) 523-5567

Melissa Welker
Director, Student Learning Centers
PO Box 6035
(928) 523-3796

Executive Board Members

Sharon S. Doctor, Assistant Director, Native American Student Services
Deborah Harris, Associate Dean, Office of Student Life
Christine Lemley, Assistant Professor, College of Education
Gretchen McAllister, Associate Professor, College of Education
Georgia Totress, Residence Hall Director, Residence Life
Melissa Welker, Director, Student Learning Centers
Jamie Patton, Director, Multicultural Student Center
Gerald Wood, Assistant Professor, College of Education

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 LEADS (Leadership, Engagement, Achievement, Diversity, and Service) Center at Northern Arizona University combines three campus departments to provide the best in advising, mentoring, and cultural celebrations. Currently located in the University Union, the LEADS Center houses the Multicultural Student Center (MSC), Native American Student Services (NASS), and Student Support Services (SSS). The center is committed to creating a campus environment that values and supports students with different perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds.

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:
David Camacho

Diversity coordinator's position title:
Associate Vice President for Equity & Diversity

A brief description of the diversity coordinator's position:

David Camacho, special assistant to the president, has assumed the additional title of associate vice president for Diversity and Equity to better reflect the work he has been conducting for university diversity initiatives.

"The progress we have made in the area of diversity and equity compels us to appropriately title David to reflect the work he has been doing," said NAU President John Haeger. "In so doing, the institution is demonstrating our value for diversity and equity, and we are committed to making substantive changes."

As associate vice president for Diversity and Equity, Camacho will be more appropriately recognized as the university's chief diversity officer. He will continue to work closely with university vice presidents on diversity issues, and credits much of NAU's progress to the commitment of the vice presidents to support institutional change.

"I am stating the obvious when saying that one person alone cannot create the systemic change of the type NAU is experiencing right now," Camacho said. "It takes a lot of people at all levels of the university to create change."

Camacho works closely with the Commission on Ethnic Diversity, Commission on Native Americans, Commission on the Status of Women and the local chapter of the Arizona Association of Chicanos for Higher Education, known as AACHE. He also serves on the Arizona Minority Education Policy Analysis Center.

He chairs the university's Advisory Council on Diversity and Equity. At the February 2007 annual conference of the American Council on Education, Camacho was elected to a two-year term on the board of directors of the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education.

Camacho, a professor of political science, has been with NAU since 1989 and has been coordinating university-wide diversity and equity initiatives since being appointed as special assistant to the president in 2004.

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