Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 51.13
Liaison Parker Long
Submission Date July 25, 2012
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Virginia Commonwealth University
PAE-6: Diversity and Equity Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Jacek Ghosh
Director of Sustainability
VCU 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 University Equity and Diversity Committee, which is advisory in nature, is charged with monitoring, reviewing, and recommending to the Provost changes to policies and practices that affect the University’s ability to provide equal opportunity and treatment, and to provide a supportive, non-hostile environment for its diverse populations of students, staff, and faculty. An additional role of the UEDC is to provide advice and feedback on the implementation of the Five Year Diversity Plan.

Members of the committee, including job titles and affiliations :

Kevin W. Allison, Humanities & Sciences, Dean’s Office
Jan Altman, Student Affairs, University Counseling
Frank R. Baskind, Provost’s Office, Ombudsman
Reetika Bhardwaj, GSA, GSA rep
Asif Bhavnagri, SGA Monroe Park, SGA rep
Martin Blaney II, SGA Medical Campus, SGA rep
Delores Collier, School of Nursing, Staff Senate rep
Ponjola Coney, School of Medicine
Carrie Connolly, Honors College, Student Affairs Coordinator
Elizabeth Cramer, Social Work
Angela Easley, School of Dentistry, alternate
Carlton G. Edwards, VCU Police
Lindsey Evans, GSA & Wilder School, GSA rep
Marie Gardner, School of Nursing
Cheryl Gonia, Social Work
Kevin A. Harris, Division of Health Sciences Diversity, AVP Health Science
Cathy Howard, Division of Community Engagement
Velma Jackson-Williams, Provost’s Office, Institutional Equality
Rebecca Jones, School of Business, Marketing
Linda Lee, School of the Arts, Fashion Design
Scott Oates, Director of Assessment
Luiz Ozaki, Life Sciences
Kelli Parmley, Academic Affairs, Center for Institutional Effectiveness
Mitenkumar Patel, SGA Monroe Park, SGA rep
Napoleon Peoples, Student Affairs & ES
Cristina Ramirez, University Libraries/ LGBT subcommittee, ULS & LGBT rep
Jennifer Rivers, School of Engineering, Student Services
Jill Rowe, Department of African American Studies, Faculty Senate rep
Charol Shakeshaft, School of Education
Bhavna Shroff, School of Dentistry, Professor of Orthodontics
Virginia Totaro, University College
Inez Tuck, Black Education Association Rep
Beverly Walker, Student Affairs + ES, OMSA
Susanna Wu-Pong, School of Pharmacy

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 Office for Diversity, previously a part of the Office of Institutional Equity, was established in 2007 to assist with the development of the Five-Year Diversity Plan. The Office helps with development of diversity initiatives and oversees implementation of the University’s Five-Year Diversity Plan. Information on all available faculty, staff, and administrative resources for diversity initiatives across the VCU and MCV campuses are available in the Office for Diversity.

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:
Velma Jackson-Williams

Diversity coordinator's position title:
Director of the Office of Equal Employment Opportunity, Affirmative Action and Diversity Services

A brief description of the diversity coordinator's position:

The assistant vice provost for Institutional Equity also is the director of the university's Office of Equal Employment Opportunity, Affirmative Action and Diversity Services. They develop and enforce policies that ensure equal opportunity and access to education and employment to all members of the university community, oversee the recruitment process for instructional and administrative full-time faculty, develops and implements the university's affirmative action program and diversity initiatives, houses the ADA coordinator, and oversees issues of sexual harassment and other forms of harassment and discrimination based on membership in a protected class (e.g., race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, political affiliation, veterans' status, sexual orientation or disability).

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

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