University of Southern Indiana

Diversity Committee


Legislative Charge

The Diversity Committee of the University of Southern Indiana was created in response to House Enrolled Act 1256, authorized by the 2007 Indiana General Assembly (IC-21-27-8-7) which requires that each public institution of higher education create a diversity committee to meet this legislative mandate. This committee is charged to:

  1. Review and recommend faculty employment policies.
  2. Review faculty and administration personnel complaints concerning diversity issues.
  3. Make recommendations to promote and maintain cultural diversity among faculty members.
  4. Make recommendations to promote recruitment and retention of minority students.
  5. Issue an annual report stating the findings, conclusions, and recommendations of the committee to the board.

The University’s existing Affirmative Action Committee was adapted to meet the requirements of IC 21-27-8-7.

Committee Objectives

  1. Define the University’s vision of diversity and recommend methods to integrate that vision with existing University policies and procedures
  2. Collect information on University programs and initiatives and community resources
  3. Review University employment policies and processes and recommend improvements intended to increase hiring of diverse candidates
  4. Review University complaint policies and processes concerning diversity issues and recommend improvements
  5. Review University programs and processes, developing recommendations as appropriate for improvements to existing programs and processes and for new programs and initiatives that promote recruitment and retention of diverse students, faculty and staff
  6. Recommend methods that increase awareness of the University’s commitment to diversity
  7. Assess University diversity training and communication needs and make recommendations
  8. Develop methods to assess the University’s diversity efforts
  9. Provide Annual Reports to the University’s Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees Reports

Committee Members

  • Kirat Baath
    Dr. Kirat Baath
    Contract Assistant Professor of Biology
    Assistant Professor of Medical and Molecular Genetics
    Science Center 1274
    Phone: 812-465-7004
  • Cynthia Brinker
    Ms. Cynthia Brinker
    Vice President for Government and University Relations
    Byron C. Wright Administration Building 102B
    Phone: 812-464-1774
  • Deborah Wolf
    Ms. Deborah Wolf
    Assistant Professor Emerita of Dental Hygiene
    Assistant Dean Emerita of the College of Nursing and Health Professions
  • Katherine Draughon
    Dr. Katherine Draughon
    Executive Director of Planning, Research, and Assessment
    Associate Professor of Sociology
    Byron C. Wright Administration Building 104E
    Phone: 812-465-1630
  • Donna Evinger
    Ms. Donna Evinger
    Executive Director Emerita of Human Resources
    Byron C. Wright Administration Building 102K
    Phone: 812-465-7001
  • Douglas Goeppner
    Mr Douglas Goeppner
    ADA Coordinator
    Adjunct - Liberal Arts
    Equal Opportunity Administrator
    Forum Wing, Administration Building 183
    Phone: 812-465-7101
  • Pamela Hopson
    Mrs. Pamela Hopson
    Director of Multicultural Center
    University Center East 1246
    Phone: 812-465-7188
  • Ronald Rochon
    Dr. Ronald Rochon
    Professor of Education
    Byron C. Wright Administration Building 103B
    Phone: 812-465-1617
  • Marcia Kiessling
    Dr. Marcia Kiessling
    Associate Provost for Student Affairs
    Byron C. Wright Administration Building 104A
    Phone: 812-464-1757
  • Rose Scruggs
    Ms. Rose Scruggs
    Electronic Services Coordinator
    David L. Rice Library 3018
    Phone: 812-464-1828
  • Joseph Uduehi
    Dr. Joseph Uduehi
    Associate Professor of Art Education
    Arts Center 224
    Phone: 812-465-1068

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