University of Southern Indiana

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Council


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

Council Chair

Pamela Hopson
Mrs. Pamela Hopson
Executive Director of Multicultural Center
Adjunct - Academic Skills
Contact: 812-465-7188
University Center East 1246


Council Members

Jessica Adler
Mrs. Jessica Adler
Senior Administrative Associate
Contact: 812-464-1849
Byron C. Wright Administration Building 102

Glenna Bower
Dr. Glenna Bower
Professor of Kinesiology and Sport
Associate Dean of the Pott College of Science, Engineering, and Education
Contact: 812-464-1709
Education Center 1104

Katherine Draughon
Dr. Katherine Draughon
Chief Data Officer
Associate Professor of Sociology
Contact: 812-465-1630
Byron C. Wright Administration Building 104E

John Farless
Mr. John Farless
Director of University Communications
Contact: 812-228-5157
Publishing Services Center

Jennifer Hammat
Dr. Jennifer Hammat
Dean of Students
Contact: 812-464-1862
University Center East 1256

Christine Hoehn
Ms. Christine Hoehn
Director of Religious Life
Contact: 812-465-7095
Residence Life Resource Center

Janet Johnson
Mrs. Janet Johnson
Director of Alumni Relations and Volunteer USI
Adjunct - Business
Contact: 812-464-1924
University Center West 113

Brandi Neal
Dr. Brandi Neal
Post-Doctoral Fellow
Contact: 812-464-1919
Byron C. Wright Administration Building WA104P

Kerseclia Patterson
Mrs. Kerseclia Patterson
SWI-AHEC Academic Outreach Coordinator
Contact: 812-228-5048
Health Professions Center 2095

Rashad Smith
Mr. Rashad Smith
Executive Director for Enrollment
Contact: 812-465-7048
Robert D. Orr Center 1099

Rex Strange
Dr. Rex Strange
Associate Professor of Biology
Contact: 812-465-1008
Science Center 1265

Steven Stump
Mr. Steven Stump
Assistant Director of the Center for Applied Research
Contact: 812-228-5094
University Center East 2258

D'Angelo Taylor
Dr. D'Angelo Taylor
Associate Director of Multicultural Center
Adjunct - Liberal Arts
Contact: 812-465-7188
University Center East 1248

Leslie  Townsend
Mrs. Leslie Townsend
Director of Community Engagement and Historic New Harmony
Contact: 812-465-7013
University Center East 2245

Aaron Trump
Mr. Aaron Trump
Chief Government and Legal Affairs Officer
Contact: 812-464-1849
Byron C. Wright Administration Building 102K

Emilija Zlatkovska
Dr. Emilija Zlatkovska
Affiliate Assistant Professor of English
Director of Intensive English Program
Adjunct - Liberal Arts
Executive Director for International Programs
Contact: 812-461-5362
Robert D. Orr Center 3053



Kelsey McCullough, former SGA President

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