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University Diversity Committee Updates


The University Diversity Committee (UDC) has been meeting regularly during the spring term 2012 and recently held a retreat on Friday, June 22, 2012. The purpose of this meeting was to finalize and incorporate feedback from WOU stakeholders about the Diversity Action Plan for the university. In addition, we did some reflection and goal-setting for the future. We analyzed the Campus Pride data and agreed to take on this annual reporting effort and attempt to improve WOU's standing with this organization. We discussed committee membership and efforts to create subgroups that can help us focus our efforts in several areas. Minutes of this meeting can be found in the minutes section below.


Minutes of University Diversity Committee Meetings


January 31, 2011 October 3, 2011 January 23, 2012 June 22, 2012 (retreat)      
February 7, 2011 October 31, 2011 February 6, 2012        
March 7, 2011 November 7, 2011 February 20, 2012        
May 2, 2011 November 21, 2011 March 5, 2012        
May 16, 2011 December 2, 2011 April 16, 2012        
August 8, 2011 December 5, 2011 April 23, 2012        


University Diversity Committee Membership


As of January 2013, here are the members of the University Diversity Committee and their contact resources.


Malissa Larson (Chair) Director, Office of Disability Services
Angie Barry Office Coordinator, WUC/SLA
Don Boderman Director, Student Enrichment Program
Dr. Doris Cancel-Tirado Assistant Professor, Health & Physical Education
Katherine Farrell Instructor, Health & Physical Education
Tina Fuchs Dean of Students
Dr. Mark Girod Interim Dean, College of Education
Anna Hernandez-Hunter Director, Multicultural Student Services & Programs
Dr. Chloe Hughes Associate Professor, Teacher Education
Krystonia Katoa Student; Vice-President of ASWOU
Dr. David McDonald Associate Provost
Dr. Bonnie Morihara Assistant Research Professor, Teaching Research Institute
Dr. Uma Shrestha Professor, English/Writing/Linguistics
Judy Vanderburg Director, HR and Affirmative Action Officer
John Wilkins Area Coordinator, University Housing


Resources & Links


In an effort to provide for interesting resources regarding diversity and social justice in society, we have some links to web pages below that you may review. If you have additional resources, please e-mail them to Jon Tucker at and we will include them! The Poverty Challenge website - "Can You Live in Wealth" Handouts for teaching multicultural and diversity issues Website devoted to black GLBTQ equality, fighting racism and homophobia Social Justice Training Institute (GREAT social justice conference) - list of resources and web links OSU Campus Coalition Builders Website Social Justice Quotations Some links and statistics included in this website List of some diversity speakers that travel nationally Dr. Maura Cullen (friend of WOU) - her webpage on diversity quick videos Diversity-themed books from Powell's of Portland Diversity Speakers through speaker's bureau Diversity-related activities