University Committee on Inclusiveness and Campus Climate

University Committee on Inclusiveness and Campus Climate (UCICC) reports to the President and is charged to provide guidance to the President and other members of the university as we build a supportive, inclusive and diverse community and create a climate open and welcoming to persons from diverse backgrounds. The committee represents the views of students, staff, administration, and faculty. It will help the University fulfill its institutional values that stress the importance of the individual and respect for others.

Reporting directly to the President, the committee's specific charge is to:

  1. Produce an annual report on our campus climate, especially with respect to inclusiveness and diversity, that charts the University's progress on key longitudinal measures.
  2. Advise the president on matters related to inclusiveness and campus climate.
  3. Address from time to time particular issues of concern, such as gender or racial relations across campus, through focused study and analysis, and make recommendations to the President for further action by appropriate University officials, committees or administrative bodies.
  4. Provide an institutional platform to address issues of inclusiveness and diversity, in response to concerns within the campus community.

The committee membership consists of the following: Executive Director of Human Resources; Associate Provost; four faculty members, appointed by the Provost and to include representation from each of the three academic units; a representative of the Center for International Education or a representative from the Committee on International Education; Head of the Department of Physical Education, Athletics, and Recreation; Assistant Dean for Law Student Affairs in the School of Law; an Associate Dean of Student Affairs; head of the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program or a representative from that program's core faculty selected by the Provost; three non-exempt staff members, appointed by the Vice President for Finance and Administration upon the recommendation of the Executive Director of Human Resources, chosen from the operations and support staff to attain broad representation; one supervisor/administrator, appointed by the Vice President for Finance and Administration upon the recommendation of the Executive Director of Human Resources; and four students, to include at least one law student, nominated by the Executive Committee of the Student Body and appointed by the Vice President for Student Affairs. Student appointments will take place in the spring term preceding the academic year in which appointed students begin service.

Members serve three-year terms, with the exception of the students who will serve one-year terms but also be eligible for additional terms through re-nomination by the Executive Committee and subsequent re-appointment by the VPSA/Dean of Students. The terms of the initial members of the committee will be staggered to ensure continuity of membership in the committee's formative years.

The Chair of the Committee will rotate on a two-year basis between the Associate Provost and the Executive Director of Human Resources.

Amy Barnes, Chair, 2014-2016
Elizabeth Knapp, Chair, 2016-2018

Ex officio members:
Amy Barnes, Executive Director, Human Resources
Sarah Blythe, Core Faculty, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, 2015-2018
Elizabeth Knapp, Associate Provost
Tamara Futrell, Associate Dean of Students
Janine Hathorn, Head of the Department of Physical Education, Athletics and Recreation
Amy Richwine, Associate Director, International Education
Paul Rollins, Associate Dean for Law Administration and Student Affairs

Four faculty members, appointed by the Provost (three-year terms):
Mohamed Kamara, Associate Professor of French - 2014-2017
Sandra Reiter, Associate Professor of Business Administration - 2014-2017
Kevin Beanland - 2015-2018
Michelle (Mikki) Brock - 2015-2018

Three non-exempt staff members and one supervisor/Administrator, recommended by the Executive Director of Human Resources and appointed by the VP for Finance and Administration (three-year terms):
Charles (Chuck) Hubbard, Sergeant and Shift Supervisor, Public Safety - 2013-2016
Montrose Grandberry, Administrative Assistant, Leyburn Library - 2014-2016 (replacing Sarah Wilson)
David Merchan, Engineer, University Facilities - 2014-2017
Mark Craney, General Services Lead, Marketplace, Dining Services - 2015-2018

Four students, nominated by the EC and appointed by the VPSA/Dean of Students:
Bailey Brilley '18U-2015-2016
Elena Diller '17U-2015-2016
Atanasio (Tacho) Fernandez Sanchez '17L-2015-2016
Emily Perszyk '18U-2015-2016