Governors State University (GSU) has established a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council (DEIC) of 20 – 25 students and employees, who act on behalf of the organization to launch and support the diversity equity and inclusion (DEI) process. The committee is a critical driver in fostering real organizational change, establishing a dedicated focus on diversity and inclusion priorities, and promoting DEI practices. The DEIC Chair (Chief Diversity Officer) works closely with senior leaders to ensure tight alignment with the organization’s overall business strategy and to accelerate DEI goals.
The GSU DEI Council strives to create an organizational culture and climate in which all students and employees are valued, have a sense of belonging and connection with one another and the organization, and feel empowered to do their best work.
DEIC is charged with researching, developing, and proposing mechanisms to help create a supportive, positive, and inclusive work environment for all students and employees of GSU.
The purpose of Governors State University’s (GSU’s) DEI Council is to help provide support, guidance, and direction for the university’s mission and vision toward creating, implementing, and sustaining strategic DEI goals.
The DEI Council will consist of at least 20 – 25 diverse members of the GSU community, including faculty, staff, students, and the campus community. This council will be made of a single nominee from each of these leaders on campus except for the Dean of Arts and Sciences and Graduate Studies, who will have two (2) nominees each. These nominations must be confirmed by the President to be officially appointed to the Council.
DEI Council Members
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|Joi Patterson||Chief Diversity Officer||Office of the President|
|Timothy Forde||Associate Provost and Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs||Academic Affairs|
|Lannie Brown-Simon||Deputy Director, Procurement||Administrative and Finance|
|Patricia Rounsaville||Client Relations Representative III, Financial Aid||Civil Services|
|Aparna Palakodeti||University Lecturer, Biology||College of Arts and Sciences|
|Karen Williams||Manager of Enrollment||College of Business|
|Lamise Shawahin||Assistant Professor, Psychology and Counseling||College of Education|
|Luther King||Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy||College of Health and Human Services|
|Angela Szczepanik-Sanchez||Director of Access Services for Students with Disabilities||Office of Access Services for Students with Disabilities|
|Tonishea Mack||Assistant Athletics Director||Enrollment Management and Athletics|
|Kaitlyn Wild||Director of Compliance||General Council|
|Kayla Siam||Attorney, Thompson Coburn LLP||Governmental and Community Affairs|
|Quincy Martin||Assistant Professor, Interdisciplinary Leadership||Graduate Studies|
|Markita Alexander||HR Testing and Recruiting||Human Resources|
|Shannon Olison||Director of Advancement Services||Institutional Advancement / Marketing|
|Cari Didion||Assistant Professor, Science Librarian||Library|
|FeMia Norwood||Director of Sponsored Programs And Research||Office of Sponsored Programs and Research|
|Matthew Cooney||Assistant Professor, Interdisciplinary Leadership||Professional Development|
|Lester Van Moody||Retention Specialist||Student Affairs/Dean of Students|
|Latrice Jeanine Koger||Student Senate||Student Representative|
|Rebecca Seifert||Assistant Professor, Art History||UPI|
|Dawn Brown||Assistant Professor, Physical Therapy||Faculty|
|Janelle Crowley||Chief of Staff||PACAA Representative|