Under the vision and direction of CLAS's DEI Director Liz Mendez-Shannon, the college launched the CLAS DEI Student Work Group during the 2022-23 academic year to empower a group of our student leaders to drive change and promote diversity, equity, and inclusion within our college.
This work group provides students with an outstanding opportunity to develop leadership skills, build community, promote student voices and perspectives, expand their peer network, and interact with collegiate DEI leaders by co-creating an inclusive community.
All College of Liberal Arts and Sciences graduate and undergraduate students are eligible to apply for this committee.
Students should possess the following:
- commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion for all individuals in the college
- strong leadership skills, including active listening, organization, and communication
- desire to work collaboratively with a team
- vision and/or creativity to develop DEI initiatives that foster community in the college
- willingness to engage with other students in their department to bring a broader perspective to work group meetings
Accepted students will serve a term length of two academic years. If a student would like to serve additional terms, they will need to be renominated by their department. Students are required to attend a minimum of one work group session each month during the academic year.
To ensure representation across the disciplines, the work group will be composed of up to five students from each of the following areas, totaling a maximum of 20 students:
- Natural and Mathematical Sciences
- Social Sciences
To nominate a student, complete this application form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org addressed to Carter Shockey by Friday, September 29, 2023. Please contact Gabbie McDermott (email@example.com) with questions.
Sara Nicole Alvidrez, Theatre Arts
Margaret Huang, Spanish and Portuguese
Jordan Ismaiel, Art and Art History
Julia Ivey, Biology and Psychological and Brain Sciences
Shion Kabasele, Psychological and Brain Sciences
Kefas Lemak, Religious Studies
Savanha Moore, Theatre Arts
Carter Shockey, Health and Human Physiology