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President's Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Team

The President’s Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Team advises the president regarding diversity and inclusion issues. It provides a proactive platform to address cultural insensitivity as well as structural and systemic issues of bias and racism. Promoting collaboration and two-way communication by bringing together representatives from various underrepresented populations, the team helps actualize Northwest’s diversity and inclusion goals and objectives. 


  • Work collaboratively to identify and address concerns of underrepresented students, faculty and staff with injustices of the broader society.
  • Advise the president regarding suggested actions on the development and implementation of policies and programs designed to enhance diversity and inclusion for all members of the Northwest community.
  • Hold University leadership accountable for addressing cultural insensitivity and social justice on campus.
  • Pursue and fulfill other diversity and inclusive-related initiatives by the president
  • Collaborate with campus groups and departments based on campus needs to foster community building and engagement through inclusion.
  • Plug in to other campus and external groups as appropriate. 

Meeting frequency

The advisory team meets formally once a month. The associate provost for diversity and inclusion chairs the advisory team. Staff representatives of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion attend with the president and Northwest Leadership Team.


The President’s Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Team includes a designated member from each of the following organizations:

  • African Student Organization (ASO)
  • ALLY Affinity Group
  • Association of Black Employees (ABE)
  • Black Student Union (BSU)
  • Campus Connections Affinity Group
  • First Ladies Organization (FLO)
  • Helping Everyone Regardless of Orientation (H.E.R.O.)
  • International faculty and staff
  • International Student Organization (ISO)
  • LGBTQ+ Affinity Group
  • Minority Men’s Organization (MMO)
  • National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC)
  • Spiritually Involved Sisters Together Achieving Harmony (S.I.S.T.A.H.)
  • Student Senate Inclusion Committee

Issues of Race Action Team

The Issues of Race Action Team is charged with pursuing actions and ensuring alignment with a developing Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan and Equity Scorecard as well as Northwest’s Strategic Plan.


  • Dr. Matt Baker, vice president of student affairs
  • Krista Barcus, assistant vice president of human resources
  • Dr. Luke Campbell, assistant professor of political science
  • Dr. Clarence Green, vice president of culture
  • Dr. Jamie Hooyman, provost (co-sponsor)
  • Dr. John Jasinski, president (co-sponsor)
  • Dr. Terry Long, director of the School of Health Science and Wellness
  • Dr. Justin Mallett, assistant vice president of diversity and inclusion (chair)
  • Will Sabio, assistant vice president of student affairs for Title IX and equity
  • Dr. Dave Shadinger, associate professor of communication
  • Dr. Everett Singleton, assistant professor of professional education
  • Gina Smith, office manager in the School of Health Science and Wellness