University Diversity Council

The University of Connecticut Diversity Council was established in May 2016 by President Susan Herbst and is charged with the development and implementation of a multi dimensional strategic diversity and inclusion plan that supports the diversity core value as stated in the academic plan and the six core recommendations of the Diversity Task Force.

Composed of faculty, staff, and students across all academic and administrative units on campus, the council will also support the execution of initiatives that would further the University’s goals of becoming a more inclusive community and a leader in diversity and inclusion in higher education.

The Council will additionally act in an advisory capacity to University leadership on issues including but not limited to student outreach and programmatic initiatives, expanding options related to diversity in the curriculum and across academic units, increased recruitment and retention of underrepresented groups amongst the students, faculty and staff, and utilizing metrics to monitor progress on diversity through analysis and assessment.

Members of the Diversity Council will also work to identify and disseminate best practices around the successful coordination and execution of diversity programs and initiatives across the University.


Faculty and Staff Recruitment and Retention Committee
Student Recruitment and Retention Committee
Diversity Education and Training Committee
Communication/Campus Climate Committee
External & Community Partnerships Committee


Zahra Ali
Jill Anderson
Carolle Andrews
Edna Comer
Elizabeth Conklin
Harvey Felder
Maria-Luz Fernandez
Michael Gilbert
Lawrence Gramling
Erik Hines

Teresa Johnston
Donna Korbel
Samantha Lawrence
Mona Lucas
Maria Martinez
Mikki Meadows-Oliver
Marisa Moseley
Joelle Murchison
Elizabeth Omara-Otunnu
John Peeples
Gayatri Phadke

Noemi Maldonado Picardi
Hans Rhynhart
Roxanne Roy
Ellen Shanley
Derek Slap
Marie Smith
Jennifer Snow
Mei Wei
Aliza Wilder
Anna Ziering
Ernie Zirakzadeh