Diversity Initiatives Steering Committee (DISC)

Committee Charge

Hamline University’s strategic plan calls for the university to “become an exemplar in the integration of diversity to achieve and sustain an inclusive environment.” Consistent with our avowed commitment to “inclusive excellence,” diversity initiatives are infused throughout the strategic plan and are manifest in all strategic directions.

The Diversity Initiatives Committee is charged with the principal responsibility for leading, advocating, and coordinating university-wide efforts to realize diversity initiatives and inclusive excellence.


Specifically, the Diversity Initiatives Committee:

  • Provides leadership in advocating and advancing diversity initiatives and inclusive excellence throughout the university community;

  • Advises and consults with the Director of Diversity Initiatives in proposing and coordinating the implementation of diversity initiatives supporting the university’s mission, vision, and strategic plan;

  • Develops plans for ongoing assessment of existing, pending, and proposed diversity initiatives policies, practices, programs, and initiatives, and provides follow-up recommendations based on assessment outcomes.

The Director of Diversity Initiatives (in consultation with the Diversity Initiatives Committee and the Provost) reports quarterly to the President’s Staff and submits an annual report to the President and the University Leadership Team.

Members of the committee may serve up to three years.



Committee Role


Steve Anderson 
Student Affairs 
Staff member  
Kathy Burleson 
CLA Faculty
CLA member 2015-2018 
Bobby Coker
Graduate Student 
Graduate Student Representative 2015-2016
Steven Dondelinger 
Information Technology Staff 
Staff member  2014-2017
Kimberly Feilmeyer 
Bush Library
Staff member 2014-2017 
t. aaron hans
Acting Director of Diversity Initiatives
Margot Howard Staff member  
Molly Isaacson
Institutional Effectiveness
Staff member
Kaori Kenmotsu 
CLA Faculty
Member-at-large 2016-2019
Chris Kipp 
International and Off-Campus Programs 
Staff member  2015-2018
Ryan LeCount 
CLA Faculty
CLA member, Co-chair 2014-2017 
Joe Lewis 
Hamline School of Education Faculty
HSE member
Jim Scheibel
Hamline School of Business Faculty
HSB member 2015-2017
Alice Silkey
Hamline School of Law Faculty 
Carlos Sneed
Director of the Hedgeman Center
Quentin Turner
CLA Undergraduate Student 
Undergraduate Student Representative 2016-2017