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.

Scope

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 two years.

Membership

Name

Committee Role

Term

t. aaron hans
Interim Director of Diversity Initiatives
Ex-officio     
Ex-officio
Carlos Sneed
Director of the Hedgeman Center
Ex-officio, Co-Chair
Ex-officio
Joe Lewis 
Hamline School of Education Faculty
HSE member
2014-2017
Jim Scheibel
Hamline School of Business Faculty
HSB member 2015-2017
Alice Silkey
Hamline School of Law Faculty 
Other
2014-2015
Ken Takata 
CLA Faculty 
Member-at-large 
2013-2016 
Kathy Burleson 
CLA Faculty
CLA member, 
Co-Chair 
2015-2018 
Ryan LeCount 
CLA Faculty 
CLA member 
2014-2017 
Chris Kipp 
International and Off-Campus Programs 
Staff member 
2015-2018 
Kimberly Feilmeyer 
Bush Library
Staff member
2014-2017 
Steven Dondelinger
Information Technology Staff  
Staff member    
2014-2017
Molly Isaacson
Institutional Effectiveness 
Staff member 2014-2017
Monita Gray 
Student Affairs 
Staff member
2014-2017
Sarah Huddleston
CLA Undergraduate Student 
Interim Undergraduate Student Representative
2015-2016
Bobby Coker
Graduate Student 
Graduate/Law Student Representative
2015-2016