• 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 two years.





    Kathy Burleson
    College of Liberal Arts Faculty
    Member 2013-2015
    Claudette Coote-Thompson
    Hamline School of Education Faculty
    New Member 2014-2017
    t. aaron hans
    Acting Director of Diversity Initiatives
    Ex-Officio Ex-Officio
    Steven Dondelinger
    Information Technology Staff
    New Member 2014-2017
    Kimberly Feilmeyer
    Bush Library
    New Member 2014-2017
    Nicola Koh
    Creative Writing Student
    Graduate/Law Student Representative 2014-2015
    Monita Gray
    Student Affairs
    New Member 2014-2017
    Molly Issacson
    Institutional Research
    New Member 2014-2017
    Chris Kipp
    International and Off-Campus Programs Staff
    1-Year Replacement 2014-2015
    Ryan LeCount
    College of Liberal Arts Faculty
    New Member 2014-2017
    Jack Reardon
    Hamline School of Business Faculty
    New Member 2014-2017
    Alice Silkey
    Hamline School of Law Faculty
    New Member 2014-2017
    Carlos D. Sneed
    Director of Hedgeman Center
    Ex-Officio Ex-Officio
    Ken Takata
    College of Liberal Arts Faculty
    At- Large Member 2013-2016
    Sarah Huddlestone
    CLA Undergraduate Student
    Undergraduate Student Representative 2014-2015