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Diversity Committee

Diversity Plan (2008-2010)

Diversity Strategic Plan 2016-2021

Membership 2017-2018:

  • Marsha Lyle-Gonga, Faculty Representative, Chair
  • Ying Ma, Faculty Representative
  • Karen Meisch, Faculty Representative
  • Susan Bryant, Faculty Representative
  • Jenny Harris, Faculty Representative
  • Erin Lynch-Alexander, Faculty Representative
  • Cheyenne Donahue, Student Representative
  • Frank Burns, Student Representative
  • Miguel Ruiz-Aviles, Director of Hispanic Cultural Center, ex officio
  • Marcelius Braxton, Director of African American Cultural Center, ex officio
  • Marissa Chandler, Director of Study Abroad and International Exchange
  • Amy Corlew, Director of Admissions
  • Sheila Bryant, Director, Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, ex officio
  • Rex Gandy,  Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs, ex officio
  • Fonda Fields, Director, Human Resources
  • Shelby Taylor,  Associate Director of Disability Services
  • Jasmin Linares, Coordinator for Military Student Center, ex officio
  • Louise Mitchell, Coordinator for Hispanic Cultural Center, ex officio
  • David Davenport, Chief Diversity Officer, ex officio
  • Donna Price, Student Financial Aid, ex officio
  • Jimmie Garland, Community Representative, ex officio


The committee is responsible for developing strategies to attract and retain a diverse student body and to recruit, retain, advance, recognize, and promote a diverse faculty and staff.

The committee recommends diversity related programs and initiatives, and reviews and assesses data.

The committee should also develop strategies to encourage interaction among the university's diverse groups to enrich the educational experience and to prepare leaders to live and work in a competitive global community. 

Finally, the committee should seek to provide guidance to the university community regarding ways of incorporating diversity in substantive and significant ways into teaching, learning and research. 


If you have questions, concerns, or would like more information about the  Diversity Committee, please contact: 

                          Marsha Lyle-Gonga

                 E-Mail:   LyleGongaM@apsu.edu