Diversity and Equity Committee

The Diversity & Equity committee’s (working) mission is to “coordinate and undertake activities to make TSUSP and its academic programs more diverse, equitable and inclusive. These activities may relate to, but are not limited to: student recruitment and admissions procedures, curriculum design and content, and student climate.”

Members 2018-2019 Academic Year:

  • Dr. Megan Horst (chair)
  • Dr. Karen Gibson
  • Sofia Alvarez-Castro
  • Saud Badri
  • Bryan Nguyen


Faculty, staff, and students are welcome to provide feedback on their experiences, or their ideas, related to the committee’s work, by communicating with one of the committee members or scheduling time to speak at one of our bi-monthly meetings. Another option: Submit anonymous feedback form here.

The Diversity & Equity committee was newly formed in spring 2016, and replaced the Diversity & Recruitment committee. One of the big changes was to add a focus on equity. By doing so, we acknowledge that while honoring diversity (individual and group-social differences) remains important, we also want to advance equity within our academic programs. We  borrow the definition from PSU’s Let Knowledge Serve the City: Strategic Plan 2016-2020. Equity is “ensuring everyone has access to opportunities necessary to satisfy essential needs, advance their well-being, and achieve their full potential. Our aim is to address the roots of inequities, including but not limited to racism, homophobia, sexism, ableism, classism, and the intersections of these inequities  

 In the 2017-2018 academic year, the committee planned and hosted listening sessions with students of color. We also consulted with the Office of Global Diversity and Inclusion and our own faculty to develop a draft set of goals and actions to advance diversity, equity and inclusion  The goals are: 1. improve recruitment and retention of diverse students, 2. foster an inclusive climate in the school and in the classroom, and 3. improve and deepen our attention to equity throughout  the curriculum. We also established a set of strategies and identified key lead actors to advance the work. See our working set of goals and strategies here. You are also welcome to provide comments in email to the committee chair or to the student representatives.

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