Diversity & Inclusion Council

The Diversity & Inclusion Council at Chatham University will act as a catalyst to create an environment centered around respect, acceptance, personal responsibility, and recognition of the value of all individuals. Our motto is, "Leveraging Diversity and Cultivating Inclusion."

The Goals of the Diversity & Inclusion Council are:

  1. To educate the campus community about diverse perspectives by celebrating and supporting all cultures
  2. To raise diversity and inclusion to the forefront of university priorities and be vocal about its importance
  3. To promote multicultural/intercultural awareness and understanding
  4. To develop and implement a plan to recruit, retain, and promote diverse staff and faculty
  5. To facilitate educational opportunities for faculty, staff and students to increase understanding of diversity and multicultural life experiences
  6. To build curricular and co-curricular opportunities for student and faculty engagement in diversity and inclusion knowledge and understanding
  7. To recommend policies needed to assure inclusion and celebration of multiculturalism
  8. To advise the President's Council on the degree to which messages, symbols, events, etc. support a welcoming and inclusive environment
  9. To advance Campus Accessibility and awareness of Disabilities, Mental Health Needs, and Prevention of Gender & Sexual Violence
  10. To design assessment strategies to assure progress toward goal achievement

Mission Statement

The Diversity and Inclusion Council initiates actions and empowers Chatham University to build a diverse and inclusive community through dialogue, education, research, self-reflection, and engagement. 

Vision Statement

We will act as a catalyst to create an environment centered around respect, acceptance, personal responsibility, and recognition of the value of all individuals.

Code of Conduct

Our community adheres to the principle that we are centered around respect, acceptance, personal responsibility, and recognition of the value of all individuals. We expect that all individuals on our campus (including faculty, staff, students, contractors, visitors, etc.) will adhere to this principle. All harassment and behavior which violates this principle will not be tolerated and may result in disciplinary sanctions, removal from campus, and/or termination of contracts. This code of conduct extends to all University-sanctioned events off campus and University-affiliated social media.

  • Darlene Motley 
  • Alyssa Abebe
  • Nichole Bayliss
  • Christopher Murakami
  • Kyra Tucker
  • Jason Edsall
  • Frank Greco
  • Lalah Williams
  • Leonard Trevino
  • Juan Mendizabal
  • Cas Hruska
  • Maria Franek
  • Leona Liotta

The following list of subcommittees includes faculty, staff, and students who are not members of the Diversity & Inclusion Council.

  • Accessibility & Awareness (chaired by Cas Hruska)
  • Faculty/Staff Training & Professional Development Subcommittee (chaired by Frank Greco)
  • Gender & Sexual Violence Prevention (co-chaired by Nichole Bayliss and Jessie Ramey)
  • Hiring & Promotion/Development & HR Policies (chaired by Frank Greco)
  • Racial Justice (chair TBD)
  • Website Management & PR Subcommittee (chaired by Darlene Motley)

Fall 2018-Spring 2019

  • The Gender & Sexual Violence Prevention subcommittee, with the assistance of Nichole Bayliss’s capstone students’ research efforts, partnered with the Long Purple Line to execute an expansive climate survey for Chatham. Volunteers assessed questions, promoted participation, and managed data. 
  • Human Resources reworded the description of Chatham as an institution in all job ads, to highlight inclusivity and a preference for candidates with experience dealing with multicultural issues.
  • Human Resources broadened the scope of the sites where job ads are placed to include more that serve minority populations in academia.

Summer 2019

  • The Diversity & Inclusion Council received a dedicated tile on my.Chatham Tools.

Fall 2019

  • The former Sanger Room was officially unnamed and is now known in all official capacities as Coolidge 134. 
  • The President’s Council officially approved the Affirmed Name Policy for students. This allows students who go by a name other than their legal name to request that their affirmed name appear in the majority of campus communications. Stakeholders from Student Affairs, Academic Affairs, Enrollment, IT, and the GSVP developed and refined the new policy over the course of two years. The new policy was shared with students in October 2019 and again in January 2020.

Summer 2020

  • Resident Assistants in the residence halls are now required to take the Intergroup Dialogues course as a part of their training.