Devika Dibya Choudhuri, Chair
I believe oppression is trauma echoing across generations in the lives of individuals and communities. As a counseling professor preparing students to serve diverse populations competently, a counselor working with trauma, and a member of the EMU community, I am honored to serve on the President’s Commission for Diversity and Inclusion.
To facilitate a healing process for the EMU Community, while building towards an inclusive, equitable and responsive campus.
As the Director of the Office of Diversity and Affirmative Action, I'm responsible for ensuring the University is in compliance with equal opportunity laws including serving as a resource on matters related to diversity, inclusion and equity and conducting trainings/workshops on diversity. The diversity office is also an internal resource for students, staff, faculty and applicants who may have concerns about possible discrimination or harassment.
To educate all stakeholders about the educational, economic and social benefits of diversity, equity and inclusion
I joined the EMU community as Director of Diversity and Community Involvement in 2017. Previously, I was the Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Northwest Missouri State University. I earned my bachelor's in public health education and health promotion from Central Michigan University and my master's in higher education from Northwest Missouri State University.
To inspire others to get involved with diversity, equity and inclusion implementation.
LaMarcus D. Howard
I am the Associate Director of EMU’s Disability Resource Center and a member of the Association of Higher Education and Disability. The importance of diversity, equity and inclusion is a mainstream narrative in higher education, yet we must make our words our behavior, our behavior our character, and our character our values.
Build a just, equitable and inclusive EMU community by addressing systemic and cultural barriers.
I am the Coordinator of the EMU Opportunity Program, which is EMU’s first year program that provides an intensive summer enrichment experience and ongoing student support for first-year students. From my experience of performing poor in early college, I enjoy helping students from urban areas make it through college.
Develop programs providing equitable support to increase degree completion for underserved student populations at EMU.
Christine ‘Kate’ Mehuron
I am the Chair of the EMU Women’s Commission, and Professor of Philosophy. I returned to faculty from a associate dean position in 2017. As associate dean, I developed the College of Arts and Sciences faculty advisory committee on diversity and inclusion. This committee advises the CAS Dean.
I plan, as a member of CDI, to assist the President to establish consistent, action-oriented, and ethical responses to campus diversity and inclusion issues.
I'm a psychology major with a minor in creative writing. I'm an English tutor at Upward Bound, a peer educator on gender-based violence for the Women’s Resource Center and the secretary for Active Minds. I'm a member of Washtenaw County’s My Brother’s Keeper Youth Council and I want to earn my Ph.D. in counseling psychology and work with those who live with anxiety and depression.
My goal is to mend the trust between the administrators/faculty/staff and students, make our campus more inclusive and loving and inspire my peers to get more involved in the political process whether it be on campus, in their community or on the national level.
I'm associate provost/associate vice president for Academic Programming. I work with all dimensions of students’ academic experiences at EMU. I'm additionally responsible for the implementation and continued development of the University’s Degree Completion and Retention Plan. Previously, I was Director of the EMU Equality Research Center.
To foster inclusion, equity and success in all aspects of our students’ progress toward their degrees.
My experience ranges from food services, student development, and international student services to working at EMU's Disability Resource Center and interning for Campus Life. In my current role within the Academic Success Partnerships department, I focus on building bridges between community colleges and our University to ensure the success of our transfer student population. My role involves recruitment and retention initiatives through academic coaching, mentorship and authentic leadership. With diverse experience, and a global perspective of an international, graduate, and community college transfer student, I strive to wholeheartedly serve on the President's Commission on Diversity and Inclusion.
To increase engagement with initiatives that assess and increase students' access, inclusion, and academic performance at Eastern Michigan University.
Diana J. Wong
I believe the kaleidoscope of identities making up each of our being enables us to create meaningful human connections. In my role as an associate professor of strategy, entrepreneurship and organization development, diversity and inclusion are intentional matters of my heart and mind in collaborating with colleagues, educating our students as global citizens, and serving our community in a complex world. Boundaries are infinite spaces of "in betweenness" where we have opportunities to come into our higher selves.
To hold space where authentic inclusion enables diversity to strive for equity from micro-interactions between people to multi-level systemic institutional strategic actions.
I am the Investigations and Special Units Lieutenant for the Campus Police Department. I have been at EMU for eight years and have over 25 years of law enforcement experience. Prior to working in law enforcement, I worked in athletics and student services at a university. Diversity and Inclusion is important to me both personally and professionally.
I want to make a difference by being a catalyst for culture change as it relates to diversity and inclusion at our institution and the greater campus community. I want to work as part of this commission, to embed diversity and inclusion as part of the fabric of our University.
- Ron Woods, Chair
- Devika Dibya Choudhuri, Vice Chair
- Sharon Abraham
- Jessica "Decky" Alexander
- Adam Baraka
- Candace Dorsey
- Melissa "Skeeter" Gentile
- LaMarcus Howard
- Christine "Kate" Mehuron
- Amber Morseau
- Gregory Peoples
- Eric Reed
- Desmine Robinson
- Michael Tew
From left to right, top to bottom are Steven Bryant, Derrick Jackson, Professor Ronald Woods (Chair), President Jim Smith, Sharon Abraham, Douglas Wing, Dr. Michael Tew/ Amber Morseau, Dr. Kate Mehuron, Desmine Robinson, Dr. Devika Dibya Choudhuri, Farz Ansari, Melissa Gentile, LaMarcus Howard