Diversity Advisory Council

History of Diversity Strategic Planning

Since the creation of the Diversity Planning Task Force in academic year 2005-06, and the establishment of a Diversity Strategic Plan in December 2006, Puget Sound has worked diligently to address diversity and inclusion on campus. Out of the work undertaken by the Task Force, a more permanent college-wide institutional group, the Diversity Advisory Council (DAC) was established in September 2008.  DAC is a group charged with examining diversity, inclusion, and equity issues on campus with respect to policy and practice from multiple perspectives (including access, recruitment and retention, community connections and outreach to diverse constituents, and campus climate and culture). DAC works together with the President’s Cabinet leadership and Puget Sound constituents to engage the campus community in productive dialogue about campus climate issues and to make recommendations toward action.

DAC collaborates with Institutional Research (IR) to lead and carry out Puget Sound’s Campus Climate Survey focused on gauging collective change in experiences and perceptions of Puget Sound campus climate as reported by faculty, staff, and students, and is charged, in collaboration with the Cabinet, with developing and implementing the institution’s Diversity Strategic Plan. DAC reviews current efforts aimed at enhancing diversity in representation and practice, and considers which diversity goals and approaches might serve effective in furthering the university’s diversity and inclusion vision, and diversity statement.

The goals and objectives of the diversity strategic plan should be designed to serve as a vehicle to help move the university from its current state with regard to equity and inclusion, practice, and representation toward the future state to which we aspire. Important to the accountability of each strategic goal is the institution’s role in providing the human and financial capacity to effectively carry out said objectives.

Members of the AY 2018-19 Diversity Advisory Council

Michael Benitez, Dean of Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer (Chair), Title IX Coordinator
Alanna Johnson, Assistant Director for Assessment, Institutional Research and Retention
Grace Livingston, Associate Professor, African American Studies
Brittney Jackson, Assistant Director, Admissions
Jada Pelger '96, Information Resources Coordinator, Collins Memorial Library
Peggy Perno, Director, Student Accessibility and Accommodations
Ellen Peters, Director, Institutional Research and Retention
Tricia Speid, Assistant Director for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and Access Programs Coordinator
Roy Robinson, Director of International Programs 
Keith Woody, Directory of Talent Management, Human Resources
Allison Cannady-Smith, Director of Alumni and Parent Relations
Chad H Gunderson, Assistant Professor, Art and Art History
Dave Wright '96, University Chaplain and Director, Spiritual Life and Civic Engagement
Katy Curtis, Humanities Librarian, Library Administration
Vivie Nguyen, Director of Intercultural Engagement, Office of Intercultural Engagement
Carolyn Weisz, Professor, Psychology
Kirsten Wilbur, Clinical Associate Professor and Mental Health Clinic Coordinator, Occupational Therapy
Sammy Coy, Office Manager for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion
Rashad Norris '99, Alumni Representative
Sarah L Lee '94, Alumni Representative
Collin Noble '19, Student Representative, ASUPS President
Allison Shapiro '19, Student Representative, Center for Intercultural and Civic Engagement