Diversity Advisory Council
Diversity is central to our core values. OHSU’s President created the Diversity Advisory Council (DAC) to help fulfill one of the six goals of OHSU’s strategic plan, Vision 2020: “to be a great organization, diverse in people and ideas.”
The DAC advises the President and the Executive Leadership Team on enhancing diversity, multiculturalism and equal opportunity for all aspects of the university’s mission. As a campus-wide group, the DAC supports diversity initiatives across the university—everything from helping units understand the business case for diversity to providing practical resources for employees, students, and community members.
The DAC represents all of university’s mission areas and student, staff, and faculty groups. Working together, DAC members enhance communication and collaboration across OHSU’s schools and departments.
The Diversity Advisory Council (DAC), activated in May 2007, meets bi-monthly with an agenda to enhance diversity throughout OHSU. The DAC explores ways to implement the diversity strategies and tactics in Vision 2020, OHSU’s strategic plan, by fostering a community of inclusion.
DAC meetings are led by the Directors of the Center for Diversity & Inclusion (CDI) and Affirmative Action & Equal Opportunity (AAEO). Members are appointed by the OHSU President and represent all areas of the university and its mission.
The DAC links individuals responsible for diversity-related efforts to further the university’s interest in supporting and promoting diversity and equal opportunity. Teamwork, furthering collaboration among schools and departments, and developing and prioritizing diversity initiatives are key charges of the Council.
Contact the Diversity Advisory Council
If you would like to connect with the Diversity Advisory Council, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Council members are encouraged to address and make recommendations concerning the following issues, as well as others as they are identified including: increasing the recruitment and retention of diverse students, faculty and employees, improving the campus climate, promoting the university’s mission, supporting diversity initiatives, and assuring quality service to diverse patients.
Leslie Garcia, M.P.A., Assistant Chief Diversity Officer, Assistant Vice Provost, and Director, Center for Diversity & Inclusion
Michael Tom, J.D., Director, Affirmative Action & Equal Opportunity
Bob Applegate, Associate Director, OHSU Strategic Communications
Kalen Beck, CI and CT, Manager, Volunteer and Language Services
Phyllis Beemsterboer, M.S., Ed.D., FACD, Associate Dean, School of Dentistry
Rossanna Bosch, M.A., Assistant Director, Contracting Services
Adrienne Buesa, MHA, Assistant Administrator, Hospital Administration
Stacey Damazo, MPH, RD, LD, RN, CDE, Registered Nurse, Magnet Nursing Excellence Program
Karen Eden, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Medical Informatics, Women in Academic Medicine Representative
Jessica Flynn, M.D., Assistant Professor, School of Medicine
Vanessa Green, M.S., Director of Higher Education and Diversity Center, Coastal Margin Observation and Prediction, Institute of Environmental Health
Danette Haynes, LCSW., Clinical Director of Psychiatry, Avel Gordly Center for Healing
Patrick Holmes, Communications Specialist, Strategic Communications
Norwood Knight-Richardson, M.D., M.A., MBA, Chief Diversity Officer, Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer
Nicole Lockart, MBA, Assistant Dean, Faculty Affairs & Administration, School of Medicine
Joy McCammon, Vice President, Organizational Development and Human Resources, OHSU Foundation
David Newell, Manager, Delivery and Fleet Services, Facilities & Logistics
Iaen Nylund, Learning and Resource Coordinator, Academic Affairs
Valerie Palmer, Research Associate, Global Health Center
Maulin Patel, Financial Analysis Manager, Central Financial Services
Ellen Rensklev, CPDM, CCMP, Director, Risk Management
Riikka Salonen, MA, Program Manager, Diversity & Inclusion
Connie Seeley, Chief of Staff, President's Office
Linda Strahm, MSIR, Director, Human Resources, Academic Units
Peggy Wros, Ph.D., R.N., Senior Associate Dean for Student Affairs & Diversity, OHSU School of Nursing
Rola Khouri, Administrative Coordinator, Center for Diversity & Inclusion