Diversity Advisory Council
Diversity is central to our core values. OHSU’s President created the Diversity Advisory Council 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, 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 Center for Diversity and Inclusion. Members are appointed by the OHSU President and represent all areas of the university and its mission.
The DAC connects individuals responsible for diversity-related efforts to further the institution’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
Brian Gibbs, Ph.D., M.P.A., Vice President, Equity and Inclusion
Daisy Alva, Manager, Faculty Employment Contracts, Academic Affairs
Bob Applegate, Associate Director, Community Engagement, Strategic Communications
Kristen Beiers-Jones, M.N., Assistant Professor, Clinical Nursing
Erik Brodt, M.D., Assistant Professor, Family Medicine
Rossanna Bosch, M.A., Assistant Director, Contracting Services
Stacey Damazo, M.P.H., R.D., L.D., R.N., C.D.E., Registered Nurse, Magnet Nursing Excellence Program
Niyeti Desai, M.A., Program Manager, Knight Regional Outreach
Karen Eden, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Medical Informatics, Women in Academic Medicine Representative
Damien Fair, P.A.-C, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Behavioral Neuroscience
Jessica Flynn, M.D., Clinical Associate Professor, School of Medicine
Michael Foster, Supervisor, Retail Food Service
Tamara Goldsmith, A.R.M., Risk Analyst, Risk Management
Merle Graybill, M.Ed., Ombudsman, Provost Office
Patrick Holmes, Associate Director, Internal Communications
Ian Jaquiss, J.D., Disability Awareness Trainer and Community Outreach Specialist, Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity
Tim Kringen, Senior Advisor, Office of the President
Shea Lott, Ph.D., Research Associate, Clinical Psychology
Kim Lu, M.D., Associate Professor, General Surgery
Michael Matrone, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Affairs Officer, Postdoctoral Affairs
Mark Mitchell, M.A., Associate Dean, Student Affairs, School of Dentistry
Chinetta Montgomery, AFSCME
David Newell, Manager, Delivery and Fleet Services
Iaen Nylund, M.Ed., Learning and Resource Coordinator, Office of International Affairs
Amy Penkin, M.S.W., Social Work Supervisor, Healthcare Partnership Project
Riikka Salonen, M.A., Program Manager, Diversity Talent Acquisition, Human Resources
Laura Stadum, J.D., Director, Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity
Asma Taha, Ph.D., R.N., C.P.N.P.-P.C./A.C., Associate Professor, Director, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program
Jon Waterhouse, Indigenous Peoples Scholar, Center for Coastal Margin Observation and Prediction, Environmental Health
Verian Wedeking, Outreach Program Administrator, Casey Eye Institute
Melanie Wong, Executive Assistant, Center for Diversity and Inclusion