Diversity Advisory Council

DAC Co-Chairs

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.

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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.

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DAC Membership

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.,  Chief Diversity Officer (interim), Assistant Vice Provost, and Director, Center for Diversity & Inclusion

Michael Tom, J.D.,  Director, Affirmative Action & Equal Opportunity


Shelby Acteson, M.Ed., Director, Office of Student Access

Bob Applegate, Associate Director, Community Engagement, Strategic Communications

Kalen Beck, CI and CT,Manager, Volunteer and Language Services

Rossanna Bosch, M.A., Assistant Director, Contracting Services

Adrienne Buesa, MHA, Assistant Administrator, Hospital Administration

David Cortez, M.Ed., Diversity Coordinator, Student Affairs and Diversity, School of Nursing

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 Observationand Prediction, Institute of Environmental Health

Patrick Holmes, Associate Director, Strategic Communications

Ian Jaquiss, J.D., Disability Awareness Trainer & Community Outreach Specialist, Affirmative Action & Equal Opportunity

Nicole Lockart, MBA, Assistant Dean, Faculty Affairs & Administration, School of Medicine

Joy McCammon, Vice President, Organizational Development and Human Resources, OHSU Foundation

Mark Mitchell, M.A., Associate Dean, Student Affairs, School of Dentistry

Chinetta Montgomery, AFSCME

David Newell, Manager, Delivery and Fleet Services, Campus Services

Iaen Nylund, M.Ed., Learning and Resource Coordinator, Office of International Affairs

Valerie Palmer, Research Associate, Global Health Center

Maulin Patel, Director, Central Financial Services

Ellen Rensklev, CPDM, CCMP, Director, Risk Management

Riikka Salonen, MA, Program Manager, Healthcare Human Resources

Connie Seeley, Chief of Staff, President's Office

Linda Strahm, MSIR, Director, Human Resources, School of Medicine

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