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Diversity Advisory Council

The DAC is an opportunity for staff and faculty members to uphold the diversity statement of the college, as well as support the college’s mission of being an inclusive community. This council will advise in the development and implementation of practices and policies that institutionalize and integrate Diversity & Inclusion efforts throughout Aquinas. For more information on joining the DAC contact Alicia Lloyd at aal006@aquinas.edu.

Current Members:
Alicia Lloyd, M.Ed - Co-chair, Center for Diversity, Inclusion, & Equity 
Amy Dunham Strand, Ph.D. - Co-chair, Women's Studies
Mallory E. Miller - Center for Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity  
Shani Feyan - Accessibility Services/Student Support Services 
Julie Blaszak, M.A. - Residence Life 
Jessica Bowen - Sustainability 
Michelle DeRose, Ph.D. - English/Insignis Honors Program 
Nkechy Ezeh, Ph.D. - School of Education
Robert Gilmore, M.A., M.Div. - Mission/Ministry/Service Learning
Raul Hernandez Guzman - Admissions
Jennifer Hess, Ph.D. - Faculty Assembly Chair/Biology/Insignis Honors Program 
Dondrea Brown - CORE
Dana Hebreard, Ph.D - Career Services 
John Kroondyk, Librarian 
David Martin - Sociology
Molly Patterson, Ph.D. - Political Science 
Angela Schlosser-Bacon - Admissions 
Ron Yob, B.A. - Anthropology 
Allie Markland - Student Leadership & Engagement

Diversity Assistant Program

Diversity Assistants work to enact the mission of CDI&E in the residence halls throughout campus. Diversity assistants plan program and events for students to engage the AQ community in issues of diversity, inclusion, and equity. For more information on how to apply contact Mallory E. Miller at mem014@aquinas.edu.

Job Responsibilities

  • Strive to develop positive, personal relationships with a diverse range of students on campus.
  • Promote an inclusive and welcoming community.
  • Plan, advertise, and co-sponsor diversity programs and activities across campus.
  • Respect, celebrate and actively engage diversity issues and cross-cultural exploration (including partnering with one cultural related department or RSO to attend group meetings twice a month, bolster membership, programming, and connection to CDI&E.)
  • Communicate regularly with Director and Student Engagement Coordinator regarding campus climate issues.
  • Provide support and referrals to students regarding diversity and inclusion concerns.
  • Maintain confidentiality of sensitive information relating to students and staff.
  • Attend bi-weekly 1 on 1 meetings with Student Engagement Coordinator.
  • Assist with aspects of new student orientation.
  • Attend RA staff meetings twice a month.
  • Plan a program with each building once per quad (this will be done in partnership with an RA.)
  • Work a 2 hour shift at a Residence Hall front desk OR liaise with Student Senate.
  • Work 2 office hours per week in CDI&E.
  • Other duties as assigned.

*All DAs must participate in CDI&E training and participate in pieces of New Student Orientation, which will take place in August before term begins.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Strong commitment to helping diverse students, building community, and acting as a role model for engaging social justice issues.
  • A demonstrated value for cross-cultural exploration.
  • Evidence of good communication skills, organizational and time-management skills, interpersonal skills, reliability, dependability, and leadership potential.
  • Sophomore status (28 semester hours) by the beginning of the academic year for which application is being submitted.
  • Must be in good academic standing (2.0 semester and cumulative GPA required; 2.5 semester and cumulative GPA preferred).
  • Must be in good conduct standing.
  • Applicants who are available for employment for the entire academic year (Fall 2018/Spring 2019) will be given preference.

Terms of Employment

  • A stipend will be paid bi-weekly for the academic year.
  • DAs must maintain good academic and conduct standing throughout the term of their employment.
  • DAs will participate in semester evaluation process with Student Engagement Coordinator
  • DAs will refrain from inappropriate communication (written, verbal, or social media) regarding campus life, groups, and constituents as determined by CDI&E staff members