College of Education and Professional Development

Diversity and Social Justice Committee

COEPD Diversity and Social Justice Committee’s Charge

  • Organize and promote lectures and other professional development activities on diversity and social justice, including English Language Learners.
  • Serve as a resource to faculty
  • Promote cultural competence in faculty and students
  • Encourage faculty to include diversity and social justice elements in syllabi as they relate to accreditation
  • Facilitate involvement with internal and external agencies which promote diversity and social justice
  • Develop students to consider diversity in initial planning/treatment rather than as an afterthought
  • Help develop students who recognize and embrace diversity and help others to do so as well

Diversity and Social Justice Committee Members

Ruthann Arneson, Secretary
Assistant Professor, Early Childhood Education

Wendi Dunham
Assistant Professor, Special Education

Kimberly McFall
Assistant Professor, Elementary & Secondary Education

Tim Melvin, Chair
Adult and Continuing Education

Lanai Jennings, Member
Assistant Professor, School Psychology

Feon Smith-Branch, Member
Associate Professor, Adult & Continuing Education

Aju James
Minority Faculty Fellow and Assistant Professor

Minutes and Agendas

Upcoming Meeting Agendas

Annual Reports

Events & Programs

Accreditation Information

Research & Scholarship


NASP Diversity Resources