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Dean of Students Diversity Advisory Group

The Dean of Students Diversity Advisory Group is a forum for the Dean of Students and other administrators to hear directly from students about their experiences to better advocate for a more inclusive learning environment that supports unique perspectives and values differences.

Membership

  • The Advisory Group is co-chaired by the Dean of Students and a student.
  • The Provost and the chair of the Faculty Diversity Committee serve as ex-officio members of the group.
  • Undergraduate and graduate students who are passionate about diversity and inclusion and willing to share their experiences with others are eligible to apply.
  • Based on the topic of each meeting, invited guests are welcome to attend.

Application Process

  • The next application period will open in January 2019.

Time Commitment

  • The Advisory Group meets monthly for an hour and a half over lunch.
  • Meetings are typically the first Monday of the month from noon–1:30 p.m.

If you have any campus concerns related to diversity and inclusion that you would like the Dean of Students Diversity Advisory Group to discuss, please email diversityadvisorygroup@ut.edu.

Furaat Ahmed

International Business and Management
Ahmed

Hometown: Islamabad, Pakistan
Graduation Year: May 2019

Personal Definition of Diversity: Diversity stands for people from different ethnicities and cultures sharing their experiences. Simply a group of people born in different countries.

Jomely Breton

International Business and Marketing
Breton

Hometown: New York
Graduation Year: May 2020

Personal Definition of Diversity: Diversity is not the difference in culture, skin color or race. Diversity is anything that makes a person unique and different.

Shonnice Brown

Applied Sociology
Brown

Hometown: Chicago, IL
Graduation Year: May 2019

Personal Definition of Diversity: A mutual understanding and respect for one another's differences instead of shedding a negative light on the differences.

Hannah Hines

Finance
Hannah

Hometown: Valrico, FL
Graduation Year: December 2019

Personal Definition of Diversity: Diversity means the inclusion of different types of people without regards to race, gender, religion, socioeconomic status or age.

Tyvon Jackasal

Biology/Pre-Medicine
Jackasal

Hometown: St. Petersburg
Graduation Year: May 2019

Personal Definition of Diversity: Diversity is having different nationalities and ethnic backgrounds that make one unique in this world. Each individual uniqueness is what defines oneself, which creates personable characteristics that show diversity on this Earth.

Upasana Joshi

MBA
Joshi

Hometown: Nepal
Graduation Year: May 2019

Personal Definition of Diversity: Diversity is like a meal served on a plate, which is the result of cooking varieties of ingredients together, each ingredient complement the other. Because same is boring. Similarly, it is the representation of human differences in terms of gender, values, experiences, religion, culture, lifestyle, political background, and so on, and acknowledging these differences to increase one's perspective.

Ananyo Kumar

MBA
Ananyo

Hometown: Jamshedpur, India
Graduation Year: Summer 2019

Personal Definition of Diversity: Diversity is accepting a person for who they are, irrespective of their color, race, religion, gender, political beliefs and accents. The true diverse community is one where no preconceived notion about a person’s behavior or mannerisms exists and an individual is recognized by his or her vision, motivation and aspiration. It must be seen as a competitive advantage where each and every one gets to harness the best aspects of every culture.

Kori Lannaman

Public Health
Kori Lannaman

Hometown: Fayetteville, GA
Graduation Year: May 2020

Personal Definition of Diversity: Diversity is an understanding of the unique differences from person to person. In pushing for diversity, one must also remember to be inclusive, so as to foster a welcoming environment.

Jennika Lebron

Accounting
Jennika Lebron

Hometown: Hartford, CT
Graduation Year: May 2019

Personal Definition of Diversity: A melting pot of differences

James Meslener

Management
James Meslener

Hometown: Garrison, NY
Graduation Year: December 2019

Personal Definition of Diversity: Diversity is the similarities and differences of people in their cultures, languages and geographical locations. Celebrating diversity is the process of learning and appreciating these similarities and differences.

Morgan Miller

Biology
Miller

Hometown: New Bedford
Graduation Year: May 2021

Personal Definition of Diversity: Diversity is the recognition and acceptance of individuals of varying unique attributes. Diversity brings a state of wholeness and inclusivity to every applied topic.

Michelle Mooney

Psychology/Sociology
Mooney

Hometown: Waipahu, HI
Graduation Year: May 2020

Personal Definition of Diversity: Diversity is the understanding that each individual is unique, and to recognize individual or personal differences. It is the ability for these differences to coexist together with a mutual acceptance for all. These can be along the dimensions of race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs or other ideologies.

Sara Setargew

Philosophy/Cybersecurity
Sara

Hometown: Ethiopia
Graduation Year: May 2019

Personal Definition of Diversity: Diversity is so much more than just the surface qualities of race or gender. It encompasses all qualities that make us unique, as an individual or as part of a group. It is acceptance, respect and understanding of those unique qualities.

Leighanna Son

Elementary Education
Leighanna

Hometown: Haymarket, VA
Graduation Year: December 2019

Personal Definition of Diversity: To me, diversity means the presence of a wide range of races, ethnicities, socioeconomic statuses, nationalities, sexualities, religions and political beliefs in a single group of people.

Debra Tuberion

Psychology
Debra

Hometown: Union Beach, NJ
Graduation Year: December 2020

Personal Definition of Diversity: Diversity is having a range of many different people and being inclusive no matter what race, sex, gender, ethnicity, etc. a person is. Diversity is understanding that each individual is different and not only accepting, but learning from those differences.

Rachel Wall

Allied Health
Rachel

Hometown: Cobbs Cross, Antigua
Graduation Year: May 2020

Personal Definition of Diversity: "Diverse" refers to the many differences within culture and individuals who make up a society, be that differences in culture, religion, worldview – anything marking us as individuals. "Diversity" is when these are a unifying force – we are different, but these differences are what builds us as people and betters us through increasing tolerance and appreciation of different cultures. This shared knowledge and friendship – diversity – brings all these unique pieces into a unified whole.