2018-2019 Subcommittees & Goals

    The HCIE organizes into subcommittees each academic year to work on particular goals.  Each subcommittee includes faculty, students, and staff and works closely with the university leadership.  The 2018-2019 Council formed three subcommittees.

      Faculty, Graduate Student, and Postdoc Diversity and Development Subcommittee

        Recommend departmental and institutional practices/policies that facilitate recruitment/hiring, development, and advancement of URM and women students, postdocs and faculty. Identify institutional impediments to student and faculty diversity and develop strategies that can be executed at the school and departmental level. This committee will also focus on the varied career pathways from graduate student to senior professor.

        • Reports about faculty hires, promotions, and departures disaggregated by race, ethnicity, and gender
        • Build institutional capacity for culture change by identifying key areas for interventions in URM faculty recruitment and development (strategic high-impact initiatives)
        • Systematically assess quantitative and qualitative data to identify problem areas with regard to diversity goals, recruitment of URM groups, retention/advancement, and perceptions of the work environment
        • Identify and collaborate with important faculty groups/committees and leadership to implement policy changes
        • Implement best practices that embed diversity into the institutional fabric (keep diversity at the core, linking process to institutional priorities)

        Karen Fleming (Co-Chair)
        Jocelyn Haversat (Co-Chair)
        Suhas Eswarappa Prameela
        Kendall Free
        Rigoberto Hernandez
        Jeanne-Marie Jackson
        Rachel Karchin
        Christine Kavanagh
        Chang Liu
        Dora Malech


            1. Continue to review Diversity Action Plans and provide feedback to department Chairs and Deans.

            2. Assess relevant areas of the Roadmap on Diversity and provide feedback to the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

          Climate, Culture, and Campus Experience (C3E) Subcommittee

            Identify ways to better understand our campus environment and document how various members of the community (students, graduate students, postdocs, staff, and faculty) feel about their experiences at Homewood. Develop ways to assess the climate and leverage these data.

            • Climate surveys, perceptions of institutional environment, engagement, and quality of experience
            • Develop mechanism for reporting and sharing information on diversity progress to inform initiatives and decision making
            • Identify intellectual gaps in class offerings, encourage student enrollment in courses that engage diversity, and assess options for developing questions about inclusion in course evaluations

            Lael J. Ensor-Bennett (Co-Chair)
            AJ Tsang (Co-Chair)
            Joel Bader
            Richard Helman
            Jerry Prince
            Naisa Rahman
            Madelynn Wellons


        1. Re-evaluate course evaluation diversity and inclusion question pilot data and run a second pilot in the spring semester with improved questions and larger test group.

        2. Liaise with DLC and CDO Fenimore Fisher to develop practices for collecting climate data. Assess current state of climate surveys and evaluate readily available data. Initiate conversations with campus affinity groups and relevant campus offices to collect data on opportunities for diversity and inclusion work and gather input on campus climate issues.

        3. Assess relevant areas of the Roadmap on Diversity and provide feedback to the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

      Diversity Education/Inclusive Classrooms Subcommittee

        Identify and develop effective strategies for promoting an inclusive environment to facilitate education for our diverse student body. Communicate these strategies with the Homewood community. This subcommittee also works to identify innovative ways to inform and engage our community in diversity issues and best practices. Provides the framework for linking diversity to institutional quality and mission. Specifically, this subcommittee focuses on leadership development activities and departmental strategies that equip faculty, graduate students, postdocs, undergraduate students and staff with practical tools and skills to create an inclusive environment.


        Trevor Mackesey (Co-Chair)
        Natalie Strobach (Co-Chair)
        Kiana Boroumand
        Moses Davis
        Alexandra Gittens
        Jeff Gray


        1. Compile and share a list of resources for promoting an inclusive classroom environment.

        2. Draft and pilot an “Inclusive Excellence and Classroom Climate” statement for syllabi.

        3. Summarize findings from the HCIE 2017 inclusivity course evaluations.

        4. Gather experiential data about classroom experiences from current undergrad population.

        5. Lay the foundation for future inclusive classrooms by exploring a graduate/undergraduate mentorship program.