The Citadel

The Military College of South Carolina


Diversity Equity and Inclusion Council

The fundamental purpose of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council is to promote a culture of inclusion and equity. The Council will meet this goal by seeking to accomplish Strategic Initiatives Seven and Four of The Citadel’s Leadership Excellence and Academic Distinction (LEAD) Plan 2018, by working to fulfill the recommendations of the 2012 Institutional Program Assessment Committee (IPAC) Report, and by promoting The Citadel Core Value of Respect. The Council will also provide guidance and leadership to improve The Citadel’s success in certain objective measurements of diversity in both the school’s work force and student body.

To excel as a leader in diversity, inclusion and equity at all levels of the institution.

To create and support a culture of equal opportunity where the personal and professional growth and advancement of every individual is valued and strengthened.

Council Role and Responsibilities
In addition to providing recommendations regarding current policy, policy development and other matters, members of the Council will:

  • Be effective communicators by looking for opportunities to share with the community the value and importance The Citadel places on a diverse workforce and student body.
  • Review analyses of data for action, benchmarking, special initiatives, recommendations and other activities related to diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Maintain general oversight for diversity, equity and inclusion activities on campus to facilitate collaborations, decrease duplication of services, and to unify efforts in this area for consistent messaging, communication and increased value.
  • Promote a campus wide culture of diversity, equity and inclusion.

Diversity Equity and Inclusion Council Chairs
Mrs. Shawn Edwards – Chief Diversity Officer
COL Julie Lipovsky – Assistant Provost, Diversity Initiatives
LTC Robert Pickering, Jr. – Director, Multicultural Affairs

Diversity Equity and Inclusion Council Members

Julio Caceres – Multicultural Student Services
Ken Davis – Operations and Administration
Vacant – Communications and Marketing
Orlando Garcia – Commandants Office
Jason Gethers – School of Engineering
Melissa Irick – Finance and Business
Kathy Kroupa – Athletics
Edwina McGill – Admissions
Joe Molina – Campus Religious Life
Amanda Mushal – School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Jaye Goosby Smith – School of Business
Lauren Smith – Citadel Graduate College
Kendra Snipe – Human Resources
Jonathan Sun – School of Science and Mathematics
Janet Shealy – Commandants Office
Rodney Thompson – School of Education
Lisa Ukuku – The Citadel Foundation
Elise Wallace – Daniel Library

The President's Task Force for Advancing The Citadel's Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion - Recommendation Report | 31 OCT 2016

Please feel free to share suggestions or comments regarding diversity, equity and inclusion with anyone on the Council.

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