Department Diversity Liaisons (DDLs)


The CLAS Diversity Program was established in 2010 by Dean Gutierrez to maintain and promote a climate of diversity. “In the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences,” Dean Gutierrez stated unequivocally, “we are committed to developing an inclusive environment where diversity, in all its forms, is valued and incorporated in the full-range of college activities.”

This Program is to recognize that diversity is critical to the future of our institution as an urban growth university as well as the uniqueness of our college whose departments and degree programs span from the humanities to sciences and social sciences.

In 2014, UNC Charlotte students came from 47 American states and over 1,400 students from 83 different countries. Of these approximately 500 are undergraduates and 900 graduate students. The faculty in our college also engages in a wide range of research, teaching and service activities that make us uniquely situated to contribute to the diversity of our university community. It is important to recognize, support and promote the diverse make-up of our college as well as a richer understanding of the multicultural world in which we live today.

A central focus of CLAS Diversity Program is working with Departmental Diversity Liaisons (DDLs, see next page) to provide leadership in developing and disseminating best practices to incorporate diversity into our scholarship, teaching and service. Diversity includes, but is not limited to ability/disability, age, culture, gender, language, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socio-economic status. Building on the work by previous DDLs, the current group has been hardworking, spearheading a number of initiatives to enhance our collective diversity experience.

Please feel free to take a moment to get to know the kind of work we do as a group. We certainly welcome your feedback to make our college and campus an even more inclusive and wonderful place to be.

Min Jiang
CLAS Diversity Coordinator
Associate Professor of Communication Studies


2015–2016 CLAS Department Diversity Liaisons (DDL)

Department DDL Email Phone Office
Aerospace Studies Kenneth White 704-687-8100 Memorial Hall
Africana Studies Felix Germain 704-685-5163 Garinger 133
Anthropology Peta Katz 704-687-8480 Barnard 247
Biology Ian Marriott 704-687-8506 Woodward 386A
Chemistry Joanna Krueger 704-687-1642 Burson 144
Communication Studies Henrique Viana 704-687-6614 Colvard 5031
Criminal Justice & Criminology John Stogner 704-687-7556 Colvard 5080
English Juan Meneses 704-687-8325 Fretwell 255E
Geography & Earth Sciences Laurie Garo 704-687-5981 McEniry 417
Global, International & Area Studies Garth Green 704-687-5183 Macy 103A
History Sonya Ramsey 704-687-5154 Garinger 126
Language & Cultural Studies Maria Mahaffey 704-687-8754 COED 422
Mathematics & Statistics Anthony Fernandes 704-687-5618 Fretwell 245F
Military Science Curtis Lawrence 704-687-8101 Memorial Hall 127
Philosophy Phillip McReynolds 704-687-5415 Winningham 109A
Physics & Optical Science Greg Gbur 704-687-8137 Grigg 205
Political Science & Public Administration Greg Weeks 704-687-7574 Fretwell 440A
Psychology Sara Levens 704-687-1965 Colvard 4033
Religious Studies Julia Robinson 704-687-5188 Macy 208C
Sociology Scott Fitzgerald 704-687-7805 Fretwell 485E
University Writing Program Cassandra Blandford 704-687-1927 Cameron 128

Previous DDL Initiatives:

Since 2013 Fall, DDLs have identified and have been working on a number of diversity-related issues. Our group strives to provide leadership, more resources and information for faculty, staff and students.

  1. Website and newsletter content: Rickelle Mason, Ritika Prasad, Mike Fiddy; student essays: Justin Cary and Christine Germain
  2. Undergraduate perspectives on diversity in CLAS. Follow up on report produced last year (see white paper); Anthony Fernandes
  3. Campus ombuds and support services, identify resources and work with campus & graduate ombuds, compare with peer institutions’ approaches and guidelines: Mike Fiddy, Nick Caste.
  4. International faculty Identify challenges faced by international faculty and departments (e.g. hiring, retention) Identify resources and make suggestions: Garth Green.
  5. Diversity in faculty recruitment & retention Work with ADVANCE to obtain data (e.g. discipline, gender, race etc.): Judy Aulette.
  6. Issues of diversity in student evaluation of teaching (SET). Ongoing work on SET, work with department review committee, online evaluations: Scott Hippensteel, Didier Dreau, Christine Germain.
  7. Student organizations and the importance of diversity in the workplace. Diversity in the workplace/employment: Bruce Arrigo, Phil McReynolds.
  8. Women/minorities in science. Tracking students, best practices elsewhere: Sara Levens, Joanna Krueger
  9. Social media. Public space discussions and building social media presence: Justin Cary, Christine Germain, Rickelle Mason.
  10. Campus climate survey, best practices elsewhere, liaise with ADVANCE: Bruce Arrigo, Anthony Fernandes, Rickelle Mason.