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 2018, UNC Charlotte students came from 49 American states and over 1,400 students from 94 different countries. Of these approximately 400 are undergraduates and 1000 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.

All feedback and questions can be sent to Dr. Richard Leeman. 
Senior Associate Dean

2020–2021 CLAS Department Diversity Liaisons (DDL)


Department DDL Email Phone Office
Aerospace Studies Steve Campbell 704-687-8100 Memorial Hall
Africana Studies Debra Smith 704-687-2366 Garinger 129
Anthropology Peta Katz 704-687-8480 Barnard 247
Biology Bao-Hau Song 704-687-8670 Woodward 386D
Chemistry Sarah Wells 704-687-1857 Burson 238
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 Dan Dupree 704-687-5136 Garinger 233
Language & Cultural Studies Olga Padilla-Falto   COED 446
Mathematics & Statistics Aziz Issaka 704-687-1984 Fretwell 350F
Military Science Curtis Lawrence 704-687-8101 Memorial Hall 127
Philosophy Elisabeth Paquette 704-687-5210 Cedar 24A
Physics & Optical Science Awad Gerges 704-687-7559 Grigg 342
Political Science & Public Administration Joanne Carman 704-687-7208 Fretwell 445D
Psychology Erika Montanaro 704-687-1320 Colvard 4032
Religious Studies

Barbara Thiede 704-687-5188 Macy 208B
Sociology Anne Kathrin-Kronberg 704-687-1403 Fretwell 485B
Writing, Rhetoric, and Digital Studies Lynn Raymond   Cameron 118

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.