Diversity Committee

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Departmental Representative


The Diversity Committee is responsible for developing innovative strategies to increase and maintain diversity in the College; disseminating diversity-related information and policies to departmental faculty; facilitating diversity-related activities in the departments; and participating in the execution of plans for integrating diversity into the basic functions of the College.

Committee Composition and Operations

The Diversity Committee has one voting faculty member from each department. The committee also includes one student member. All representatives serve potentially renewable one-year terms. The College Coordinator for Diversity and the College's Multicultural Liaison Officer serve as ex-officio members.


  • Awoke Dollisso, Agricultural Education & Studies (chair)
  • James Wright, Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering
  • Susana Goggi, Agronomy
  • Joan Cunnick, Animal Science
  • Linda Ambrosio, Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology
  • Amy Toth, Ecology, Evolution & Organismal Biology
  • Greg Courtney, Entomology
  • Angela Shaw, Food Science & Human Nutrition
  • Marna Yandeau-Nelson, Genetics, Development & Cell Biology
  • Shui-zhang Fei or Dorothy Masinde, Horticulture
  • Adam Janke, Natural Resource and Ecology & Management
  • Silvina Arias, Plant Pathology & Microbiology
  • J. Arbuckle, Sociology
  • Laura Ziegler, Statistics
  • Justin Roberson, Retention Coordinator (ex-officio member)
  • Theressa Cooper, Assistant Dean, Diversity (ex-officio member)
  • Jahmai Fisher, Director of Multicultural Student Success (ex-officio member)
  • Elisabeth Huff-Lonergan, Department of Animal Science (CALS Faculty Senate Representative)
  • Sue Lamont, Department of Animal Science (ISU ADVANCE)
  • Andy Zehr, CALS Office of Communications
  • Tracy Schlater, Department of Agronomy (CALS P&S Council)