Office of Diversity & Inclusion

Campus Leadership

In addition to being a member of the President’s Cabinet, the Chief Diversity Officer provides critical leadership to several committees, councils, commissions, and other campus groups and initiatives.

Recommendations of the Joint President/Senate Task Force on Inclusion and Respect

The University of Maryland Joint President/Senate Task Force on Inclusion and Respect issued its report on March 30, 2018 and President Loh approved the report on May 2, 2018. The Joint Task Force called upon the Office of Diversity & Inclusion to develop a phased implementation plan and to track its progress online.

On June 5, 2018, ODI submitted an Implementation Strategy for phase 1 to President Loh.

Diversity & Inclusion Officers

Diversity & Inclusion Officers are responsible for providing diversity education and training, overseeing climate assessments, and supporting diversity-related recruitment/retention, programming, and evaluation efforts within their respective units. Diversity & Inclusion Officers also collaborate on campus-wide diversity initiatives.

Division/School/College Diversity Officer Title
Administration & Finance Anne Martens Assistant VP
Athletic Department Kristen D. Brown (interim) Associate Athletic Director
Information Technology Marcio A. Oliveira Assistant Vice President,
Academic Technology & Innovation
President’s Office Cynthia Edmunds Assistant to President
Provost’s Office Roger L. Worthington Interim Associate Provost and
Chief Diversity Officer
Research Robin Parker Cox Director
Student Affairs Warren Kelley Assistant VP
University Relations De'Leisa K. Nelson Talent Manager
Agriculture and Natural Resources Norman Pruitt Director of Human Resources
Architecture, Planning and Preservation Ronit Eisenbach Associate Professor
Arts and Humanities Vacant
Business Christine Beckman Professor
Behavioral and Social Sciences Kim Nickerson Assistant Dean
Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences Willie May Director of Major Research & Training Initiatives
Education Ebony Terrell Clinical Professor
Engineering Elisabeth Smela/Susan Harkins Professor & Associate Dean / Coordinator
Graduate School Christopher Pérez Associate Director
iSchool Paul Jaeger Professor
Journalism Kalyani Chadha Associate Professor
Libraries Sharon Epps Librarian III
Public Health Olivia Carter-Pokras Professor
Public Policy Chandrika Rallapalli Assistant Dean
Undergraduate Studies Jerry Lewis Exec. Dir., Academic Achievement Programs

Updated February 1, 2018

Equity Council

The Equity Council serves as an advisory group to the President and supports the longstanding and continuous goal of the University of Maryland to be a national leader in recruiting and retaining a diverse community of faculty, staff, and students.

Information about Search and Selection procedures may be found on their website.

Search and Selection training for exempt and faculty searches is offered on an ongoing basis. If you are interested in attending a training session, please contact Cynthia Edmunds at

President’s Commissions

The President’s Commission on Disability Issues

Co-Chair: Paul Jaeger, Professor, College of Information Studies


Co-Chair: Ana Palla-Cane, Specialist, Learning Technology Strategy


Established in 1986, the President's Commission on Disability Issues is responsible for advising the President on issues of concern to people with disabilities. The Commission investigates and studies these issues as part of the University's commitment to the full participation of all members of its community in the educational, cultural, and social life of the campus. Its mission is to recommend steps that will help the University create a respectful, inclusive and universally accessible environment for people with disabilities

The President’s Commission on Ethnic Minority Issues

Co-Chair: Sharon Fries-Britt, Professor, Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education


Co-Chair: Kim Nickerson, Assistant Dean, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences


The President's Commission on Ethnic Minority Issues (PCEMI) was established in 1973 to address the concerns of ethnic minority groups on the UM campus. As an advocate for the ethnic minority community, PCEMI has endeavored to ensure that barriers to equal access are identified and addressed, and that ethnic minorities are represented in all aspects of life and study throughout the UM campus.

The President’s Commission on LGBT Issues

Chair: Dr. Daryle Williams, Associate Professor, Department of History, Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, College of Arts and Humanities


Established in 1997, the President’s Commission on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues (PCLGBTI) is responsible for advising the President and others in the campus administration, on issues of concern to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students, faculty, and staff. The Commission's responsibilities include recommending policies and programs to ensure that the campus is sensitive to the needs of the many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons who are part of the University community.

The President’s Commission on Women’s Issues

Chair: Dr. Ellin K. Scholnick, Faculty Ombuds Officer, Office of the President,


Established in 1973, the primary mission of the President's Commission on Women's Issues (PCWI) is to be an advocate for the interest of the entire community of women at UM. This community includes undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, administrators, and both exempt and non-exempt staff. In its advocacy role, the Commission places particular emphasis on the diverse perspectives of women within the community. To achieve its mission, the Commission:

  • Advises the President on issues related to women, gender, and diversity.
  • Communicates and collaborates with other groups concerned with gender and diversity.
  • Investigates, studies, and makes recommendations concerning the needs of all constituencies of women in the campus community.
  • Suggests responses to problems as they arise and communicates these suggestions to the President.
  • Educates the community about women's issues.
  • Celebrates women's accomplishments.

University Senate

The Chief Diversity Officer or their delegate are ex-officio members of the Senate’s Campus Affairs Committee and the Committee on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.