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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force

In spring 2019, North Central College established a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force, consisting of students, faculty, and staff. This Task Force operates in a manner consistent with the College’s Strategic Plan and will complement ongoing efforts and initiatives by certain campus groups including the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Center for the Advancement of Faculty Excellence (CAFÉ), the Bias Incident Response Team (BIRT), the Bias Education Team (BET), Cardinal Safe Zone, the Title IX office, and others.

The Task Force Charge

  • Identify the needs of underrepresented members of our community and make recommendations for initiatives that will be ongoing with a clear intention to affect permanent cultural change on matters of diversity, equity and inclusion;
  • Solicit input for doing so from all College constituencies including students, faculty, staff and alumni;
  • Review existing diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives throughout campus, including strategies and tactics within the Strategic Plan, revisit all timelines, incorporate new ideas, and reprioritize all activities and timelines accordingly;
  • Ensure ongoing accountability throughout the campus community on all diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives.
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Task Force Members


  • Dorothy Pleas, Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Multicultural Affairs
  • Dr. Stephen Maynard Caliendo, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

Faculty Representatives

  • Dr. William Barnett, Associate Professor of History
  • Dr. Suzanne Chod, Associate Professor of Political Science; Coordinator of Gender and Women’s Studies
  • Dr. Marco Martinez, Assistant Professor of Mathematics; Coordinator of Actuarial Science
  • Dr. Alicia Okpareke, Assistant Professor of Education; Education Assessment Coordinator
  • Dr. Donnavieve Smith, Associate Professor of Marketing

Staff Representatives 

  • Dr. Rebecca Gordon, Assistant Vice President for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion; Title IX Coordinator; Coordinator of Disability Support Services
  • Sharon Merrill, Director of Human Resources
  • Kamelotte Gregory, Assistant Director, Center for Social Impact

Cabinet Liaison

  • Dr. Kimberly Sluis, Vice-President for Student Affairs and Strategic Initiatives


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Efforts

North Central College is committed to the work of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, as outlined by our Strategic Plan. Learn more about the on-going efforts of the College as we continue listening, learning, and growing.

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