Council on Diversity and Inclusion


Cultivate a campus community that inspires acceptance, inclusion, and mutual respect.


The Council on Diversity & Inclusion (CODI) advocates and champions diversity and inclusion efforts that prioritize our commitment to the core values of love and honor, respect and inclusion. CODI will promote a college community that is welcoming, empowering, and safe.


The functions of the Council on Diversity and Inclusion are to advise the Vice President of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion and the Provost on matters of diversity and to facilitate long term planning for and to engage in the following:

  • Connect offices and departments of the university to various diversity and inclusion initiatives,
  • Disseminate information to members of the University community regarding "best practices" which encourage diversity, equity, and inclusion,
  • Facilitate open dialogue and difficult conversations across differences to promote understanding and constructive exchange of views on matters of diversity,
  • Develop diversity-related competencies to increase recruitment and retention of diverse faculty, staff, and students,
  • Use metrics to assess and identify trends, progress, and problems pertaining to campus diversity and climate,
  • Build an intellectual community that recognizes that diverse experiences create a rich educational experience for members of the greater University community.

The Council shall report regularly to University Senate.


  • One (1) faculty member who is a member of University Senate and shall serve as Senate Liaison.
  • One (1) representative from the College of Arts and Science.
  • One (1) representative from the Farmer School of Business.
  • One (1) representative from the College of Engineering and Computing.
  • One (1) representative from the College of Education, Health, and Society.
  • One (1) representative from the College of Creative Arts.
  • One (1) representative from the College of Liberal Arts and Applied Science.
  • One (1) representative from the University Libraries.
  • One (1) representative from the Division of Finance and Business Services.
  • One (1) member of the Classified Personnel Advisory Committee (CPAC).
  • One (1) member from the Division of Enrollment Management and Student Success (EMSS).
  • One (1) representative from the Division of Information Technology (IT) Services.
  • One (1) representative from the Division of Student Life.
  • One (1) representative from the Division of University Advancement.
  • One (1) representative from University Communications and Marketing.
  • One (1) representative from Intercollegiate Athletics.
  • One (1) undergraduate student who is the Associated Student Government, Secretary of Diversity and Inclusion.
  • One (1) undergraduate student who is enrolled at a Miami Regionals campus.
  • One (1) graduate student who is a member of the Graduate Students of Color Association.
  • Five (5) administrative staff positions:
    • The Director of the Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion or representative.
    • Director of the Office of Equity and Equal Opportunity or a representative.
    • The Director of Global Initiatives or representative.
    • The Director of Miller Center for Student Disability Services.
    • The Regional Director of Diversity and Multicultural Services.

The Executive Committee of University Senate, in consultation with the Vice President for Institutional Diversity, shall nominate Council members.

Standing Sub-Committees

The Council on Diversity and Inclusion will have five standing sub-committees:

  1. Curriculum Development seeks to assist and educate faculty in their efforts to embed Diversity & Inclusion in the curriculum and co-curriculum.

  2. Multicultural Programming seeks to offer a broad base of cultural experiences within the institution.

  3. Recruitment and Retention supports the institution in its efforts to recruit, hire, and develop the best possible faculty and staff; examines student recruitment and retention practices and how they affect the overall commitment to Diversity & Inclusion.

  4. Data will keep CODI abreast of relevant institutional Diversity, Equity & Inclusion data, national data trends and lead the faculty, staff, and student diversity climate survey.

  5. DEI Recognition will create and implement recognition for excellence in DEI teaching, advocacy and leadership. It will also lead the planning of the Week of Inclusive Excellence.


  • Chair, Tekeia Howard, 
  • Senate Liaison, TBD

Faculty and Staff

Term ends August 2024

Term ends August 2025

Five (5) Administrative Staff Positions

Divisional Staff Representatives

Two (2) undergraduate students

  • TBD, Regional Campuses Student
  • August Ogunnowo, ASG Secretary of Diversity & Inclusion,

One (1) graduate student

  • TBD, Graduate Students of Color Association
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