Council on Diversity and Social Justice


The Council is chaired by the university chaplain and is administered through the Office of the Chaplains.

The membership of the Council on Diversity and Social Justice consists of no more than 12 and no fewer than eight (8) faculty, students, and staff appointed by the University President in consultation with the chair, academic deans, and faculty governance committees as follows:

  • At least one representative (who may be faculty, student or staff) from each school
    • College of Liberal Arts (CLA) - in consultation with the dean, the Multi-Cultural Affairs Committee (MAC) and other bodies as appropriate
    • College of Law - in consultation with the dean
    • Atkinson Graduate School of Management (AGSM) - in consultation with the dean
  • Additional faculty, students and staff (classified or administrative) broadly representative of various parts of the university community with an interest in diversity and social justice and reflecting the diversity of the university community.

Faculty and staff shall be appointed for two-year, renewable terms that shall be staggered to ensure continuity of experience. (The president, in consultation with the appropriate dean and faculty governance committee will appoint interim faculty members to replace regularly appointed faculty who are on leave.)

Students shall be appointed to one-year terms, renewable on the recommendation of director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the CDSJ, and the appropriate academic dean.


Members: 2014-15

Joe Abraham, Director, WU Sustainability Institute

Noor Amr, College of Liberal Arts, Class of 2015

Jackie Balzer, Associate Dean of Campus Life

Linda Flamenco, Assistant Director of Human Resources

Jonneke Koomen, Assistant Professor of Politics

Veronica Ortiz, Associate Director of CLA admission

Katherine Porras, Atkinson Graduate School of Management, Class of 2015

Luz Reyna, College of Liberal Arts, Class of 2017

Danny Santos, Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Administration, College of Law

Gordy Toyama, Director of Multicultural Affairs

Karen Wood, University Chaplain (chair)

Staff: Holli Davenport, Assistant to the Chaplains