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Diversity Operations Committee


This standing university-wide committee, functioning similar to the Academic Operations Committee (AOC) and the Graduate Operations Committee (GOC), serves as an advisory body to the Vice President and Associate Provost for Diversity. The Committee is charged to:

  • Ensure that all existing and planned policies, operations, procedures, and all major plans for organizational change are pursued with careful attention to their impact on our diversity goals;

  • Ensure strategic coordination of university-wide diversity-related activities;

  • Consider processes for the collection of equity and climate data, diversity initiatives, as well as recruitment and retention strategies and outcomes; and

  • Consider means for enhancing the effectiveness of our collective diversity initiatives, taking into account current practices, and the distinctive cultures of our various units.


Office for Diversity
Blanca Lupiani, Interim Vice President and Associate Provost for Diversity,  DOC Convener


Bush School of Government and Public Service
Matthew Upton, Assistant Dean, Career & Student Services

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Julie Wilson, Program Manager

College of Architecture
Cecilia Giusti, Associate Dean for Outreach and Diversity

College of Dentistry
Lavern Holyfield, Director of Diversity & Faculty Development

College of Education and Human Development
Nancy Hutchins, Assistant Director
Frederick Nafukho, Professor and Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs

College of Engineering
John Hurtado, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

College of Geosciences
Eric Riggs, Associate Dean for Diversity and Climate

College of Liberal Arts
Leroy Dorsey, Associate Dean for Academic Initiatives and Graduate Instruction

College of Medicine
Dianne Kraft, Assistant Dean for Diversity

College of Nursing
Debra Matthews, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

College of Science
Sherry Yennello, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Research

College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Kenita Rogers, Executive Associate Dean and Director of Climate and Diversity

Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy
Juan Bustamante, Assistant Professor, Interim Director of Admissions 

Mays Business School
Annie McGowan, Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion

School of Public Health
Lisako McKyer, Associate Dean for Climate and Diversity

Texas A&M University at Galveston
Donna Lang, Vice President for Academic Operations

Texas A&M University School of Law
Carol Pauli, Instructional Associate Professor of Law

University Libraries
Crystal Vinal, Dean's Executive Assistant 

Administrative Units 

Division of Academic Affairs
Suzanne Droleskey, Co-chair of Academic Affairs Climate and Diversity Committee (AACDC)
Arthur Watson, Co-chair of Academic Affairs Climate and Diversity Committee (AACDC)

Division of Finance and Administration
Jane Schneider, Associate Vice President for Facilities and Operations

Division of Information Technology
Gib Sawtelle, Assistant Director

Division of Student Affairs
CJ Woods, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs

Office of the Dean of Faculties and Associate Provost
John August, Dean of Faculties and Associate Provost 
Blanca Lupiani, Executive Associate Dean of Faculties

Office of Graduate and Professional Studies
Mark Zoran, Acting Associate Provost for Graduate and Professional Studies

Office of the President
Tracy Cullen, Director of Executive Services


Graduate and Professional Student Council (GPSC)
Wilmarie Marrero-Ortiz, Diversity & Inclusion, Co-chair for the GPSC

Office for Diversity
Jennifer Reyes, Director for Assessment and Diversity Initiatives
Jyotsna Vaid, Director for Organizational Development, Research, and Equity

Student Government Association
Anne-Marie Prochaska, Vice President of Diversity

University Staff Council
Annie Crump

Updated 09/21/17