Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access Committee

Laura E. Perkins, Chair
Joseph C. Arrascada, Vice Chair
Patrick J. Boylan
Patrick R. Carter
Donald Sylvantee McMichael Sr.
John T. Moran

Charges: The Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access Committee shall:

  • Recommend policies to the Board to create, enhance, promote and support an educational and working environment that fosters inclusion, diversity, equity and access for all students, faculty and staff;
  • In collaboration with NSHE’s Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access Council appointed by the Chancellor pursuant to Title 4, Chapter 8, Section 5 of the Board of Regents Handbook, review and assess issues, information and activities that promote inclusion, diversity, equity and access among the students, staff and faculty of the System;
  • Take actions appropriate to increase awareness, visibility and emphasis of campus inclusion, diversity, equity and access; and
  • Apply the definitions and meanings to the terms used in this section as follows:
  1. “Inclusion” means active and intentional engagement, affirmance and valuing/respect for individuals and groups of diverse backgrounds, and creating a place of belonging for all individuals and groups across the System;
  2. “Diversity” includes the differences among individuals or groups that impact perceptions, experiences and interactions, including, without limitation, differences based upon race (including hair texture and protected hairstyles such as natural hairstyles, afros, bantu knots, curls, braids, locks and twists), ethnicity, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy-related conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, physical ability or disability, military status or military obligation, culture, age/generation, education, income/socioeconomic status, religion, expression, linguistics and intellect.
  3. “Equity” means fair and just treatment, access, opportunity and advancement for all individuals and groups, and the absence of barriers to inclusion and achievement that are systemically associated with societal advantage or disadvantage based on diversity; and
  4. “Access” means the equitable opportunity for all to fully participate in and contribute to programs, services, activities, environments, and decision/policy making. Access includes ways to make space for all individuals and groups to participate regardless of ability and experience such as accounting for design and use of spaces (physical and virtual), language, culture, information, and relationships.

Diversity Reports: Annual overview of the current status of enrollment and employment of members of diverse groups across the NSHE.

NSHE Institutional Diversity Reports: Various diversity-related reports submitted to the Committee from 2008 to the present.