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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee

This is a standing committee that evolved from the Minority Task Force initiated by the Clarke president in 1989. The primary function of this committee is to act as a sounding board for new ideas, the channel for dissemination of information regarding equity and inclusion issues and initiatives, and a catalyst for dialogue, change and development in improving the campus climate, in both academics and student life.


This committee reports to the University president and its chair, who is elected from the committee membership.

  • Three faculty representatives elected by the Faculty Senate.
  • Two staff representatives appointed by the Staff Assembly.
  • Two student representatives appointed by the officers of the Clarke Student Association.
  • The dean for academic affairs and the vice president for student life will serve as ex-officio members.

Authority and Responsibility

The committee serves as a resource to the campus community on issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Specifically, this committee performs ongoing review of campus climate, supports campus equity advocates, and promotes an inclusive learning community of multiculturalism through collaboration, dialogue and action. 



Proposals and Procedures

  • Any member of the campus community may submit proposals to the committee.
  • Recommendations under consideration by the committee pertaining to academics or student policy should be forwarded to the appropriate university committee for deliberation.
  • Final recommendations, agreed upon by the committee, will be presented to the president for appropriate action.


The meeting schedule will be determined by the committee as needed.