Welcome Carmen Suarez

We started off the 2016-2017 Diversity Action Council (DAC) Meeting with President Wiewel at the Native American Community Center, November 3rd, 2016 and met with Carmen Suarez, the recently hired chief diversity officer for Portland State University. Together we gathered for a quick reminder of why we are here:

We recognize that diversity maximizes our potential for creativity, innovation, educational excellence and outstanding service to the community. We honor, respect, embrace and value the unique contributions and perspectives of all students, faculty, employees, volunteers and our local and global communities.  Diversity includes age, culture, disability, gender, gender identity, national origin, military background, marital status, social class, color, race, religion, sexual orientation, and diversity of thought (Source and for more information go to Office of Diversity Advocacy).

With the new restructure of the Diversity Action Council presented by Carmen Suarez we now have over one hundred Faculty, Staff, and Students who are DAC Members for 2016-2017. With fourteen DAC Co-Chairs for committees on the topics of

  • Culture & Climate: Curriculum & Pedagogy, Culture & Climate: Curriculum & Pedagogy,
  • Culture & Climate – Co-Curriculum, Recruitment & Retention of Diverse Students,
  • Recruitment & Retention of Diverse Faculty, Recruitment & Retention of Diverse Staff,
  • DAC Communications,
  • President’s Diversity Mini-Grants,
  • President’s Diversity Awards, and
  • President’s Diversity Awards Ceremony Planning Subcommittee.

The Portland State University Vanguard (student-ran newspaper),  ran an article of the announcement of Portland State University Chief Diversity Officer, Carmen Suarez.

Article:  The office of Global Diversity & Inclusion hires Chief Diversity Officer Carmen Suarez

“Dr. Carmen Suarez, former Chief Diversity Officer at the University of Idaho, has been named new Chief Diversity Officer at Portland State. Beginning on Sept. 8, Suarez will lead PSU’s mission to build a more inclusive and diverse university community…” (Source PSU Vanguard and click here to read the full article).

By DAC Member: Marilyn Shawe