President's Council on Diversity and Community

Our Vision

A Vision for the President's Council on Diversity and Community

As a residential learning community that is committed to developing our students intellectually, physically, emotionally, and spiritually and thereby preparing them for lives of useful service in a complex, diverse, and changing world, we recognize that the quality of our community life is vital to achieving our mission. We must express, celebrate, and defend the highest values that support and enhance a residential learning community, and we must also directly confront words and deeds that undermine our highest aspirations.

In our vision statement, we say that we aspire "to attract students who have the capacity and desire to be engaged members of a supportive and caring learning community." We further note that "we aim to educate individuals of integrity who possess intellectual competencies and personal qualities that will enable them to take up positions of leadership and service whatever their chosen fields and thereby add to the richness, diversity, and welfare of our global society."

We are also a community that places great value on academic and intellectual freedom. In this context, we proudly proclaim a commitment to truth and justice in the following language: "We affirm that the search for knowledge should not be separated from the search for wise and just solutions in human affairs and in the conservation of the natural world. The combined pursuit of truth and justice means we honor, nurture, and celebrate human diversity in all its forms and call into question whatever negates or endangers the dignity and worth of the human spirit."

Recognizing that our vision is dependent on the quality and richness of our learning community, we have put in place a variety of policies, procedures, strategies, and practices that are designed to support our aspirations and our values. We expect members of our community to conform to the values that support our vision. We have in place a variety of methods for addressing actions that fail to meet our standards.

Recognizing, however, the potential for individuals and a community as a whole to avoid addressing difficult matters of human relations and values, particularly around issues related to diversity, the president routinely seeks appropriate counsel from community members in both formal and informal ways. An important way in which the president and other senior staff members can be assured of receiving such counsel is to create an advisory group that represents faculty, staff, and students and through its diversity is able to bring a wide variety of perspectives to issues of diversity and the quality of our community life.

Accordingly, I am establishing the President's Council on Diversity and Community. It is my intention that the Council will function primarily as an advisory group that will meet at least three times each year with the president and his senior officers to advise us on issues related to diversity and community and propose initiatives that could enhance our capacity to achieve our aspirations in this area.

The Council will be comprised of members of the faculty, staff, and students, each with a two-year term of service. In the first year of its operation, I will invite several former members of the Council on Social Equality and a few other new members to serve for a one-year term. In this way, the group will change about half of its term membership each year. This will assure a steady stream of diverse perspectives and help broaden awareness of the issues faced by the Council and bring fresh ideas for addressing these issues.

As a presidential advisory group, it is not appropriate to create a separate budget for this group. For example, the Albright Continuous Improvement Team (ACIT) has no formal budget, but I doubt that anyone would suggest this group has not had a substantial impact on the quality of our community and effectiveness of our operations. I will, however, carefully consider thoughtful proposals from the Council on Diversity and Community that may require funding and will support those ideas as funds allow. The president's office will support the ordinary operating costs of the Council, including items such as printing, supplies, and refreshments for meetings.

Several members of the community should be continuing members of the Council by virtue of their office. These include the Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, the Associate Vice President and Director of Human Resources, the Director of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs, and the College Chaplain. Each Vice President will be invited to appoint at least one other member of the Council. I will take counsel from the senior officers and others in making other appointments. I will seek at least three faculty members, including no less than one each from the several academic divisions of the College, to serve on the Council.

Lex McMillan
September 6, 2007

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President's Council on Diversity and Community

Karen Ashcroft
Medical Assistant
Phone:  610-921-7532 
Email:  kashcroft@albright.edu  
Term Exp:  April 2016  

Yuriko Beaman
Director of Disability Services
Phone:  610-921-6639  
Email: ybeaman@albright.edu
Term Exp:  April 2017

Hilary Bentman
Manager of News & New Media
Phone:  610-921-7238   
Email:  hbentman@albright.edu
Term Exp: April 2016 

Jennifer Braddock
Administrative and Financial
Services Assistant
Phone:  610-921-7520
Email:  jbraddock@albright.edu
Term Exp:  April 2016 

Sian Carter ’18
Phone:  484-269-1162 
Email:  sian.carter001@albright.edu
Term Exp:  April 2017 

Chris Catone
Assoc. Professor of Mathematics
Phone:  610-921-7850 
Email:  ccatone@albright.edu 
Term Exp:  April 2017 

Karen Evans
Asst. Dean of Experiential Learning/
Director of CDC
Phone:  610-921-7630
Email:  kevans@albright.edu
Term Exp:  April 2016 

Kevin Ezzell ’03
Director of ADP
Phone:  610-921-7799
Email:  kezzell@albright.edu
Term Exp:  April 2016

Matt Garrison
Assoc. Professor of Digital Media
Phone:   610-921-7730
Email: mgarrison@albright.edu
Term Exp:  April 2017

Support Staff
Term Exp:  April 2018 

Maria Melendez
Assoc. Professor of Spanish
Phone:  610-921-7692
Email:  mmelendez@albright.edu   
Term Exp:  April 2017 

Richard Schott
Senior Instructor of Economics and Business
Phone:  610-921-7889   
Email:  rschott@albright.edu
Term Exp:  April 2016 

Gladys Mayer
Secretary to the President
Phone:  610-921-7600
Email:  gmayer@albright.edu    
Term Exp:  April 2016 

Shayla Tejada ’17
Phone: 610-927-7193
Email: Shayla.tejada001@albright.edu  
Term Exp:  April 2017

Steering Committee

Paul Clark ’73
Phone: 610-921-7716
Email: pclark@albright.edu 

Tiffany Clayton ’08
Coordinator of Multi-Cultural  
Programs & Asst. Director of
Student Involvement and Leadership
Phone:  610-929-6619
Email:  tclayton@albright.edu 

Gina-Lyn Crance
Vice President for Student
Affairs & Dean of Students
Phone: 610-921-7611
Email: gcrance@albright.edu 

Amanda Hanincik ’00
Assistant Dean of Students
Phone: 610-921-7663
Email:  ahanincik@albright.edu 

Kim Hubric
Director of Human Resources
Phone: 610-921-7629
Email:  khubric@albright.edu

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