The purpose of the Diversity Council is to develop and coordinate organizational efforts designed to increase diversity, inclusiveness, and equity at the College.

Charter Sponsor


Charter Contact

Randy VanWagoner, President



Membership (length of term for members, if applicable)

  • President's Office Representative appointed by the President (Standing): Jill Heintz 
  • Member of Human Resources appointed by the President (Standing): TBD
  • Staff At Large appointed by the President (2023): Erin Severs (Co-Chair of LGBTQ+ workgroup)
  • Member of Learning and Academic Affairs appointed by Vice President for Learning and Academic Affairs (2023): Dina Radeljas, Co-Chair
  • Member of Learning Academic Affairs appointed by the Vice President for Learning and Academic Affairs (2022): Todd Marshall, Co-Chair
  • Member of Student Affairs appointed by the Vice President for Student Affairs (2022): Jennifer DeWeerth
  • Member of Administrative Services appointed by the Vice President of Administrative Services (2022): Matt Fikes
  • Faculty At Large elected (2022): Melissa Barlett
  • Faculty At Large elected (2022): Roman Santos
  • Faculty At Large elected (2023): Shahida Dar
  • Faculty At Large elected (2023): Melissa Thomas
  • Staff At Large elected (2022): Chrono Ho
  • Staff At Large elected (2023): Patricia Washington
  • Student Representative appointed by the Student Congress: TBD


Task Action
Review data regarding recruitment, hiring, and retention of a diverse and inclusive workforce  Make recommendations for improvement
Review data regarding recruitment, retention, and success of a diverse student population.  Make recommendations for improvement
Review organizational performance regarding the development and nurturing of an equitable and inclusive environment for employees and students.  Monitor, evaluate, and make recommendations for improvement
 Monitor and update the institutional Diversity Plan as needed (minimum of an annual update).  Monitor and update
 Coordinate and provide activities and resources as necessary to advance the mission of the College and the Diversity Plan.  Coordinate and provide
Actively engage in communications to promote and advance diversity, equity, and inclusion at MVCC. Communicate


Does Not

  • Make decisions
  • Discuss personnel issues
  • Discuss contractual issues

Guiding Points

Updated September 2021