Working Groups

As part of the Campus Climate Survey planning this past fall the Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Group organized an online process for submission of suggestions on areas of focus for Stetson University based on outcomes and data from the survey. The leadership group and the president addressed the suggestions and formed three working groups to tackle umbrella issues impacting Stetson. One special group was organized around the town/gown relationship between the university and the City of DeLand.

The three working groups are:

Stetson Culture

Charge

The climate results identified areas of ongoing need for inclusion and equity including race, gender, political ideologies, and other dynamics. This working group will begin their process by studying information on the development of organizational culture, the impact of race, gender and other dynamics on culture, and data (survey results, narratives, and other sources) reflecting the personal and professional experiences of students, faculty, and staff at Stetson. They will discuss the potential relationship of these data with climate survey results in order to formulate a working definition of Stetson culture, identify points needing the attention of the community and administration, and offer prioritization as to next action items.

Final Recommendations Report

Chairs

  • Sven Smith, Assistant Professor of Sociology
  • Carmen Johnson, Director of Diversity Initiatives and Recruitment, College of Law 

Members

  • Kristina Adams, Women's Beach Volleyball Coach
  • Leigh Baker, Director of Counseling Center
  • Elizabeth Berenguer, Associate Professor of Law, Stetson College of Law
  • Stephanie D'Addio, '22, Psychology
  • Paula Hentz, Director of International Learning - World International Learning
  • Nora Huth, Assistant Director of Student Employment
  • Joel Jones, Assistant Vice President of University Marketing
  • Darren Kettles, Director of Admissions, Stetson College of Law
  • Laura Kirkland, Associate Professor, Catalog Librarian
  • Lana Kolchinsky, '22, Political Science
  • Jose Lois, First Year Student
  • Stuart Michelson, Professor of Finance and Department Chair
  • Melissa Mundt, Registrar's Office, Stetson College of Law
  • Rosalie Richards, Associate Provost for Faculty Development, Office of Academic Affairs
  • Ethan Shoemaker, Assistant Rowing Coach
  • Ranjini Thaver, Professor of Economics and Director of Africana Studies

Cabinet Liaisons

  • Ray Nault, Interim Vice President of Enrollment Management
  • Sue Ryan, Dean of the duPont-Ball Library and Learning Technologies
  • Michele Alexandre, Dean of the College of Law

Relationship between Stetson and DeLand

Charge

The purpose of this working group is to assess the various dynamics impacting the lived experiences of university community members in DeLand and DeLand community members with the University. The working group will consult, identify opportunities to improve collaboration between the campus and the city community to improve climate and experiences.

Final Recommendations Report

Chairs

  • Savannah-Jane Griffin, Executive Director of Community Engagement and Inclusive Excellence
  • Bud Hanson, Executive Director of Professional and Corporate Education, Professor of Practice

Members

  • Tamara Dolan, Assistant Director of Donor Relations
  • Amber Finnicum-Simmons, Coordinator of the Bonner Program and Social Justice Education, Campus Life and Student Success
  • Taylor Hibel, '21 Biology
  • Erika Lohmus, Mental Health Counselor at Counseling Services
  • Francisco Ortiz, Director of Public Safety and Emergency Management Coordinator
  • Jack Roberts, Assistant Men's Soccer Coach
  • Sara Scarpelli, School of Music Community Outreach Director
  • Daniel Schubert, Assistant Director of External Operations/Tickets

Cabinet Liaisons

  • Chris Roellke, President
  • Lua Hancock, VP of Campus Life and Student Success
  • Jeff Altier, Athletic Director

Inclusive and Transparent Communication

Charge

This working group will review the community's impression of Stetson communication and make suggestions as to how Stetson university can become more effective and responsive at communicating with its diverse constituencies. This group may also choose to address how constituencies on campus formally and informally communicate with each other and suggest ways to increase and improve internal communication.

Final Recommendations Report

Chairs

  • Andy Dehnart, Visiting Assistant Professor of Journalism
  • Lisa Diliberto, Director of Communication and Marketing, Stetson College of Law

Members

  • Veronica Bautista, Student
  • Arye Beck, Student Athletic Advisory Committee
  • Paul Boudreaux, Professor of Law, Stetson College of Law
  • Jessica Day, Associate Director of Residential Education and Community Programs
  • Adrienne DeLisse, Administrative Support, Dean's Office, Stetson College of Law
  • Ricky Hazel, Associate Athletic Director for Communications
  • Alex Herron, Assistant Director of Alumni and Parent Engagement
  • Paula Hogenmiller, Assistant Director of Arts & Sciences Graduate Programs
  • Leroy Jackson, Assistant Football Coach
  • Lyda Kiser, Executive Director and Title IX Coordinator
  • Ngan Le, First Year Student
  • Kiera McCarthy, Student Athletic Advisory Committee
  • Landon Schneider, Communications Co-Chair, Student Bar Association
  • Brandon Speith, Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions
  • Kate Stephens, Social Media Manager
  • Katie Thurstin, Head Rowing Coach

Cabinet Liaisons

  • Noel Painter, Executive VP of Academic Affairs and Provost
  • Bruce Chong, VP of University Marketing
  • Michele Alexandre, Dean of the College of Law