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

RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN STETSON AND DELAND

INCLUSIVE AND TRANSPARENT COMMUNNICATION

STETSON CULTURE

THE 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 thesedata 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.

CHAIRS:

Sven Smith, Assistant Professor of Sociology

Carmen Johnson, Director of Diversity Initiatives and Recruitment, Stetson 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  

THE 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.

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

THE 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 ‚Äčand improve internal communication.

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