The Vice President for Multicultural Affairs & Community Engagement has established four advisory councils that inform the work of the Division. Each council is comprised of volunteers representing a variety of constituencies and plays a critical role in helping the University achieve its mission and vision of transforming the lives of the students and communities we serve as well as being known for our diversity.

A description of each advisory council and its membership is found below.

Community Advisory

The Community Advisory Council plays a critical role in helping the University achieve its mission and vision of transforming the lives of the students and communities we serve as well as being known for our diversity. The Council is advisory to the Vice President for Multicultural Affairs & Community Engagement. It provides an opportunity for the Vice President to get advice from community stakeholders and partners that will inform the activities and decisions of the office.

Specifically, the group will provide advice regarding the mission, vision and goals of the Division; give input regarding the impact of proposed policies and practices; share information regarding possible partnerships and opportunities for community engagement; and serve as ambassadors for Wright State University’s initiatives related to diversity, inclusion and community engagement.

The Council also provides an opportunity for members representing various constituencies to get to know each other and capitalize on the synergy of working together.         

The Community Advisory Council will meet once per semester.


Council Members

  • Khurshid Ahmad, Retired Wright State faculty
  • Melissa Bertolo, Welcome Dayton
  • Chief Richard Biehl, City of Dayton
  • Erin Dooley, Dayton Public Schools
  • Pam Gayheart, Fairborn Chamber of Commerce
  • Stephen Hightower, Hightowers Petroleum and Wright State alumnus
  • Brian Jarvis, City of Beavercreek Councilmember and Wright State alumnus
  • Guy Jones, Miami Valley Council of Native Americans
  • Takashi Kawai, Architect
  • David Lawrence, Dayton Public Schools
  • Jeffrey Mims, Jr., City of Dayton Commissioner elect
  • Toni Overholser, Beavercreek Chamber of Commerce
  • Phil Parker, Dayton Chamber of Commerce
  • Tim Riordan, City of Dayton City Manager
  • Rafi Rodriguez, Rodriguez Financial Services, Inc.
  • Jenell Ross, Ross Motor Cars
  • James Strickler, URS Federal Services
  • Harris Tay, Wesley Center
  • Alyssa Wagner, El Puente
  • Anthony Whitmore, Greater Dayton RTA and Wright State alumnus

Student

The Student Advisory Council is comprised of an array of multicultural student leaders and plays a critical role in helping the University achieve its mission and vision of transforming the lives of the students and communities we serve as well as being known for our diversity. The Council reports to the Vice President for Multicultural Affairs & Community Engagement. It provides an opportunity for the Vice President to get advice from students that will inform the activities and decisions of the office.

Specifically, the group will provide advice regarding the mission, vision and goals of the Division; give input regarding the impact of proposed policies and practices; share information regarding possible partnerships and opportunities for community engagement; and serve as ambassadors for diversity, inclusion and community engagement.

The Council also provides an opportunity for students representing various constituencies to get to know each other and capitalize on the synergy of working together.

The Student Advisory Council will meet twice per semester.  


Council Members

  • Katelynn Alcorn, Multicultural Association of Pre-Med Students
  • Laila Al-Khasawneh, Middle Eastern Culture and Politics
  • Emily Bingham, Director of Campus Culture/African Student Union
  • Allante Booker
  • Spencer Brannon
  • Deangelo Byrd, NAACP
  • Rebecca Clarke, African American Women in Professional Psychology
  • Rasheye Cobb, Black Women Striving Forward
  • Daniel Cureton, National Society of Black Engineers
  • Mohamed Gula
  • Tasha Hester, GRAD PREP
  • Mallory Holler, Abilities United
  • Jeevitha Kempegowda, Active Minds
  • Khadija Kirksey, Rainbow Alliance
  • Lianne Miranda, AHNA Council/Latinos Unidos
  • Lewis Norman, Black Men on the Move
  • Cedric Ntwali, African Student Union
  • Beth Pratt
  • Brittney Primes, African American Teachers Association
  • Kritika Sharma, Multicultural Association of Pre-Med Students
  • Sukhman Singh, Student Government President
  • Lohit Solomon
  • Kristina Thomas, Wright Parenting
  • Jarrod Williams, Black Student Union

Academic Diversity Initiatives

The purpose of the Academic Diversity Initiatives Council is two-fold;

  • First, it will provide an opportunity for faculty and academic staff engaged in diversity programs across campus an opportunity to hear about what others are doing, learn from their experiences, possibly collaborate, and build on the collective synergy of the good work taking place.
  • Secondly, it will provide the Vice President an opportunity to stay abreast of the diversity work going on in the departments so that assistance can be offered where needed and information shared about all the important activities in which we are engaged across the University in this regard.          

The Academic Diversity Initiatives Council will meet no more than twice per semester.  


Council Members

  • Dr. Christa Agiro
  • Dr. Detrice Barry
  • Dr. Carl Brun
  • LTC Maria Emery
  • Dr. Kathy Engisch
  • Dr. Hope Jennings
  • Laura Johnson
  • Dr. Phani Kidambi
  • Dr. Joe Law
  • Dr. Wakiuru Wamwara-Mbugua
  • Dr. Opolot Okia
  • Dr. Donna Schlagheck
  • Dr. Jennifer Subban
  • Terri Klaus
  • Dr. Ruby Mawasha
  • Sheila Shellabarger
  • Michelle Streeter-Ferrari

University Diversity

The University Diversity Advisory Council (UDAC) reports to the Vice President for Multicultural Affairs & Community Engagement. It serves an advisory role and informs the activities and decisions of the Vice President by providing feedback from constituencies across campus.

Specifically, the group will provide advice regarding the mission, vision and goals of the Division; give input regarding the impact of proposed policies and practices; share information regarding possible partnerships and new resources for diversity initiatives; bring information to the group about best practices they encounter related to diversity and community engagement; and serve as ambassadors for diversity, inclusion and community engagement.   

UDAC will meet no more than twice per semester. UDAC plays a critical role in helping the University achieve its mission and vision of transforming the lives of the students and communities we serve as well as being known for our diversity. 


UDAC Members

  • Emily Bingham
  • Dr. Detrice Barry
  • Dr. Jacqueline Bergdahl
  • Matthew Boaz
  • Dr. In-Hong Cha
  • Wendy Chetcuti
  • Dr. Rick Danals
  • Ulysses Drinks
  • Sukhman Singh
  • Dr. Stephanie Goodwin
  • Dr. Tarun Goswami
  • Bob Grant
  • Mary Jean Henry
  • Dr. Barbara Hopkins
  • Jarrod Williams
  • Dr. Dan Krane
  • Steve Lyons
  • Bryan Martin
  • Dr. Ruby Mawasha
  • Nan-c Moss
  • Mai Nguyen
  • Kim Owens
  • Dr. Dana Patterson
  • Simone Polk
  • Dr. Larry Prochaska
  • Gina Reese
  • Jacqueline Robinson
  • JB Saul
  • Cathy Sayer
  • Sheila Shellabarger
  • Vickie Slone
  • Earl Thompson
  • Amber Vlasnik
  • Kailah Ware