Diversity Committee

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The role of the Diversity Committee is to make recommendations regarding diversity issues within the Association. The committee reviews the status of diversity within the organization, recommends methods for enhancing diversity, and advises on how the association can better meet the needs of its diverse membership (Policy number AD-05). While the Multicultural Commission focuses on issues of advising and student success, the Diversity Committee focuses on association issues.

NACADA defines diversity from a very broad perspective, which includes diversity in regard to ethnicity, gender, gender identity, and sexual orientation as well as diversity in regard to institutional type, size, and employment position. Involvement in the association also is viewed broadly including leadership at many levels (within the division units, at the division level, at the Council level, at the Board of Directors level, and with the various work groups, ad hoc committees, and task forces), serving with the Consultant and Speaker Service, writing for a NACADA publication (such as the Journal, Academic Advising Today, and the NACADA Clearinghouse of Academic Advising Resources), or presenting at state, allied member, regional, annual, or international conferences.

Committee members serve a two-year term and meet yearly at the NACADA annual conference.  Hear from three committee members HERE.  Those interested in becoming a member should contact the committee Chair.

Executive Office Liaison: Leigh Cunningham

  • Diversity matters to me because I care about social justice.Sarah E. Stevens, University of Southern Indiana
  • When I was presented the opportunity to be a part of the Diversity Committee, I was excited about the opportunity to become more involved, especially as it related to helping the organization.Heather Doyle, Dalhousie University
  • Having a diverse NACADA means having a strong NACADA. We need people of all races, genders, religions, geographic areas, sexualities, types of institutions, and backgrounds!Sarah E. Stevens, University of Southern Indiana
  • My time on the Diversity Committee has been so fulfilling…both understanding all the different lenses of the membership, as well as helping to come up with ideas and opportunities for diversification. It has been a rewarding experience, and a great Committee to be part of!Heather Doyle, Dalhousie University
  • I like being a part of NACADA because I get to network with all types of colleagues from all over world!Sarah E. Stevens, University of Southern Indiana
  • Out of many Advisors, we are one NACADA!Locksley A. Knibbs, Florida Gulf Coast University
  • I support the work of the Diversity Committee because it’s our differences that make NACADA such an interesting, fun, strong, and vibrant community.Mehvash Ali, American University of Sharjah
  • The NACADA Diversity Committee allows us to improve the art of thinking independently together.Abbie Windsor, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
  • Diversity is the one true thing we all have in common. This committee strives to continue that unity.Abbie Windsor, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
  • The beauty of NACADA lies in its membership…diverse people with vast knowledge and different perspectives.Monica Jones, University of Arkansas - Pulaski Technical College
  • I am involved with the NACADA Diversity committee because I know our organization is only as strong as it is inclusive of all our members. I want every NACADA member to let their voice be heard.Carol Pollard, University of North Texas
  • As a Canadian member of NACADA, I appreciate the work that the organization is doing to ensure that the leadership is reflective of the membership, and that all voices have a chance to be heard.Heather Doyle, Dalhousie University

Current Committee Chair

Carol Pollard, Chair

Carol Pollard,
University of North Texas  


Committee Members

Carol Pollard, Chair (2015-2017) University of North Texas (2012-2018) 
Michelle Smith Ware, Incoming Chair (2017-2019) University of Notre Dame (2013-2019)
Heather Doyle, Emerging Leader Program Advisory Board Chair, Dalhousie University (2016-2018)
Angelica Barrera, Membership Committee Liaison, Texas State University (2016-2018)
Henrietta Genfi, Bentley University (2013-2017)
Craig McGill, Florida International University (2015-2017)
Mark Nelson, Oklahoma State University (2015-2017)
Mandy Stephens, Carroll University (2015-2017)
Sarah Stevens, University of Southern Indiana (2015-2017)
Abbie Windsor, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (2013-2017)
JP Villavicencio, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (2016-2018)
Jermain Pipkins, Los Angeles Valley College (2016-2018)
Jonelle Golding, Michigan State University (2016-2018)
Joshua Adams, Texas Woman's University (2016-2018)
Lisa Laughter, Washington State University (2016-2018)
Leigh Cunningham, NACADA Executive Office Liaison