Diversity Committee

2015 Diversity Cmte meeting-Las Vegas

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. Those interested in becoming a member should contact the committee Chair.

Current Committee ChairCarol Pollard, Chair

Carol Pollard, University of North Texas

The Chair of the Committee facilitates the work of the group by:

  • Appointing new members to the committee annually
  • Coordinating the various activities of the committee and communicating with members via the committee listserv
  • Leading committee meetings during the Annual Conference
  • Attending Division Leadership meeting at the Annual Conference
  • Submitting a post-conference Leadership report in the fall in which goals are established for the committee and activities planned for the coming year, indicating their relation to the specific missions in the NACADA Strategic Plan
  • Submitting an annual Leadership report in the summer to advise the Council and Board of the status of the completion of goals established and activities planned for the committee over the past year in relation to the NACADA missions and strategies.


Carol Pollard, Chair (2015-2017) University of North Texas (2012-2018)
Cecilia Olivares, Emerging Leader Program Advisory Board Chair, University of Memphis (2014-2016)
Heather Doyle, Incoming Emerging Leader Program Advisory Board Chair, Dalhousie University (2016-2018)
Angelica Barrera, Membership Committee Liaison, Texas State University (2016-2018)
Terri Miller, University of California San Diego (2014-2016)
Sheriece Robinson, University of Mississippi-DeSoto (2014-2016)
Michelle Sotolongo, Texas State University-San Marcos (2014-2016)
Kerry Spitze, Cayuga Community College Fulton Campus (2014-2016)
Jason Wiegand, Iowa State University (2014-2016)
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)
Michelle Ware, University of Notre Dame (2013-2017)
Abbie Windsor, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (2013-2017)
JP Villavicencio, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (2016-2018)
Jermain Pipkins, Reedley 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

2016 Subcommittees

A, Identifying potential candidates for leadership nomination and group involvement: Cecilia Olivares and Mark Nelson (co-chairs), Michelle Sotolongo, Angelica Barrera.  JP Regalado will assist.

B. Getting early career advisors connected: Abbie Windsor and Terri Miller (co-chairs), Craig McGill, Mandy Stephens, Sheriece Robinson, Sarah Stephens, Kerry Spitze, Lisa Laughter, Jonelle Golding.  Monica Ling will assist.

C. Data collection and review: Michelle Ware (chair), Joshua Adams, JP Villacicencio.

Goals 2015-2016

1. Develop and support subcommittees

2. Increase opportunities for communication within the group

3. Each subcommittee develop and measure one actionable goal

Next Meeting

will take place on Friday, October 7, from 2:30-3:30pm, during the 2016 NACADA Annual Conference in Atlanta, GA (location TBD).