Diversity Advisory Committee

(replaces the Affirmative Action Advisory Committee)

As set forth in University of Central Arkansas Board Policy 525:


(a) review  all policies, programs, and offices of the University of Central Arkansas in an effort to (i.) promote and maintain a diverse student, faculty, and staff population and (ii) foster an environment of inclusion and diversity;

(b) develop and present to the Board of Trustees and the President (i) plans and recommendations to increase diversity, including but not limited to, staffing, budget recommendations, and program changes, if any, and (ii) recommendations concerning language to be included in University publications, advertisements, and other materials on the subject of diversity;

(c) prepare and file with the Board of Trustees and the Office of the President, an annual report on diversity initiatives with such recommendations  as the committee may deem necessary and advisable; and

(d) undertake such other activities, studies or initiatives as the Committee may, from time-to-time, deem necessary or advisable, as well as conduct any other matters within the Committee’s jurisdiction as may be requested by the Board of Trustees.


  • One member of the University’s Board of Trustees, appointed by the Board of Trustees
  • University’s Chief Diversity Officer or designee, chair (ex-officio)
  • Associate Vice President of Human Resources (ex officio)
  • Director of Assessment (ex officio)
  • Professional Development and Training Coordinator (ex officio, non-voting)
  • Two persons appointed by the Board of Trustees, at least one of whom shall be a person holding an administrative position at the University
  • One faculty member from each College appointed by the Faculty Senate from nominations submitted by the Dean of each College and one At-Large faculty member selected by the Faculty Senate from the non-affiliated faculty
  • Four persons designated as representatives from the Staff Senate
  • Two persons designated as representatives from the Student Government Association
  • One person designated as the representative from the UCA Alumni Association
  • One person designated as the representative from the UCA Foundation, Inc.

Ex-officio positions are permanent members of the committee.

The UCA Board member and the representatives from the UCA Alumni Association, the

UCA Foundation, and the Student Government Association shall serve one-year terms on the committee.

All other members shall serve two-year terms.

Members of the committee may be reappointed.

The chair of the committee shall be the University’s Chief Diversity Officer.

The committee shall hold at least one meeting in the fall semester and one meeting in the spring semester each year. Special meetings may be called by the Chair, or upon the request of any two members of the committee. At least two working days’ notice of any meeting shall be provided to each member.


Ex-Officio Appointments
Ronnie Williams (chair)
Angela Webster (vice chair)
Graham Gillis
Brandon Combs
Charlotte Strickland (non-voting)

University Board of Trustee Member Appointment
Cornell Maltbia

Board of Trustees Appointments
Victoria Groves-Scott (2019)
Karen Lasker (2018)

Faculty Senate Appointments
Riva Brown (CFAC) – 2019
Shannon Riedmuller (CHBS) – 2018
Taine Duncan (CLA) – 2018
Azida Walker (CNSM) – 2019
Lacy Lyons (COB) – 2019
__________ (COE) – 2017
Adam Frank (At-large) – 2019

Staff Senate Appointments
Carmesha Jemerson – 2018
Kristin Jetts – 2019
Leslie Knox – 2019
Marie Smallwood – 2018

SGA Representatives
Jose Sierra – 2018
Sommern Willie- 2018

UCA Alumni Association Appointment
Morgan Drayton

UCA Foundation Appointment
Vickie Parke

Other members by Virtue of Position
Darshon Anderson
LaTonya Matheney
John Fincher

Reports to

University President

DAC Minutes December 3rd, 2013

DAC Minutes February 11th, 2014

DAC Minutes March 31st, 2014

DAC Minutes April 21st, 2014

DAC Minutes October 5, 2015

DAC Minutes February 15, 2016




Last updated on September 30, 2015