Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Kirkwood DEI Statement:

With a sense of determination and responsibility to address systemic inequities, we will serve our community through prioritizing equitable outcomes for historically marginalized populations. We commit to strengthen equity and inclusion practices, pedagogy, and policies that foster belonging and a supportive community for students, staff, and faculty.


International Week at Kirkwood

International Education Week is an annual celebration of international education and exchange worldwide. Kirkwood learned about the traditions of our international students' countries, enjoyed international food dishes and playing global music, and hosted a plurilingual student panel. 

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DEI for Students

Equity Team

The members of the Kirkwood Equity Team are a diverse cross-section of the Kirkwood community who work as a hub to facilitate and align its DEI efforts and programs across the college. 

The Kirkwood Equity Team’s objectives:

1) Coordinate and disseminate updates related to DEI work at Kirkwood

2) Develop communications strategies for awareness of DEI work

3) Advocate for change by evaluating campus climate for students and employees

The Equity Team’s current members are

  • Darek Benesh, Associate Dean - Global Learning
  • Erica Bernard, Assistant Professor - Nursing
  • Eliot Blake, Professor English - Communication, English, and Media
  • Nick Borders, Director of Student Services
  • Jennifer Bradley, Vice President, Academic Affairs
  • Jon Buse, Vice President, Student Services    
  • Wes Fowler, Vice President, Human Resources
    • Andrew Freeman, Program Director, TRIO, Student Equity, Inclusion and Support
  • Shelley Milks,Coordinator, Orientation - Dean of Students Office 
  • Melissa Payne, Associate Vice President, Student Services
  • Karla Scriven, Academic Advisor - Advising Department
  • Sreeja Sreelatha, Talent Acquisition Specialist - Human Resources
  • Serena Tarr, Associate Professor, Sociology - Social Sciences
  • Amanda Thompson, Supervisor - Learning Services
  • Dawn Wood, Dean - Global Learning
  • Mialisa Wright, Director - Student Equity, Inclusion, and Support

Nathan Gapo

“It's a great experience. You meet some pretty awesome people. You get to know them and talk to them, and learn about their culture.”

Nathan Gapo,
The Republic of the Congo