Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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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.



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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

·        Jon Buse, Vice President of Student Services

·        Jennifer Bradley, Vice President of Academic Affairs

·        Wes Fowler, Vice President of Human Resources

·        Darek Benesh, Associate Dean, Global Learning

·        Eliot Blake, Faculty, English

·        Sreeja Sreelatha, Human Resource Generalist

·        Amanda Thompson, Supervisor, Learning Services

·        Dawn Wood, Dean, Global Learning

·        Melissa Payne, Associate Vice President of Student Services

·        Mialisa Wright, Supervisor, Dean of Students

·        Serena Tarr, Faculty, Social Sciences

·        Andrew Freeman, Director, TRIO

·        Karla Scriven, Department Coordinator, Arts & Humanities

·        Shelley Milks, Orientation Coordinator

Kirkwood Student Anne Ngo Ndap Binam

“I was surprised about how many help centers Kirkwood has ... the Writing Center, Tutoring Services, the Math Lab. You name it, Kirkwood has it. Everywhere I turn, I’m able to get help, and that’s made all the difference.”

Anne Ngo Ndap Binam,
Douala, Cameroon