Diversity and Inclusivity Committee


Facilitate the development of a culture of belonging through embracing diversity and inclusivity.


The purpose of the Diversity and Inclusivity Committee, is to bring together members of the College of Health Sciences who are committed to promotion and engagement in diversity and inclusivity initiatives. The committee meets monthly to discuss ongoing and upcoming initiatives and events, and members of the committee continue to focus on enhancing the environment for diversity and inclusion across the University.

Religious Holiday Observance Policy

Faculty shall give students the opportunity to make up work (typically, exams or assignments) when students notify them that religious observances prevent the students from doing their work at its scheduled time.

Faculty shall indicate in their syllabus how much advance notice they require from a student requesting an accommodation. Faculty may use their judgment as to whether the observance in question is important enough to warrant an accommodation, although the presumption should be in favor of a student’s request. The Offices of Institutional Diversity, the Dean of Students, and the Ombud are available for consultation.

Student Diversity and Inclusion Committee 

  • Kyoko Hamagata, Co-Chair
  • Brooke Woosley, Co-Chair

College Diversity and Inclusion Officer: Janice Kuperstein

College Diversity and Inclusion Officers will work collaboratively with the Provost, Vice President for Institutional Diversity and the leadership of their college to achieve the vision and strategic objectives of Diversity and Inclusivity within their respective college and the greater University community.  Officers are charged with:

  • leading in the development of initiatives and programs that support equitable opportunities for achievement and professional development of students, faculty, staff, and administrators from underrepresented/underserved populations

  • enhancing diversity and inclusivity as it relates to recruitment, promotion, and retention of historically underrepresented students, faculty, administrators, and staff

  • the implementation of initiatives that ensure rich experiences and opportunities for all students, faculty, and administrators, and staff to engage in meaningful interactions, dialogue, and reflection around diversity, equity, and inclusion

  • assessment of college-wide diversity efforts by tracking data and generating reports

  • responding to inquiries for college diversity and inclusion narratives and on-going data collection