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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

We are pleased to announce the development of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee and our selection of the consultant group to guide us in this important work, Envision Leadership Solutions (ELS). For more information about ELS, please read about the consultants below.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion involve each of us and we will look to all members of MBKU for input, reflection, and feedback along this journey. As a first step, the ELS Consultants will work with the committee to gather data about MBKU and conduct a listening and learning tour that includes individual and group interviews with students, faculty, staff, alumni, and university leadership. We will update everyone on our progress and invite you to share your voices and ideas throughout development.

Together, we will reimagine what diversity, equity, and inclusion mean at MBKU.

DEI Goals

As a team, the DEI Committee will develop a sustainable strategic plan for our university community tasked with the following goals:

  • Recruiting and retaining. Exploring and developing strategies and policies that promote recruiting, retaining, and supporting diversity in our student pool and among our employees,

  • Inclusion for all community members. Exploring our campus climate to facilitate a welcoming environment that is inclusive for all members of our diverse community – including racial, gender and cultural diversity.

  • An anti-racist culture. Facilitating an anti-racist culture through education for employees/students, increasing awareness of all issues related to diversity, and educating our students about providing care to diverse patient communities.

About Envision Leadership Solutions

Envision Leadership Solutions are a group of experienced educators who are committed to leadership solutions that create change while engaging people in the process. Read more about each consultant's bio below.

Dr. Anna K. Gonzalez is the Vice President for Student Affairs at Harvey Mudd College. With over 25 years of experience in higher education, Dr. Gonzalez previously served as the dean and chief student affairs officer at Lewis & Clark College, the associate vice chancellor at the University of Illinois at Urbana, Champaign, the associate dean of students at the University of California, Irvine, and sailed four times as the dean of students with Semester at Sea. She is the founding faculty and program director of the Student Affairs Program at Lewis & Clark College’s Graduate School. She is currently the program director and faculty member for Claremont Graduate University’s graduate program in Student Affairs Educational Justice. Dr.Gonzalez is the co-editor of the 2018 publication Transformational Encounters: Shaping Diverse College and University Leaders and has received numerous awards including NASPA’s Pillar of the Profession and the Scott Goodnight Award for Outstanding Dean. Through partnerships with on- and off-campus stakeholders, Dr. Gonzalez is guided by the vision of advancing the educational mission of higher education, creating an accessible educational experience for all individuals, and helping students to become global leaders of the 21st century.

Dr. Leslie Hughes serves as the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs at Harvey Mudd College. With over 15 years of professional experience in higher education as a senior leader and educator, she has focused her career on leadership development, coaching, and organizational change for higher education institutions. Her dissertation research focused on pathways to increasing the presence of women of color senior leaders in higher education. In her work, Leslie focuses on integrating principles of leadership development and holistic wellness designed to promote a robust and well-balanced student experience. Leslie is an active member of NASPA and currently serves on the Small Colleges and Universities Division advisory board as the Communications Coordinator. Leslie has taught courses in leadership, social change, and is a faculty member in the Student Affairs & Educational Justice program at Claremont Graduate University. Leslie holds an EdD in Organizational Change and Leadership from the University of Southern California, a MEd in Student Personnel Administration in HigherEducation from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and a B.S. in Art Therapy from Indiana Wesleyan University.

Leslie K. Morrow self-identifies as a queer woman of color and advocate for change. She currently serves as the Director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Resource Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a Master’s in College Student Personnel, both from Miami University. She iscurrently pursuing her PhD in the Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Leslie brings a history of intersectional and on- and off-campus coalition work. She works on a variety of committees at the University of Illinois, many of which are devoted to diversity and social justice. Leslie is also involved nationally and is a member of the National Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals, American Educational Studies Association, and Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education to name a few.