The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee meets monthly to provide guidance to the President regarding parity, inclusion, and representation for students, faculty, and staff at each campus location. Through its subcommittees and episodic ad-hoc groups, the full committee requests and analyzes data, creates action plans, and recommends comprehensive strategies aimed at dismantling power imbalances. This group is chaired by Alicia Bunton and committee members are listed below. If you are interested in joining the committee, please email Hilary Hudson Hosek hhudsonhosek@iit.edu.

Have a question for the committee? Email: DEICommittee@iit.edu

Alicia Bunton
Committee Chair
Director, Community Affairs, Marketing & Communications

"Before my role in academia, my career spanned 20 years in public health addressing issues of parity, inclusion, and representation for people living with or at risk for HIV/AIDS in nine counties. I believe that everyone deserves equal economic, political, educational, and social rights and opportunities, particularly those who have been historically marginalized and in greatest need. I am committed to both DEI and social justice by changing processes and systems that perpetuate exclusion and discrimination."

Dionna Anderson
Department Coordinator, Lewis College of Science & Letters - Office of the Dean

Roya Ayman
Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychology

Felice Batlan
Law Professor, Convisor Law Faculty

Shadi Beidas
Systems Engineer, OTS - User & Technology Services

"Diversity, equity, and inclusion are often used as buzzwords at any institution. I want us to knit together the rich tapestry of the people we have right in front of our eyes. I want to help plan, design, and implement long-lasting changes to this institution so that we may shine as a beacon for others to follow. I want to stop being the person who is shut out from opportunity because of my race, disability, and queerness. Because I want a world where we can see a generation free from the shackles of systemic prejudice."

Bob Brackett
VP/President - IFSH, Institute of Food Science and Nutrition

Britt Burton-Freeman
Chair, Professor and Director, Institute of Food Science and Nutrition

Don Chmielewski
Professor, Engineering - Chemical & Biological

Alan Cramb
President

Anthony D'Amato
Vice President and General Counsel, General Counsel's Office

Rachel Dean
Director of Graduate Admission and Student Engagement, Institute of Design

Natacha DePaola
Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Engineering

Arveal Drummer
Director, Graduate and Professional Advancement

Alicia Esquivel
Digital Scholarship Librarian, Galvin Library

Helen Ezenwa
Assistant Dean for External Relations and Career Management, Stuart School of Business

Dee Gonzalez
Coordinator Regulatory Matters, General Counsel's Office

"I had my daughter at the young age of 16 and still graduated from high school on time. I immediately went to college, graduated with honors, and started my career as a paralegal. I am married to a Puerto Rican with three children. This is my melting pot!  DEI is important to me because I experienced a lack of opportunity as a minority and a woman in my early career due to lack of resources and discrimination. Nevertheless, I always had someone who believed in me and "spoke life" into me and my journey. This enabled me to successfully overcome many challenges in life in addition to my belief system. I believe in mentorship, policy, community, change, unity, and growth. I firmly believe that when a community values its people and all of the cultures therein, inclusivity automatically occurs and we are stronger together."

Mike Gosz
Vice President for Enrollment and Senior Vice Provost

"Our DEI initiatives at Illinois Tech are very important to me as I believe that it is imperative that we take into account a wide variety of diverse perspectives, from people of different backgrounds, to come together, to improve the student experience, not just for some, but for all. I evangelize this belief by consistently emphasizing to all staff members within the division that it is imperative that people feel a sense of belonging, are treated fairly, and treated with dignity and respect at all times--not just through words, but through everyday actions."

Cindy Hood
Associate Professor, Computer Science

Hilary Hudson Hosek
AVP, Head of Human Resources, Office of HR & SEO

Adrienne Imer
AVP, External Affairs, Marketing & Communications, Government Affairs

"The work of DEI resonates with me on a personal level, and it is my goal to bring the lens of equity to any role I have, especially now that I serve in leadership with Illinois Tech. This is valuable work that makes the workplace better for everyone and helps to create a safe learning space for all our students. Representation matters now more than ever."

Peter Kilpatrick
Provost

Sean Knight
Support Desk Manager, OTS - User & Technology Services

Akena Latigo
Assistant Director of Constituent Engagement, Advancement

Jackie McGhee
Executive Assistant to Dean of Students, Student Affairs

"I promote diversity, equity and inclusion in my role everyday, by challenging others to think about their own bias and how that affects their interactions with those they encounter in their everyday lives. It is not enough to say that you believe in DEI work and treat it as just another "box" to check. You must wholeheartedly live it and stride towards achieving the equity that all are owed."

Candi Miranda
Associate General Counsel, General Counsel's Office

Denise Moriarty
AVP, Marketing, Marketing & Communications

I’m honored to me a member of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee at Illinois Tech. This group comes together to talk about the needs of our entire university community of students, faculty, and staff as a whole. I want to part of change, not just words on a piece paper or a website. This group has opened my eyes and my heart to see the challenges our community faces. This committee was created to help make the changes that need to be made on our campuses. 

Diep Nguyen
Industry Professor, Chemistry

"Mother nature is the best synthesis chemist. With a few elements, carbon, oxygen, hydrogen, she makes a diverse human population. It is an amazing feat. For me, this is diversity at its best. Each student is a unique and special set of elements put together specifically for them. They are different and their beauty is unique. My role is to encourage them to bloom on their own time."
 

Jaz Park
Staff Attorney, Convisor Law Offices

Marsha Ross-Jackson
Clinical Law Professor, Convisor Faculty

Jackie Sokolowski
Associate CIO - Enterprise Systems, OTS - Enterprise Systems

Katie Stetz
Dean of Students

Amit Thomas
Director, Human Resources, Office of HR & SEO

Bridget Vaughn
Sr. Engagement and Major Gift Officer, Advancement

Gary Walley
AVP, Student Health and Wellness

Bruce Watts
Vice President, Facilities and Public Safety

Denis Weil
Dean, Institute of Design

Geoff Williamson
Professor/Associate Dean, Electrical & Computer Engineering

"DEI is important to me because we are all better off when every individual is treated with the dignity and respect we all deserve. I envision a future where that becomes a reality in the Illinois Tech environment, and I want to contribute effort to making it happen!"

Andy Yocum
Director of Public Safety, Facilities & Public Safety