The Equity Leadership Council (ELC) is established to promote diversity at all levels of the University. The overarching goal of having a diverse University community is to better educate our students, and employees to be active, informed, productive participants in a diverse society and interdependent world. Comprised of members from across all academic and administrative support divisions of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, The Equity Leadership Council serves as an advisory council to the Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer. Comprised of students, faculty, and staff from UAB enterprise, the ELC works to help UAB achieve its goals of promoting diversity and institutionalizing equity and inclusion as core values.

To be sure, UAB is a diverse community, people here bring with them not only their connections to social and ethnic groups but also their individual life experiences. From students to patients to faculty to support staff, ours is a rich and vibrant community.

But that diversity means little without equity and inclusion as the anchor of these goals. We see equity and inclusion as active, thoughtful, and ongoing engagement with each other. When inclusion works, we better understand the people around us, better understand the complex ways that individuals interact within systems and institutions, and ultimately do our best work.

The University of Alabama at Birmingham is dedicated to the world of ideas and that world expands exponentially as those with different experiences and points of view share their knowledge and interpretations with one another. Our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion reflect both a recognition of the past and the promise of the future, something owed to everyone in the UAB community.

The Council meets regularly during each academic year. Equity Advisors have a central role in faculty and staff awareness, training, monitoring the faculty and staff search and other hiring processes, and consultation on matters of equity. Equity Advisors leverage their direct experience with local culture and climate to advise their deans in terms of strategy, policy, training, climate and accountability. Although Equity Advisors report directly to their deans, they also work closely with and provide invaluable advice to the Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.


  • Serve as the liaison to the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI).
  • Serve as a resource for faculty and staff recruitment for the dean or director and department chairs in the school or unit serving as a non-voting member, collect and maintain information on faculty and staff vacancies, including tenure decisions and promotions, review all recruitment advertisement before they are published, and certify that all recruitment policies and procedures have been followed for each recruitment activity by signing the Faculty and Staff Recruitment Experience Report.
  • Collaborate with constituents of the University to revise/adopt recommendations of the diversity strategic plan, serve as a resource to foster knowledge and understanding of diversity-related issues concerning social justice, discrimination and bias, promote diversity in recruitment, hiring and retention of faculty, staff, and students, maintain data on climate issues.
  • Collect and maintain information on recruitment and retention of faculty, staff and students. The Council will provide updates and an annual report to the University community on aspects of diversity progress (as noted in the Diversity Strategic Plan).
  • Attend monthly meetings each semester.
  • Actively participate on at least one DEI sub-committee.
  • Infuse/engage DEI initiatives within respective areas.
  • Promote DEI programs and initiatives by serving as an advocate.
  • Solicit productive internal and external alliances to support and advance equity and inclusion at UAB.


Dr. Lourdes Sanchez-Lopez
College of Arts and Sciences
Associate Professor & Director,
Spanish for Specific
Purposes Certificate Program
(205) 934-8281

Dr. Kathryn Morgan
College of Arts and Sciences
Associate Professor & Director,
African American Studies Program
(205) 975-9652 or 975-9621

Ms. Derita Ratcliffe
Department of Athletics
Sr. Assoc. Athletic Director
(205) 975-6283

Dr. Lori McMahon
Graduate School
(205) 975-8852

Mr. Michael Fitts
Lister Hill Library
Assistant Dean for
User Access & Diversity
(205) 934-6360

Ms. Margaret “Peggy” Kain
Mervyn H. Sterne Library
Senior Assistant Librarian;
Electronic Resources Librarian
(205) 934-6360

Ms. Janice Ward
Provost Office
Faculty Affairs Manager
(205) 996-7230

Dr. George Munchus III
School of Business
(205) 934-0800

Dr. Edward Bradford
School of Dentistry
Associate Professor
(205) 996-5326
Dr. T. Madelyn Coar
School of Dentistry
Adjunct Associate Professor
(205) 934-1141

Ms. Ginger Hattaway
School of Dentistry
Director of Administrative
& Fiscal Affairs
(205) 934-4720

Dr. Charles Calhoun
School of Education
Associate Professor – Early Childhood/Elementary Education
(205) 975-3755

Dr. Dalton Nelson
School of Engineering
Assistant Professor of
Electrical and Computer
(205) 934-8221

Dr. Robert Peters
School of Engineering
(205) 934-8434

Dr. Michael Tate
School of Health Professions
Personnel Generalist
(205) 934-5973

Dr. Mona Fouad
School of Medicine
Senior Associate Dean
for Diversity and Inclusion;
Director, Minority Health
and Health Disparities
Research Center
(205) 934-4307

Ms. Evelyn Jones
School of Medicine
Program Director
(205) 934-6880
Dr. James Raper
School of Medicine
Associate Professor of
Medicine and Nursing;
Director of the
HIV Outpatient, Research
and Dental Clinics
(205) 975-8884

Ms. Karen Buckner
School of Nursing
Director of Operations
(205) 934-2397

Dr. Karen M. Meneses
School of Nursing
Professor and Associate
Dean for Research
(205) 996-7038

Ms. Myrtle Rutledge
School of Optometry
UABSO Personnel Manager
(205) 934-6756

Dr. Janene Sims
School of Optometry
Family Practice
Residency Supervisor
(205) 934-6756

Dr. April Carson
School of Public Health
Assistant Professor
(205) 934-6107

Ms. Anita Clemon
Vice President of Financial
Affairs and Administration
Director, HR Compliance
(205) 975-8935

Ms. Alesia Jones
Vice President of Financial
Affairs and Administration
Chief Human Resources Officer
(205) 934-5321


Welcome Message from Vice President Dr. Paulette Patterson Dilworth
"A fundamental part of supporting academic excellence is ensuring our campus is a place where diverse people, ideas, and perspectives can flourish."
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