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The Equity Leadership Council (ELC) is established to promote diversity, equity and inclusion at all levels of the University. The overarching goal of having a diverse University community is to better educate our students, faculty, and staff 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.

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 our shared experiences. 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 we can do our best work.

At the University of Alabama at Birmingham, we are 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 raising awareness, promoting understanding, diversity education, and 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 to advise their deans regarding strategy, policy, diversity education, climate, and accountability. Although Equity Advisors report directly to their deans and department administrators, 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 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 strategic diversity 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. Suzanne Austin
Suzanne Austin, Ph.D.
Office of the Provost
Senior Vice Provost
(205) 934-6290
(205) 934-2047
Ms. Karen Buckner
Karen Buckner
School of Nursing
Director of Operations
(205) 934-2397
Dr. Charles Calhoun
Charles Calhoun, Ph.D.
School of Education
Associate Professor – Early Childhood/Elementary Education
(205) 975-3755
Dr. April Carson
April Carson, Ph.D., MSPH
School of Public Health
Assistant Professor
(205) 934-6107
Ms. Anita Clemon, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, CAAP
Anita Clemon, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, CAAP
Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Assistant Vice President for Institutional Equity
(205) 934-4408
Melinda Cotten
Melinda Cotten
Vice President for Research
Mr. Michael Fitts
Michael S. Fitts
UAB Libraries
Assistant Dean for User Access & Diversity
(205) 934-6360
Dr. Mona Fouad
Mona Fouad, MD, M.P.H.
School of Medicine
Senior Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion;
Director, Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Center
(205) 934-4307
Ms. Sharon George
Sharon George
Financial Affairs & Administration
Manager of Human Resources, Facilities
(205) 934-9470
Ms. Deborah Grimes
Deborah Grimes RN, JD, CHC, CPHQ
UAB Health System
Diversity Officer
(205) 975-3334
Ms. Ginger Hattaway
Ginger Hattaway
School of Dentistry
Director of Administrative & Fiscal Affairs
(205) 934-4720
Janice Hitchcock Hofman
Janice Hitchcock Hofman
University Relations
Director, Fiscal Affairs
(205) 975-4742
Ms. Elicia Jacob
Elicia Jacob, DNP, RN, PHCNS-BC
Administrative Director for UAB Women & Infants Services
(205) 934-2033
Ms. Evelyn Jones
Evelyn Jones
School of Medicine
Program Director
(205) 934-6880
Mr. Floyd Josephat
Floyd Josephat, EdD
Faculty Senate
(205) 934-1348
Dr. Ashley Kuntz
Ashley Kuntz, Ph.D
Honors College
Director of Honors Administration, Strategic Initiatives, and Fellowships
(205) 975-3916
Mr. Michael Liptrot
Michael Liptrot
Undergraduate Student Government
(205) 901-6051
Ms. Tami Mayes Long
Tami Mayes Long, Ph.D., LPC, CEAP, DCC, EAS-C EACC
HRM Employee Assistance and Counseling Center
Program Coordinator
Katreshia Louis-Verrett
Katreshia Louis-Verrett
Department of Athletics
(205) 975-6283
Dr. Lori McMahon
Lori McMahon, Ph.D.
Graduate School
(205) 975-8852
Mr. Ken Maluff
Ken Maluff
Development, Alumni and External Relations
(205) 934-8389
Dr. Karen M. Meneses
Karen M. Meneses, Ph.D., RN, F.A.A.N.
School of Nursing
Professor and Associate Dean for Research
(205) 996-7038
Dr. Kathryn Morgan
Kathryn Morgan, Ph.D.
College of Arts and Sciences
Associate Professor & Director, African American Studies Program
(205) 975-9652 or 975-9621
Sherrie Moultrie
Sherrie Moultrie
Financial Affairs & Administration
(205) 975- 9973
Dr. George Munchus
George Munchus, B.B.A., M.B.A., Ph.D.
School of Business
(205) 934-0800
Dr. Dalton Nelson
Dalton Nelson, Ph.D.
School of Engineering
Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
(205) 934-8221
Dr. Robert Peters
Robert Peters, Ph.D., P.E.
School of Engineering
(205) 934-8434
Dr. James Raper
James Raper, DSN, CRNP, JD
School of Medicine
Associate Professor of Medicine and Nursing;
Director of the HIV Outpatient, Research and Dental Clinics
(205) 975-8884
Ms. Michelle Robinson
Michelle Robinson, DMD, M.A.
School of Dentistry
Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Health Information and Business Systems
(205) 996-5393
Mr. Robert Robinson III
Robert Robinson III
Information Technology
It Project Manager II-Ent
(205) 975-3796
Ms. Myrtle Rutledge
Myrtle Rutledge
School of Optometry
UABSO Personnel Manager
(205) 934-6756
Dr. Lourdes Sanchez-Lopez
Lourdes Sanchez-Lopez, Ph.D.
College of Arts and Sciences
Associate Professor & Director, Spanish for Specific Purposes Certificate Program
(205) 934-8281
Dr. Janene Sims
Janene Sims, O.D., Ph.D., F.A.A.O
School of Optometry
Family Practice Residency Supervisor
(205) 934-6756
Mr. Garrett Stephens
Garrett Stephens
Graduate Student Government
Ms. Allison Solomon
Allison Solomon
Student Affairs
Director, Disability Support Services
(205) 934-4248
Ms. Erin Tapp
Erin Tapp
University Relations
Marketing Communication
Mr. Michael Tate
Michael Tate
School of Health Professions
Personnel Generalist
(205) 934-5973
Ms. Janice Ward
Janice Ward, M.A.
Provost Office
Faculty Affairs Manager
(205) 996-7230 or (205) 934-3877
Dr. Barbara Welch
Barbara Welch, Ph.D.
COLLAT School of Business
Associate Professor