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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, 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.

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.

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 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, they also work closely with and provide invaluable advice to the Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Duties/Responsibilities

  • 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.

MEMBERS


Ms. Lael Boyd
Ms. Lael Boyd
Information Technology
Associate Director
(205) 934-4746
Ms. Karen Buckner
Ms. Karen Buckner
School of Nursing
Director of Operations
(205) 934-2397
Dr. Charles Calhoun
Dr. Charles Calhoun
School of Education
Associate Professor – Early Childhood/Elementary Education
(205) 975-3755
Dr. April Carson
Dr. April Carson
School of Public Health
Assistant Professor
(205) 934-6107
Ms. Anita Clemon
Ms. Anita Clemon
Director of HR Compliance
VP, Financial Affairs and Administration
(205) 934-4408
Mr. Michael Fitts
Mr. Michael S. Fitts
UAB Libraries
Assistant Dean for User Access & Diversity
(205) 934-6360
Dr. Mona Fouad
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. Sharon George
Ms. Sharon George
Financial Affairs & Administration
Manager of Human Resources, Facilities
(205) 934-9470
Ms. Ginger Hattaway
Ms. Ginger Hattaway
School of Dentistry
Director of Administrative & Fiscal Affairs
(205) 934-4720
Elicia Jacob
Elicia Jacob, RN
Administrative Director for UAB Women & Infants Services
(205) 934-2033
Ms. Evelyn Jones
Ms. Evelyn Jones
School of Medicine
Program Director
(205) 934-6880
Floyd Josephat
Dr. Floyd Josephat
Faculty Senate
(205) 934-1348
Mr. John A. King
Mr. John A. King
Provost Office
(205) 975-2986
Dr. Ashley Kuntz
Dr. Ashley Kuntz
Honors College
Director of Honors Administration, Strategic Initiatives, and Fellowships
(205) 975-3916
Dr. Lori McMahon
Dr. Lori McMahon
Graduate School
Dean
(205) 975-8852
Mr. Ken Maluff
Mr. Ken Maluff
Development, Alumni and External Relations
(205) 934-8389
Dr. Karen M. Meneses
Dr. Karen M. Meneses
School of Nursing
Professor and Associate Dean for Research
(205) 996-7038
Dr. Kathryn Morgan
Dr. Kathryn Morgan
College of Arts and Sciences
Associate Professor & Director, African American Studies Program
(205) 975-9652 or 975-9621
Dr. George Munchus
Dr. George Munchus
School of Business
Professor
(205) 934-0800
Dr. Dalton Nelson
Dr. Dalton Nelson
School of Engineering
Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
(205) 934-8221
Dr. Robert Peters
Dr. Robert Peters
School of Engineering
Professor
(205) 934-8434
Dr. James Raper
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. Derita Ratcliffe
Ms. Derita Ratcliffe
Department of Athletics
Sr. Assoc. Athletic Director
(205) 975-6283
Ms. Michelle Robinson
Ms. Michelle Robinson
School of Dentistry
Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Health Information and Business Systems
(205) 996-5393
Robert Robinson III
Robert Robinson III
Information Technology
It Project Manager II-Ent
(205) 975-3796
Ms. Myrtle Rutledge
Ms. Myrtle Rutledge
School of Optometry
UABSO Personnel Manager
(205) 934-6756
Dr. Lourdes Sanchez-Lopez
Dr. Lourdes Sanchez-Lopez
College of Arts and Sciences
Associate Professor & Director, Spanish for Specific Purposes Certificate Program
(205) 934-8281
Dr. Janene Sims
Dr. Janene Sims
School of Optometry
Family Practice Residency Supervisor
(205) 934-6756
Ms. Allison Solomon
Ms. Allison Solomon
Student Affairs
Director, Disability Support Services
(205) 934-4248
Mr. Michael Tate
Mr. Michael Tate
School of Health Professions
Personnel Generalist
(205) 934-5973
Ms. Janice Ward
Ms. Janice Ward
Provost Office
Faculty Affairs Manager
(205) 996-7230 or (205) 934-3877

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