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
Ms. Karen Buckner
Karen Buckner
School of Nursing
Director of Operations
Dr. April Carson
April Carson, Ph.D., MSPH
School of Public Health
Assistant Professor
Melinda Cotten
Melinda Cotten
Vice President for Research
Mr. Michael Fitts
Michael S. Fitts
UAB Libraries
Assistant Dean for User Access & Diversity
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
Ms. Sharon George
Sharon George
Financial Affairs & Administration
Manager of Human Resources, Facilities
Ms. Deborah Grimes
Deborah Grimes RN, JD, CHC, CPHQ
UAB Health System
Diversity Officer
Ms. Ginger Hattaway
Ginger Hattaway
School of Dentistry
Director of Administrative & Fiscal Affairs
Janice Hitchcock Hofman
Janice Hitchcock Hofman
University Relations
Director, Fiscal Affairs
Ms. Evelyn Jones
Evelyn Jones
School of Medicine
Program Director
Dr. Ashley Kuntz
Ashley Kuntz, Ph.D
Honors College
Director of Honors Administration, Strategic Initiatives, and Fellowships
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
Mr. Ken Maluff
Ken Maluff
Development, Alumni and External Relations
Dr. Kathryn Morgan
Kathryn Morgan, Ph.D.
College of Arts and Sciences
Associate Professor & Director, African American Studies Program
Sherri Moultrie
Sherri Moultrie
Financial Affairs & Administration
Dr. George Munchus
George Munchus, B.B.A., M.B.A., Ph.D.
School of Business
Dr. Dalton Nelson
Dalton Nelson, Ph.D.
School of Engineering
Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Dr. Robert Peters
Robert Peters, Ph.D., P.E.
School of Engineering
Ms. Michelle Robinson
Michelle Robinson, DMD, M.A.
School of Dentistry
Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Health Information and Business Systems
Ms. Myrtle Rutledge
Myrtle Rutledge
School of Optometry
UABSO Personnel Manager
Dr. Lourdes Sanchez-Lopez
Lourdes Sanchez-Lopez, Ph.D.
College of Arts and Sciences
Associate Professor & Director, Spanish for Specific Purposes Certificate Program
Dr. Janene Sims
Janene Sims, O.D., Ph.D., F.A.A.O
School of Optometry
Family Practice Residency Supervisor
Nizari Gupta
Nizari Gupta
Graduate Student Government
Ms. Allison Solomon
Allison Solomon
Student Affairs
Director, Disability Support Services
(205) 934-4248
Christopher Jones
Christopher Jones
Director, Student Multicultural & Diversity Programs

Mr. Michael Tate
Michael Tate
School of Health Professions
Personnel Generalist
Ms. Janice Ward
Janice Ward, M.A.
Provost Office
Faculty Affairs Manager
Dr. Barbara Wech
Barbara Wech, Ph.D.
COLLAT School of Business
Associate Professor
Sade Williams
Sade Williams
Graduate Student Government
Dr. Daniel C. Bullard
Daniel C. Bullard, Ph.D.
Associate Dean
Graduate School
Ms. Kara Van Abel
Kara Van Abel, MLIS
Faculty Senate
Ms. LaShonda McNair
LaShonda McNair Manager, HR Compliance Human Resources
LaShonda McNair
Manager, HR Compliances
Human Resources