Initiatives, Committees, Task Forces

The Division of Equity & Inclusion works to reshape and influence policies and practices that increase opportunities, advance social justice, and create equitable experiences for all students, staff, and faculty.

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How we do our work

Division leadership and staff lead, guide, and support change through their work on initiatives, committees, and task-forces. 

Advisory Board – A collection of individuals who bring unique knowledge and skills which augment the knowledge and skills of a VC or executive leader in order to provide guidance in decisions making.

Committee – A group of people appointed for a specific function with a specific charge. This could be a part of a larger group.

Initiative - A new plan or process to achieve something or solve a problem. It includes specific, measurable action steps.

Standing Committee – A permanent committee that meets regularly

Task Force – Temporary grouping under one leader for the purpose of accomplishing a defined objective


Executive Sponsor – The department, division, or executive that the chancellor charges to be responsible for the committee, setting the agenda, understanding committee rules, facilitating meetings, preparing briefings for the chancellor or senior leadership, and lifting up resolutions or recommendations from the committee via reports or executive summaries 

Chair or Co-chairExperts on the topic discussed; know the charge of the committee, set agenda, understand committee rules, facilitate meetings, prepare briefings for executive sponsor/leadership, and lift up resolutions or recommendations from the committee via reports or executive summaries

Committee Staff – Works closely with the co-chairs and manages meeting logistics, such as sending correspondence to committee members, supporting agenda preparation, maintaining roster/contact information; preparing discussion materials, meeting notes/minutes, invitations for guest speakers, focus groups. Empowers the committee to meet its goals and objectives


Mia Settles-Tidwell
Assistant Vice Chancellor/Chief of Staff 
Division of Equity and Inclusion