Diversity Action Council Membership


2019-2020 DAC Members (Voting)

Chancellor Appointment


Bruce Schultz Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, DAC Co-Chair
Paola Banchero Associate Processor of Journalism and Public Communications, DAC Co-Chair
Renee Carter-Chapman Senior Vice Provost
Claudia Lampman Vice Provost for Student Success
John Petraitis Interim Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences
Karen Markel Dean of the College of Business & Public Policy
Ben Morton Dean of Students
Sara Childress Director of Equity & Compliance, Title IX Coordinator
Erin Hicks Associate Professor of Physics & Astronomy, Planetarium Director
Gokhan Karahan Associate Professor of Accounting & Finance
Andre Thorn Director of the Multicultural Center, Interim Director of Native Student Services
Kimberly Pace  Professor of Political Science, Women's Studies Program Coordinator
Anne Lazenby Interim Director of Disability Support Services
Diane Taylor Learning Center Director, Kenai River Campus, Kenai Peninsula College
Tamika Dowdy Alaska Middle College Program Coordinator, First Year Student Advising & Success
Scott Downing Assistant Professor of English, Faculty Senate President 
Kim Mahone Director of Facilities Planning and Construction 
Cheryl Williams Black Student Union President


2019-2020 DAC Subcommittee Chairs (Non-Voting)

Subcommittee Objective

Chair or Co-Chairs

Objective 1 – Best Practices in Hiring John Petraitis
Objective 2 – Coordinate Campus Initiatives Ben Morton, Sara Childress
Objective 4 – Target Underrepresented Populations (Student Success) Tamika Dowdry, Kaitlin Demarcus
Objective 5 – Diversity Curriculum & Instructional Strategies Erin Hicks, Thomas Chung
Objective 6 – Campus Space Maria Williams
Objective 7 – Community Campus Outreach Diane Taylor
DAC Funding Requests Anne Lazenby
DAC Student Diversity Award Corey Miller

Subcommittee Membership 

Charged with overseeing the implementation of the Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan (D&IAP), the DAC is forming subcommittees to continue the work of the individual objectives outlined in the D&IAP. Below are the charters for and further information regarding each subcommittee.

Since implementing the objectives of the D&IAP is a university-wide effort, the DAC invites faculty, staff and students to join a subcommittee. If you are interested, please complete the following interest form: 

DAC Subcommittee Interest Form