President's Diversity Advisory Community Council (PDACC)

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The President's Diversity Advisory Community Council (PDACC) provides guidance and make recommendations in the following key areas:

  • Access and Retention: Assist the university’s efforts to recruit and retain traditionally underrepresented students, staff and faculty, including racial and ethnic minorities; women in science, technology and math careers; people with disabilities; and members of the LGBTQ communities.
  • Educational Partnerships: Assist the university in developing and maintaining strong relationships as well as partnerships with underrepresented communities, community colleges, K-12 institutions and business, civic, cultural, social and religious organizations.
  • Innovations in Applied Research and Development: Help the university develop additional opportunities for innovative research, teaching and engagement.
  • Communication: Serve as a confidential sounding board for ideas and ambassadors for the university, and assist with developing new relationships, new opportunities for collaboration and mobilization of resources that are mutually beneficial.

Membership in the council has been thoughtfully selected to include a diverse group of community members, not only from Eugene and its environs, but also from across the state of Oregon who represent a wide range of interests and links to communities that help the University of Oregon fulfill its mission. Council members will work in small subcommittees with members of the Executive Leadership Team and other university staff.

PDACC Members, 2019 - 2022

​​​Allison Davis-White Eyes

​​​Allison Davis-White Eyes
Chair-Elect of PDACC and Director of Community Diversity Relations, Oregon State University

Michael Alexander

Michael Alexander
Interim Vice President for Diversity, Portland State University and former President/CEO, Urban League of Portland

Leslie Garcia

Leslie Garcia
Assistant Chief Diversity Officer and Director, Center for Diversity and Inclusion, Oregon Health and Science University

Andy Gitelson

Andy Gitelson
Executive Director, Oregon Hillel Foundation

Linda Hamilton

Linda Hamilton
Founder, Oregon Black Education Foundation and former President, Blacks in Government

Kahseuss Jackson

Kahseuss Jackson
Tribal Council, Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs and Commissioner, Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission

Julie Mancini
Executive Director, College Possible (Portland, Oregon)

Bryan Mercier

Bryan Mercier
NW Regional Director, Bureau of Indian Affairs

Chris Minnich

Chris Minnich
Executive Director, NWEA Portland

Mark Pilkenton

Mark Pilkenton
Consultant, Nike, Inc.

Ricky Poon

Ricky Poon
Assistant Dean
INSTE Global Bible College

Eric Richardson

Eric Richardson
President, NAACP Eugene Springfield

Carmen Rubio

Carmen Rubio
Executive Director, Latino Network

Carlos Sequeira

Carlos Sequeira
Executive Director, Lane Education Service District

Michelle Singer

Michelle Singer
Project Manager, Native STAND, Oregon Health & Science University

Markisha Smith

Markisha Smith
Director, Bureau of Equity and Human Rights, City of Portland

Susan Sygall

Susan Sygall
CEO and Founder, Mobility International USA

Joe Wahl

Joe Wahl
Founder, Wahl & Associates, LLC

 

Ericka Warren

Ericka Warren
Business Operations Manager, Flowers Family Corporation and President, UO Black Alumni Network

 

Ex-Officio Members

Patrick Phillips, Provost
Yvette Alex-Assensoh, VP Equity and Inclusion
Doneka Scott, VP Undergraduate Education and Student Success
Kevin Marbury, VP Student Life
Greg Stripp, Senior Advisor and Chief of Staff (President’s Office)
Melanie Muenzer, AVP and VP for Academic Initiatives
Jason Younker, AVP and Advisor to the President on Sovereignty and Government to Government Relations
Matt Carmichael, UO Chief of Police
Lesley-Anne Pittard, AVP DEI