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

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

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

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

Andy Gitelson
Executive Director, Oregon Hillel Foundation

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

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
NW Regional Director, Bureau of Indian Affairs

Chris Minnich
Executive Director, NWEA Portland

Mark Pilkenton
Consultant, Nike, Inc.

Ricky Poon
Assistant Dean, New Hope Christian College

Eric Richardson
President, NAACP Eugene Springfield

Carmen Rubio
Executive Director, Latino Network

Carlos Sequeira
Executive Director, Lane Education Service District

Michelle Singer

Project Manager, Native STAND, Oregon Health & Science University

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

Susan Sygall
CEO and Founder, Mobility International USA

Joe Wahl
Founder, Wahl & Associates, LLC

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

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