Inclusive Learning Council

The Inclusive Learning Council includes members from each college, school and academic unit at VCU who work directly with the director for diversity education and retention initiatives. Meetings are held twice each semester.

The council includes individuals who serve as diversity director, diversity coordinator and diversity committee chairperson. Its role includes:

  • Serving as a resource to academic units and their diversity leaders on diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives
  • Offering support and advice for programming and systematic monitoring of progress in academic unit efforts to implement diversity plans and inclusive excellence initiatives
  • Advising the provost, vice president for health sciences, deans and vice provosts 
  • Working with the vice president for inclusive excellence
  • Engaging in educational and informational opportunities by working with guest speakers, consultants and facilitators; providing progress updates

Council members

  • Holly Alford, president, Faculty Senate; associate professor, fashion design
  • Yolanda L. Avent, director, Office of Multicultural Student Affairs
  • Karen E. Belanger, director, Student Conduct and Academic Integrity
  • Jan Chlebowski, Ph.D., associate dean, Graduate Education, School of Medicine
  • Herschell Emery, Ph.D., director of undergraduate curricula, VCU Life Sciences
  • Elsie Harper-Anderson, Ph.D., assistant professor, Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs
  • Kevin A. Harris, assistant vice president for health sciences, student initiatives and inclusion
  • Courtney Hines, deputy member and affiliate, School of Dentistry
  • Hyojin Im, Ph.D., assistant professor, School of Social Work
  • Donna Jackson, assistant dean for admission and director, Office of Student Outreach, School of Medicine
  • Carrie J. Jernigan, director of human resources, School of Dentistry
  • Kelechi “KC” Ogbonna, assistant professor, Department of Pharmacotherapy and Outcomes Science
  • Emily Owens, systems librarian and chair of the diversity committee, VCU Libraries
  • Lorraine Parker, Ph.D., director of diversity and student programs, School of Engineering
  • Joan Pellegrini, Ph.D., associate professor, oral health and community outreach, School of Dentistry
  • Diane Simon, Ph.D., senior associate dean of student affairs, School of Education
  • Helayne Spivak, executive director, VCU Brandcenter
  • Alexander Tartaglia, D.Min., senior associate dean, School of Allied Health Professions
  • Melissa Tyler, director of graduate studies, funding and financial operations, VCU Graduate School
  • Patricia Wallace, director of human resources, School of Business
  • Lisa Webb, Ed.D., executive director for academic affairs, Office of the Vice President for Health Sciences
  • Michelle Whitehurst-Cook, M.D., associate dean of admissions, School of Medicine
  • Marcie Wright, Ph.D., assistant professor and director, Research Support Services, VCU Center on Health Disparities
  • Don Young, Ph.D., chair of biology, College of Humanities and Sciences