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, M.F.A., director, Diversity and Inclusion, VCUArts and associate professor, Fashion Design
  • Debra Barksdale, Ph.D., associate dean, Academic Affairs, School of Nursing
  • Karen E. Belanger, director, Student Conduct and Academic Integrity
  • Adrien DeLoach, Ph.D., director, Division for Health Sciences Diversity
  • Herschell Emery, Ph.D., director, Undergraduate Curricula, VCU Life Sciences
  • Greta Franklin, director, Office of Multicultural Student Affairs
  • Elsie Harper-Anderson, Ph.D., assistant professor, Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs
  • Kevin A. Harris, assistant vice president, Academic Health Sciences
  • Courtney Hines, assistant director, Human Resources, School of Dentistry
  • Donna Jackson, assistant dean for Admissions and director, Office of Student Outreach, School of Medicine
  • Nicole L Lee, Ph.D., associate professor, School of Social Work
  • MaryPeace McRae, PharmD, Ph.D., BCPS, Dept of Pharmacotherapy & Outcomes Science, School of Pharmacy
  • Jacqueline Smith-Mason, Ph.D., associate dean and director of Academic Affairs, Honors College
  • Kelechi “KC” Ogbonna, associate dean for Admissions and Student Services and associate professor, School of Pharmacy
  • Lorraine Parker, Ph.D., director, Diversity and Student Programs, School of Engineering
  • Joan Pellegrini, Ph.D., associate professor, Oral Health and Community Outreach, School of Dentistry
  • Ravi K. Perry, Ph.D., co-chair, Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Committee and Chair, Political Science, College of Humanities and Sciences
  • Alexander Tartaglia, D.Min., senior associate dean, School of Allied Health Professions
  • Fernando Tenjo, Ph.D., co-chair, Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Committee, College of Humanities and Sciences
  • Melissa Tyler, assistant dean, VCU Graduate School
  • Patricia Wallace, director, Human Resources, School of Business
  • Michelle Whitehurst-Cook, M.D., associate dean, Admissions, School of Medicine
  • Jeffery L. Wilson, PhD., associate professor, Higher Education, School of Education
  • Marcie Wright, Ph.D., assistant professor and director, Grants Development and Administration, VCU Center on Health Disparities